Assignment Activity [Faculty]


The assignment activity enables a teacher to communicate tasks, collect work, provide grades and feedback.

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Add a new assignment activity

  • Modify the edit settings

  • Seek further assistance

Add a new assignment activity

  1. Turn editing on.

  2. Locate the week or section in which you wish to add the new assignment

  3. Click Add an activity or resource

  4. Select Assignment

  5. Click Add

For more information see, Adding an Activity in Moodle ISU [Faculty]

Modify the edit settings


  1. In the Assignment name textbox, type the assignment name. (this field is required)

  2. In the Description field, Type any instructions or reminders for your students.


  1. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Check the Display description on the course page 

  2. Use the Additional files file picker to upload handouts, instructions, or examples.



To enable any of these settings, you must first Check Enable.

  • Allow submissions from - prevents students from submitting until the specified time and provides no restriction after.

  • Due date - allows submissions at any time before the specified date and time, but assignments may still be submitted late.

  • Cut-off date - prevents any late assignments from being submitted without an extension.

  • Remind Me To Grade By - Will provide a dashboard notification reminding the teacher about grading this assignment.

Note: Hours are displayed on a 24-hour clock or military time.


Submission types

Note: This section provides options to control the format of your students’ submitted content.

Choose either or both:

  • Online text -  if enabled, students are able to type their submission directly into Moodle via an html text box rather than uploading a file.

  • File submissions - if enabled, students are able to upload files.

For more information see, Submission Types

Feedback types

Choose none, one, or all:

  • Feedback comments -  If enabled, the grader can leave comments on student submissions. This feature allows graders the ability to provide students with general feedback about their assignments.

  • Offline grading worksheet - If enabled, teachers can download a grading sheet for the assignment to use outside of Moodle when marking assignments. The grade sheet can then be uploaded into Moodle.

  • Feedback files - If enabled, teachers can upload files with grades and other feedback in formats, such as documents, with comments or spoken audio feedback.

  • Comment inline -  if you Select Yes from the dropdown menu, the submission text will be copied into the feedback comment field and you will be able to comment on and/or edit the original text.

For more information see, Feedback Types

Submission settings

Select Yes or No to the corresponding dropdown menus:

  • Require students to click submit button - Allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on Moodle. If enabled, students will have to click a submit button to submit their assignments for grading.

  • Require that students accept the submission statement - students will be required to accept an academic honesty submission statement for all submissions to this assignment if enabled.

  • Attempts reopened - determines how students’ submission attempts are reopened.  

    • Never - student submissions cannot be reopened.

    • Manually - student submissions can be reopened by a teacher.

    • Automatically until pass - student submissions are automatically reopened until the student achieves the grade to pass the value set in the Gradebook for the assignment.

  • Maximum attempts - the maximum number of attempts students can submit. After this number of attempts has been made, the students’ submissions will not be reopened.

Note: The Maximum attempts dropdown menu cannot be accessed if Attempts reopened dropdown menu is set as Never.

For more information see, Submission settings

Group submission settings

This section provides the teacher with control over how students submit as groups and how students will be placed in groups. 

For more information see, Group submission settings


This section allows teachers to edit when they will receive email notifications regarding students submitting assignments.

For more information see, Submission Settings


This section allows teachers to set up grading preferences regarding how the assignment will be graded, how many points the assignment is worth, and the category in which the assignment will be located.

  • Grade - Select the grading option that matches your syllabus. You have several options:

    • None - assignments will not be graded.

    • Scale - assignments can be graded on a scale, however, scales are not currently included in the final grade calculation. For questions regarding using a scale, contact ITRC.

    • Point - This allows you to select the maximum possible points for the student's grades.

  • Grading method - Select a method for grading the assignment.

  • Grade category - Select the category you would like this assignment to be part of in your Gradebook.

  • Grade to pass - This will set a minimum grade the students must reach to pass.

  • Blind grading -  if enabled, the identity of the students is hidden from the grader.

  • Use grading workflow - if enabled, the grades will go through multiple stages before being released to the students.

  • Use grading allocation - if enabled, graders can be allocated to particular students.

For more information see, Grade

Common module settings

Choose whether to Show or Hide the activity

For more information see, Common module settings

Restrict access

For more information see, Restrict access

Activity completion

For more information see, Activity completion

Save settings

  • Click Save and display to go to the assignment.

  • Click Save and return to the course to be taken back to the course homepage.

  • Click Cancel to delete the assignment.

Note: The new activity will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen.

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

For more information please visit,

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