Access your assignments
You can access assignments in the activity stream or in the calendar if your instructor added due dates.
If the due date has passed for an assignment, you’re alerted in the Important section of the activity stream.
You can also find your assignments on the Course Content page. Your instructor may also organize assignments in folders and learning modules.
Your instructor may ask you to work on an assignment with a group.
After you select an assignment, the Details & Information panel appears. View the due date, number of attempts allowed, the time limit if imposed, and possibly goals and a rubric for grading. Check if the due date has passed and if any submissions are or will be late.
Your instructor may require a 6-digit access code. Instructors issue the access codes, but they might have another person, such as a proctor, deliver the codes. After you type the code, you can open the assignment. You can use the code to resume an assignment you saved. You don't need the code to view your grades and feedback posted by your instructor. If your instructor changes the code between attempts, you'll need to ask for it again.
If no time limit exists, you can view an assignment and you don't have to submit it. When you select View assessment, you can just view the assignment or add some work. Not ready to submit? Select Save and Close in the panel. If you previously started the assignment, your work was saved. Select View assessment to resume working.
If your instructor added a time limit, it appears alongside other assignment details on the Course Content page. You'll also see the time limit on the assignment's Details & Information panel and within the assignment, as you work. You'll see Start attempt instead of View assessment. When you select Start attempt, you'll receive a pop-up window to start the timer before you can access the assignment. If you're not ready to start, select Cancel. After you start, the assignment auto-submits when time is up.
Your instructor provides all the information and files you need to complete an assignment.
Be mindful of the time. If your instructor put a time limit on the assignment, you can keep track of how much time is left. A countdown appears at the bottom of your screen and warns you as the time limit gets closer.
Create your submission
Select Add Content to open the editor. You can use the options in the editor to format the text and embed images and attach files. Visit the previous link to see an expanded view of the editor options and detailed instructions.
If you view the editor on a smaller screen, select the plus icon to view the menu of options. You'll find the option to attach a file to your assignment.
For example, select Insert/Edit Local Files—represented by the paper clip icon. Browse for a file from your computer. A status window appears to show the progress of the file upload.
Only your instructor can view the content you add.
Not ready to submit? Select Save and Close to save your work and continue later. Your text, comments, and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.
Submit your assignment. Finished? Select Submit when you're ready for your instructor to grade your work. When you submit, a panel appears with the date and time you made the submission. Select the View submission link at the bottom of the panel to review your submission.
The Submit button is disabled until you add content or answer at least one question.
If your instructor allowed one attempt, you can't edit your work after you submit. If your instructor allowed multiple attempts and you submit an attempt past the due date, the attempt will be marked late. Any attempts you submit before the due date aren't marked late.
Take a test
View the details. In the right panel, view all the information you need to complete a test—the due date, maximum points, and time limit and rubric details if your instructor added them.
Type or choose your answers. You can use the options in the editor to format the text and embed images and attach files. If you view the editor on a smaller screen, select the plus icon to view the menu of options.
To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.
View files. Your instructor may attach files that you need to complete a test.
Add to the conversation. If your instructor enabled conversations, select the Open class conversation icon. Anyone can make a contribution to the test conversation, including your instructor.
Add additional content. At the end of a test, you can add text and files that support your answers, or add comments for your instructor.
Not ready to submit? Select Save and Close to save your work and continue later. Your answers are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working. However, if your instructor added a time limit, the test auto-submits when time is up.
Submit your test. Finished? Select Submit when you're ready for your instructor to grade your work. You can see your score immediately if all questions are auto-graded. When you submit, a panel appears with the date and time you made the submission. Your submission is labeled Not graded if it requires instructor grading. Select anywhere in the Grading section of the Details & Information panel to review your submission.
If your instructor allowed multiple attempts and you submit an attempt past the due date, the attempt is marked late. Any attempts you submit before the due date aren't marked late.
Your instructor may limit the amount of time you have to submit your test. If you have a time limit, it appears alongside other test details on the Course Content page. You'll also see the time limit on the test's Details & Information panel and within the test, as you work. You'll find a countdown at the bottom left corner of the screen that will let you know the remaining time in minutes and, during the last minute, the time you have left down to the last second.
When you select Start attempt, you'll receive a pop-up window to start the timer before you can access the test. If you're not ready to start, select Cancel.
If you see View assessment instead of Start attempt, the test isn't timed. You don't have to submit a test with no time limit when you open it.
If your instructor allows you to submit multiple attempts, the time limit applies to each attempt.
The timer keeps running whether or not you're actively working on the test. If you save a draft or leave the test window, the countdown continues and your work is saved and submitted when time is up. When you select Save and Close to return to the test later, you're reminded that the timer will continue.
The timer appears at the bottom of the window to let you know how much time is left. Your work is saved and submitted automatically when time is up.
Typically, assignments aren't graded automatically. Your instructor must grade each assignment and post the grade and feedback.
If your instructor needs to grade your assignment, Not graded appears in the Grading section in the assignment's side panel.
Your instructor may choose not to reveal the correct answers to automatically scored questions until all students have submitted. A banner appears at the top of the assessment with this information. Check back later to see if answers have been revealed.
As your instructors post grades, you'll find them in your activity stream. Select View my grade to display your grade.
You can also access the assignment in your course to review your grade and feedback in context.
Your grades also appear on the global and course grades pages.