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We've learned in a previous video, that we can set essay or text-based questions in Moodle, which our students can answer directly on the course page. However, we can also allow them to upload their work as a word-processed document or upload files of other types such as powerpoint presentations or photoshop files. Moodle will accept any type of file, but we need to have the correct software on our computer to be able to read and grade it. Let's see how we can set an assignment where our class can upload presentations they have created for us to grade.
So, to do that, we need to have the editing turned on, which we have either by clicking the button top-right or the link in the settings block. And then we scroll down to the section where we would like to add this file upload assignment. We have a section here, assessment and evaluation. So, if we click the link add an activity or a resource, this brings up Moodle's activity chooser, and we choose assignment which is the one at the top. If you also see a link which says assignment 2.2, don't worry, you can safely ignore this.
It's simply that your Moodle may have been upgraded from an older version, and that's the compatibility, but we're going to use the one that just says assignment. Over on the right is some information giving you ideas as to how to use an assignment, and you can then click the button at the bottom to get started. But if you've already set up assignments previously, you can simply click the radio button twice. It's important, then, to give the assignment a sensible name. So that students recognize what they have to do.
And then, in the description, it's vital to add instructions asking them what they need to provide for this file upload assignment. The instructions can be displayed on the course page by checking the box. And then as we scroll down, we see that there are lots of different settings. We don't need to use all of them for this particular assignment. We'll just look at a few. You see that it's possible to have dates and deadlines for the assignment. If we set a due date it's then officially marked as late if they send it in after the date.
We can also set a cut off date after which they're not allowed to send it in. We can require that they accept a submission statement that means that they have to promise that the work is their own and not copied before they submit the assignment. And as we scroll down we have a section on submission settings, we not going to allow online text because we don't want them to type anything in but we are going to ensure that file submission is set at yes. And then we can choose the maximum number of uploaded files so it doesn't only have to be one presentation.
They couldn't send in a whole project of a series of files. And we can also then set the maximum submission size for each individual file. The limit will depend on the course, and the administrator's site limit. We can also set submission comments, and if we set this to yes, it can send us a little message along with their uploaded file. Scrolling down, in grade, we can set what grade we want to grade it out of. By default we can grade out of anything up to 100, but it's possible to add custom scales, which we'll look at in a separate video.
If we leave the other settings for now, and click "Save and return to course," we are now ready for the students, once they have done their presentation, to send it to us for grading. So, in this video, we setup an assignment where our students can send us one or more files to be assessed. This is a really useful activity, although it's important to remember that we, as a teacher, must have the correct software, and versions of software, to be able to open and grade their work.
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