Assignment module

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.4. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Assignment module.

Note: This page is about the new Assignment module in Moodle 2.3 onwards. For documentation about Assignments (2.2), see Assignment module in the 2.2 docs.


The assignment module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work students submit is visible only to the teacher and not to the other students unless a a group assignment is selected.

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Students can submit any digital content (files), including, for example, word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, audio and video clips. Assignments don't necessarily have to consist of file uploads. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to type directly into a text field in Moodle. Or they can ask student to do both, upload a file or files and type text directly into Moodle. An assignment activity can also be set up to not accept any student submissions and serve as a reminder to students of a 'real-world' assignment they need to complete and to record grades in Moodle for activities that don't have an online component.

An assignment has an 'available from' date before which no students can submit anything, and a due date, after which teachers can choose not to accept submissions any more.

Markers can choose to be notified every time a student submits an assignment, or only for late submissions. Markers can choose to give students feedback in the form of text or uploaded files.

Two assignment modules

Since version 2.3, Moodle includes two assignment modules - the new assignment module (a rewrite of the old assignment module) under /mod/assign/ and the old assignment module under /mod/assignment/ with four subtypes, renamed 'Assignments (2.2)'.

For new Moodle 2.4 installs, Assignments (2.2) is disabled/hidden. For sites which have upgraded from Moodle 2.2, both assignment modules are available. It is recommended that admins upgrade all existing assignments to use the new assignment module as soon as possible, as described in Assignment upgrade tool, then disable Assignments (2.2), to avoid the confusion of having two assignment modules.

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