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Adding a Moodle Assignment: Advanced Uploading of Files

  • An assignment allows instructors to collect work from students, review it, and provide feedback, including grades. An assignment is an activity that an instructor adds to a course by a drop-down menu in a course topic or week section. The assignment type “Advanced uploading of files” allows each student to upload one or more files in any format. This assignment type also allows the instructor to attach a commented file as a response to the student.

    1. Turn editing on.
    2. Determine the section of the course where you want to add the assignment link and, from the “Add an activity” drop-down menu, select Advanced uploading of files.
    3. On the Adding a new Assignment configuration screen, the following options are available:

    General Section

    • Assignment Name: Enter a name for the assignment. This is a required field.
    • Description: Enter a description for the assignment. This is the only area where an instructor can enter instructions for students regarding items such as the subject of the assignment, the form in which it should be submitted, and the grading criteria. This is a required field.
    • Grade: Enter the grade for the assignment by selecting it from the drop-down menu. This will become the maximum grade for the assignment. You can also choose a descriptive grade, or, if the assignment will not be graded, select No Grade.
    • Available from: Select the date for the assignment to be available from the drop-down menu. If the date is grayed out, uncheck the box labeled Disable by the date.
    • Due Date: Select the availability date for the assignment from the drop-down menus. If the date is grayed out, uncheck the box labeled Disable by the date.
    • Prevent late submissions: Selecting “No” means that assignments submitted after the due date will be marked as late, but students will still be able to submit them. Selecting “Yes” means that assignment submission will be blocked after the due date.

    Advanced uploading of files

    • Maximum size: This setting will define the maximum size of the file a student will be permitted to upload. The choices available from the drop-down menu are governed by the maximum file size selected in the Settings area of the Administration block. Note: The maximum file size cannot exceed the server limit.
    • Allow deleting: Selecting Yes will enable students to delete uploaded files at any time before submitting for grading.
    • Maximum number of uploaded files: This option sets the maximum number of files each participant may upload. This number is not shown to students. It is a best practice to remind students of the actual number of requested files in the assignment description.
    • Allow notes: Using this option permits students to enter notes into a text area associated with the assignment. This can be used as a means to communicate with the students.
    • Hide description before available date: When enabled, the assignment description is hidden until the specified date.
    • E-mail alerts to teachers: – Instructors can choose to have e-mail alerts sent to them whenever students add or update an assignment submission. E-mail is only sent to the instructor(s) of the course.
    • Enable send for marking: This option will allow the student to submit the assignment for grading. After the assignment is sent for marking, it can no longer be changed, unless the instructor chooses to revert the assignment to draft status.
      • To revert to the draft stage or let a student resubmit, click on the assignment activity, then click on View # submitted assignments in the upper right. On the page with the roster and their submissions, click Grade (or Update for students who have already been graded) for the student who should get to resubmit. When the new window opens, click Revert to Draft at the lower right, or click the red X to delete their files.

    Common module settings

    • Grade mode: If you have set the course to use groups, this is the area used to associate the assignment with a group. You can use groups with an assignment at one of three levels: no groups, separate groups, or visible groups.
      • No group — There are no groups, and all students submit their assignments in one assignment area.
      • Separate groups — Students submit their assignments within a separate group-based submission area, and teachers can sort submissions by Group or view All Participants.
      • Visible group — All students submit their assignment within a single assignment area, but may choose which group to associate their submission with before uploading. Teachers can sort submissions by Group or view All Participants.
    • Groupings: A grouping is a collection of groups within a course. Groupings are used to associate the assignment with a specific group or set of groups. Group mode must be set to separate or visible groups.
      • Available for group members only — The “Available for group members only” checkbox needs to be checked for the assignment to only be available to users assigned to groups within the selected grouping, or to any group if no grouping is selected.
    • Visible: Using this feature, you can choose to Show or Hide the assignment
    • ID number: You can give an assignment and an ID number as a means of identifying the assignment for grade calculation purposes. Leave the ID number blank if the activity is not included in any grade calculation.
    • Grade category: If you have existing categories in your gradebook, you can select the category you want the assignment in, and it will be placed in that category automatically when the assignment is created.