Moodle for Students: Access, Submit, Edit, and Save Assignments
Applies to: Moodle 2.6, 2.8, 3.0.
The Assignment tool allows you to complete an assignment and later view a grade and feedback from your instructor. Depending on how your assignment is configured, you may be able to type directly into a text field, upload files in any type of digital format, or do both. Assignments can also be set to not accept any type of submission and serve only as a reminder of an offline activity you need to complete so that a grade can be recorded in Moodle.
This process for submitting assignments includes:
- Accessing the assignment.
- Entering text and/or uploading files.
- Saving your submission(s).
- Editing your text, or replacing your files.
- Submitting your assignment for grading.
- Viewing your score and feedback.
- Go to the course homepage and click the assignment link.
- The assignment description page opens and should include:
- A description of the assignment task.
- A table with a Status of the submission
- An Add submission button.
- A Due Date if enabled.
- Click the Add Submission button to enter text or upload files.
Some assignments may allow both entering text and uploading one or more files. The online text assignment type displays a text box into which you can enter or copy and paste text. Files can be dragged-and-dropped into a file drop box area.
From the assignment description page:
- Click the Add submission button.
- Enter text in the Online text textbox.
- To upload files:
- Reduce your browser window enough to see your desktop.
- Click and drag the files into the assignment drop box area.
- You can cmd-click or ctrl-click multiple files before the click and drag.
- Optional: Enter student comments for the instructor if a Comments box is available.
After entering text, uploading files, or both, click Save changes. Your saved contributions will be in Draft mode until the instructor manually closes the assignment or the Due Date arrives.
You can continue to make changes to your submissions up until the Due Date. Remember to click the Save changes button after any editing of text or substitution of files.
Group assignments may be configured to require all members of the group contribute to the same document. After one group member has uploaded the initial file, other group member should use the steps below to edit it and/or re-upload it for the next group member. Remember to click the Save changes button after each change.
To edit the submission(s):
- Click the Edit my submission button on the assignment description page.
- To make change:
- Edit your text for online text entries.
- Click a file, choose Delete, and upload a new, updated file for file submissions.
- Click the Save changes button.
When there is an assignment submit button
The instructor may set up an assignment to include a Submit Assignment button. Students may click the Submit Assignment button to submit their items for grading before the Due Date arrives. A dialog box will ask to you verify that you want to submit your assignment for grading at that time. Once the assignment is submitted, you will not be able to make any changes. All items Saved but not Submitted when the Due Date arrives (or the instructor manually closes it) will be automatically submitted for grading by Moodle. Once an assignment has been submitted you cannot edit text or remove files unless the instructor converts it back to Draft mode or grants you an Extension.
When there is no assignment submit button
Assignments that are not set up to use the Submit Assignment button will automatically accept the student submissions for grading when the Due Date arrives or when the instructor manually closes the assignment. Once an assignment has been submitted, you cannot edit text or remove files unless the instructor converts it back to Draft mode or grants you an Extension.