Learn@Illinois Moodle - Assignment Activity
The assignment activity allows students to submit work to their teacher for grading. The work may be text typed online, uploaded files of any type, submitted to a forum in Moodle, or even homework collected in class. Grading may be given as written or recorded feedback, simple direct grading, grading guides, and/or rubrics. Students may submit as individuals or in groups.
Examples of Using Assignment
- Collecting written homework and responding with a score and feedback
- Grading all of a student's forum participation in one screen
- Grading an in-class presentation with a rubric
- Automatically granting all of the members of a group the same score (with the option to change individual scores)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between the due date and cutoff date?
After the due date, assignments will be flagged as late. After the cutoff date, no submissions will be permitted.
- How do I set up a UI Activity Grader?
Check out our UI Activity Grader page.
- How do I give a student an extension?
You can find out how to grant extensions on our Extending Deadlines page.
- How do I set up a grading guide or rubric?
Check out Moodle's page on Advanced Grading.
- How do I choose between a grading guide and a rubric?
The difference is outlined on our Rubrics vs. Grading Guides page.
- Can Assignment be used for peer grading?
No, but check out our Workshop Activity.
- Can I collect videos as Assignment submissions?
Technically yes, but the Illinois Media Space Assignment is much better suited to this.
- Use clear descriptions of assignment in the description field including:
- How students will be graded including any grading guides and rubrics
- Formatting rules
- File types that will be accepted
- Examples of exemplary submissions
- Communicate dates in a way that is easy to maintain
- Rarely use hard due dates (e.g. September 22, 2017) - opt for relative dates (e.g. Tuesday of Week 1) whenever possible
- Use the year when typing hard due dates so that if it does not get updated, it will be clear that this is the wrong date.
- When you would like to collect submissions at midnight, consider using 11:55pm instead. Students are often confused when something is due on Monday at midnight, but the system says that it is due on Tuesday at 12:00am.
- There is usually not a need to force students to click submit (unless you are collecting drafts and final submissions in the same area).
Groups and Groupings
- General information about using groups and groupings within this activity
- More information on Groups and Groupings