Staff- Set up an Online Assignment in Moodle


To set up an online submission area on a Moodle page:

  • Navigate to your Moodle page and turn editing on  Illustrative image
  • Click on add an activity or resource at the end of the section you want it to appear in  Illustrative image
  • From the activity list, select Assignment  Illustrative image
  • Give the assignment a name and add a description if needed e.g. if there are any specific instructions students must follow   Illustrative image
  • Under Availability, add the submission's due date and due time  Illustrative image
  • Optional - Under submission type, file submission is selected by default. Also by default, the maximum number of files allowed for submission is set to 20. Change this if you want to limit the number of files students can submit  Illustrative image
  • Optional - Under accepted file types, the default assumes you will want to use Turnitin. This restricts students to submitting particular file types e.g. PDF*, Word, PowerPoint.  Illustrative image
    • If you want students to upload a specific file type, or you want to leave it open, select ‘choose’ then add different file types (or select ‘all file types’). Turnitin will ignore anything it cant read, but the file will still be available to you for downloading  Illustrative image
    • If you want to complete feedback through annotation on Microsoft Word, you may want to unselect everything except Microsoft Word. This will force students to submit in your required file type  Illustrative image
    • When you have made your selections, scroll to the bottom of the 'Accepted file types' window and click Save Changes  Illustrative image
  • Optional - Under group submission types, there is an option for group work (these are covered in the how to set up a group submission guide Illustrative image
  • Optional - Under the Turnitin plagiarism plugin section, Turnitin is on by default. In certain situations you can turn it off through the ‘Enable Turnitin’ option e.g. if students need to submit something other than essay files such as consent forms etc.  Illustrative image  
  • Once you have made your selections on the ‘student tasks’ page, click Save and return to course  Illustrative image

Back on your Moodle page you will see the submission link with this icon.

*Please note that a PDF generated by scanning a document cannot be read by Turnitin.  for a PDF to be readable by Turnitin then it must be saved as a PDF through word or the programme being used.  Scanned PDF’s should only be used when it is for handwritten work or for anything not in a digital format (such as developed photographs or scrapbooks)


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