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Add an assignment activity

This guide details how to setup an Assignment activity in Moodle to enable students to submit work.

This guide talks through the most important or University of Warwick-specific settings. For guidance on all settings, see the Moodle Docs page on Assignment settings.

Click on the Help icon next to any of the options in Moodle to view explanations of them.

  1. Go to your Moodle space and turn editing on.
  2. Click Add an activity or resource in the section where you want to add the assignment.
  3. Select Assignment and click Add.
  4. Enter an Assignment name.
  5. Enter a Description (optional). The description will serve as the assignment instruction for your students.
  6. Set the Availability, most importantly the due date.
  7. Choose a Submission type based on what you would like students to submit.
    • Video/Audio Submission - allows students to submit video or audio files via eStream, the University's media streaming service. Files of up to 6GB can be uploaded this way and do not require downloading to view.
    • File submission - allows students to attach one or more files of any type. You can choose the maximum number of files and restrict the file type.
    • Mahara portfolio - allows students to submit Pages or Collections from their Mahara ePortfolios. By default, Pages are locked from editing once they are submitted.
    • Online text - allows students to enter text directly into a text box on the page. They can insert links and multimedia content via the editor but are not able to attach files. You can set a word limit for this type of assignment.
      NB. It is recommended to only use Online text submission for assignments with low word counts, or to ask students to type their answers into a document, and cut and paste them into the Assignment.
  8. Open the Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings and Enable if you want Turnitin to check for text matches against other sources. NB. Turnitin will only be able to check text files of more than 20 words.
  9. Define the grade for the Assignment. By default, Assignments are graded out of 100 points.
  10. Scroll down and click Save and return to course.

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated April 2020.


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