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The assignment module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades.
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{{Note|New to Assignment? Try our '''[[Assignment quick guide]].'''}}
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[[File:newdocsassignment1.png|thumb||Student view of an assignment]]
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[[File:assignmentgrading3.png|thumb|Teacher view of an assignment]]
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The assignment activity provides a space into which students can submit work for teachers to grade and give feedback on. This saves on paper and is more efficient than email. It can also be used to remind students of 'real-world' assignments they need to complete offline, such as art work, and thus not require any digital content.  
  
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Student submissions are together on one screen of your course. You can require them to submit one or several files and/or to type text essays. It is possible to have them submit work as a group and you can also choose as a teacher to grade their work 'blind' in other words not to see the identities of those who have submitted assignments. Assignments can have deadlines and cut off dates - which you can also extend if necessary.
  
* [[Assignment settings]]
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==Assignment (Submission) types==
* [[Using Assignment]]
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Students can type directly into Moodle, upload files or add media. The options are in the Submission types section and if you don't see a particular option, get the admin to check the Site administration settings in [[Assignment settings]] documentation.
* [[Assignment FAQ]]
 
  
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 Moodle using an [[Online text assignment|online text]] assignment.  There is also an [[Offline activity assignment|offline activity ]] assignment which can be used to remind students of 'real-world' assignments they need to complete and to record grades in Moodle for activities that don't have an online component.  
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'''Online text:''' Text typed into the [[Atto editor]] is automatically saved and the teacher can set a Word limit which will display a warning if students exceed it.
  
== Assignment types ==
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'''File submissions:''' Students can upload files of any type. The teacher can specify the maximum number of files which may be uploaded and a maximum size for each file.
There are 4 types of assignments:
 
  
;Upload a single file
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Students may be able to add a note (comment) to their teacher when the submit their work.
:A student can upload a single file, such as a Word document, spreadsheet or anything digital. Multiple files can be zipped and then submitted. After learners upload their files in this arrangement, the instructor will be able to open the submission and then use the Moodle interface to assign a grade and offer comments as feedback.
 
  
;Advanced uploading of files
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==Feedback types==
:Options include multiple file submission, allowing students to type a message alongside their submission & returning a file as feedback.
 
  
;Online Text
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Teachers may give feedback in various ways.
:This assignment type asks users to compose and edit text, using the normal editing tools. The online text assignment can be set up to allow learners to compose, revise and edit over time or such that the learner only has one opportunity to enter his or her response. Furthermore, with the online assignment, instructors can grade the work online and even edit and/or provide comments within the learner’s work.
 
  
:The online text assignment is ideal for journalling and composition work.
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Students may upload documents such as .docx, odt and PDF and the teacher can annotate directly on the student’s submission (requires [http://www.ghostscript.com/ Ghostscript] and [[Universal Office Converter (unoconv)|unoconv]] to be installed by an admin).
  
;Offline activity
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With online text submissions, if the teacher sets “'''Comment inline'''” to ‘yes’ they will be able to give feedback on the student’s submission directly in one of two ways:
:This is useful when the assignment is performed outside of Moodle. It could be something elsewhere on the web or face-to-face. Students can see a description of the assignment, but can't upload files. Grading works normally, and students will get notification of their grades.
 
  
:Specifically, an instructor in a hybrid or blended environment (combination of face-to-face and online instruction) may use the offline activity type of assignment to assign a project that the learner will physically present to the instructor at a face-to-face session. This arrangement allows the instructor to communicate the project expectations online while creating an entry for the project in the Moodle gradebook.
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# The student’s submission will appear in the feedback comments box (if enabled) so teachers can annotate on it and add their feedback comments in the same area.
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# If the admin settings allow it, the student’s submission will appear in a large box to the left, allowing the teacher to annotate using comments, highlighting, stamps and other features.
  
:In another example, consider the instructor who gives reading assignments or assigns problems for practice. These activities wouldn’t necessarily be turned in for a grade, but the instructor needs a tool for communicating the assignment details. The offline assignment, with its unique icon, could be used as a consistent visual cue for the learners; learners would come to know that they can always look for the assignment icon to see what work they need to complete.
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'''Feedback comments:''' allows graders to leave comments about the students' submissions as well as grades.
  
== See also ==
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'''Offline grading worksheet''' gives the teacher  a link to download the grading list as a spreadsheet. They will then be able to enter grades and feedback comments offline and then re-upload the sheet. See [[Using Assignment]] for more information.
  
*[[Workshop module]] allows peer to peer evaluations
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'''Feedback files''' allows graders to upload files with feedback when marking. These files may be the marked up student assignments, documents with comments, a completed marking guide, or spoken audio feedback.
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=126431 single file upload vs. advanced uploading] forum discussion
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==Grading assignments==
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Assignments may be graded with simple [[Grade points]] or customisable [[Scales]]. If you change the Grading method to Advanced grading, you can then use a [[Marking guide]] or [[Rubric]].
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==Need more information?==
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*[[Assignment settings]]
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*[[Using Assignment]]
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*[[Assignment FAQ]]
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Latest revision as of 07:08, 22 March 2017

Note: New to Assignment? Try our Assignment quick guide.


Student view of an assignment
Teacher view of an assignment

The assignment activity provides a space into which students can submit work for teachers to grade and give feedback on. This saves on paper and is more efficient than email. It can also be used to remind students of 'real-world' assignments they need to complete offline, such as art work, and thus not require any digital content.

Student submissions are together on one screen of your course. You can require them to submit one or several files and/or to type text essays. It is possible to have them submit work as a group and you can also choose as a teacher to grade their work 'blind' in other words not to see the identities of those who have submitted assignments. Assignments can have deadlines and cut off dates - which you can also extend if necessary.

Assignment (Submission) types

Students can type directly into Moodle, upload files or add media. The options are in the Submission types section and if you don't see a particular option, get the admin to check the Site administration settings in Assignment settings documentation.

Online text: Text typed into the Atto editor is automatically saved and the teacher can set a Word limit which will display a warning if students exceed it.

File submissions: Students can upload files of any type. The teacher can specify the maximum number of files which may be uploaded and a maximum size for each file.

Students may be able to add a note (comment) to their teacher when the submit their work.

Feedback types

Teachers may give feedback in various ways.

Students may upload documents such as .docx, odt and PDF and the teacher can annotate directly on the student’s submission (requires Ghostscript and unoconv to be installed by an admin).

With online text submissions, if the teacher sets “Comment inline” to ‘yes’ they will be able to give feedback on the student’s submission directly in one of two ways:

  1. The student’s submission will appear in the feedback comments box (if enabled) so teachers can annotate on it and add their feedback comments in the same area.
  2. If the admin settings allow it, the student’s submission will appear in a large box to the left, allowing the teacher to annotate using comments, highlighting, stamps and other features.

Feedback comments: allows graders to leave comments about the students' submissions as well as grades.

Offline grading worksheet gives the teacher a link to download the grading list as a spreadsheet. They will then be able to enter grades and feedback comments offline and then re-upload the sheet. See Using Assignment for more information.

Feedback files allows graders to upload files with feedback when marking. These files may be the marked up student assignments, documents with comments, a completed marking guide, or spoken audio feedback.

Grading assignments

Assignments may be graded with simple Grade points or customisable Scales. If you change the Grading method to Advanced grading, you can then use a Marking guide or Rubric.

Need more information?