The assignment activity in Moodle is used for:
- Collecting work from students
- Providing students with private feedback and / or grades
All assignments allow you set a deadline and choose an (optional) grading scheme. Assignments are primarily used to collect files; there are two options:
- Upload a single file This is sufficient in most cases
- Advanced uploading of files You should use this if you need to collect multiple files from each student or to give them feedback as a file.
Downloading student work
Files collected in Moodle can be downloaded for storing, printing or for submission to TurnitinUK, the plagiarism detection service. All files submitted to Moodle remain in your course until the Moodle End of Year.
Short pieces of work that will not need archiving beyond the current academic year can be collected as an Online text assignment. Students type directly into Moodle rather than submitting a file.
Inline commenting is possible with the online text assignment. Iterative activities, where students resubmit work that has already been marked, are possible with both the files and online text assignments.
Feedback and grades
The Moodle assignment activity can be used to give private feedback (including grades) to students.
Students are notified by email and access the feedback / grade in Moodle.
There is currently no integration with the LSE For You grades system. We are investigating the possibility of integrating the system with our colleagues in IT Services.
Feedback on work collected outside of Moodle (for example classroom-based activities) can be recorded & delivered to students using the offline assignment activity.
Format of Feedback
Feedback can be given as text or voice recordings using the Wimba Voice tools.
The documentation on assignments provided by Moodle (Moodle Docs) is very good and is recommended when creating assignments. When using it, please note that we use Moodle version 2.2 at LSE.
When you're working in Moodle, you'll find a direct link to the appropriate section of Moodle Docs at the bottom of the page, like this:
If you need further advice or support with assignments in Moodle, or would like some face-to-face training, please email@example.com .
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