How to add an Assignment to your Course

eClass offers a variety of assignment configuration settings in order to help you control every aspect of assignment submissions, including release & end dates, access restrictions and other options. Student submissions, grading and instructor feedback can also be added creating an all-inclusive assessment activity.

An advantage to using built-in eClass assignments is that they can provide you with better control and manageability of assignment options, updates and tasks.

Adding an Assignment to your Course

  1. Click on Turn editing on button in the top right part of the course home page.

  2. Click Add an activity or resource in the section where you would like the assignment to be listed.

  3. Select Assignment in the pop-up (also listed under Activities tab), and then click Add. The Adding a new Forum page will appear.

Configuring an Assignment

  1. Click Expand all to expand each of the sections and reveal the options.


  1. Enter the assignment title in the Assignment name field. This name will appear as a link to access the Assignment on the course main page.

  2. Enter a brief description about the assignment in the Description text box.

    The box can be expanded by clicking and dragging the bottom right corner outwards. To make more editing options available, click the  button to expand the toolbar.

  3. Place a check-mark next to Display description on course page check-box to make it visible on the course home page. The description will display directly below the activity link and on the Assignment page.


Availability limits when students can submit assignments. If dates are not required, make sure to remove the checkmarks from the Enable check boxes. Otherwise, follow the instructions below to add submission dates.

  1. Select the submission start date and time from the Allow submission from drop-down lists.

  2. Select the assignment due date from Due date drop-down lists.

  3. Select the date and time beyond which assignment submissions will not be accepted from the Cut-off date drop-down lists.

    Before the cut-off date, students will be able to make late submissions with a date stamp.

  4. Select date and time by when you expect the marking of the submission completed from Remind me to grade by drop-down lists. This adds notifications on your dashboard and as well as in your Calendar and Course overview block, when at least one student has submitted. 

Submission Types

  1. Choose the appropriate setting from the Submission settings section to create one of the following assignment types:
    • Media collection (BETA) allows students to submit their Media collection gallery you have setup in the course as assignment submission.
    • File submissions allows each student to upload one or multiple files dependent on the maximum number of uploaded files set by the teacher.
    • Online text allows students to enter assignment text in the text window.

For assignments that require file submissions, it is important to ensure that students use compatible software to ensure files submitted can be read. When setting up the assignment, be sure to include information about acceptable file types and software versions, in order to avoid problems. We recommend that students submit a PDF document to avoid any potential issue.

  1. Select the relevant Maximum number of uploaded files allowed for this assignment from the drop-down list. Increasing this number will allow students to submit multiple files, for example a document and a media file.

  2. Select an appropriate size limit for each uploaded file from the Maximum submission size drop-down list. The recommended limit is 100MB.

Feedback Types

  1. Select the preferred Feedback types to determine how you will provide feedback to students on the assignment.
    • Feedback comments allows the marker to write comments directly into a text box in eClass.
    • Annotated PDF allows markers to create annotated PDF files when marking assignment submissions. This will allow you to add comments, drawings etc., directly on top of the submissions. 
    • Feedback files allows the marker to upload files with feedback including a marked up assignment, a text document, an audio feedback file or other type of file.
    • Offline grading sheet allows markers to upload a worksheet containing student grades.

Submission Settings

  1. Select the preferred setting from the Require students to click submit button drop-down list.
    • Yes forces the student to declare the submission as final. Students are able to upload and make changes to submissions until they choose to submit. As the teacher, you will see any uploaded files in the Gradebook, but the submission status will indicate either draft or submitted for grading.
    • No allows the student to edit the submission at any time until the cut-off date.

  2. Select Yes from the Require that students accept the submission statement drop-down list if you would like students to declare the originality of their work.

  3. Select the preferred setting from the Additional attempts drop-down list. This setting allows a student to resubmit an assignment after it has been graded.
    • Never: the submission cannot be reopened.
    • Manually: the submission can be reopened manually by a teacher on the grading page for an individual student.
    • Automatically until pass: the submission is automatically reopened until the student achieves a passing grade (as set in the Grade settings).

If you enable Additional attempts, students will not be able to resubmit after the cut-off date. If a cut-off date is enabled, teachers can either extend the cut-off date or give extensions on an individual basis. Also note that once another manual attempt is given, the grade is reset to zero.

Select the Maximum attempts for re-submission from the drop-down list.

Group Submission Settings

  1. Select Yes from the Students submit in groups drop-down list if you want to create a group assignment.

  2. Select Yes from the Require group to make submission drop-down list if you would NOT like non-group members to submit.

  3. Select Yes from the Require all group members submit drop-down list if you would like everyone in a group to click submit before the submission is considered final.

  4. Select the appropriate group from the Grouping for student groups drop-down list if relevant.


  1. Select Yes from the Notify graders about submissions drop-down list if you would like to receive an e-mail notification each time an assignment is submitted.

  2. Select Yes from the Notify graders about late submissions drop-down list if you would like to receive an e-mail notification each time an assignment is submitted late.

  3. Select Yes from the Default settings for "Notify students" if you would to send notification to students by default from the grading form when any feedback or grades is given. Note that once the notification is sent, any subsequent changes to the feedback or grades will not send notification a second time.


  1. Select the grading type from the Grade drop-down list.

Be careful not to change the grade settings of an assignment with existing submissions. Doing so will reset the grading for the assignment and consequently remove any grades you have entered thus far.

  1. Select the Grading method from the drop-down list.
    • Simple direct grading allows you to enter a grade for the assignment.
    • Marking guide allows you to provide a comment and a mark up to a maximum for each criteria you defined in the marking guide.
    • Rubric allows you to build a rubric within the assignment with various levels and criterion for grading.

  2. Select a Grade category from the drop-down list if you have set up categories to organize your grade items.

  3. Enter the minimum grade required to pass in Grade to pass. This is used in activity and course completion (if used) and highlights pass/fail marks in the Gradebook.

  4. Select Yes from the Anonymous submissions drop-down list if you would like to hide the identity of the students during the grading process.

  5. Select Yes from the Hide grader identity from students drop-down list to hide the identity of the marker from your students.

  6. If you would like to enable marking workflow, select yes from the Use marking workflow drop-down list. The marking workflow creates a column in the assignment to show the grading status of assignments. This is particularly useful if multiple markers are involved in the grading.

  7. If you would like to be able to assign specific markers to submissions, select yes from the Use marking allocation drop-down list.

    This option only becomes available when the Use marking workflow setting has been enabled.

Common Module Settings

For more information visit the Common Module Settings article.

Restrict Access

Restrict access options allow you to set restrictions on an activity or resource by date & time, or by conditions related to previous activities.

  1. Set conditions as required. 

Activity Completion

When enabled, completion tracking allows resources and activities to be marked as "completed" manually or when certain conditions have been met to help students manage their workloads.

  1. Set conditions for activity tracking as required. Refer to Using Activity completion for setting up tracking criteria.

Click Save and display.

Grading Assignments

For information on how to grade assignments visit this article


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