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The Assignments tool is used to collect digital files from your students. Individual assignment submissions are visible only to instructors and TAs in the course, not to other students.

Updated New Assignment Interface

D2L has changed the New Assignment screen. You can currently opt out of using it, but this is temporary. These instructions are for the updated interface, but if you are using the old version, skip down to the “Old Interface Instructions” below.

  1. Click on Activities from the course navigation bar, and select Assignments from the list.
  2. Click on the New Assignment button.
    New Assignment Button
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. If the Assignment will be graded numerically, enter a maximum point value in the Score out of box. Activating this box displays a menu for giving the Assignment a grade item.
  5. Create a Grade Item. If you will use the D2L Grades tool, you need a Grade Item for your Assignment. To create one with the same name as this Assignment, select the (ribbon icon) in Grades menu and select Choose from Grades. Note: this language is confusing. You select Choose from Grades even if you need to create a new Grade Item.

    This generates a popup showing the new Grade Item. Click OK.
  6. If you previously created a Grade Item for your new Assignment, select Link to an existing grade item and select the appropriate Item. Note: if there’s a discrepancy between the Grade Item “score out of” value and the Assignment value, the Grade Item value will be used.
  7. Enter a Due Date and time. Submissions uploaded after this date will be time-stamped “late.” In the right Availability Dates & Conditions panel (formerly the Restrictions tab) you can also enter a Start Date and End Date, which govern when the Assignment is available to students. Additional Release Conditions determine access based on a range of other condition options. Special Access is used to accommodate specific students by assigning a different set restrictions.
  8. Enter your Assignment description in the Instructions field.
  9. In the bar below the Instructions field, select from the following options to supplement your instructions:

    File Upload | Attach Link to Existing Activity | Attach Weblink | Attach from Google Drive | Attach from One Drive | Record Audio | and Record Video. Note: audio and video recordings should be under 10 minutes.
  10. In the right-panel Availability Dates & Conditions area, enter an optional Start and End Date. Note: after the Due Date has passed, students can still submit files but they are marked late. The Start and End date restrict student access to the Assignment before or after those dates, so no submissions can be made before or after these dates.
  11. In the Submission & Completion area, select Individual or Group Assignment. For a Group Assignment, chose the appropriate Group Category from the menu. If you haven’t yet created a Group Category, this must be done in the Groups tool by navigating to People > Groups.
  12. In the File submission drop down menu, the default option of File submission is the most commonly used. This allows students to upload computer files. Other options will NOT allow students to upload files. Those options are:
    Text submission: Provides a text box where students can directly enter text into D2L. This is appropriate if students should submit a link but not a file.
    On paper submission: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
    Observed in person: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
  13. Enter a notification email to be notified when an assignment is submitted.
  14. In the Evaluation & Feedback area, create or add an existing rubric.
  15. Keep the default selection of Annotation Tools to annotate student files within D2L.
  16. Select Hide student names during assessment to ensure unbiased grading.
  17. Select Manage Turnitin to activate that application. See the Turnitin tutorial for details.
  18. Select Save and Close.

Switch back to the old interface

  1. In the Activities menu of the top navigation, select Assignment.
  2. Select the New Assignment button or enter the Edit view for any existing assignment.
  3. In the upper right corner of your browser window, select the small horizontal tab to open a top panel. This contains a button to revert back to the old interface layout.
    Tab to open panel with switch layouts option.

Old Interface Instructions

  1. From the Activities menu in the course navigation bar, select Assignments.
  2. Click on the New Assignment button.
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. Enter assignment prompt/instructions in the Instructions field and any attachments.
  5. Choose the Individual assignment option from the Assignment Type options.
  6. Choose the type of submission from the Submission Type drop down menu.
    • File submission: Allows students to upload file(s) to the assignment. This is the most common submission type.
    • Text submission: Provides a text box where students can directly enter text into D2L. This is appropriate if students should submit a link but not a file.
    • On paper submission: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
    • Observed in person: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
  7. Select the Restrictions tab at the top of the page.
  8. Use the Has Due Date checkbox and date fields to set a due date for the assignment. This means that students can submit both before and after the due date, but late submissions are flagged.
  9. If you want to restrict the time period where students can submit assignments, use the Has Start Date and/or Has End Date checkboxes and date fields.
  10. Click the Save and Close button to finish.

 

This article was last updated on Aug 9, 2021 @ 9:12 am.