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Create Assignments

Why Do This?

Assignments allow instructors to collect work from students, review, return files, grade and provide feedback- including the ability to create and grade using a rubric. Assignment submission types include file submissions, online text submissions, online PoodLL (audio, short video, or free-form whiteboard drawings – all created within Cougar Courses), offline activity, or a combination of these.

Don’t know which assignment submission type to choose? We have a full description of each of the types in our faculty guide entitled: Which Assignment type fits your Assignment purpose.

  1. In the  topic area where you want the assignment, select the Create Learning Activity link at the bottom.
  2. On the Activities tab, select Assignment.
    Activities tab, top row with assignment highlighted
  3. Select Expand all in the upper right hand corner to see all the settings.  If you are just revising an assignment  you can leave collapsed if you prefer.
    select the expand all link

  4. Type the name of the assignment in the Assignment name box. Type in a brief description and/or instructions of the assignment in the Description box.
    add name of assignment
  5. To show the description on the homepage, check the box next to Display description on course page.
    check the description box to have a description displayed on the homepage
  6. In the Availability section, check the box to the left of "Enable" for the "Allow submissions from" and "due date" options.  You will be able to set the start date (allow submissions from) and time when the students can begin submitting.  You will also se tthe due date and time. 
    enable start date, due date, and cutoff date

Note: If you set a cutoff date, students will not be able submit after this date. After that time the instructor can grant an extension in the assignment grading screen. If you do not set a cutoff date, students will still be able to submit after the due date, but the submission will be marked late.

Submission types

Online PoodLL:

Audio, short video, or free form whiteboard drawings. See Faculty How-to guides>Assignments>Setting Up PoodLL audio, video & Whiteboard Assignments types for instructions on these assignment submission types.

File submissions:

Select if you want students to upload a file (or files) for their submission, or to permit supplemental attachments to an online text assignment. Uploaded files can be downloaded, edited, and graded. Must be saved and uploaded to return to the students. If File submissions is selected: select the Maximum number of uploaded files you will permit. Select Maximum submission size. Most files can be limited to 5MB or less. For videos not created using PoodLL, students should post videos to YouTube and submit the links with the assignment.

Submission comments: If selected, students can leave comments on their own submission. This allows students to tell you which is the master file in the case of multiple file submissions, for example.

Online text: Select to allow students to type rich text directly into a text box in the submission area of the assignment. Student submissions can be easily graded (no Instructor edits/comments) and downloaded. Enable Word limit if you want to limit the word count of the online text submission.

Note: If you do not select any of these options, students will not be able to submit anything. They will see the Assignment name, description, dates, etc. It will also create a column in the gradebook.

Feedback types

Feedback comments: Selecting will create a column where you can enter feedback during viewing/grading the submissions.

Offline grading worksheet: If selected, the instructor will be able to download a grading worksheet to fill out offline and then upload back to the assignment later.

Feedback files: Allows the instructor to upload files such as marked up student submissions or other documents when grading.  Creates a feedback files column in the grading table.

Feedback PoodLL: Selecting will allow you to use the PoodLL voice, video recorder, or whiteboard to provide feedback to the student. For more information on this feature see Using PoodLL Audio, Video & Whiteboard Feedback in the faculty guides.

Submission settings

Require students to click submit button: If Yes, students can upload draft versions until they click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. If No, students can make changes until assignment due date or until the instructor uses locks the submission in the assignment grading table.

Require students accept submission statement: If enabled, students click to accept the following before submitting:

Attempts reopened: Default is "Never", however; an instructor can set this to “Manually” and reopen it themselves for the student to resubmit. If set to "automatically until pass" the student must then keep resubmitting until they get a passing grade. The Maximum attempts setting can limit the number of resubmissions even if a passing grade is not achieved.

Group Submission settings


  • Please ensure that all the students  are in a group and all groups are in a grouping before submissions are made. If you do not do this then one student's assignment submission will become available to all students.
  • All groups must be correct prior to the first submission. Changing group membership after one submission will result in assignments being deleted.
  • When using group assignments you need to set up and apply groupings in addition to groups. This is because group submissions can disappear if groups are used and a student is in one group and is subsequently added to another group.

Students submit in groups: A "Yes" setting allows students to submit to the assignment as a group, like a group report. When grading, the instructor can assign a common grade and feedback to the entire group, or elect to give individual grades.

Require all group members submit: Only enabled if "Require students click submit button" was selected in Submission Settings. Yes requires all group members to click ont he assignment, then click the submit button for assignment to be recorded as submitted.

Grouping for student groups:  Select the grouping from the dropdown.



Notify graders about submissions: If "Yes", instructors will receive a message whenever a student submits to this assignment.

Notify graders about late submission: If "Yes" Instructors will receive a message whenever a student submits a late assignment.


In the Grade section, set the point value in the Maximum grade box.

Grading method: If you want to create and grade by a rubric, change the grading method from Simple direct grading to Rubric. When you finish editing the settings and save, you will be redirected to the Advanced grading screen to create a rubric. For directions on creating your rubric, see this guide.

Grade category: If you have created categories in your gradebook, use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate category.

Grade to pass: If this setting is used, grades above the entered number will be green in the gradebook, while grades below will be red. Only instructors will see these colors.

Blind grading: If enabled, the grader will not see the names of students who have submitted their assignments. Instead, they will see randomly generated numbers. After grading, clicking on "reveal student identities" in Assignment settings will make their names visible.

Common Module Settings

Visible: Show means students can see the assignment (whether or not they can submit depends on the dates set in the Availability section). Hide means the assignment is hidden from student view.

Group mode: You do not need to change the group mode from no groups, this is managed from Group assignment settings

Grouping: If you are using the group assignment function, you do not need to change this setting. 

Restrict Access

See the faculty help guide on Restrict Access for more information.

Activity Completion

See the faculty help guide on Activity Completion for more information.