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Setting up a file assignment

From: Moodle 2.4 Essential Training

Video: Setting up a file assignment

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.

Setting up a file assignment

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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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
    3. Surveying our project for this course
      1m 53s
  2. 24m 45s
    1. Obtaining Moodle
      3m 12s
    2. Logging in and moving around
      3m 28s
    3. Editing your profile
      2m 57s
    4. Using the text editor
      1m 58s
    5. Choosing your course layout
      3m 49s
    6. Setting up your course
      2m 24s
    7. Adding a banner
      3m 19s
    8. Adding a welcome message
      3m 38s
  3. 5m 58s
    1. Announcing course events
      1m 50s
    2. Using the calendar
      2m 19s
    3. Adding events blocks
      1m 49s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Uploading your course information
      3m 56s
    2. Understanding the edit icons
      2m 35s
    3. Uploading a folder of exam papers
      3m 47s
    4. Giving instructions to your students
      2m 30s
    5. Displaying a YouTube video
      3m 26s
    6. Linking to a useful website
      2m 6s
    7. Embedding widgets into your course
      2m 48s
  5. 14m 40s
    1. Manually enrolling students
      1m 48s
    2. Allowing students to self-enroll
      2m 25s
    3. Putting your students into groups
      2m 54s
    4. Giving access to private files
      3m 38s
    5. Setting up messaging
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing who's online
      1m 34s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating a discussion forum
      3m 53s
    2. Setting up a chat room
      3m 10s
    3. Blogging
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a wiki
      4m 12s
    5. Creating a glossary
      3m 53s
  7. 26m 45s
    1. Setting up a text assignment
      4m 9s
    2. Setting up a file assignment
      3m 50s
    3. Making a group assignment
      4m 3s
    4. Using blind marking
      3m 35s
    5. Student view of an assignment
      2m 14s
    6. Grading an assignment
      1m 57s
    7. Dealing with deadlines
      1m 35s
    8. Downloading assignments
      1m 50s
    9. Uploading feedback files
      3m 32s
  8. 12m 59s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 16s
    2. Organizing your gradebook
      1m 51s
    3. Manually adding grades
      1m 44s
    4. Adding custom scales
      2m 44s
    5. Importing and exporting grades
      4m 24s
  9. 11m 32s
    1. Overview of Moodle's quiz
      1m 38s
    2. Setting up a quiz front page
      3m 39s
    3. Adding questions to a quiz
      4m 6s
    4. Student view of a quiz
      2m 9s
  10. 10m 51s
    1. Feedback, Choice, or Survey?
      3m 2s
    2. Online voting with Choice
      4m 8s
    3. Getting student feedback
      3m 41s
  11. 14m 19s
    1. Enabling activity completion
      3m 42s
    2. Restricting access to activities
      3m 40s
    3. Enabling manual self-completion for a course
      2m 35s
    4. Enabling automatic course completion
      2m 56s
    5. Viewing completion reports
      1m 26s
  12. 11m 59s
    1. Viewing reports and logs
      2m 36s
    2. Importing from other courses
      2m 18s
    3. Backing up your course
      2m 8s
    4. Restoring a course
      3m 22s
    5. Resetting your course at year-end
      1m 35s
  13. 52s
    1. Next steps
      52s

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