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Moodle - Faculty QuickStart Guide: Assignments

This faculty quickstart guide for getting started with Moodle includes information about course settings, adding resources, setting up and conducting activities, and user profiles.

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Faculty Guide to Assignments

Instructor Options

Creating Assignments

To create an assignment, first .

From the Add an activity or resource drop-down menu in the appropriate week, select Assignment.

Provide a name and a description for your assignment:

The name you provide will be displayed in the course space.  The description field is where you can compose or paste your instructions for the assignment itself.

Next, specify the grading scale:

Moodle has three default grading options: No grade, 1-100 points, or Separate and Connected ways of knowing.  You can also specify your own grading scale using the Scales option.  Use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate value for your assignment - or choose No grade if you don't want to use the Moodle gradebook.  

The Allow submissions from date is the first date and time when the assignment can be submitted.  The Due date is the date and time that the assignment is due.  Both of these dates are optional; if you do not wish to specify them, simply uncheck the box by the date information. The Cut-off date, if set, means the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.


There are three types of assignments in Moodle:

  1. In an Online Text assignment, the instructor will give directions, and the student will respond in an online text box provided in the assignment tool.
  2. In an File submission assignment, the instructor will give directions, and the student will upload their file through the Moodle assignment tool.
  3. In an Offline assignment, the instructor will give directions, and the student will complete the assignment.  Nothing is turned in through the assignment tool, though the student may be expected to do an activity within Moodle. (Uncheck Submission type options to use Offline Assignment
  4. (Submission comments allow students to submit comments as they submit their assignments... optional)

Click on the button (top right of page) to explore all of the other options available to Assignment

Additional Information

More information on the Assignment tool is available here: