Create an Individual or Group Assignment

The steps below outline how to create Individual or Group Assignments. If you wish to create a Group Assignment, you will first want to visit the Groups tool and Create Groups that you will then associate with the Group Assignment.

Watch how to create an assignment

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Assignments.
    Assignments on Nav Bar
  2. On the Assignment page, click New Assignment.
    New Assignment Button
  3. Enter a Name. By default, the assignment name will say “Untitled.” Be sure to change this. Note: Naming convention is important. Make sure the assignment name matches what you have in your syllabus.
    Assignment Name
  4. If your assignment is ungraded, then no changes are needed for the Grade Out Of field. You can skip ahead to step 7.
    Grade Out Of
  5. If your assignment is graded, click in the Grade Out of field and enter a point value. Be sure to maintain consistency with the point value in the Grades tool, if applicable, and your syllabus. 
    Grade Out of with Points
  6. If your assignment should be associated with a Grade Item in the gradebook, click In Gradebook, then select Edit or Link to Existing and choose one of the following 2 options. If your assignment does not need to be associated with a Grade Item, choose Not in Gradebook.
    In Grades menu

    • Option 1: Create and link to a new grade item. (Choose this option if the Grade Item DOES NOT exist yet in the Grades tool.)
      1. This will create a new Grade Item in the Grades tool with the same name as your new assignment and with the point value that you just entered in the Grade Out Of field.
        Assignment Create new
      2. If your new Grade Item needs to exist within a Grade Category, click Choose Grade Category and from the dropdown menu select the appropriate category.
        Assignment Create choose grade category
      3. If your new Grade Item needs an alternative type or scheme, click Change Grade Type & Scheme.  
        Assignment Grade Item Type

        • Note: Activities can only be associated with Numeric or Selectbox grade items. Choose either:
          1. Numeric Grade Item: This is the default scheme and is typical for most grade items that are given a numerical score. Optional: If needed, select an alternative Grading Scheme for this grade item. Default scheme is Percentage. Click OK.
            Assignment create Grade Item grade type numeric
          2. Selectbox: This is an alternative grade item type. For more information, see how to Create Selectbox Grade Items. Optional: If needed, select an alternative Grading Scheme for this grade item. Click OK.
            Assignment create Grade Item grade type selectbox
    • Option 2: Link to an existing grade item. (Choose this option if the Grade Item ALREADY exists in the Grades tool.) This will allow you to link this new Assignment with an existing grade item as long as it is not associated with an activity. Note: Activities can only be associated with numeric and selectbox grade items.
      Assignments Link to Existing Grade Item
  7. Click in the Due Date field to add a due date to the assignment. Then select a date from the calendar and enter the time the assignment will be due.By default the time will be 11:59 PM.  The due date specifies a time when the assignment is expected to be completed. An assignment is flagged as late if it is submitted after the due date.

    Options also include setting the due date to Today, Now, or to Clear the settings.
    Assignments Due Date Calendar
    Note: Due dates are automatically added to the course calendar and will appear for students enrolled in the course. Additionally, if a due date is set, students with the Pulse app will be sent a reminder notification two days prior to this date.

  8. Provide assignment expectations, requirements, and instructions to students in the Instructions text field. Click the elipsis (three dots) within the HTML editor for additional text editing options. Use the HTML editor to format text, add links, images, and embed multimedia. Learn more about how to Format HTML Course Content.
    Assignment Instructions
  9. Optional:
    Assignment Optional Attachments

    • Upload a file: Click the icon to Add a File Assignment File Upload from your computer as an attachment to your Assignment Instructions. Once it is uploaded, click Add.
      Assignment File Upload Add File
    • Insert a Quicklink: Click the Quicklinks icon Assignment Link to Existing Activity to Insert a quicklink to course activities or content.
      Assignment Insert Quicklink
    • Link to a website: Click the weblink icon Assignment Attach Weblink to link to create a link to a website. Enter a URL and Title (this is the link your students will click), then click Insert.
      Assignment Website Link
    • Attach a Google Drive file: Click the Google Drive icon Assignment Attach from Google Drive to Continue to Google Drive, then select a document you wish to share with your students.
    • Record Audio or Record Video: Click the links to create audio or videos for your Assignment.
      record audio and record video buttons
  10. Optional Visibility: By default, assignments are visible to students upon creation. If you wish to hide the assignment from students completely, click the visibility toggle on the bottom of the assignment creation page. If the eyeball icon displayed, the students can see the assignment. If the eyeball icon has a line through it, the assignment is hidden from students.  Note: Follow the steps in the Set Availability and Conditions section below to set start/end dates for the assignment if you wish to control student access by date
    • Visible:
      Assignment Visible
    • Hidden:
      Assignment Hidden
  11. Select the title on the Availability and Conditions panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Availability
  12. Start and End Dates. The start date determines when an assignment becomes available to students. The end date determines when an assignment becomes unavailable to students. Note: The End Date affects the Turnitin settings when visiting the Turnitin tab (We recommend setting the “End Date” and “Due Date“).  If an assignment has no due date but has an end date, students will be notified two days prior to the end date via the Pulse app, and will appear on the TCU Online calendar for students enrolled in the course and on the general course calendar. To set Start and End Dates: Click in the Start or End Date fields to select a date from the calendar.
    Assignment Start and End Dates
    Once a date is selected, the time field will appear. By default, the start time will be set as 12:01 AM and the end time will be 11:59 PM. Instructors can override by clicking in the time field and selecting a new time, or typing the time in the field and clicking enter/return on their keyboard.
    Assignment Date Time
  13. Optional: Set Release Conditions by clicking Add Release Condition.  Learn more about Release Conditions for Assignments.
    Assignment Release Conditions
  14. Optional: Set Special Access by clicking Manage Special Access.  Learn more about Special Access for Accommodations for Assignments.
    Assignment Special Access
  15. Select the title on the Submission and Completion panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Submission and Completion
  16. Optional: Assign a Category to organize and group types of assignments together. From the Assignment Category dropdown menu, select the category you wish to organize this assignment into. By default, all assignments will be created in “No Category.”
    Assignment No Category

    If you haven’t created categories and want to do this later you can continue creating your assignment, then follow these steps to Move an Assignment into an Existing Assignment Category at a later time.

  17. Select the Assignment Type. Note: Once you have determined if it is a group or individual assignment, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
    Assignment Type
    Choose one of the following:

    • Individual Assignment (default) –  Each individual student will submit their own file(s) to the Assignment.
    • Group Assignment – One member from the group with submit file(s) to the Assignment on behalf of the group. Any group member can submit and view files for a group assignment. When grading group assignments, the grade and assignment feedback will automatically go to all members of the group. If you select a Group Assignment, you will then have to select a Group Category. If you have not yet created and assigned students to respective groups in the Groups tool, see Create Groups.
  18. Select a Submission Type. Note: Once you have determined the type of assignment, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
    Assignment Submission Type
    Choose one of the following:

    • File submission (default) – Students will upload a file. See the list of approved file types for the Assignments tool. Select this option to collect papers or homework online. This is the default setting.
    • Text submission – Students will type or paste content into the html editor (text box); students will not be able to upload files. Select this option if you need students to submit a link or another small piece of data (such as a group name or presentation date preference).
    • On paper submission – Students will physically submit their paper to the instructor; students will not be able to upload files. Select this option if you will collect papers in person or if the student work is not able to be uploaded to TCU Online, but you still wish to leave feedback for students in the Assignments tool.TCU Online displays information to students that indicates if this item has been completed. Since there is no physical submission, you will then select how this determination should be made: manually by students (students themselves click a button to make TCU Online show that this item has been completed; this is the default setting), automatically on evaluation (TCU Online will show this item has been completed once you publish a score or feedback for this item),  automatically on due date (TCU Online will show this item has been completed on the due date associated with this assignment; you must enter a due date in the restrictions tab for this assignment). Note: Once you have determined the method for marking an item as complete, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment. 
    • Observed in person – Students will perform or deliver their work to their instructor; students will not be able to upload files. Select this option if you will evaluate in-class presentations, productions, or works of art and you wish to leave feedback to students in the Assignments tool.TCU Online displays information to students that indicates if this item has been completed. Since there is no physical submission, you will then select how this determination should be made: manually by students (students themselves click a button to make TCU Online show that this item has been completed; this is the default setting), automatically on evaluation (TCU Online will show this item has been completed once you publish a score or feedback for this item),  automatically on due date (TCU Online will show this item has been completed on the due date associated with this assignment; you must enter a due date in the restrictions tab for this assignment). Note: Once you have determined the method for marking an item as complete, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
  19. Set your preferences for Submissions. These vary based on which Submission type you set in step 3.
    • If you selected File Submission:
      • Select your preference for Files Allowed Per Submission: Unlimited or One File.
      • The Allowable File Extensions field provides options for the types of files that students can submit for the assignment.
        When enabled, students would see a list of allowable file extensions on the assignment submission page.

        Student View - Allowable File Extensions

        Student View of Assignment with “Annotatable Files” selected for Allowable File Extensions

        Students who upload files that are not allowed will see the following error message:

        Invalid File Type Message

        Invalid File Type message displays on the upload window.

        Options in the drop down menu include:

        • No Restrictions (Default) will allow students to upload any file type to the assignment folder. Files must be on the Acceptable Files Types list.
          Allowable File Extensions - No Restrictions
        • .PDF only
          Allowable File Extensions - PDF Only
        • Annotatable files: which include all file types that are supported by the Annotation tool in Assignments. For the complete list of file types, see File types supported by Annotations.
          Allowable File Extensions - Annotatable Files
        • Files that can be previewed without any conversion: Includes.HTM, .HTML, .MHT, .MHTML, and .BMP
          Allowable File Extensions - Files that can be previewed without any conversion
        • Images and videos
          Allowable File Extensions - Images and Videos
        • Custom file types. If an instructor selects Custom File Extensions, they can then enter file extensions that are allowed for file submissions. The custom file types must be on the Acceptable Files Types list.
          Allowable File Extensions - Custom
      • Select your preference for Submissions: All submissions are kept, Only the most recent submission is kept, or Only one submission allowed.
      • Optional Notification Email: To receive an email message when a new submission is uploaded to this assignment, enter your email address, or a comma-separated list of email addresses in the Notification Email field. Enter your email address if you wish to receive an email each time a submission is made to the Assignment by a student.
        Assignment File Submission
    • If you selected Text submission:
      • Select your preference for Submissions: All submissions are kept, Only the most recent submission is kept, or Only one submission allowed.
      • Optional Notification Email: To receive an email message when a new submission is uploaded to this assignment, enter your email address, or a comma-separated list of email addresses in the Notification Email field. Enter your email address if you wish to receive an email each time a submission is made to the Assignment by a student.
        Assignment Text submission
    • If you selected On paper submission:
      • Select your preference for Marked as completed: Manually by students, Automatically on evaluation, Automatically on due date.
        Assignment On Paper Submission
    • If you selected Observed in person:
      • Select your preference for Marked as completed: Manually by students, Automatically on evaluation, Automatically on due date.
        Assignment Observed In Person
  20. Select the title on the Evaluation and Feedback panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Evaluation and Feedback
  21. Optional – Rubrics: To associate a rubric to the assignment, click Add Rubric to either Create New or Add Existing rubrics. For more information, see Associate a Rubric with an Activity.
    Assignment Rubric
  22. Optional – Learning ObjectivesNote: TCU does not utilize this tool. 
  23. Optional – Annotation Tool (on by default). If you wish to use the annotation tool, check the box for Make annotation tools available for assessment. Learn more about Using Annotations for Instructor Feedback in the Assignments Tool.
    Assignment Annotation checkbox
  24. Optional – ePortfolio: To allow students to add the assignment to their ePortfolio as an artifact, select Allow users to add this assignment to their ePortfolio.
  25. Optional – Anonymous Marking: Choose whether you want to hide student names during assessment. For more information, please see Anonymous Marking of Assignment Submissions
    Assignment Anonymous Marking
  26. Optional – TurnItIn Feedback Studio & GradeMark: Click Manage TurnItIn. For more information, please see Enable Turnitin for an assignment.
    Assignment Manage Turnitin
  27. Click Save and Close.

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