The assignment authoring tool allows you to create an assignment for your course and place it within a lesson. Add an assignment to a lesson to assess your learners’ knowledge of the material they are learning.



Creating Assignments

There are two ways to start creating an assignment, through the Lessons page or the Assignments page.


Lessons Page

  1. While viewing your Lessons page in Edit mode, select a lesson and view a section within the lesson. 
  2. Click the “+Add Content” button at the bottom of the section.
  3. Select “Assignments” content type.
  4. In the assignment edit popup window that opens, select the blue “Create Assignment” button. Creating an assignment from this view will add the assignment to this specific section in the course upon creation.


Assignments Page

  1. Enter the course in which you’d like to place the assignment and view the Assignments page.
  2. Click on the blue button titled “Create” in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Choose the Assignment type you want to create.
  4. After you click this button, a new assignment template will open.


Adding & Editing Questions

Once you have created the assignment template you can begin customizing it to your needs.

  1. Add a title and description by typing in the appropriately labeled fields.
    • The learners will see the title of the assignment within their lesson and within the assignment’s tab. The description will display once the learner opens the assignment and may be used for further explanation or instructions regarding the assignment.
  2. Add questions to your assignment.
    • Add a new question by clicking on a question from under the “Types” panel on the right and dragging a question type into the correct placement within your assignment, or click once on a question type to place the question at the end of your assignment. You may reorder these questions after placed.
  3. Edit the questions you have created.
    • Once you have added a question type, you will need to add text. Most questions will have a field for the question text and a field for the answer text (with the exception of the essay type and file upload types). To edit any field, click in the field and begin to type. On most question types, you can add extra solution possibilities by clicking on “Add a choice.”


Add Code Block

While in the description field or question text field, click on the brackets at the bottom of the window to initiate a code block. Click in the code block and begin typing.


Order Questions

To reorder your assignment’s questions, click on the dotted box in the upper left-hand corner of the question and drag your question into place, or select the up or down arrow to the right of your question to move it one place at a time.

You may also reorder the answers within the question itself. To do so, click on the dotted box icon to the left of your solution and drag the answer to the preferred location within the solution set and drop your answer into place.


Duplicate Questions

Duplicate the question to create a second identical question within your assignment to edit as needed. Click the square icon to the right of your question to duplicate the question.


Delete Questions

Click the trash can icon to delete the question entirely from your assignment. If you’ve made a mistake by deleting the question, you will have a small “undo” menu that appears momentarily at the bottom left to restore the question.


Publish or Schedule Assignments

Once you have completed creating your assignment, the last step is to publish the assignment and place it in a lesson.



Click on the “Publish” button at the bottom right-hand corner of your assignment. This will open a new window displaying the options “Publish,” “Schedule,” and “Draft” (the current state it’s in). If you want to publish your assignment and make it available right away, click “Publish” and then “Save.”



If you’d like the assignment to be scheduled to become available, click “Schedule” and select the day and enter a time for it to become available for learners. Before this date and time, learners will only be able to see the title of the assignment and the date it becomes available. They will not be able to view the assignment’s contents. Once the assignment becomes available (or if it was immediately published) the learner may take the assignment.

If you aren’t quite finished with the assignment, that’s okay. You can leave it as is without publishing it and return to it later. It will be saved as a draft. For instructions about returning to an assignment, see the section “Edit or Delete an Assignment.”


Add Assignments to Lessons

There are two ways in which to add assignments to your lesson. You can do so while viewing your assignment or while viewing a lesson. 


While Viewing your Assignment

While viewing an assignment you can add it to a lesson.

  1. Above the title of the assignment, click on the blue text that reads “Add to Lesson.”
  2. A new sharing window will appear that lists where the assignment is currently placed or if it's not shared to a lesson yet, and lists the current lessons, both drafted and published, in your course.
  3. Select the lesson you’d like to place the assignment in by clicking “Add to Lesson.” When you select this, a pop up menu will allow you to select a section within the lesson to place the assignment.
  4. Select the section(s) in which you’d like to place the assignment. The lesson will now be listed at the top of the sharing window.
  5. Now, click “Done.”

Note: You will notice that “Add to Lesson” has been replaced with the name of the lesson in which the assignment is shared to. Click on this again to add or remove the assignment from a lesson. You can also add it to multiple lessons.


While Viewing a Lesson

While viewing a lesson, you can add your assignment to a lesson.

  1. Click on the “Edit” at the top right-hand corner of the lesson. This will enter the editing mode.
  2. Now, find the section in which you’d like to place the assignment and click “+Add Content.” This will open the content menu. 
  3. In the content menu, select “Assignment.”
  4. Next, find your assignment within the list of assignments, click on it, and then click “Select” in the bottom right-hand corner.
    • Note: If you do not see your assignment, you may not have set it to be published. Return to your assignment and publish the assignment.
  5. Now select “Add to Lesson” in the bottom right-hand corner to add it to your lesson.

Note: Please note, if you do not place an assignment in a lesson, published assignments can still be viewed by learners within their Assignments tab.


Editing Assignments

Depending on the state your assignment is in some editing options may be limited. Use the descriptions below to understand your limitations:


If the assignment is in draft currently (or scheduled for a future date), you are not limited to the edits you can make.

As you edit the assignment, your edits will be saved automatically as you go. Please make sure you are finished editing your assignment before the scheduled date at which point the assignment will be “published” and viewable.


If the assignment is published, but no learner has yet interacted with it, you are not limited to the edits you can make; however, you will be required to save some types of edits manually instead of the application saving changes automatically as you go.

Any edits to published questions (or adding new questions) will open the question in a new pop-up window. Once you have made changes to that question and are satisfied with its presentation, click the “Save” button to publish the new version of the question at once and continue editing.

Other edits such as toggling different Options, moving the order of the questions, deleting questions, adding a time limit, as well as adding a due date will be saved automatically when the change occurs.


If the assignment is published, but learners have begun the assignment, you will be limited in the edits you can make.

In this scenario, only minor changes can be made such as textual changes in question or answer text or in the assignment title and description. You may also assign a new value to the question, select a new answer, or assign a new due date or scheduled date.

(Please note, if the assignment is set to autograde and you assign a new value to the assignment, the assignment will be regraded according to the new value for those learners who have already taken the assignment. Also, if you assign a different solution than previously selected, the assignment will regrade and reassess accordingly for those who have already submitted their assignment.)

If you need to make larger changes such as adding a question, deleting a question, and toggling different Options, you will receive an error message in the bottom right-hand corner and will be prompted to reset learner assignments in order to save the changes. Resetting the assignment will clear all learner submissions and learners will have to retake the updated assignment.


Deleting Assignments

To delete an assignment:

  1. View the assignment in editing mode.
  2. Select the publish button at the bottom right. (If learners have begun taking the assignment, you will first be presented a Reset button. You will need to reset learner progress before proceeding.)
  3. Now, click the “delete” button. A window will now appear to confirm deletion.



Copying or Sharing Questions to Other Assignments

The question sharing features allows you to take one question from an assignment and place it into another assignment. This can be useful when creating cumulative tests: perhaps you’d like to take one question from each quiz in the course and create a test from those questions.


  • Share: Sharing a question refers to the same question being “shared” over multiple assignments. By sharing, any edits to the question, regardless of location, will apply the edit to all locations.
  • Copy: After you share a question, you have the option to “detach” the question from other locations so that question edits are not shared across locations. Detaching a shared question essentially makes a “copy” of the question and places it in a new location.

Please note:

  • Editing: When you edit a shared question/answer, on either assignment, it will edit the question/answer set in both places.
  • Editing Limitations: You might be limited to what you can edit on the question if an assignment it was shared with has been taken. For example, if a quiz and cumulative exam share a question, and the learners have taken the quiz, then from within the exam you will only be able to select a different solution (e.g., from “A” to “B”), or make minor text edits. You will not be allowed to delete solutions or reorder solutions. (If you do choose to select a new solution, the previously taken assignment will regrade according to the new solution in the question).
  • Copy vs. Share: If you wish to only make a copy of the question and place it in another assignment (and not “share” the question to where edits will affect both places), you do have the option to “detach” the shared question once you’ve placed it into another assignment. We will go over this below.


Sharing & Copying A Question

You can share a question between multiple assignments.

  1. Navigate to the Assignments tab, and click on the Assignments subtab.
  2. Now, click “Edit” to the far right of the assignment’s name. This will open the assignment editing mode.
  3. Find the menu to the right of a question, and select the ellipsis symbol.
  4. Select “Share with Other Assignments” to open the question sharing window.
  5. The sharing window will display the assignments the question is currently shared in, and also all available assignments. By default, the current assignment the question is contained in will be listed in the “Shared To” list.
  6. Select “Add to Assignment” to the right of the assignment in which you’d like to add the question. When you add a question to an assignment, the question will be added to the end of the assignment. (You can rearrange the questions within the assignment itself.) The assignment will now be added to the “Shared To” list.
  7. Click “Done” to exit the sharing window.
    • Notice the question now displays “Shared” to indicate that it is a question being shared to another assignment.
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