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There are many options for configuring assignments for AsULearn. This page will address some of the most common uses. Click the blue question marks on the screen for addition help.

Step-by-step guide

  1. From the course page, click on the gear icon (top right), and Turn editing on.
  2. Click the Add an activity or resource link at the bottom of any topic.
  3. Select Assignment then click the Add button at the bottom.
  4. In the General section enter Assignment name; this is the link students will see.
  5. Write a description for the assignment.
  6. Set the Availability for the assignment (see below)
  7. Set other options then click Save and return to course or Save and display the assignment screen. Click Cancel to abandon creating the assignment.

Additional files

Upload any files for students to download related to the assignment.


Assignment submission start date defaults to today with due date 7 days later and grading reminder another 7 days later. Note the time for these dates defaults to midnight at the beginning of the dates. The Enable option must be checked for each date to be in effect.

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.


If you do not accept late assignments, the Cut-off date is critical: it determines when the Submit button in AsULearn goes away for students for the assignment. Keep in mind that students are likely to request extensions; if you are likely to extend them, a time-saving strategy may be to disable the Cut-off date and simply rely on the red "late" mark as you begin grading, rather than having to create extensions. Explain in the syllabus 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. 

Word limit: Can be enabled when Online text is selected. Enter the maximum number of words for the submission.

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 grade. Note that PDF files can be marked up within AsULearn (select Annotate PDF in the Feedback Types section), but other file types must be downloaded and viewed and edited in an associated application, then uploaded again to the student.

These options are enable when File submission is selected. 

Maximum number of uploaded files per student.

Maximum submission size for files per student.

Accepted file types: Specify what file types are allowed for the assignment submissions by entering file extensions; any file types are allowed if left blank.

Feedback types

By default, the fields to enter narrative Feedback comments, to Annotate PDF files submitted, and to upload separate Feedback files for the student to download are enabled. Select Offline grading worksheet to enable this method. When Comment online is set to Yes, submission text will be copied into the Feedback comment field when grading the assignment, where you can insert comments.

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 value to pass set in the gradebook (categories and items section) for this assignment.

Maximum attempts: Set the number of times a student can submit the assignment if Attempts reopened is not Never.

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. 


It is important to have all students in Groups set up prior to enabling this option. 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 how to set up groups, 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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