Collect electronic files using the Assignment Feature

The assignment feature is a tool that instructors can use to collect electronic work from students. The instructor creates one assignment for all students to access and the work can be graded through the grade center.  Because of its ease of use and the fact that it ties assignments to students in the grade center, this is the recommended tool for collecting digital assignments.

Benefits of using the Assignment Feature:

  • The Instructor does not have to create a separate line entry in the grade book–it is done when the assignment is created.
  • The Instructor can upload a file to include with the assignment.
  • Any file type can be uploaded, just remember that students need to be able to open the file.
  • Students can upload a file to “turn-in” the assignment.
  • The Instructor can upload additional files, provide feedback, and grade the assignment in one location.
  • Instructors can provide immediate feedback to students.
  • The information is retained as long as the course exists, or as long as you have an archived copy.

How to Create an Assignment in a Course Area

Download “Getting Started with Assignments” (pdf) or create an assignment with the following instructions:
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  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. Access a Content Area (such as course documents), Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or folder.
  3. On the Action Bar, point to Create Assessment to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Assignment.Making an assignment
  5. On the Create Assignment page, type a Name.
  6. Type Instructions. You can use the Text Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, external links, multimedia and mashups. Any files uploaded from your computer are saved in Course Files. Attachments uploaded using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and can include alternate text to describe the attachment.
  7. You can add files in the Assignment Files section. To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer. The attached file will display with the assignment link in the course area.
  8. Type the Points Possible.
  9. The assignment is available by default, but you can make it unavailable by clearing the check box for Make the Assignment Available. Select the number of attempts allowed.
  10. Set the Due Date.
  11. Select Recipients. Selecting All Students Individually requires each student to submit the assignment. Selecting Groups of Students enables you to select a group to receive one assignment that they will submit for one collective grade.
  12. Click Submit. The assignment appears in the course area.


When you create a new assignment, it resides only in the course area where you created it. If you delete an assignment from a course area, it is permanently removed from the system.

Next Steps

This section provided basic information on assignment creation. To learn more about assignment options, settings, and grading, see Assignments.

Download submissions:

  1. Once the student submits a paper, faculty can access it in the control panel by clicking into the grade center.
  2. Click Full Grade Center and look for the assignment (column)–you will see an exclamation point for any submissions in that column.
  3. To view what students have “turned-in,” go to the assignment column and click on the pair of drop-down arrows to the right of the column title.
  4. From the drop-down menu select “Assignment File Download”.
  5. Select which files to download. You can select individual students (check one box), multiple students (check multiple boxes), or all students who have submitted files (check box in header row).
  6. Click submit.
  7. Click the DOWNLOAD ASSIGNMENTS NOW link and save the zip file to your computer.

Click here to watch a video about downloading assignments.

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