How to submit an assignment in Moodle

How to submit an assignment in Moodle

Depending on the course, you may have to submit assignments. 

Step 1: Assignments can be found in 3 locations. Located within each content module page, under the module header in the left side navigation, or you can find them in the Activities block on the right side of the Moodle course page. 

Step 2: Select the link to the assignment. The Assignment page shows instructions and a submission status section, which includes: submission status, grading status, due date, time remaining, last modified, and submission details.

Step 3: To submit a file submission, click the Add Submission button to open the file upload box. 

Step 4: Locate and submit your assignment. You can either enter text into a text box or upload a file, such as a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or PDF.

  • Entering text into a text box: To enter online text, type directly into the online text box. Alternately, you can compose your submission in a word processing program and then cut and paste the text into the text box.
    • When pasting text into Moodle, for best results, paste the content as unformatted text.
    • For spell checking to work, it must be enabled in your browser. Once enabled, to see spelling suggestions press and hold the Control key on your keyboard and click OR right-click on your mouse (whether you are using a Mac or PC system will determine which operation will work).
  • Uploading a file: To upload a file (such as a Word doc or PDF), follow the instructions below.
    Dragging and dropping:

  1. Arrange your computer desktop windows so that you can view both your browser window and your files on your computer (e.g., in an open folder or on your desktop).
  2. Drag files from your computer and release them on top of the big blue arrow in the Files area.
Note: DO NOT drag-and-drop a .gdoc file from a Drive App desktop window into Moodle. We will not have permission to view the file. Instead, use browse for the file (for details, see the next step), or save the file as a PDF before submitting.

Browsing for a file:

  1. Under File submissions, at the top-left of the file area, click the Add... icon. The File picker window will open.
  2. Select a file from your computer, or from Google Drive:
    • To upload a file from your computer, click Upload a file (at left), then, below Attachment, select Choose file. Browse your computer and select a file, then click Open. The file name will appear next to the Choose file button.
    • To upload a file from Google Drive, click Google Drive (at left). You may need to log in. Click the File to upload. 

    Note: When you browse to Google Drive, Moodle will convert Google docs (.gdoc files) that were composed directly in Google to a sharable file type (.rtf,  .ppt, .xls, etc.)

    (Optional) If you want to rename your file in the File Picker, enter the new name in the Save as field, and make sure to include the correct file extension (.pdf, .doc, etc.) in the name so the file can open correctly.

  3. Click Upload this file. The File Picker will close and an icon for your uploaded file will appear in the Files area.

Step 5: Once your file(s) appear(s) in the Files submission area, click Save changes.

Step 6: If your course allows you to revise your submission, you'll see an Edit submission button on the Assignment page. Select Edit submission to add or replace files, or edit a text submission. When you finish making changes, click Save changes.

screenshot of the assignment submission status page

Step 7: For some assignment types, you will see a Submit assignment button. To finalize your submission, click Submit assignment, then Continue.

Note: Once finalized, you will not be able to make any more changes.

Step 8: You can check under Submission status on the Assignment page to ensure your file is listed. You can also view grades there.

For some assignment types, you may have the option to submit several or an unlimited amount of attempts (or drafts) for a single assignment. 

The following are some common FAQs regarding Assignments submission.

Why is there no upload box?

This is either because:

  • The assignment has now closed.
  • The assignment is not yet open.
  • You already uploaded something and the settings prevent resubmissions.
  • The assignment does not require a submission and is not graded.

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