Create an assignment
The Assignments tool in D2L Brightspace allows you to set up a place for students to submit their assignments digitally, with the ability to:
- Control the window for submission.
- Facilitate individual submissions or group submissions (provided the groups have been set up using the Groups tool first).
- Collect and assess submissions (with a connection to the Grades tool, if needed).
- Assess offline assignments, such as hard copies of essays, or in-class presentations.
- Enable plagiarism detection through Turnitin®.
Some assignments require plagiarism detection using Turnitin Feedback Studio. This feature can be added to any D2L Brightspace assignment through the options in the Turnitin® tab. Since this process requires some special consideration, please review our instructions on how to Enable Turnitin Feedback Studio® for assignments.
Note: If you do not see Assignments in the top navigation, under Assessment, please review our tutorial to learn how to enable course tools.
Group assignments tip: If you wish to create group assignments where one student from each group submits for the group (and all members of a group receive the same grade and feedback), please use the Groups tool. It is not possible to create an individual submission folder and then change it to a group submission folder once students have started submitting the assignment.
Text submission assignments tips: At this time, we do not recommend using Turnitin for a text submission assignment. The assignment will not display as expected in Turnitin Feedback Studio. If you wish to use Turnitin, please use a file-based submission instead.
Please also note that if you create an assignment submission folder of a particular type (file, text, on paper or observed in person), and then change your mind, you cannot change it to a different type of submission. You will need to create a brand new assignment.
It is your responsibility to make sure that all material uploaded to Ryerson University's LMS/Brightspace by D2L and other systems complies with Canadian copyright laws. Please consult the "Do-it-Yourself Copyright Checking workflow" before you upload content.
Use Ryerson University's already existing licences for content from the library and the Ryerson University "Fair Dealing Guideline".
If you have copyright questions contact email@example.com.
- On the Assignment Submission Folders page, click New Submission Folder.
- Enter a Name.
- Add instructions for users.
This can include the assignment description from your course outline, desired file format, expected length, etc.
Files, links and existing activities from your Brightspace course can be added to assignment submission folders as attachments. These may be materials that will assist students with their assignment, such as guidelines, examples, or related quizzes they have completed.
To attach an item to your assignment submission folder, click on Add Attachment.
Add a file
To add a file, such as a Word or PDF document, click on File, and then My Computer and follow the instructions to either drag and drop or navigate to add your file(s).
Add a link
To add a link, click on Link, and fill in the link URL and Title before clicking on Insert. Make sure to include the http://... portion of the URL.
Link to existing activities in your course
To link to existing activities in your course, choose Existing Activity, and then navigate, first by type of course material, such as content or quizzes, then folders or modules/sub-modules if necessary, then select the particular item, and it will be loaded. When linking to an existing activity, the appropriate tool icon will be displayed next to the link.
You also have the ability to record an audio file by clicking on the "Record audio file" button. You need to have a microphone on your device. Click on the Record button to begin recording. Click again to pause recording.
You might need to adjust the Flash settings in your web browser to enable recording, which may require restarting your browser or computer. Consider attaching a text transcript of your recording as a separate file to make your material more accessible.
Additional Recording Options:
Use the play icon to play back your recording. Click the play icon again to pause playback.
If you click record after pausing playback, you can record over audio previously recorded after that point in playback.
4. Select an Assignment Type:
Individual submission folder Select this option if the assignment is an individual assignment.
Group submission folder Select this option if this is a group assignment, with one submission per group. You must associate the folder with a Group Category. This option is only available if you have created groups in your course. Read the tutorial about how to create groups. If you haven't previously created the groups, we recommend using the groups tool, and creating your group assignment at the same time, within the Groups tool.
Note: Group submission areas are marked on the Assignment Submission Folders page with the Group Submissions icon. Any group member can submit and view files for a group assignment submission folder.
Select from the Category drop-down list to assign a category.
Please keep in mind that once you set the folder type, you cannot change it, so be certain of your decision before proceeding.
5. Select a Submission Type:
Select this option if you want students to upload a file for their submission.
Select this option if you want students to submit a rich text document using the editor in Brightspace. This option can be particularly good for brief assignments, where there is no need for a lot of formatting. Please note: This is not recommended for Turnitin-enabled assignments, as the submission currently displays in an undesirable way in Turnitin Feedback Studio.
On paper submission
Select this option if physical assignments (ie. printed reports/assignents, artwork, garment, etc) are submitted directly to instructors in class, but you wish to evaluate in Brightspace.
Observed in person
Select this option if the assignment will be observed in person (ie. presentation or performance), but evaluated in Brightspace.
Also, please note that once you create an assignment of a particular type, if you change your mind, you cannot change it to another type. You will need to create a brand new assignment.
6. Enter a value in the Out Of field for the assignment score.
Tip: If you associate the assignment with a grade item, maintain consistency for your students by matching the value of the Out Of field to the grade item's Max. Points value.
Typically, instructors will either grade items out of 100, or out of the same score as the weight that this item contributes toward the final grade.
7. Associate the assignment with a Grade Item if you want submissions tied to an item in your grade book.
If you have not already created a grade item for this assignment, click the New Grade Item link to create a new grade item for the assignment.
Tip: If your assignment is not linked to a grade item, marks will not transfer to the gradebook.
Click Add Rubric to associate the assignment with a rubric that you have already created. Click the Create Rubric in New Window link if you want to create a new rubric. You can also select an existing rubric and set it as the Default Scoring Rubric. Learn more about how to create and use rubrics, including controlling visibility of rubrics to students.
9. ePortfolio Artifacts
Checking this box allows students to collect evidence of their accomplishments in their ePortfolio. This is solely for the students' use, and will not impact the instructor.
10. Click on Save and Close if you are done setting up your assignment. Click on Save if you want to save your settings so far, and then proceed to set up restrictions (ie. date, visibility, special access) or enable your assignment for Turnitin, and then proceed to the appropriate tab at the top of the page.
The Restrictions Tab
The availability section allows you to control the start, due and end date of your assignment folder. The start date marks the date and time students can begin submitting files to the folder. The due date marks the exact time the assignment is due. If an end date is set, students will no longer be allowed to submit a file to the folder. If there is no end date, or the end date is later than the due date, students can still submit an assignment past the due date but it is marked as late. All assignments are time-stamped.
Create new, or attach existing, release conditions if you want the assignment submission folder to be available to users only after they fulfill other specified tasks. You can edit and change release conditions by clicking the Remove icon or Remove All Conditions.
If students have accessibility requirements that allow them extended time to work on an assignment, you can grant students special access by clicking Add Users to Special Access. You can customize unique start, due and end dates for these students only.
Modifying Date/Time for Select Students
You can change the start, due, and end date of a particular assignment for students with special access, allowing them extra time without a late designation to the assignment.
- When editing the submission folder, click the Restrictions tab.
- Select if you want to allow students with special access to submit outside the normal time/date constraints (default) or if you only want students with special access to see this submission folder (only recommended if this is a separate folder created for particular students).
- Click Add User to Special Access.
- Change the start, due and end dates for the student(s).
- Check off the students with special access. You can filter by section or group here.
- Click Save.