Create an Assignment

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The ASSIGNMENT tool has several functions:

  • It allows you to distribute assignments to students, individually or in groups.
  • It automatically adds a new column to the Grade Center for each student reflecting the assignment name and points possible.
  • It allows you to collect completed assignments electronically. Submitted assignments are automatically added to Grade Center, where you can assign grades and provide feedback to each student on the assignment.

Available as of May 8, 2017

Instructors will be able to keep track of all student assignment submissions through the use of submission receipts. For more information, please see Grading Submitted Files and Inline Grading - Submission Receipts.

In addition, instructors will be able to send reminders to students about incomplete coursework, such as assignments and quizzes. More information is available on the Coursework Reminder page.



  1. Ensure that Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Select a Content Area (e.g. Course Materials) in the left hand course menu.
  3. Point to Assessments and select Assignment from the drop down menu.
  4. Enter a Name for the assignment.
  5. (Optional) Enter Instructions for students about completing or submitting the assignment.
  6. (Optional) If you have files associated with the assignment that you would like to distribute to students (e.g. an assessment rubric or assignment instructions), click the Browse My Computer button to locate and attach these files.

    Available as of May 8, 2017

    In order to attach files to your content item, you could also drag files from your computer and drop it on the hot spot in the Attach Files area to add the file.

    NOTE: A copy of the file will automatically be uploaded to the course Content folder that appears as the first heading in the Control Panel.

    If you have uploaded your files to the Content Collection, click Browse Content Collection.
    If you select the wrong file, click do not attach to cancel individual files prior to uploading.

    Remove Attachment

  7. (Optional) Enter Due Date. Submissions are accepted after this date, but are noted as Late in Grade Center.
  8. Enter Points Possible. Note: This represents the scale used to mark the assignment (e.g. /5 or /100) and not the relative weight of the assignment within your syllabus. If no marks will be assigned for the assignment, enter 0.
  9. Select Submission Details
    a. Select whether submissions will be done by Individual students, by Groups, or as a Portfolio.
    Note: groups must be set up prior to selecting this option. Only users already assigned to the selected groups will be able to view, download, and submit the assignment.  Also, Student Preview may not fully display content for Group Assignments.
    b. Select the number of attempts: Allow Single Attempt, or Unlimited Attempts or Multiple Attempts if each student will be submitting more than one version of the assignment.
    Submission details options
  10. (Optional) Select Grading Options if you wish to enable Anonymous Grading
    NOTE: Please DO NOT enable Delegated Grading as there are known issues with the feature. If you would like to assign grading amongst TAs, please use Smart Views instead.
    Image of Grading Options selection
  11. Click Display of Grades to Configure the Grade Center Column settings:
    Image of settings which control availability of grades to students, and how the grade is shown.
  12. Make sure Make the Assignment Available is checked.
  13. (Optional) set Date and Time Restrictions. Students will only be able to view, download, and submit the assignment file and instructions between the times specified.
  14. (Optional) Select Track the Number of Views. This will tell you who has viewed the assignment, and when.
  15. Click Submit.

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