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{{Assignments}}
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{{Assignment}}
An Assignment is an activity that a teacher can select by a pull down menu in a course topic or week section. This page is about the Assignment settings, also found with the Update Assignment  button.
 
  
==Assignment name==
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==Adding an assignment==
Give your assignment a name (e.g. “Report on Topic Content”). The name entered here will be the name that learners see in the course content area. Learners will click on this name to view the details of the assignment and, if applicable, submit their work.
 
  
==Description==
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# Go to the course where you want the assignment; turn on the editing, and in the section you want the assignment, click 'Add an activity or resource'.
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# From the Activity chooser, click the Assignment button and click 'Add'.
  
The description of the assignment, which should include precise instructions for students regarding the subject of the assignment, the form, in which it should be submitted, the grading criteria etc.
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(If you want to edit an existing assignment, click the Edit link to its right and choose the action you wish to take, eg 'Edit settings'.)
  
Use this area to describe the assignment and explain what learners are expected to do to complete this task. The assignment description can be as brief or as expansive as you feel is necessary to meet the needs of your learners. However, it is to your benefit to provide as much detail and information as possible, especially at the start of the course while you are still establishing procedures. Generally, the more information you are able to provide here the fewer questions and problems your learners will have completing the task.
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==Assignment settings==
  
The assignment description field can also be used to provide information or resources related to the assignment. An instructor, for example, could provide some literature, a video clip, an image, or a link to a webpage, and then ask the learners to use these materials in completing the task. (Alternatively, the instructor could post these items using the Resource Module and refer students to them in the assignment details. See the section titled Resource Module for more information.)  
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===General ===
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Give your assignment a name (which students will see to click on) and, if required, a description. If you want the description to display on the course page, check the box.
Finally, if you are adding rich content, tables, etc. to your description, it is best to expand the HTML editor into full screen mode so you can make your webpage document look nice when participants view it.
 
  
==Grade==
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;Additional files
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:Here you can add files which may be of help to the students as they do their assignment, such as example submissions or answer templates.
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===Availability===
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;Allow submissions from
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:This stops students from submitting before the shown date but it doesn't hide the assignment and any included instructions or materials.
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;Due date
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:Submissions are still allowed after this date but will be marked as late. Disable it by unticking the checkbox. Assignments without a due date will appear on the dashboard with 'No Due Date' displayed.
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;Cut-off date
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:After this date, students will not be able to submit and the submit button will disappear.
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{{New features}}
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;Remind me to grade by..
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:A date needs to be entered here in order for the assignment to display on the teacher's [[Course overview block]] and in the [[Calendar]]. It will display when at least one student has submitted.
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===Submission types===
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Here you can decide how you wish students to submit their work to you.
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Note: If Submission comments are enabled in ''Administration>Plugins>Activity modules>Assignment>Submission plugins'', students will be able to add a note to their teacher on submitting work. If Anonymous (blind) marking is enabled, student comments display in the gradebook as from "Participant 01 etc" to avoid revealing identities.
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;Online text
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:Students type their responses directly in Moodle using a text editor (such as the [[Atto editor]] which automatically saves text at regular intervals.)
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It's possible to set a word limit on an online text assignment. Students get a warning if they try to exceed the word limit. Numbers are counted as words and abbreviations such as ''I'm'' or ''they're'' are counted as single words.
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;File submissions
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:Students can upload one or more files of any type the teacher can  open. The teacher can annotate  uploaded PDFs, docx and odt files within the browser, and on saving, the annotated file is made available to the student.  (Check with your admin that [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostscript Ghostscript] and a [[Document converters| document converter]] are enabled, if you can't annotate uploaded files.) In the screenshot below, a docx file has been uploaded and converted so that the teacher may use the annotation tools to comment directly on the student's assignment.
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[[File:assignmentgrading3.png|thumb|500px|center|Annotating uploaded files]]
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{{New features}}Comments may be collapsed to make it easier to read the original text:
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[[File:collapsedcommentexample.png]]
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;Maximum submission size
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:The maximum upload size refers to each file a student uploads. It cannot be larger than the limit in the Course settings.
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{{New features}}
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;Accepted file types
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:The teacher can specify the types of file the students may upload to the assignment. The file types may be added with their file extension, such as .png  and mp3, or else as image/png and audio/mp3. Leaving the field blank will allow all file types. File types are separated with commas.
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If the file types have been restricted, then when  students attempt to submit the assignment, they will see a message telling them which files are accepted:
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[[File:studentfiletyperestrictions.png|thumb|500px|center|Student view of specified files]]
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===Feedback types===
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;Feedback comments
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:With this enabled, markers can leave comments for each submission (which appear on the assignment grading screen.)
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;Offline grading worksheet
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:This is useful if you wish to download the grading list and edit it in a program such as MS Excel. (It does not yet work for non-English users - see MDL-40597.)
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{|
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|[[File:emptygradebook.png|thumb|The empty gradebook on Moodle]]
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|[[File:downloadgradingworksheet.png|thumb|The dropdown to download the list]]
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|[[File:excelgrades.png|thumb|Editing the grades offline]]
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|}
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When the teacher has completed their grading offline, they can then upload the spreadsheet, confirm the changes and the grades and comments will be transferred over into Moodle's gradebook:
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{|
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|[[File:uploadgradingworksheet.png|thumb|Uploading the grading worksheet]]
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|[[File:confirmchanges.png|thumb|Confirming the changes]]
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|[[File:fullgradebook.png|thumb|Grades and feedback transferred into Moodle]]
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|}
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See also [http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/2012/11/19/offline-grading-worksheet-in-moodle-2-4-assignment/ Offline grading worksheet] blog post by Gavin Henrick.
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;Feedback files
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:This allows  markers 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. It enables the Feedback Files column in the assignment grading screen (accessed from 'View/Grade all submissions'.) To upload feedback files, click on the green tick in the grade column on the grading table and then upload either with drag and drop or using the [[File picker]].
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{|
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|[[File:feedback files.jpg|thumb|The Feedback files column]]
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|[[File:feedback files 2.jpg|thumb|Upload files here]]
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|[[File:feedback view for students.jpg|thumb|Student view with comments and file feedback both enabled]]
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'''Uploading multiple feedback files''' is also possible:
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#Download the students' assignments using the "Download all submissions" link from the same dropdown menu;
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#Extract the folder offline and add your comments to the student's submissions.Keep the names the same.
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#Select the students' submissions and zip them into a new folder. Important: Don't just edit them inside their original folder and re-zip this; it will not work. The folder name does not matter as long as the feedback files have the same names as before.
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#Upload this newly zipped folder.
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#You will be presented with a confirmation screen displaying your feedback files. (If you zip files from a Mac,make sure to  remove the folder _MACOSX)
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{|
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|[[File:mutiplefeedbackzip.png|thumb|Choose from the dropdown menu]]
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|[[File:multiplezip1.png|thumb|Confirmation screen displaying the feedback files to be uploaded]]
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|[[File:multiplezip2.png|thumb|Screen confirming uploaded feedback]]
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|}
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;Comment inline
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:This usefully allows you to comment directly on an 'online text' type submission.
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===Submission settings===
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;Require students click submit button
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:If this is set to 'No' students can make changes to their submission at any time. (If you want to stop them changing work once you are ready to grade, click 'View/Grade all submissions'; locate the student and From the Edit column, click the action icon and select 'Prevent submission changes.'
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:If set to 'Yes', students can upload draft versions of the assignment until such time as they are ready to submit. Clicking the submit button tells the teacher they have finished drafting and want the work to be graded. They can no longer edit it and must ask the teacher to revert to draft status if they need to change it again.To do that, click 'View/Grade all submissions; locate the student and from the Edit column, click the action icon and select 'Revert the submission to draft'.
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{|
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|[[File:revert to draft.jpg|thumb|Reverting to draft]]
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|[[File:prevent submission changes.jpg|thumb|Prevent submission changes]]
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|[[File:with selected.jpg|thumb|"With selected" to choose several students..]]
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The grade for the assignment is specified here. Choosing a number will become the maximum grade for this assignment. Apart from the numbers, one of the descriptive grades which have been defined for this course can also be picked.
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;Require that students accept the Submission statement
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:An administrator can define a "Submission statement", ie, a statement where students promise the work is their own and which they must agree to before submitting their work. This may be done via ''Site administration>Plugins>Activity modules>Assignment.'' (A default statement is also available.)  If the administrator has given teachers the option of using a submission statement or not, then it will be available in the assignment settings screen. If the administrator has forced the statement throughout the site, a teacher will not have this option in the settings but a student will see the statement when accessing their assignment.
  
If you will not be giving a grade for the assignment, choose No Grade.
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;Attempts reopened
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: If 'require students to click submit' is enabled, then students may only submit once. You can change this here to 'Manually' and reopen it for students to resubmit, or you can change it to 'Automatically until pass', for the students to keep resubmitting until they get a pass grade.
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;Maximum attempts
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: Here you can decide how many attempts to allow  if students can resubmit. If a student has to keep trying until they get a pass grade, you might decide to limit the attempts even though they have not yet passed - or they might be trying for ever!
  
==Available from==
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===Groups submission settings===
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These settings allow students to collaborage on a single assignment, eg, working in the same online area or uploading , editing and reuploading an MS Powerpoint in the common assignment area.
  
Setting this date prevents students from submitting their assignments before this date.
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When grading, the teacher may choose to give a common grade and feedback to all students in the group or to give individual grades and feedback to each member.
  
The Available from date setting allows an instructor to set a day and time at which learners can begin submitting the assignment. This setting does not, however, hide the activity from the learners. Instead, the learner will see the activity, be able to view the instructions and use any materials you have include in the description, but the learner will not be able to submit or complete the assignment until the Available from date.  
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;Require group to make submission
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:Students  not in a group can still submit  assignments unless this is forced in ''Site administration > Plugins  > Assignment > Assignment settings'' .  Moodle will then display a message ''You're not a member of any group; please contact your teacher'' , and the student will not be able to submit the assignment.
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;Require all group members submit
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:This setting will only appear if the teacher has ticked the "Require students click submit button" earlier. The assignment will not be classed as "submitted" until all members of the group have made a contribution. When one student has submitted, the other members of the group will be able to see who still has to submit.
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;Grouping for student groups
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:If a particular grouping is selected here, then the gradebook will display any other groups and non-grouped students in the "default group", while naming the group(s) that are in the chosen grouping. If "none" is selected, then the gradebook will display the names of all groups and put any non-grouped students in the "default group". See this [https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=216399#p942913 forum post on grouping for student groups] for examples of how this might be used.
  
To activate the Available from date, make sure that the “Disable” checkbox is not marked. Then, use the drop down menus to choose the day, month and year. You can also set a time with the last two fields on the line. Note: the time is based on a 24 hour clock or “military time,” so 14:00 refers to 2:00 p.m.
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==Notifications==
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Please note that if you are using group mode then course teachers need to be members of the group in order to receive submission and late submission notifications.
  
If you do not wish to use the Available from option, just check the “Disable” checkbox by clicking on it; the rest of the field will turn gray and the date will be ignored.
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==Grade==
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*See [[Grade points]] and [[Advanced grading methods]] for more information on the settings here.
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*Setting a passing grade  may be connected with [[Activity completion]] and [[Restrict access]] such that a student will not be able to access a follow up activity until they have passed this assignment.
  
==Due date==
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===Anonymous marking===
  
And this prevents students from submitting their assignments after this date.
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Sometimes known as 'blind marking', anonymous marking prevents assessors from seeing students' names on submissions. Instead, they will see randomly generated Participant numbers. (The student view of the assignment does not change.) This is also the case if student comments have been enabled.  
  
The Due date field works in much the same way as the Available from field with a few small differences. Unchecking the “Disable” checkbox activates the Due date option and you have the same ability to select a day, month, year, and time. If the checkbox is checked, then the due date will be not be applied.
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Because of the nature of anonymous marking, the students cannot see the final grade until all of the students' names have been revealed. If you are grading an assignment using an advanced grading method such as a rubric, the rubric will also be hidden from students' view until the names are revealed. To reveal student names after you are finished grading, look under ''Assignment settings > Reveal student identities''. Feedback comments will appear whether or not student names are hidden or revealed. Note that this level of anonymity might not suit the privacy requirements of your organisation. See MDL-35390 for more details.
  
As with the Available from setting, the Due date defines when learners are able to submit their assignment. However, with the Due date settings, you also have the Prevent late submissions option (below the date and time fields). Setting Prevent late submissions to Yes will prevent learners from being able to submit this assignment after the Due date. If you set Prevent late submissions to No, then learners can submit the assignment as long as the assignment is visible or accessible to them.
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Users with the capability [[Capabilities/mod/assign:viewblinddetails|mod/assign:viewblinddetails]] can view student identities and participant numbers (in Moodle 3.0.3 onwards).
  
Both the Available from and Due dates are displayed for learners in the assignment details, but the Due date is also marked in the course Calendar as a visible reminder for participants. Furthermore, the indicator on the calendar will actually link learners directly to the activity!
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===Use marking (grading) workflow===
  
Your use of the Available from and Due date settings will probably be dependent on the overall structure of your course. If you are facilitating an open ended course or a course with rolling enrollment, then you might find it easier to not apply the Available from and Due date settings (leave the boxes checked). This arrangement will allow the learners to access the assignments according to their own schedule and progress within the course. Alternatively, if you are working within a more structured format or adhering to a timeline, the Available from and Due date settings are useful for keeping learners on schedule. Using the Available from setting will make it possible for learners to preview upcoming activities, while at the same time, prevent them from finishing the course in the first week and not returning for additional activities or information. Likewise, the Due dates help keep the learners from lagging too far behind and decrease the likelihood that the learner will become overwhelmed by having to complete several weeks worth of work at once.
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Enable Marking Workflow if you need to:
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*keep grades and feedback hidden until you are ready to release them (otherwise by default they display to each student as you save them).
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*state where you are up to in your grading.
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*coordinate multiple markers.  
  
==Prevent late submissions==
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{|
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|[[File:26markingworkflow.png|thumb|Marking workflow state in the individual grading screen]]
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|[[File:26quickgradingworkflow.png|thumb|Dropdown to select marking workflow state when quick grading]]
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Set to "No", assignments submitted after the due date will be marked as late, but students will still be able to submit them. Set to "Yes", assignment submission will be blocked after the due date.
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One advantage of using marking workflow is that the grades can be hidden from students until they are set to 'Released'. The phases are:
  
==Settings for specific assignment types (1.7 onwards)==
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* Not marked (the marker has not yet started)
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* In marking (the marker has started but not yet finished)
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* Marking completed (the marker has finished but might need to go back for checking/corrections)
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* In review (the marking is now with the teacher in charge for quality checking)
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* Ready for release (the teacher in charge is satisfied with the marking but wait before giving students access to the marking)
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* Released (the student can access the grades/feedback)
  
Each assignment type, except offline assignment, has further settings which are detailed on the relevant assignment type pages:
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====Example use cases====
*[[Upload a single file assignment|Upload a single file]]
 
*[[Online text assignment|Online text]]
 
*[[Advanced uploading of files assignment|Advanced uploading of files]]
 
  
==Assignment type (pre-1.7)==
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One marker, Marker, wants to release all grades at the same time
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* Marker enables "Use marking workflow"
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* Marker marks each submission and transitions the grading to "Marking completed" as each submission is graded.
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* Marker then uses the batch operations to transition all grades to "Released" at the same time.  
  
With the Assignment type setting (pre-1.7), you choose the type of assignment which defines how learners will complete the assignment and turn it in to the instructor. Assignments can be set up as offline activity, online text, or upload a single file.
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Multiple markers,
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* Marker enables "Use marking workflow"
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* Marker marks each submission and transitions the grading to "Marking completed" as each submission is graded.  
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* Marker then uses the batch operations to transition all grades to "Released" at the same time.
  
;Upload
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===Use marking allocation===
:A student can upload a single file. This could be a Word document, spreadsheet or anything digital. Multiple files could 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.
 
  
:In addition to using this activity to collect work from learners, some instructors and learners use this module as a tool for transferring projects from one location to another. For example, if an instructor offered learners an assignment of this form, the learner could upload a file he was working on at school and then, once home, retrieve it from the assignment screen to continue his work. With the right settings (offered on the next screen), the learner can then submit the new file from home to use at school again.
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If marking workflow (see above) is set to Yes, it is possible to enable marking allocation. This means that teachers can be selected to grade or review the submitted work of specific students. Colleagues can monitor progress through the displayed marking workflow states:
  
;Online Text
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{|
: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.
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|[[File:26markingworkflowallocatedmarkers.png|thumb|Allocated markers on the grading screen]]
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:The online text assignment is ideal for journaling and composition work.
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==Locally assigned roles==
  
;Offline assignment
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In ''Administration > Assignment administration > Locally assigned roles'' selected users can be given additional roles in the activity. See the Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=98208 Custom role for 'Course Monitor'] forum discussion for an example.
: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.
 
  
:The offline activity has a number of different applications. In general, the offline activity is designed for activities completed outside of the online environment. Additionally, if you are using the Moodle gradebook, the offline activity gives you the capability to add gradebook entries for assignments completed outside of Moodle or for non-graded activities within Moodle.
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==Assignment capabilities==
  
: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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* [[Capabilities/mod/assign:exportownsubmission|Export own submission]]
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* [[Capabilities/mod/assign:grade|Grade assignment]]
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* [[Capabilities/mod/assign:submit|Submit assignment]]
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* [[Capabilities/mod/assign:view|View assignment]]
  
: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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Role permissions for the activity can be changed in ''Course administration > Assignment administration > Permissions''.
  
:Finally, the offline assignment, as mentioned previously, is a tool for making entries in the Moodle gradebook. Perhaps an instructor wants to assign a grade for contributions to a class wiki; however, the wiki itself is an ungraded activity. The instructor could use an offline assignment to create an entry for the wiki contribution grade in the Moodle gradebook. In this example, however, the instructor may choose to hide the actual listing of the assignment in the Moodle course since it is primarily being used for the purpose of making a gradebook entry.
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==Site administration settings==
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Administrators can access assignment configuration options by expanding ''Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > Assignment''.
  
To complete the settings specific to the assignment type, click Next to proceed to the [[mod/assignment/details|assignment details]] page.
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===Assignment settings===
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Here, the administrator can set defaults for certain settings. They may also make certain settings 'Advanced' which means a course teacher has to click the 'Show more' link to see them, or they may 'lock' settings which means a course teacher cannot alter that setting.
  
== Common module settings ==
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If the site contains courses with over 100 participants, the number of assignments listed on the assignment grading page may be limited using the Maximum assignments per page (assign | maxperpage) setting. This removes 'All' from the 'Assignments per page' setting.
  
=== Group mode ===
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;Submission statement
When course group mode is turned on, the [[Groups|group mode]] can be one of three levels: no groups, separate groups or visible groups. 
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:Here is where the administrator can enter text into a box which will appear when students are about to submit an assignment:
  
;No groups
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{|
:There are no groups and all students submit their assignments in one Assignment area
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|[[File:newsubmissionstatement.png|thumb|Admin view of Submission statement set up screen - click to enlarge]]
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|[[File:submissionstatement1.png|thumb|Student view when about to submit - click to enlarge]]
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;Separate groups
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If it is left as the default "No", then teachers will have the choice within their own assignments to force this or not.
:Students submit their assignments within a separate Group based submission area and teachers/trainers can sort submissions by Group or view All Participants.
 
  
;Visible groups
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The submission statement may be shown in different languages. See [[Multi-language content filter]] for how to do this.
:All students submits their assignment within a single Assignment area but may choose which Group to associate their submission with before uploading.  Teachers/trainers can sort submissions by Group or view All Participants.
 
  
=== Visible ===
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===Submission plugins===
Choose whether to Show or Hide the assignment
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Here the administrator can enable, disable or change the order and default settings for any submission plugins.
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;Submission comments
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:Note that if submission comments are enabled here AND AND comments enabled globally in ''Site Administration > Advanced features'') then students will be able to send a message to their teacher when submitting their assignment. If either of those settings is disabled, then the submission comments link will not appear.
  
=== ID number ===
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===Feedback plugins===
Setting an ID number provides a way of identifying the assignment for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field can be left blank.
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====Manage assignment feedback plugins====
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Here the administrator can enable, disable or change the order and default settings for any feedback plugins.
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;Annotate PDF
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:This is the place to upload stamps for teachers to use when annotating student PDFs.  
  
==Tips and tricks==
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=====Check Ghostscript=====
*Want to use an Assignment activity again? Copy the assignment by backing up the course and selecting just the assignment, with or without students and their data. Restore the backup to the same course or to a new course. Move the copied assignment and or edit it.
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You can also check the ghostscript path from here:
*Want to use an Assignment activity in another course you teach?  Use the import function in the course administration block.
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{|
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|[[File:Selection_116.png|thumb|Ghostscript not installed or incorrectly installed]]
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|[[File:Selection_115.png|thumb|Ghostscript correctly installed]]
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==See also==
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If the default stamps are deleted by accident, they can be found in mod/assign/feedback/editpdf/pix and re-uploaded.
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=====Check Unoconv=====
  
* [[Peer_Review_Assignment_Type|Peer Review Assignment Type]] (contributed module)
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Unoconv v07 is required for converting files to PDF. You can test the correct path to unoconv here, and download a test  converted PDF.
* Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=64755 How do I make assignments worth more than 100 points?] forum discussion
 
  
[[de:Aufgabe anlegen]]
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==See also==
[[cs:Přidání/úprava úkolu]]
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Synergy Learning blog post: [http://www.synergy-learning.com/moodle-2-5-improvements-assignment-resubmissions/ Assignment resubmissions]
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[[fr:Ajouter/modifier un devoir]]
 
[[fr:Ajouter/modifier un devoir]]
 
[[ja:課題を追加/編集する]]
 
[[ja:課題を追加/編集する]]
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[[es:Configuraciones de tarea]]

Latest revision as of 13:05, 12 September 2017


Adding an assignment

  1. Go to the course where you want the assignment; turn on the editing, and in the section you want the assignment, click 'Add an activity or resource'.
  2. From the Activity chooser, click the Assignment button and click 'Add'.

(If you want to edit an existing assignment, click the Edit link to its right and choose the action you wish to take, eg 'Edit settings'.)

Assignment settings

General

Give your assignment a name (which students will see to click on) and, if required, a description. If you want the description to display on the course page, check the box.

Additional files
Here you can add files which may be of help to the students as they do their assignment, such as example submissions or answer templates.

Availability

Allow submissions from
This stops students from submitting before the shown date but it doesn't hide the assignment and any included instructions or materials.
Due date
Submissions are still allowed after this date but will be marked as late. Disable it by unticking the checkbox. Assignments without a due date will appear on the dashboard with 'No Due Date' displayed.
Cut-off date
After this date, students will not be able to submit and the submit button will disappear.

New feature
in Moodle 3.3!


Remind me to grade by..
A date needs to be entered here in order for the assignment to display on the teacher's Course overview block and in the Calendar. It will display when at least one student has submitted.

Submission types

Here you can decide how you wish students to submit their work to you.

Note: If Submission comments are enabled in Administration>Plugins>Activity modules>Assignment>Submission plugins, students will be able to add a note to their teacher on submitting work. If Anonymous (blind) marking is enabled, student comments display in the gradebook as from "Participant 01 etc" to avoid revealing identities.

Online text
Students type their responses directly in Moodle using a text editor (such as the Atto editor which automatically saves text at regular intervals.)

It's possible to set a word limit on an online text assignment. Students get a warning if they try to exceed the word limit. Numbers are counted as words and abbreviations such as I'm or they're are counted as single words.

File submissions
Students can upload one or more files of any type the teacher can open. The teacher can annotate uploaded PDFs, docx and odt files within the browser, and on saving, the annotated file is made available to the student. (Check with your admin that Ghostscript and a document converter are enabled, if you can't annotate uploaded files.) In the screenshot below, a docx file has been uploaded and converted so that the teacher may use the annotation tools to comment directly on the student's assignment.
Annotating uploaded files

New feature
in Moodle 3.3!
Comments may be collapsed to make it easier to read the original text:

collapsedcommentexample.png

Maximum submission size
The maximum upload size refers to each file a student uploads. It cannot be larger than the limit in the Course settings.

New feature
in Moodle 3.3!

Accepted file types
The teacher can specify the types of file the students may upload to the assignment. The file types may be added with their file extension, such as .png and mp3, or else as image/png and audio/mp3. Leaving the field blank will allow all file types. File types are separated with commas.

If the file types have been restricted, then when students attempt to submit the assignment, they will see a message telling them which files are accepted:

Student view of specified files

Feedback types

Feedback comments
With this enabled, markers can leave comments for each submission (which appear on the assignment grading screen.)
Offline grading worksheet
This is useful if you wish to download the grading list and edit it in a program such as MS Excel. (It does not yet work for non-English users - see MDL-40597.)
The empty gradebook on Moodle
The dropdown to download the list
Editing the grades offline

When the teacher has completed their grading offline, they can then upload the spreadsheet, confirm the changes and the grades and comments will be transferred over into Moodle's gradebook:

Uploading the grading worksheet
Confirming the changes
Grades and feedback transferred into Moodle

See also Offline grading worksheet blog post by Gavin Henrick.

Feedback files
This allows markers 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. It enables the Feedback Files column in the assignment grading screen (accessed from 'View/Grade all submissions'.) To upload feedback files, click on the green tick in the grade column on the grading table and then upload either with drag and drop or using the File picker.
The Feedback files column
Upload files here
Student view with comments and file feedback both enabled

Uploading multiple feedback files is also possible:

  1. Download the students' assignments using the "Download all submissions" link from the same dropdown menu;
  2. Extract the folder offline and add your comments to the student's submissions.Keep the names the same.
  3. Select the students' submissions and zip them into a new folder. Important: Don't just edit them inside their original folder and re-zip this; it will not work. The folder name does not matter as long as the feedback files have the same names as before.
  4. Upload this newly zipped folder.
  5. You will be presented with a confirmation screen displaying your feedback files. (If you zip files from a Mac,make sure to remove the folder _MACOSX)
Choose from the dropdown menu
Confirmation screen displaying the feedback files to be uploaded
Screen confirming uploaded feedback
Comment inline
This usefully allows you to comment directly on an 'online text' type submission.

Submission settings

Require students click submit button
If this is set to 'No' students can make changes to their submission at any time. (If you want to stop them changing work once you are ready to grade, click 'View/Grade all submissions'; locate the student and From the Edit column, click the action icon and select 'Prevent submission changes.'
If set to 'Yes', students can upload draft versions of the assignment until such time as they are ready to submit. Clicking the submit button tells the teacher they have finished drafting and want the work to be graded. They can no longer edit it and must ask the teacher to revert to draft status if they need to change it again.To do that, click 'View/Grade all submissions; locate the student and from the Edit column, click the action icon and select 'Revert the submission to draft'.
Reverting to draft
Prevent submission changes
"With selected" to choose several students..
Require that students accept the Submission statement
An administrator can define a "Submission statement", ie, a statement where students promise the work is their own and which they must agree to before submitting their work. This may be done via Site administration>Plugins>Activity modules>Assignment. (A default statement is also available.) If the administrator has given teachers the option of using a submission statement or not, then it will be available in the assignment settings screen. If the administrator has forced the statement throughout the site, a teacher will not have this option in the settings but a student will see the statement when accessing their assignment.
Attempts reopened
If 'require students to click submit' is enabled, then students may only submit once. You can change this here to 'Manually' and reopen it for students to resubmit, or you can change it to 'Automatically until pass', for the students to keep resubmitting until they get a pass grade.
Maximum attempts
Here you can decide how many attempts to allow if students can resubmit. If a student has to keep trying until they get a pass grade, you might decide to limit the attempts even though they have not yet passed - or they might be trying for ever!

Groups submission settings

These settings allow students to collaborage on a single assignment, eg, working in the same online area or uploading , editing and reuploading an MS Powerpoint in the common assignment area.

When grading, the teacher may choose to give a common grade and feedback to all students in the group or to give individual grades and feedback to each member.

Require group to make submission
Students not in a group can still submit assignments unless this is forced in Site administration > Plugins > Assignment > Assignment settings . Moodle will then display a message You're not a member of any group; please contact your teacher , and the student will not be able to submit the assignment.
Require all group members submit
This setting will only appear if the teacher has ticked the "Require students click submit button" earlier. The assignment will not be classed as "submitted" until all members of the group have made a contribution. When one student has submitted, the other members of the group will be able to see who still has to submit.
Grouping for student groups
If a particular grouping is selected here, then the gradebook will display any other groups and non-grouped students in the "default group", while naming the group(s) that are in the chosen grouping. If "none" is selected, then the gradebook will display the names of all groups and put any non-grouped students in the "default group". See this forum post on grouping for student groups for examples of how this might be used.

Notifications

Please note that if you are using group mode then course teachers need to be members of the group in order to receive submission and late submission notifications.

Grade

Anonymous marking

Sometimes known as 'blind marking', anonymous marking prevents assessors from seeing students' names on submissions. Instead, they will see randomly generated Participant numbers. (The student view of the assignment does not change.) This is also the case if student comments have been enabled.

Because of the nature of anonymous marking, the students cannot see the final grade until all of the students' names have been revealed. If you are grading an assignment using an advanced grading method such as a rubric, the rubric will also be hidden from students' view until the names are revealed. To reveal student names after you are finished grading, look under Assignment settings > Reveal student identities. Feedback comments will appear whether or not student names are hidden or revealed. Note that this level of anonymity might not suit the privacy requirements of your organisation. See MDL-35390 for more details.

Users with the capability mod/assign:viewblinddetails can view student identities and participant numbers (in Moodle 3.0.3 onwards).

Use marking (grading) workflow

Enable Marking Workflow if you need to:

  • keep grades and feedback hidden until you are ready to release them (otherwise by default they display to each student as you save them).
  • state where you are up to in your grading.
  • coordinate multiple markers.
Marking workflow state in the individual grading screen
Dropdown to select marking workflow state when quick grading

One advantage of using marking workflow is that the grades can be hidden from students until they are set to 'Released'. The phases are:

  • Not marked (the marker has not yet started)
  • In marking (the marker has started but not yet finished)
  • Marking completed (the marker has finished but might need to go back for checking/corrections)
  • In review (the marking is now with the teacher in charge for quality checking)
  • Ready for release (the teacher in charge is satisfied with the marking but wait before giving students access to the marking)
  • Released (the student can access the grades/feedback)

Example use cases

One marker, Marker, wants to release all grades at the same time

  • Marker enables "Use marking workflow"
  • Marker marks each submission and transitions the grading to "Marking completed" as each submission is graded.
  • Marker then uses the batch operations to transition all grades to "Released" at the same time.

Multiple markers,

  • Marker enables "Use marking workflow"
  • Marker marks each submission and transitions the grading to "Marking completed" as each submission is graded.
  • Marker then uses the batch operations to transition all grades to "Released" at the same time.

Use marking allocation

If marking workflow (see above) is set to Yes, it is possible to enable marking allocation. This means that teachers can be selected to grade or review the submitted work of specific students. Colleagues can monitor progress through the displayed marking workflow states:

Allocated markers on the grading screen

Locally assigned roles

In Administration > Assignment administration > Locally assigned roles selected users can be given additional roles in the activity. See the Using Moodle Custom role for 'Course Monitor' forum discussion for an example.

Assignment capabilities

Role permissions for the activity can be changed in Course administration > Assignment administration > Permissions.

Site administration settings

Administrators can access assignment configuration options by expanding Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > Assignment.

Assignment settings

Here, the administrator can set defaults for certain settings. They may also make certain settings 'Advanced' which means a course teacher has to click the 'Show more' link to see them, or they may 'lock' settings which means a course teacher cannot alter that setting.

If the site contains courses with over 100 participants, the number of assignments listed on the assignment grading page may be limited using the Maximum assignments per page (assign | maxperpage) setting. This removes 'All' from the 'Assignments per page' setting.

Submission statement
Here is where the administrator can enter text into a box which will appear when students are about to submit an assignment:
Admin view of Submission statement set up screen - click to enlarge
Student view when about to submit - click to enlarge

If it is left as the default "No", then teachers will have the choice within their own assignments to force this or not.

The submission statement may be shown in different languages. See Multi-language content filter for how to do this.

Submission plugins

Here the administrator can enable, disable or change the order and default settings for any submission plugins.

Submission comments
Note that if submission comments are enabled here AND AND comments enabled globally in Site Administration > Advanced features) then students will be able to send a message to their teacher when submitting their assignment. If either of those settings is disabled, then the submission comments link will not appear.

Feedback plugins

Manage assignment feedback plugins

Here the administrator can enable, disable or change the order and default settings for any feedback plugins.

Annotate PDF
This is the place to upload stamps for teachers to use when annotating student PDFs.
Check Ghostscript

You can also check the ghostscript path from here:

Ghostscript not installed or incorrectly installed
Ghostscript correctly installed

If the default stamps are deleted by accident, they can be found in mod/assign/feedback/editpdf/pix and re-uploaded.

Check Unoconv

Unoconv v07 is required for converting files to PDF. You can test the correct path to unoconv here, and download a test converted PDF.

See also

Synergy Learning blog post: Assignment resubmissions