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Submit an Assignment in Moodle

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Moodle lets instructors create a variety of assignment types. For example:

  • Your instructor can control whether you can make only one submission or can re-submit files, and whether you can upload files after deadlines have passed.
  • Some assignment types let your instructor return a submission with comments for revisions. You can then upload your revisions by returning to the link for the assignment.
  • Assignments can be for "offline" activities such as a classroom presentation or printed paper, in which case you will not submit anything on Moodle, but your instructor may use the Moodle assignment for grading and feedback.

Note: Your instructor can use a standard Moodle Assignment, which looks like this:
Screenshot of a Moodle assignment
Or, they may give you a Turnitin Assignment in Moodle, which looks like this:
Screenshot of a Turnitin assignment
For instructions on submitting a Turnitin Assignment, see Submit a Turnitin Assignment in Moodle. This page describes Moodle assignments.

Submit an Assignment

You may be asked to attach files or enter text directly into a text box.
Important: If your instructor is asking you to upload a file, they should inform you what file format you should submit (eg., .pdf, .doc, .pptx or .docx).

  1. Links to assignments can always be found in the Sections down the center of the Moodle course page.  If your instructor has added the Activities block to the course, you can also locate assignments by clicking on the Assignment link in the Activities block.
  2. Click the link to the assignment.  The Assignment screen will open showing instructions and your Submission status (date submitted, grade, etc.) for this assignment.
  3. Click Add Submission. The Assignment submission screen will open. Depending on how your instructor set up the assignment, you may have the option to submit file(s) or enter text in a text entry box.
  4. To enter online text, type directly into the Text entry box, or compose your submission in a word processing program, save it, then cut and paste the text into the Moodle text box.
    • When pasting text into Moodle, for best results use the Text or MS Word (if composed in Word) buttons in the Editor tool bar:
      Paste in text as plain text or from Word.
    • For spell checking to work, it must be enabled through your browser. Once enabled, to see spelling suggestions press Control key + right-click on your keyboard.
  5. To submit a file using drag-and-drop:
    1. Arrange your computer desktop windows so that you can view both your browser window and your files on your computer (e.g., in an open folder or on your desktop).
    2. Drag files from your computer, and release them on top of the big blue arrow in the Files area.
      drag-and-srop a submission into Moodle  (click to enlarge)
      Important! DO NOT drag-and-drop a .gdoc file from a Drive App desktop window into Moodle: Your instructor will not have permission to view the file. Instead, use browse for file (see next step), or save the file as a PDF before submitting.
  6. To browse for a file:
    1. Under File submissions, at the top-left of the file area heading, click  Add.... The File picker window will open.
    2. You can choose a file form your computer, or from Google Drive:
      • To upload a file from your computer, click Upload a file (at left), then, next to Attachment:, Choose File. Browse your computer and select a file. The file name will appear next to the Choose file button.
      • To upload a file from Google Drive, click Google Drive (at left). You may need to log in. Click the file to upload. 
        Note:  When you browse to Google Drive, Moodle will convert Google docs (.gdoc files) that were composed directly in Google, to a sharable file type (.rtf,  .ppt, .xls, etc.)
    3. (Optional) If you want to rename your file, type the new name in the Save as field, and make sure to include the correct file extension (.pdf, .doc, etc.) in the name so the file can open correctly for your instructor.
    4. Click Upload this file. The File picker will close and an icon for your uploaded file will appear in the Files area.
  7. Once your file(s) appear in the Files area, click Save changes.
  8. Your instructor may allow you to revise your submission. Click Edit my submission to add or replace files, or edit a text submission.
  9. For some assignment types, you will see a Submit assignment button. To finalize your submission, click Submit assignment, then Continue. Once finalized, you will not be able to make any more changes.
  10. You can check under Submission status on the Assignment page to ensure your file is listed. You can also view feedback and grades from your instructor there.
    Note: You should also receive an email at your umass.edu mail address confirming you have submitted the assignment.