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Assignments have a significant amount of customization options.  Read below to learn more about all of the options available for assignments in Edspora.


  • Assignment name – This name displays as a link on your course page. Use something unique that clearly identifies this assignment from other course activities. We also recommend keeping the name short.
  • Description – Enter a summary of the assignment and instructions. You can also Display description on course page.Select this option to display the description underneath the assignment link on your course page. (This works best if the description is very concise).
  • Additional files – Drag and drop files into the upload field to append the file to the assignment Description.


Select Enable check boxes to set a date and time for:

  • Allow submissions from – Determines when students can begin to submit to the assignment.
  • Due date – Determines when the assignment will be due. The due date will show in the course Calendar and within the Activities block.
  • Cut-off date – Determine when the assignment will no longer accept submissions.

Submission Types

  • Submission types – With Online text, students can enter text directly into an editor.  If File submissions are enabled, students can upload one or more files. 
    Note: To create an offline assignment where students will submit or perform work outside Edspora, leave both Online text and File submissions unchecked. You can still provide a description, set due dates and have the activity show in the course Calendar and Gradebook.
  • Maximum number of uploaded files – If file submissions are enabled, each student will be able to upload up to the set number of files for their submission.
  • Maximum submission size – If file submissions are enabled, each upload cannot exceed this file size per upload. (If a student can upload multiple files, and uploads files at different times, the total can exceed the set size.)
  • Accepted file types – To limit submissions to specific file types, select ChooseA pop up window will open with file type options. Select the file types for which submissions you would like to enable by clicking the radio button next to each option. Select Save changes.

Feedback Types

  • Feedback comments – If enabled, graders can provide written feedback for each submission. These comments are from the grader to the student.
  • Feedback files – If enabled, graders can upload files containing feedback when marking assignments. For example, you can upload marked up student submissions, documents with comments, or spoken audio feedback.
  • Offline grading worksheet – If enabled, graders can download a spreadsheet to enter grades without having to be logged in to Edspora. This can be useful if you anticipate grading while disconnected from the Internet. 
  • Comment inline – If enabled, the submission text will be copied into the feedback comment field during grading, making it easier to comment inline or to edit the original text.

Submission Settings

  • Require students to click submit button – If enabled, students will have to select a Submit button to declare their submission as final. Requiring the Submit button allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on the system. Note: If this setting is changed from No to Yes after students have made submissions, the submissions will be regarded as final.
  • Require that students accept the submission statement – If enabled, students will be shown a statement that declares they are submitting their own original work and they will have to accept the statement before their submission is processed.
  • Attempts reopened – If set to Manually, the student’s submission can be reopened by a teacher. If set to Automatically until pass, the student’s submission is automatically reopened until the student achieves a passing grade (defined under Grade).
  • Maximum attempts – The maximum number of submission attempts that can be made by a student. After this number of attempts has been made, the student’s submission will not be able to be reopened.

Group Submission Settings

  • Students submit in groups – If enabled, students submit work together in groups rather than individually. For example, a group of students can submit one file that contains the joint work of the group. 
  • Require all group members submit – If enabled, all students in a group must individually select the Submit button in order to acknowledge that they are signing off on their group’s joint submission. Note: This option is available only if both the Students submit in groups and Require students select submit button are enabled.
  • Grouping for student groups – If Students submit in groups is enabled, this option shows which Grouping has been selected in the Common module settings (see below).


  • Notify graders about submissions If enabled, instructors and TAs will receive an email alert whenever a student makes a submission. (This may not be manageable in a class with a large number of students.)
  • Notify graders about late submissions – If enabled, instructors and TAs will receive an email alert whenever a submission is made after the due date.
  • Default setting for “Notify students” – If enabled, the default setting for notifying students when grades are released will be set in the assignment grading interface. This can be changed manually during grading. 

Note: Students always receive an email confirmation when a submission is successfully made.


  • Grade – Select the Grade Type
    • None – The assignment will be ungraded and worth no points. 
    • Point– Grade out of a simple number of maximum points. Enter the maximum possible score for the assignment in the Maximum points field. 
    • Scale –  Select a preset or custom Scale from the Scale drop-down.
  • Grading method – Choose Simple direct grading, Grading guide or Rubric to grade the assignment.
  • Grade category – Select a Category in your gradebook under which you would like the assignment grade to be placed. 
  • Blind grading – If enabled, instructors and TAs will not see student names when grading submissions. 
    Use grading workflow – When enabled, grading an assignment goes through a series of workflow stages: Not graded, In grading, Grading completed, In review, Ready for release, and Released. 
  • Use grading allocation – When both Use grading workflow and Use grading allocation are enabled, instructors can assign specific graders to grade specific students.

Common Module Settings

  • Availability – Set whether or not an assignment is visible to students. By default, new assignments are set to Show on course page. (This is comparable to using the Hide/Show icon for the activity on your course page.)
  • ID number – Setting an ID number identifies the activity for grade calculation purposes. 
  • Group mode, Grouping – These options let you restrict the assignment to particular groups of students you have already created in Edspora. 

Restrict Access

Use Restrict Access settings with care and check for conflicts with other settings you may have made for the activity. Settings may prevent students from accessing restricted content, including grades and due dates.

To add restrictions on accessing the activity, click Add restriction… The Add restriction window will open, containing the following options:

  • Date. To prevent access until (or from) a specified date and time.
  • Grade. To require students to achieve a specified grade.
  • User profile. To control access based on fields within the student’s profile.
  • Restriction set. To add a set of nested restrictions to apply complex logic.

If you have groups in your course, you will see the following additional options:

  • Group. To allow or prevent access only students who belong to a specified group, or all groups.
  • Grouping. To allow or prevent access only students who belong to a group within a specified grouping.

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