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There are many options for configuring assignments for AsULearn. This page will address some of the most common uses.

Step-by-Step Guide

From the course page, click on the gear icon in the top right-hand corner, and Turn editing on.

Click the Add an activity or resource link at the bottom of any topic.

Select Assignment then click the Add button at the bottom.

In the General section enter Assignment name; this is the link students will see.

Write a description for the assignment.


Allow submissions from: Enable and enter the first day and time students can submit.

Due date: Enable and enter the day and time when the assignment is due. Assignments submitted after this time will be marked late.

Cut-off date: If enabled, the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.

Note: For teachers who do not accept late assignments, the cut-off date is critical: it determines when the Submit button in AsULearn goes away for students. However, keep in mind that students are likely to communicate requesting extensions; if you are likely to extend them, a timesaving strategy may be to disable the Cut-off date and simply rely on the red "late" mark as you begin grade, rather than having to create extensions, and have a note in the syllabus instead regarding how you will handle late assignments. 

Remind me to grade by:  This setting is used to prioritize the notifications on the Teacher dashboard. 

Submission types

Online text: Students are able to type rich text directly into an editor field in AsULearn for their submission. This might be a written assignment where formatting is not as important. 

File submission: Students upload one or more files as their submission. This might be an activity where students upload a Word or PDF file for the instructor to download and grade.

Check additional settings for online text word limit, number and types of files allowed for uploading into the course assignment area. Click the question mark icons for more help with each option.

Accepted file types: This setting allows the teacher to specify what file types are allowed for the assignment submissions.

Feedback types

By default, teachers have the option to enter narrative Feedback comments and/or attach separate Feedback files for the student to download.

Submission settings

Require students click submit button: We encourage you to leave the default of No.

Require that students accept the submission statement: We encourage you to leave the default of No.

Attempts reopened: Determines how student submission attempts are reopened. The available options are:

  • Never - The student submission cannot be reopened.
  • Manually - The student submission can be reopened by a teacher.
  • Automatically until pass - The student submission is automatically reopened until the student achieves the grade to pass value set in the gradebook (categories and items section) for this assignment.

Group submission settings

Set Students submit in groups to Yes to enable groups of students to submit an assignment for scoring. A group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each other's changes to the submission as well as your final grade on the assignment. 

Note: It is important to have all students in groups set up prior to enabling this option. We encourage instructors to put all students into groups before using this setting. Students not assigned to a group would be put into a default group.


Notify graders about submissions: Set to No unless you want an email every time a student makes a submission.

Notify graders about late submissions: Some faculty like to receive an alert about late papers.

Default setting for "Notify students": This setting will apply to all new assignments as the default setting.

Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings

AsULearn assignments now have Turnitin added as a built-in "plugin" feature, which allows for originality reports to promote academic integrity. We encourage you to talk with students about originality and academic integrity, rather than using it simply as a "gotcha" feature, by displaying originality reports to students as they submit.

AsULearn also offers standalone Turnitin assignments, which will give you access to all of the features that a Turnitin assignment allows, such as its unique grading interface. However, the advantage of using an AsULearn assignment with the Turnitin plugin enabled means you can use any groups you have set up within AsULearn. Standalone Turnitin assignments do not recognize your AsULearn groups, though they are integrated in AsULearn. 

To learn more about the Turnitin features offered in both kinds of assignments, click here. 


Specify the Grade Type, either Point with the Maximum grade score set below, or Scale with the Scale type selected below.

Set any advanced grading options which include rubrics and marking guides. Click the question mark icons for more help with each option.

For additional assistance in setting up your assignment, contact the Instructional Technology Consultant for your college.

Common module settings 

This is where you can make your assignment group- and grouping-aware. For more on this, go here. 

Restrict access 

Use this feature if you wish to restrict submission of the assignment for students based on Date, Grade, Group, Grouping, User profile. 

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