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Setting up a text assignment

From: Moodle 2.4 Essential Training

Video: Setting up a text assignment

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.

Setting up a text assignment

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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  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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