Create an assignment

The Create and Edit Assignments page has a fully immersive page layout. This layout is consistent with other areas of Brightspace, including Assignments, Content, and Lessons, where you can upload and create a new assignment.

To save your progress when creating or editing an assignment, click Save.

To create an assignment

  1. On the navbar, click Assignments.
  2. On the Assignments page, click New Assignment.
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To evaluate the assignment with a numeric value, enter a Grade Out Of. The grade item is automatically added to your gradebook.
    • To evaluate the assignment with a grade scheme, see Assess assignments with grade schemes.
  5. Set a Due Date.
    Note: The default Due Date time is set to 11:59 PM.
  6. Enter assignment instructions.
  7. Upload any files, link to any existing activities or external weblinks, attach any files from Google Drive or OneDrive, and record and/or upload any audio or video notes.
  8. Expand Availability Dates & Conditions and do the following:
    • Set a Start Date and an End Date.
      You can also click the link below these fields to change the default settings for availability dates and add availability dates to Calendar. For more information, refer to: Set availability and due dates for an assignment.
      When you collapse Expand Availability Dates & Conditions, the summary text displays the selected start and end date information.
      Note: The default time for an assignment Start Date is set to 12:00 AM. The default End Date time is set to 11:59 PM.
    • Under Release Conditions, to create and attach a new release condition to the assignment, click on the Add Release Condition dropdown menu and select Create New. From the Condition Type dropdown menu, select the condition that must be met. From the Assignment Submission Folder dropdown menu, select the assignment submission folder, in which this condition must be met and click Create.
    • Under Release Conditions, to attach an existing release condition to the assignment, click on the Add Release Condition dropdown menu and select Add Existing. Select an existing release condition from the list of available release conditions and click Attach.
      Note: Use the View Conditions for drop-down menu to filter the existing release conditions.
    • To enable assignments to be available only to a select group of users or to add individualized due dates for certain users, click Manage Special Access. Select either the Allow users with special access to submit outside the normal availability dates for this folder radio button or the Allow only users with special access to see this folder radio button. Click Add Users to Special Access and if applicable, specify the Due Date, the Availability start and end dates, and then select the checkbox alongside the users who you want to grant this special access to. Click Save and then click Save and Close.
  9. Expand Submission & Completion and do the following: 
    • For the Assignment Type, specify if this is an Individual Assignment or Group Assignment.
      Note: You must have groups set up in your course to set an assignment as a group assignment.
    • From the Category drop-down menu, select an existing category to align your assignment to or click New category, enter a Name for your category, and click Create.

      • To edit the name of an existing category:

        • On the Assignments page, click Edit Categories.

        • On the Edit Categories page, click on the category name, make your updates, and click Enter.

        • Click Close.

    • Select a Submission Type:
      • For File submissions, set the number of Files Allowed Per Submission and the Submissions rules.
      • For Text submissions, set the Submission rules.
      • For On paper submissions, set Marked as completed to one of the available options: Manually by learners, Automatically on evaluation, or Automatically on due date.
      • For Observed in person assignments, set Marked as completed to one of the available options: Manually by learners, Automatically on evaluation, or Automatically on due date.

      Note: When you collapse Submission & Completion, the summary text displays your selection.

  10. From the Allowable File Extensions dropdown menu, select an option to restrict file extensions on submissions for the assignment. Refer to the Restricted File Extensions topic for more information.

  11. To receive email notifications when an assignment is submitted, under Notification Email, enter an email address or multiple email addresses separated by a comma.
    Note: This field is only available when the assignment Submission Type is set to File submissions or Text submissions.

  12. Expand Evaluation & Feedback and do the following:
    • Click Add rubric and either create and attach a new rubric or add an existing one.
      Note: If you are attaching multiple rubrics, from the Default Scoring Rubric drop-down list, select the rubric to be used by default when scoring.
    • Associate a learning objective.
      1. Click Manage Learning Objectives.
      2. Click Associate Learning Objectives.
      3. Select the learning objective you want to add and then click Add Selected.
    • If required, associate an assessment to the learning objective.
      1. On the context menu of the associated learning objective, select Add Assessment.
      2. Select an existing rubric or create a new rubric.
      3. Select the rubric criteria and specify if the assessment activity is required to complete the learning objective.
      4. Click Save.
      5. Click Close.
    • To display annotation tools in the document viewer, under Annotation Tools, select the Make annotation tools available for assessment check box.
    • To enable anonymous marking, under Anonymous Marking, select the Hide student names during assessment check box.
    • Under Turnitin Integration, click Manage Turnitin.
    • Enable the Turnitin integration and click Save.
  13. To make your assignment visible to learners, click on the Visibility toggle.
    Note: If this Visibility is not turned on when creating the assignment, the assignment is hidden from learners by default.
  14. Click Save and Close.
  15. Note: Manage Learning Objectives only appears when the Competencies tool is enabled and the course is not using the Learning Outcomes tool.

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