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Set Up A Moodle Assignment With Drafts

The Assignment activity lets you communicate tasks, collect work, set due dates, and provide feedback and grades. For more information on how to Add a Moodle Assignment as well as basic Assignment settings, please see: Add an Assignment Activity in Moodle

Students often benefit from getting feedback on drafts of their work. Using Assignments, you can allow students to submit drafts of their work in a single activity.  You might choose to do this if an assignment requires multiple stages of drafting, has a reflection component, or requires supplemental materials.

Allow Multiple Uploaded Files

Why you might enable this setting: Effectively, this could allow a student to submit both an initial draft of an assignment as well as a revised draft to the same Moodle Assignment. This could also be used to allow a student to submit a writing assignment and a reflection on that writing together.
Note: If you intend to have students submit a first draft with other drafts in the same Moodle Assignment during an extended period of time using this method, it is important to set a due date that corresponds with when you would like the last draft to be due rather than the first draft, so as to avoid any complications with student submissions.

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon , top right).
  2. Locate the Assignment activity you want to set up with drafts and click Edit (at right), then from the Edit drop-down menu, select Edit settings. The Edit settings page will open.
  3. Under the Submission types heading, from the Maximum number of uploaded files drop-down menu, select a number other than one. The number you choose is the number of drafts, including the final draft, that the assignment will accept.
  4. Click Save and return to course.

Allow Multiple Uploaded Files and Manually Monitor Them

Why you might enable this setting: If you would like to manage the drafting process for a Moodle Assignment by approving each draft before a student can submit another.

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon , top right).
  2. Locate the Assignment activity you want to set up with drafts and click Edit (at right), then from the Edit drop-down menu, select Edit settings. The activity's settings page will open.
  3. Under the Submission settings heading, from the Attempts reopened drop-down menu, select Manually.
  4. From the Maximum attempts drop-down menu, select a number other than one. The number you choose represents the number of drafts, including the final draft, that the assignment will accept.
  5. Click Save and return to course.

Allow Multiple Uploaded Files To Be Accepted Until a Student Receives a Passing Grade

Why you might enable this setting: If you would like students to submit drafts until they receive grades that meet the passing grade criteria you have determined in an activity or grade item's settings in the Moodle gradebook. This might be especially useful if revision and drafting are integral parts of your course.

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon , top right).
  2. Locate the Assignment activity you want to set up with drafts and click Edit, then from the Edit drop-down menu, select Edit settings. The activity's settings page will open.
  3. Under the Submission settings heading, from the Attempts reopened drop-down menu, select Automatically until pass.
  4. From the Maximum attempts drop-down menu, select a number other than one.
  5. Under the Grade heading, for Grade to pass enter a numerical grade to pass.
  6. Click Save and return to course.