Assignments allow you to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately.

You can now also ask students to complete a Portfolio as part of their assignment submission.

In an assignment, you can include a description, point value, and add file attachments. You can create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder. Students access the assignment, type a submission, attach completed files, and submit it. Students will receive a submission receipt by email.

You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files through the Grade Centre.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I create an Assignment? (Original Course)

You can create assignments in content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders.

  • From the Assessments menu, select Assignment and provide the name, instructions, and the files students need. You can use the functions in the editor to format text and add files. You can also add files in the Assignment Files section.

  • Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. The file is saved in the top-level folder in your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. You can also attach a file from the repository.


  • Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your assignment after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

  • You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.
  • Optionally, select a Due Date. Assignments with due dates automatically show in the course calendar and in the To Do module. Submissions are accepted after this date but are marked late. If you don’t want students to access an assignment after the due date, choose the appropriate display dates.

  • In the Grading section, type the Points Possible and optionally, add a rubric. Expand the sections to make selections such as anonymous grading, how the grade is displayed, and the number of attempts. You can allow more than one attempt on an assignment.
  • Make the assignment available when you're ready for students to access it. Select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect an assignment's availability, only when it appears.
  • Select Submit.

How do I edit an Assignment? (Original Course)

You can edit assignments from the drop down menu arrow next to the Assignment title. If you change the instructions, students who have already made submissions will see the new instructions only on subsequent attempts.

How do I delete an Assignment? (Original Course)

ou can delete an assignment from a course area and if no student submissions exist, the Grade Center column is also deleted. When you delete an assignment that has student submissions, you also delete all the submissions. You have two options:

  1. Preserve the scores in the Grade Center, but delete the assignment and all submissions. Though the scores remain in the Grade Center, you can't access the students' submissions again. The action is irreversible.
  2. Delete the assignment, the Grade Center column, all assigned grades, and all submissions. The action is irreversible.
Alternatively, make the gradable item unavailable in your course to preserve the submissions and the scores in the Grade Center.

How do I Grade an Assignment (Original Course)

You can start grading on the Needs Grading page or in the Grade Center. On the Grade Assignment page, you can view, comment on, and grade student-submitted assignment files. A. View instructions. Expand the assignment instructions. B. Add comments, highlight text, and draw on the document.

  • Comments: Select the Point annotation mode icon and point to wherever you want to add a comment. Select Post. You can continue to add comments in succession.
  • Highlight text: Point and drag your cursor to highlight text, then select Highlight text. Select Add comment to highlighted text to add a comment to a highlighted area. To remove a highlighted area, select Highlight text again.
  • Draw: Select the Drawing annotation mode icon. Then, press down and drag the pointer to draw on the document. Save or Delete your drawing. You can continue to add drawings in succession and save or delete all drawings in one action. You can't edit or delete drawings after you save them.
C. Remove or reply to comments. Open a comment again and select the Delete icon in the right corner to remove it. You can also reply and add additional information. D. Access additional actions. Point to the bottom of the screen to access functions. You can zoom in and out, and navigate to other pages in a student's file. E. Provide a grade and feedback. In the right panel, grade the submission, provide feedback, attach files, and add private notes for yourself. Students do not see your private notes. In the Feedback to Learner box, select the editor icon represented by the letter A to open the pop-up editor window.
  • If you associated a rubric, you can access it in this area.
  • Students can access the annotated files after you provide a grade and select Submit.
  • You can also override or revert a grade.
F. Download the student's file. After you select Submit, a PDF file with your annotations is generated. The time to create the PDF depends primarily on the size of the original file. Return to the assignment and access the file's menu. You can download the original student file or a PDF with your annotations. If the student provided another name for the file in the submission, the downloaded file uses this name. Use your browser's print function to print the downloaded file.

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