Add an assignment dropbox

You can add the assignment activity in Moodle to create an online 'drop-box' allowing your students to upload assignments or complete assignments online. The Assignment activity can be configured to provide a solution to many different assessment scenarios, whether it's a submitted file, a presentation, examination and even group activities.

Add an assignment activity

  1. In a topic, click the Add an activity drop-down list and select Assignment at the very top. Alternatively, if you have activated the +Activity chooser, click the very top Assignment item.

  2. In the Assignment name field, enter the title of the assignment.

    General Assignment Settings
  3. In the Description field, enter sufficient instructions for your students. Format your Description instructions as you would in any text editor. We recommend that you include the following kinds of instructions here:
    • Task instructions: It is a good idea to copy the assessment instructions from the course description document. You could also attach links to files such as marking criteria or assessment instruction files.
    • Submission instructions: You should also include technical instructions for your students, such as what the expected file type, version and size should be, if they are able to submit drafts and if so how many (see below for details) and how they should name the file.
    • Declaration: If your school requires that students sign a plagiarism declaration cover sheet you could include an online declaration instead of making students submit a paper-based one.
    Note: for brevity a cut down version of these instructions has been included as screenshots in this procedure. To see a full example, open the attached pdf document available at the end of this page.


  4. In the Allow submissions from Date fields, leave as is (today's date) or set to a later date if you want to prevent early submissions.
  5. In the Due date fields, enter the due date for the assignment. This will automatically add an entry in the course calendar.

    There is a look-ahead limit in the calendar. If you are setting an assignment with a due date too far in the future you may not be able to see this in the calendar now, however it will appear as the date approaches

    Assignment availability
  6. For the Cut-off date, enter the time and date that you will no longer accept assignment submissions, (if applicable). You will need to click the Enable check box to use this feature.
  7. Remind me to grade by is used for managing notifications on your dashboard to do with assignments and when marking should be completed.
  8. Submission types

  9. Select the type of submission by checking the box to the left of the required item. Multiple items can be selected. Most assignments will be for uploading of files, so ensure that File submission is checked. Online text is not recommended. If you require comments, check the Submission comments box

    Assignment submissions

  10. Change the Maximum number of uploaded files if you want students to upload more than the default. Remember that if you require a draft as well as a final, then you will need a minimum of two.
  11. Set the Maximum submission size to reflect the size of the document you expect. Note, that due to current Internet speeds, a file over 10MB in size is unlikely to be successful from off campus.
  12. Accepted file types is used for restricting what type of file is accepted for submissions eg. mp4, png, jpg and many more. Use commas to select multiple types and if the field is left blank then all file types are accepted.
  13. Word Limit is used if the online text option is selected it limits the amount of words which can be entered in the box.
  14. Feedback types

  15. Select the type of feedback you will be using. Feedback comments provides a text box for direct feedback, Feedback files allows you to upload file as feedback.
  16. Feedback types

    Note: the offline grading sheet allows you to download a spreadsheet that can be completed without being connected to Moodle. You can then upload the entire class' results in one go.

    Submission settings

  17. You can Require the students click submit button, and this prevents the students from changing their work should you wish to begin grading early. Students will need you to release their work to draft form before they can re-upload the file.
  18. Submission settings

    Note: Higher Education should enable the submission statement, this is the default setting for new assingments, however please update older assignments to Require that students accept the submission statement as Yes.

    Tip: Attempts reopened is a convenient way that VET staff can allow a CN grade to trigger additional attempts. Please leave these remaining attempts settings as their default.

    Group submission settings

    Group submissions are only effective if you configure groups and assign students to these groups.

  19. If you require a group submission change Students submit in groups to Yes, the following items with then be available for modification
  • Require all group members to submit - If you require a single piece of work, leave this as no.
  • If you have enabled groupings, you may select the grouping required to submit here.

Group submission settings


  • Assignments can be configured to notify graders that a submission has been made. It is recommended that the notifications be set to No and Yes (as shown below) respectively as all teaching staff (including tutors) will be sent notification via email for each submission.
  • Notifications


  • Select the grade you will be marking from. If you are using the Moodle grade book, it may be worth using the percentage of the course total to simplify the overall course result.
  • Grade options

    Grading methods include

    • Simple direct grading - a numerical value that may include decimals
    • Marking Guide - a cross between a Rubric and simple grading, a guide allows for some subjectivity in the grades
    • Rubric - An objective table of how and why grades are allocated.

    You can choose to enable a Marking Workflow for the grades. If enabled, marks will go through a number of stages before being released to students. Grades will not be automatically released, students will not be able to view their marks for the assignment until the workflow has been completed.

    If you choose to enable the workflow you can also use marking allocation. This will allocate students assignments to specific staff (such as tutors) in the course for marking.

  • Click Save and return to course.