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How do I create an Assignment? Activities | Assignments

An instructional video is included for this subject. This instructional video will provide a step-by-step explanation about how you can create an assignment. Below the video you will find the written manual.

Create an Assignment

  • Click  Activities in the navbar of your course.
  • Click Assignments. You will land on the Assignments homepagewherein an overview of all assignments will be displayed. 
  • Click New Assignment.

Important: First create a rubric and/or grade item, before creating assignments. Also make sure to set up groups beforehand, if you are planning to let students work on an assignment together or if it will be assessed as a group assignment.

  1. Provide the assignment with a title: this will be displayed on the Assignments homepage. 
  2. You can explain a bit more about the assignment by adding a short instruction in the html-editor.
  3. Under Attachments you can also add assignment instructions: 
    • Click Add Attachment to upload a File, place an external Link or a Brightspace short-cut to an Existing Activity.
    • Click Record Audio to upload or record an audio message (if your desktop has a microphone).
    • Click Record Video to upload or record a video message (if your desktop has a webcam).

Graders in the course cannot download attachments from Content. This means that if graders need a file with extra information when assessing the assignment, you must add it here as an attachment to the assignment.

Are you creating a group assignment? Give the assignment a name that clearly indicates that it concerns a group assignment, to make sure that students hand in their group work at the correct assignment. 

Types of assignments

  1. Select under Assignment Type what type of assignment it concerns:
    • Click Individual assignment if students need to hand in their assignments individually and are assessed individually as well. 
    • Choose Group assignment if students need to hand in one assignment as a group for which they will all receive the same group mark. Select a group under Group Category.
  2. Select under Submission type which ways students can hand in their assignments: 
    • File submission: students submit their assignments by uploading it in a file (for example a Word- or PDF-file).
    • Text submission: students post a text, image or link to their work in a text box in the assignment (for example when students had to make a web page, they can post the link here)
    • On paper submission: students hand in their assignment via a hard copy and do not have to upload it in the Assignment. By using this option you can still process the feedback of the hard copy assignments to the grade book.
    • Observed in person: you will observe the student on their execution of certain tasks during class (for example during a presentation or an assessment) and will then process the assessment afterwards. Neither you or the student have to upload a file in the assignment. By using this option you can still process the feedback of presentations and assessments in the grade book.

You will now get additional options based on the submission type you have selected. 

File submission

  1. Select under Files Allowed Per Submission if students are allowed to upload multiple files (Unlimited) or only one (One File).
  2. Select under Submissions if all submission attempts are saved (All submission are kept), only the most recent attempts are saved (Only the most recent submission is kept) or if student are only allowed one submission attempt (Only one submission allowed).

Brightspace supports different file types in Assignments. The following file formats are compatible:

  • Web document: HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML
  • Text document: RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD
  • Image: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF
  • Media: SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4, M4V, M4A, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA
  • If you select the option Only the most recent submission is kept when it concerns group assignments, be sure to communicate to your students that the last one to hand in a document, has to submit the work in total. If students split up the work among themselves and upload the files separately, only the last uploaded file will be saved. If you select the option Only one submission allowed, the assignment will be closed as soon as one of the group members has submitted something. Make sure to communicate this clearly to your students as well!  
  • If you want students to submit multiple files, choose Unlimited in combination with All submissions are kept.

Text submission

  • Select under Submissions if all submission attempts are saved (All submission are kept), only the most recent attempts are saved (Only the most recent submission is kept) or if student are only allowed one submission attempt (Only one submission allowed).

On paper submission and Observed in person

With these two options the student only sees the title and description of the assignment and possibly the linked rubric.

Select under Marked as completed which way you want Brightspace to mark an assignment as completed:

  • Manually by learners: students mark the assignment as completed themselves.
  • Automatically on evaluation: the assignment is automatically marked as completed as soon as you have assessed it. 
  • Automatically on due date: the assignment will automatically mark the assignment as completed as soon as the deadline has passed. 
  1. If you want to receive an email when a student has submitted something in the assignment, fill in your email address under Notification Email. Separate multiple email addresses with a comma. 
  2. Select at Category under which category the assignment falls (for example video-assignments).

Once you have chosen the assignment type, you cannot change it later on.

Evaluation and feedback

  1. You can indicate how many points a student can get for the assignment at Score Out Of. If you attach the assignment to a grade item, you always have to fill in a number at Score Out Of. Make sure that the max. score you fill in here, matches the max. score of the grade item. 
  2. Indicate at Grade Item whether you want to attach the assignment to a grade item in the grade book (if so: which one).
  3. Under Student View Preview you can select the way in which a student's score is displayed to them (achieved score out of max. score, symbols, colors etc.).
  4. Use Rubrics to add a rubric if you want to. Click Add Rubric to add a previously made rubric or click Create Rubric in New Window to add a new rubric.
  5. Via the dropdown-menu under Default Scoring Rubric you can add a default rubric (if you have created a standard rubric for the assignment).
  6. Tick Allow users to add this folder to their ePortfolio if you want to give students the opportunity to add this assignment to their ePortfolio. 
  7. Tick Hide student names during assessment if you want students names to not be shown at completed assignments. You will not be able to see which student handed in which assignment. 
  8. Make annotation tools available for assessment is checked by default. If you do not want to use annotations, uncheck this option. Note: this means that no grader in the course can use annotations.
  9. Click Save and Close to return to the Assignments homepage.

You can attach one grade item to an assignment. Keep the grade book organized by giving the grade item a name that corresponds clearly with the assignment. 

To be able to evaluate an assignment with a rubric, the max. score for the assignment (Out of Score) must be a match to the max. score of the rubric you are attaching to the assignment. Read more about the assessment of an assignment in the article How do I assess an assignment? (grade item, rubric)?

Make assignment visible for students

New assignments will be invisible by default for students. You can make them visible with Restrictions

  1. Click the Resctrictions tab.
  2. Hide from users is selected by default, deselect this box. The assignment will now be visible for students.

Create a Video-assignment

You can also utilize the options above to create a Video-assignment where students need to submit a video. For this students have to first upload a video to Kaltura, and thereafter submit it in the assignment. In the process of creating a video-assignment, you need to select either File submission or Text submission when choosing your submission type:

  • File submission: use this option if students have to hand in another file aside from the video (for example a text-file with a description or explanation). Students upload the file in the assignment (for example a Word- or PDF-file) and place the link to the video in the comment section in Kaltura.
  • Text submission: students place the link to the video in Kaltura and have the option to add a short summary in the comment section of the assignment. Use this option if students do not need to hand anything else in, aside from the video.

The remainder of the settings of a video-assignment are the same as for any other assignment.

The way students can submit a video-assignment, is explained in the student manual: How do I hand in a video-assignment? It is useful to share this manual with your students, for example by putting a link to it in the description of the assignment in Brightspace. This way it is clear to them that they first need to hand in their video in Kaltura, before they can submit it in the assignment.