Create assignments

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The standard Moodle Assignment activity allows lecturers to collect work from students, review it, allocate assignments to markers, and provide feedback including grades, rubrics and marking guides. 

Please note: The Assignment activity and Turnitin are two different tools for students to submit assignments. Please refer to the Turnitin guides for more information on its features.  



When setting up an assignment, you can tailor specific due dates of the assignment to different users or groups (e.g. Group presentation submission). You will be shown how you can apply these settings towards the end of this user guide. 



To obtain a better understanding of the functions of each option while setting up the Assignment, you can click on the question mark icon for more information. 



Step 1

Click on Turn editing on located to the top right corner of the course site.

Step 2

Select the Topic section in which you would like to add the assignment. On the bottom right hand corner of the section, click Add an activity or resource

In the Activity Chooser, select Assignment, note the description and instructions that display, and click Add

Step 3

Enter the Assignment Name and Description. The description of the assignment should include all the instructions a student needs to complete the assignment. Alternatively, you can upload a file with instructions. 

Step 4
Configure the Assignment:

There is a range of options available which the lecturer can utilize to tailor the assignment to specific requirements, including: 

  • When the assignment can be made available to students 
  • Setting the cut off dates for assignment submission 
  • The submission file types 
  • Feedback types 
  • How students are notified 
  • How graders are notified of submissions 
  • The grading methods 
  • Blind marking 
  • Restricting access 
  • Activity completion 

To customise these features, see the steps below. You may also return to these settings at any time via the administration block. 

Step 5
Assignment Availability

The Availability section enables you to set dates for when the assignment is available to students and when the assignment is due. 


In this section, you can also decide whether you will accept late submissions with the Cut-off date option and you can also set a reminder to grade the submissions with the Remind me to grade by option. 

To be able to change any of the dates in the above date boxes, ensure that you have ticked the Enable box on the right.  

Step 6
Submission Types

In this section, you can select what format you would like students to use when submitting their assignment. 

File Submissions is the most commonly used option and covers both “Single” and “Advanced” uploading of files. 

You can also request students to submit their assignments as an Online Text or via the ePortfolio Option


ePortfolio - students can submit a page or collection via their ePortfolio. Please ensure you choose whether to keep the portfolio locked or unlocked while marking as you will not be able to change this option afterwards. To learn more see ePortfolio

Please note: You can select more than one file type to give students options. However, if the ePortfolio option has been selected and Require students to click submit button (see below) is enabled, students must submit an ePortfolio.


Step 7
Feedback Types

Select which options you would like to use to give feedback to the students on their assignment by ticking the boxes. Note that PoodLL is an audio recording tool and allows you to record verbal feedback. 

You will also have the option to enable Comment inline where you will be to type in feedback in between the lines of the students’ assignments. This only applies to the Online text submission type. 

Step 8
Submission Settings

You can choose how you would like the assignment to be submitted:  

  • Require students to click submit button 
  • Require that students accept the submission statement 
  • Attempts Reopened 
  • Maximum attempts 

If both the Require students click submit button and Require that students accept the submission statement options are not enabled, the assignment will be submitted as soon as the student has uploaded their file and saved changes.  

The Maximum attempts option allows students to edit their submission until the due date. If the assignment does not allow editing once submitted, this option should be set to “1”. 

Step 9
Group submission settings

This section allows you to tailor submission settings for group submissions. The Students submit in groups option is default set to ‘No’. If you would like to enable this section, you will have to change this to ‘Yes’. 

Once the section is changed to “Yes”, the following options will be made available for editing: 

  • Students submit in groups 
  • Require group to make submission  
  • Require all group members submit 
  • Grouping for student groups 

If this section is to be enabled, this should be done when the assignment is first set up. Amendments to this section are not available once the assignment has been set up.  

If a particular group is to be given a different due date for their submission, you will be able to apply Group Override once the assignment has been created. This is will be shown towards the end of this guide. 

Step 10

Set up notification preferences for the assignment. You can be notified when a submission has occurred, when a late submission has happened or notify the students when their grades have been updated. The options in the sections are: 

  • Notify graders about submissions 
  • Notify graders about late submissions (this option becomes available if the first option 'Notify graders about submissions' is disabled) 
  • Default setting for "Notify students” 

Step 11

To set up how the assignment is graded:

  • Beside Grade select from the drop-down menu either None, Scale or Point 
  • For most assignments, you would select Point. You can set the maximum grade for this activity, e.g. it will be marked out of a total of 100 points. However, the value of the assessment item to the whole course (e.g. 30%) will be managed by the weights applied in the Gradebook.  
  • If you select Scale, the list of predefined Scale options becomes available from the drop down menu, including: ANU Grades, Satisfactory, Submitted for Feedback etc. You can also define your own scale within the Gradebook. Use these with caution, as numerically these translate to 1 point per scale item, e.g. using the Bad/Medium/Good scale, Bad = 1/3, Medium = 2/3, Good = 3/3. 

Grading Method:

In the drop-down menu beside Grading method choose from:

  • Simple direct grading (number scale),  
  • Marking guide, or 
  • Rubric

Grade Category:  

To apply this assignment's mark to the appropriate Category in your gradebook select the required Category from the drop-down menu of options. To set up your categories please see the user guide Set up Gradebook

Grade to Pass: 

In the box beside Grade to Pass you insert the minimum mark required in order for the student to pass. When the mark is allocated in the gradebook, if the student has achieved a Pass grade it is coloured green. If the student has been allocated a Fail grade it is coloured red. 

Blind marking:  

  • When this option is set to 'Yes', blind marking will hide the student identities and a participant ID will be assigned randomly to each student. 
  • Blind marking settings will be locked and cannot be changed once a submission or grade has been made in relation to this assignment, whichever occurs first. 
  • When blind marking is enabled, there will be a link to Reveal student identities. The action to Reveal student identities is one-time-only and cannot be undone. Once the student identities have been revealed, the marks will be released to the gradebook. 

Use marking workflow

This feature lets you indicate which stage of marking different assignments are at, such as "Not marked", "In marking", "Marking completed", "In review", "Ready for release", and "Released". This can be useful for moderation purposes. 

Use marking allocation

You can assign specific student assignments to specific markers. 

Step 12
Common Module Settings

Select whether the assignmentis is visible or not. Choose from: 

  • Show on course page, 
  • Hide from students, or  
  • Make available but not shown on the course page 

In this same section, you can also choose whether to assign the assignment to particular groups. 

Step 13
Restrict Access

You can limit access to specific groups and/or students. Click Add restriction and select the restrictions from the list that appears, such as: 

  • Activity completion,  
  • Date,  
  • User Profile (used for students), 
  • Grade etc. 

This can be used to set requirements for the students to meet before they can access the assignment or to create complex criteria. 

Step 14
Activity Completion

This option is only available if Completion Tracking is enabled under Course administration. Students can use this to track their progress - an indicator is now available on their dashboard.   

In the drop-down menu beside Completion tracking, choose from the following options: 

  • Do not indicate activity completion 
  • Students can manually mark the activity as completed 
  • Show activity as complete when conditions are met 

Expect completed on a certain date by ticking the enable box, and then setting an expected date. 

Step 15

Click Save and return to course or Save and display


Use the Switch role to function to view as a student and understand how they experience this assignment.


Step 16
Assign different submission dates to different groups

Ensure you have set up the Groups in your course for those who will be using this function. Note that overrides can also be applied to individual students, which is more appropriate in some circumstances than using the Grant extension option in the assignment grading pages. 

  • Once the Assignment has been created, click into the assignment in your course. Go to the Gear menu (top right-hand corner), click on Group overrides, then click Add group override
  • Select which group you would like to override the submission due date for. You will also be able to assign a “new” Allow submission from date and a “new” due date. Once all the desired settings have been set, click Save

    Please note that the Override function only allows you to apply the override settings to one group at a time. If you need to override multiple groups, click Save and enter another override, and then repeat the above steps.