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One great feature of Moodle, is that it allows our students to send us work electronically. So they can save paper and we can avoid the backache of carrying around lots of books or files. Even better, is that if they are writing an essay or lengthy piece of text they don't need to type it first in a word processing program and upload it. They can simply type their response straight into Moodle. In this video, we'll look at how to set up a text assignment for our class. And to do this, in our course we need to have the editing turned on, which we have by clicking the button top right, or by going to the link in the settings block.
And then we go to the section where we want to add our assignment. We have a third section called Assessment and Evaluation, and I'm going to click the link, add an activity or resource there. In the activity chooser, you should see a link assignment. You might also possibly, depending on your version of Moodle, see a second link, assignment 2.2. This is for older versions of Moodle that have been upgraded, and it's safe to ignore that. The one that we're going to be dealing with is Assignment.
And, over on the right, we see some information as to how you might wish to use assignments in your course. We can then scroll down, click the Add button. Alternatively, if we're familiar with assignments, we can click the radio button twice to get straight there. We're then taken to assignment set up screen where we need to give it a sensible name so that our students will understand what they have to do. And then, the description is important, because these are the instructions that the students need to know for the essay that they're writing.
Which I already have copied and I'm going to paste in now. Scrolling down, we can choose to display that discription or those instructions on the course page by checking the box. And you see that there are many, many different settings. We're only going to look at a few here, and some others we look at in further videos. So we can decide deadlines for our assignment, we can decide a due date, after which the assignment would be considered late, and a cutoff date, after which students are no longer allowed to send in their work.
We can also decide to require that students accept a submission statement which might have been enabled by the administrator, where they have to promise that the work is their own, and not copied. Finally, as we scroll down, we see that we have an option for submissions settings. And we want to make sure that online text is selected as yes. This will then give them tiny MCU text editor into which they can type their essay. We can, as you see, also allow file submissions, so they could also attach a file as well, but I'm going to set this to no, because we simply want them to type an essay.
If we set submission comments to yes, that means that they could also send us a little message along with their essay. And we're to leave that at No for this particular instance. Scrolling down, we see also that we can set the grade. By default, Moodle allows you to set a grade out of anything up to 100. But you can add your own custom scales, which we'll look at in a separate video Then, we scroll down, and then we simply need to click Save and Return to Course, and we're done.
And the students can access the assignment, and send us in their essay. And so we see that, in our particular theme, we have an icon of a hand holding a piece of paper, to alert students to the fact that this is an assignment they have to electronically hand in. So in this video we've learned how to set up what Moodle calls an assignment which is basically a space where students can submit work to their teacher. We've created an assignment where our class can type a text response straight onto the course page, instead of having to use a word processing program first, and then upload the file.
They'll appreciate this because it saves them time and we don't need to worry about not being able to open work from a different software program from our own.
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