Adding an Assignment Activity

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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

Grading an Assignment 

The assignment page for a Moodle assignment activity allows you to do several important grading functions. Grades entered on this page will appear in the corresponding grade column of the gradebook. We recommend grading Assignments from this page, rather than entering grades in the Grader report, especially if you want to provide feedback as online text comments or in files.

Before starting

If you want to hide grades and feedback from students until a provisional date, then you will need to either hide the grades in the Grader Report, Otherwise grades will display to students as you save them one by one. The CLE allows you to automatically hide grades and feedback until a set date: 

  1. In the Grader Report, turn editing on; further settings and controls display.
  2. In the activity's column, in its Controls row, click the Edit icon; a settings page displays.
  3. To reveal the settings for dates setting, click the link to Show more; further settings display.
  4. For the Hidden until setting, click its Enable checkbox; it becomes editable.
  5. Type in the date and time to reveal the marks and feedback.
  6. Save.


Grading from the Assignment page

  1. On your CLE course page, click the name of an Assignment activity. The Assignment page opens and displays the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The View/grade all submissions page will open.
  3. The View/grade all submissions page displays a table showing student names when submissions were last modified, online text submissions, and file submissions.
  4. To view and grade individual submissions, under the Grade column heading, click Grade. The Grading page will open.Grade_assignment.gif
  5. On the Grading page for each student, you will be able to view online text, download submitted files, enter and reply to Submission comments, enter Feedback comments, upload Feedback files, and grade the submission.
  6. On the Grading page for each student, you can also use the CLE built-in Annotation tool to add feedback to students' submissions. To annotate students' submissions, see below: Annnotating assignment. 
  7. Complete your grading as needed by clicking Save changes or Save and show next. To notify students of a grade change via email, click the Notify students checkbox before saving entries.

Annotating assignment

On the grading page, you can 

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


You can annotate students' submissions (pdf, docx, odt, rtf, or online text) using a variety of tools, such as the comment, selection, shape, and stamps, which may be saved to a comment bank.

a. Comment Tool

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

b. 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

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

d. Stamp Tool

d1. Apply stamp
d2. Select stamp

Offline Grading for CLE Assignment Submissions

Offline grading allows you to grade Assignment submissions without being logged in to CLE or connected to the Internet. There are two options to grade assignments offline: download assignment submissions or use the grading worksheet.

Option 1: download assignment submissions

If you’d prefer grading offline, downloading submissions is still an option although you won’t be able to use the aforementioned Annotation tool. 

  1. Download the assignment submission.
  • 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.

       2. Add assignment comment with the applications on your computer (Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc).

       3. Upload the assignment in the Grading page.

Option 2: use the grading worksheet

With the grading worksheet, you can enter grades into a customized grading spreadsheet and upload the spreadsheet to Moodle at a later time.
Note: Offline grading is not available for assignments that use an advanced grading method (e.g., Rubric or Grading Guide).

Enable Offline Grading in Assignment Settings

  1. On your main course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon), top right), and the edit links will appear.
  2. Next to the Assignment you want to configure, click Edit (below link) and from the Edit drop-down menu select Edit settings. The Assignment's Settings page will open.
  3. Click the Feedback types heading to expand it.
  4. For Offline grading worksheet, select the check box .
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save and return to course.

Download the Grading Worksheet

  1. On your main course page, click the link to the assignment you want to grade. The Assignment summary page will open.
  2. On the Assignment summary page, click View/grade all submissions. The Assignment submissions page will open.
  3. At the top left of the page, from the Grading action drop-down menu, select Download grading worksheet.
    Screenshot for downloading grading worksheet.
    The worksheet will download to your computer as a .csv file.
    Note: If the assignment allowed Online text submissions, student submissions will be included in the Online text column of the spreadsheet. 
  4. Open the downloaded .csv file in any spreadsheet program. You can input grades and feedback comments as text entries.
    • Enter grades in the Grade column according to grade settings for the assignment (the maximum possible grade will show in the Maximum grade column).

    • Enter feedback in the Feedback comments column.

  5. When you are finished entering grades be sure to save the modified spreadsheet as a .csv file.

Upload Grading Worksheet

  1. On your main course page, click the link to the assignment you want to grade. The Assignment summary page will open.
  2. Click View/grade all submissions. The Assignment submissions page will open.
  3. At the top left of the page, from the Grading action drop-down menu, select Upload grading worksheet.
    Screenshot for uploading grading worksheet.
    The Upload grading worksheet page will open.
  4. On the Upload grading worksheet page, drag and drop your modified grading worksheet file from your computer into the file area. Alternatively, click Choose a file... to find and select your worksheet file for upload.
    Note: Make sure that the worksheet is saved in comma separated values format (.csv).
  5. Click Upload grading worksheet. The Confirm grade import page will open.
  6. On the Confirm grade import page, click Confirm. You will be returned to the Assignment submissions page.

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


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