LEO Guides

How to set up an Assignment

NOTE: You must have Editing Lecture access to a LEO unit, in order to add an Assignment activity.

To add an Assignment activity to your LEO Unit:

  1. Navigate to your unit from within LEO.
  2. Click 'Turn editing on'
  3. Scroll down to the section in your Moodle site you would like to add the Assignment activity to (for example ‘Assessments’), then click on ‘Add an activity or resource’. From the options given under the ‘Activities’ heading Select ‘Assignment’ (it is the first option) and then click on ‘Add’. In the new page that opens up you will be able to edit the settings for your Assignment activity.

NOTE: Clicking on any of the section heading on the Settings page will expand that section, allowing you to edit the settings as appropriate.  Alternatively, you can click on ‘Expand all'. a screenshot of the 'Expand all' option, with a red arrow pointing to it. Clicking this button will expand all of the Settings options.

  1. At minimum, you will need to give your Assignment a name. However it is also useful to enter text in the ‘Description’ text box, so that your students know what the Assignment is about. Click on the box next to ‘Display description on unit page’ if you would like the description to be visible from the main page of your LEO unit.
  2. Open the ‘Availability’ section and set the ‘Allow submissions from’ date, the ‘due date’ and the ‘cut-off date’.
  3. Open the ‘Grade’ section and set the ‘Maximum points’ or change the ‘Type’ to scale and select apredefined scale.  The EDLE scale is Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction, High Distinction
  4. Once you have selected your settings as appropriate, click on ‘Save and return to unit’ to return to the main page of your LEO Unit.

NOTE: More information about the more advanced settings of the Assignment activity are available under the ‘Other Settings’ dropdown section of this LEO Guide.

Bulk Downloads

The Assignment activity allows you to download all of your assignment submissions in bulk! To download all of your students' submissions you will need to:

  1. Click on the Assignment activity
  2. Click on 'View/grade all submissions'
  3. From the dropdown under 'Grading action' select 'Download all submissions'
  4. Select 'Save file'


The Assignment submission activity also has an inbuilt Declaration of Originality; students select are forced to select a check box and accept the Declaration of Originality before they are able to submit their assignment online.

Offline Submission

You can even use the Assignment activity to grade 'offline assignments' such as presentations or performances. By making your Assignment an 'offline assignment' within LEO, it will show up within your Unit's calendar, and any grades you add to this assignment will show up within the Grade book.

To learn how to do this, please read 'Other Settings' in this LEO Guide.

In this section we will explore some of the more advanced options available to you on the 'Settings' page of the Assignment activity.


Allow submissions from:

If enabled students will only be able to submit their work from this date onwards.

Due date

This is when the assignment is due. Assignments submitted after this date can still be accepted, however they will be marked as late. You are able to prevent late submissions by setting the assignment cut-off date (see below).

Cut-off date

This is the cut-off date that the assignment will be accessible to students. If the 'enable' check box under 'Cut-off date' is selected, the due date will appear in the calendar as a unit event.

Submission types

Submission types

The options available to you are 'File submission', 'Online audio recording', 'Online text' or 'Mahara portfolio.
NOTE: While it is possible to select more than one option for a single assignment, this may cause confusion for students and will increase complexity and workload for assessors. The options available under 'Submission types

1. File submission

Deselct 'File submissions' and select 'Online text'. If enabled, students are able to type text directly into the editor field for submission. This is only suitable for short submissions In general it is prefeable to require students to compose their submissions in Word, and attach them as a File submission.

2. Online audio recording

Allows students to record audio from within LEO for submission.

3. Online text

Specifies maximum number of attempts a student is able to make per question. When reached, the student is automatically navigated to the next page of the Lesson.

You can set the 'Word limit' for online text submissions, in the 'Submission typ' section. Set a maximum number of words that eacj student will be able to submit. If students submit beyond the word limit a warning message will appear.

4. Mahara portfolio

If enabled, students are able to submit Mahara pages for assessment in Moodle.

5. Offline activity

If you deselect 'File submissions' (and don't have any other options selected) then the assignment will become an 'offline assignment. This will allow marks recorded to added to the Grade boo, but students will not be able to submit their assignment digitally. This function is useful for grading presentations.

Other options available to you under 'Submission types' are 'Maximum number of uploaded files', 'Maximum submission size' Maximum number of recordings' and 'Word limit' Word limit is only relevant if you enable submission of assignments via 'Online text'. You can also enable the submission of LEO Portfolio pages for the purposes of assessment via the Settings in this section.

Feedback types

In this section you are able to select the options for the format of the feedback graders will provide.

Options available to you in the Submission settings section include:

Feedback comments

If enabled, the marker can leave a comment for each submission, which is accessible by the students.

Feedback files

If enabled, the marker can upload a file for the student to be able to access.

Offline grading worksheet

If enabled, the teacher will be able to download and upload a worksheet with student grades when marking the assignments.

Screenshot of the Assignment types available for you to view under the 'Feedback types' setting section

NOTE: ‘Comment inline’ is only available in conjunction with ‘Feedback comments’. To change the setting to Yes, select the Feedback comments.

Submission settings

In this section you are able to edit the ways students are able to submit their assignments.

Require students click submit button

By default, the 'Require students click submit button' is set to 'No'. If changed to 'Yes' then students will have to click a 'Submit' button to submit their assignment, otherwise it will stay in 'draft' mode.

Attempts reopened

The available options in this dropdown menu include:

  • Never - meaning the student submission cannot be reopened after submission.
  • Manually - The student submission can be reopened by a teacher.
  • Automatically until pass - The student submission is remains open until the student achieves the grade to pass value set in the Gradebook (Categories and items section) for this assignment.
Maximum attempts

This is the number of times you will allow a student to reupload a submission to the Assignment activity.

Group submission settings

This section is relevant if you would like you enable Group submissions for your Assignment activity. The options include:

Students submit in groups

By default this setting is set to 'No' If changed to 'Yes then students will be divided into groups based o the default groups within your LEO unit.

Require groups to make submission

By defaut this setting it set to 'No'. If changed to 'Yes' only students who are a part of a group will be able to submit this Assignment.

Require all group members submit

If this setting is set to 'Yes' then all members of the student group must click the submit button for this assignment to be considered submitted. If set to 'No', the group submission will be considered as submitted as soon as any member of the group clicks the submit button.

Grouping for student groups

This is the grouping that the assignment will use to find student groups to attach the Assignment activity to. If left to the default 'None' than the default set of groups within the LEO unit will be used.


In this section you are able to change the settings so that graders will be notified about submissions and late submissions, and change the default settings for student notifications.

Notify graders about submissions

IF set to 'Yes' then all teaching staff will receive a message every time a student submits an assignment.

Notiify graders about late submissions

If set to 'Yes' then all teaching staff will receive a message every time a student submits an assignment past the due date (if due dates are enabled).

Default settings for "Notify students"

The default setting for ‘Notify students’ is set to 'Yes' and is related to notifying students of their grade when it becomes available.


In this section you are able to select the settings relevant to Grading assignments submitted via your Assignment activity.


From the dropdown under 'Type' you can select the type of grading used for this activity. If ‘scale’ is chosen, you can then choose the scale from the ‘scale’ dropdown. If using ‘point’ grading, you can then enter the maximum grade available for this activity.

The EDLE scale is Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction, High Distinction

Grading method

From the dropdown under 'Grading method' you are able to select your grading method.  To disable advanced grading and switch back to the default grading mechanism, choose 'Simple direct grading'.

Grade category

This setting controls the category in which your Activity displays within the Gradebook.

Grade to pass

This setting determines the minimum grade required to pass. The value is used in activity and unit completion, and in the gradebook, where pass grades are highlighted in green and fail grades in red.

Blind marking

Selecting 'Yes' for 'Blind marking' means that the identity of your students are hidden from the teaching staff you have assignmed the grading activity.

Use marking workflow

If set to 'Yes', each assignment submission will go through a series of workflow stages before grades are released to students. This setting allows for multiple rounds of marking by different members of your teaching team, and allows marks to be released to all students at the same time.

Use marking allocation

If enabed alongside 'Use marking workflow' (above) then members of your teaching team can be allocated to mark the submissions of particular students.

NOTE: The Use marking allocation is used in conjunction with the Use marking workflow The marking workflow and allocation allows a series of workflow stages before the assignment is released to students. This allows for multiple rounds of marking and allocation of markers, allowing marks to be released to all students at the same time. See grade categories "hidden until" for another option with setting release dates.

Click 'Save and return to unit' when you are done.