Assignment Activity


The assignment activity allows instructors to collect work from students, review it, and provide feedback including grades. The work a student submits is visible only to the teacher and not to other students. Assignments allow for due dates that automatically appear on a CLE Calendar and the grades are automatically entered as items in the CLE Grade book.

Students can submit any digital content (files), including, 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 a text field in the CLE. Or they can ask student to do both, upload a file or files and type text directly into Moodle. An assignment activity can also be set up to not accept any student submissions and serve as a reminder to students of a ‘real-world’ assignment they need to complete and to record grades in Moodle for activities that don’t have an online component.

Use cases: Collecting work like case studies and reports, provide grades and feedback
ResourcesMoodle Documentation

Creating Assignment

  1. Log in to the CLE (
  2. Go to the CLE course where you would like to add the Assignment activity.
  3. From the Administration block or from the top-right of the CLE, select Turn editing on.
  4. Inside the course section where the Assignment should be displayed, click the Add an activity or resource link.
  5. Near the top of the window that appears, select the Assignment activity, then scroll to the bottom of the window and click Add.
  6. One the new Assignment’s settings page, enter a description, display options, assign groupings and restrict access settings.
  7. Scroll down to the Assignment settings area of the page to configure settings for Submitting and Grading the assignment.
  8. Most other settings in this section can be safely left to their default configurations. For more information about a particular option, click the grey Help icon next to the option.
  9. Continue by scrolling down to the Submission settings area of the page and configure how students submit their assignments and settings related to the size and number of files students can upload.
  10. Continue by scrolling down to the Feedback and Grade settings area to configure whether feedback can be provided and how the assignment will be graded.
  11. To finish creating your Assignment, click the Save and display button. This will save the Assignment and bring you into the Assignment’s front page.
  12. Review the assignment settings you entered to make sure everything is configured correctly.


As an Instructor, you can grade student submissions easily all in one place. The CLE accepts variety of file types as submissions, and some file types (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt and online text entry) can be viewed and annotated directly inside the CLE without having to download them. Your annotations will be saved as a PDF file and becomes available to the students. This feature is called PDF Annotation and was added to the CLE on 7/1/2017. To begin grading using PDF Annotation, open an Assignment activity and then click the Grade button.

What can I do with PDF Annotation?

① View students submissions
② Annotate submissions with annotation tools
③ Switch student to grade
④ Give grades (point scale or rubric)
⑤ Leave feedback comments

PDF Annotation

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What annotation tools do I have?

a. Comment Tool

Comment Tool
a1. Draw text box
a2. Select the color of the text box

b. Selection Tool

Selection Tool
b1. Grab the screen to navigate inside the assignment preview area
b2. Select an item to edit, move or delete

c. Shape Tool

Shape Tool
c1. Scribble lines
c2. Straight lines
c3. Rectangles
c4. Circles
c5. Highlighter
c6. Select the color of the shapes and the highlighter

c. Stamp Tool

Stamp Tool
d1. Apply stamp
d2. Select stamp


Offline Grading

If you’d prefer grading offline, downloading submissions is still an option although you won’t be able to use aforementioned PDF Annotation. You can either download a single submission or download all the submissions as a .zip file.

  • To download all submissions, go to Assignment > View all submissions > Grading action > Download all submissions
  • To download a single submission, go to Assignment > View all submissions > Click a file in the File submissions column

Download Submissions

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Grading Worksheet

Grading Worksheet is a spreadsheet that you can download from the grading page in an Assignment activity. You can fill out this spreadsheet and upload back to the Assignment to update the grade.

To use Grading Worksheet,

  1. Go to Assignment > View all submissions > Grading action > Download Grading Worksheet
  2. A .csv file will be downloaded to your local drive. Open the file, enter student grades and comment, then save.
  3. Go back to the View all submissions page in the Assignment.
  4. From the Grading Action drop-down menu, choose Upload Grading Worksheet.
  5. Upload the updated Grading Worksheet. Wait for the file name to appear in the box.
  6. Click Upload Grading Worksheet; a Confirmation box displays the students grades and feedback that will be imported – review this carefully.
  7. Click Confirm; a summary of updates displays.
  8. Click Continue.