Create Assignments

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The Assignments tool provides a convenient way for students to electronically submit individual and group assignments. 

Here are the categories we will cover in this tutorial:

Video Tutorial - Creating an Assignment











Create an Assignment

1. Inside the course, navigate to Activities in the navbar, select the drop down arrow, then select Assignments.



2.  In the Assignments page, select New Folder

New folder


Properties Tab

1.  In the Properties tab, enter a Name (required), Instructions, and add any Attachments.

Assign Properties


2.  In the Submission, Completion and Categorization section, select an Assignment TypeIndividual assignment (default option) or Group assignment. Group assignment enables you to have one submission per group, but you must associate the assignment with a Group Category. Any group member can submit and view files for a group assignment.

Assignment Type


3.  Select the Submission type. From the drop down arrow choose:

º  File submissions (default option), then set the number of Files Allowed Per Submission and the Submissions rules.

Submission Type


º  Text submission, then set the Submissions rules.

Text Submissions


º  On paper submission, then set Marked as completed to one of the available options: Manually by learnersAutomatically on evaluation, or Automatically on due date.

On paper submission


º  Observed in person assignments, then set Marked as completed to one of the available options: Manually by learnersAutomatically on evaluation, or Automatically on due date.

Observed in person


4.  To receive an email message when a new submission is uploaded to this assignment, in the Notification Email field, enter your email address, or a comma-separated list of email addresses (Optional).



5.  To associate the assignment with a category, select a Category or choose New Category. In the pop-up window that opens, enter a name for the category and then select Save. (Optional).



6.  In the Evaluation and Feedback section, enter total number of points in the Score Out Of field.



7.  Use the Grade Item drop down menu to associate the assignment with a grade item in your grade book.

º  If the grade item was not created, select the New Grade Item link. In the pop-up window that opens, enter a name for the grade item and the value for maximum score possible for the assignment in the Out Of field, then select Save. Note: that only numeric grade items can be associated with assignments.

Grade Item


8.  To change the display settings for the assignment's grade item, select the Student View Preview context menu, then Edit Display Settings. If you associate the assignment folder with a grade item in your grade book, you can select Edit Display Settings from the Student View Preview drop down menu to edit how grades display to students. Display settings can only be set if associated with a grade item. 

Student View


9.  To associate a rubric to the assignment, select Add Rubric, or Create Rubric in New Window (optional). 



10.  Select the Default Scoring Rubric from the drop down menu. The default rubric is used to generate a score for each student (optional).

Default Scoring Rubric


11.  The Annotation Tools, Make annotation tools available for assessment is enabled by default to provide feedback directly in submitted assignments.

Annot Tools


12.  Select Save then go to the Restrictions tab to set up date restrictions.



Restrictions Tab

1.  In the Restrictions tab, un-check the Hide from Users option to allow students to see the assignment. By default, new Assignment folders are hidden from students when they are created.



2.  Select Has a Due Date to set the due date for the assignment (optional).

Due Date


3.  In the Availability section (optional):

º  Select the Has Start Date checkbox and set the date and time when the assignment becomes available to the students. 

º  Select the Has End Date checkbox and set the date and time to prevent students from submitting any files past that date and time.



4.  In the Release Conditions section (optional), select either Attach Existing or Create and Attach to make this assignment viewable after the students have met specified criteria. Release Conditions create a controlled learning path through the course materials. Refer to the Release Conditions documentation from D2L for more information.

Rest_Release Conditions


5.  Select a Special Access option and Add Users to Special Access to allow different availability dates and times to be set up for specific users. Refer to the Accessibility Resources for more information.

º  Allow users with special access to submit files outside the normal availability dates for this folder extends specific students access without altering the settings for the rest of the class.

º  Allow only users with special access to see this folder prevents students without special access from viewing the assignment.

Special Access


6.  Select Save then go to the Objectives tab to associate an assignment folder with a learning objective or select Save and Close



Objectives Tab

1.  In the Objectives tab, select Associate Learning Objectives.

º  In the pop-up window that opens, Browse or Search for the learning objectives to associate with the quiz.

º  Select the check boxes beside the learning objectives and select Add Selected.

º  Select Save and Close or select the Turnitin® tab.



Turnitin® Tab

1.  In the Turnitin®tab, GradeMark® section, select the Enable GradeMark® for this folder checkbox from the Evaluation area.



2.  Select the appropriate radio button from the Transfer area:

º  Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace - Allows Grademark® to push grades to D2L automatically, but they will be in draft mode.

º  Manually sync grades as Draft in Brightspace - Requires you to push grades to D2L manually.



3.  Selecting the GradeMark®Enable GradeMark® for this folder will automatically enable the Enable Originality Check® for this folder checkbox.



4.  From the Display area, select the Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder.



5.  From the Frequency area, select the appropriate radio button to chance which files are submitted to Turnitin®:

º  Automatic originality checking on all submissions, any file in the folder is checked. 

º  Identify individual submissions for originality checking, choose which files in the folder are checked.



6.  Select the More Options in Turnitin®  A pop-up window displays additional Turnitin® options. D2L displays the Title and Max Grade automatically, based on the information you entered for the assignment settings. 



7.  Select the Optional Settings link to display additional settings.



8.  To View Originality Reports, from the Folder Submissions page, select the Submit file for originality checking icon.



9.  When a report is available, the status changes from In-Progress to a percentage rating, which indicates the level of matching content.


º  A lower percentage rating indicates the content is likely original and has not been copied.

º  A higher percentage rating indicates the content is likely not original and has been copied from another source.


10.  To view the associated Originality Report, select the colored section beside the percentage rating. To access the Feedback Studio, select the pencil icon.


The Originality Report is comprised of two panes. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content. For more detailed help with Originality Reports, select the help link in the top-right corner of the report within Turnitin®.