Editing an Assignment

In D2L, assignments are provided to students and submitted by students using Assignment folders. The following instructions assume that you have at least one Assignment Folder created. On the Assignment Submission Folders page, click Edit Folder from the context menu of the folder you want to edit. Identifies the Edit Folder selection in the context menu.Make your changes in the Properties, Restrictions, and Objectives tabs. For details about Turnitin®, see the corresponding article.

Properties Tab Options
 Identifies the Properties tab.


  • Name

    You may edit the name of the assignment, but the assignment Name is a required field. Shows the Name field
  • Folder Type

    Folder type is not editable. If you wish to change type, you must create a new assignment. The folder type is either Individual or Group.
    Shows the folder type of the assignment
  • Category

    Shows the category containing the assignment if there is one.Categories are for your organizational benefit. They are not visible to students. Categories are not required. If you have categories, you may choose one from the dropdown menu or click New Category to create a new one. (These categories are not related to Gradebook categories.)
  • Grade Item

    Shows the Grade item selector dropdownIn order for the assignment to be graded and have the grade published to Grades, you must select a Grade Item. A Grade Item can only be associated with one assignment. (This is also where you would disconnect a Grade Item if you want to make it available to a different assignment.)
  • Out of

    Assign or edit the point value of the assignment. To avoid confusion, this point value should be the same as the point value of the Grade Item associated with this Assignment in Grades.
    Shows the Out Of field
  • Student View Preview

    Shows student view preview
    This shows you the format of the grade as it will appear to students. You can change the student view format of this one Grade Item by clicking the drop-down menu, but generally, it is better to do this in Grades > Settings.
    Shows the Override Student View settings available.
  • Rubrics

    Click Add Rubric to add an existing rubric. Click the  "X" to remove a rubric. See Connect a Rubric to an Assignment for more information on adding a new rubric.
    Shows Rubric options
  • Default Scoring Rubric

    This allows you to choose a default rubric, but choose another rubric for certain students.
    Shows the Default Scoring Rubric.
  • Instructions

    Here you may edit or enter instructions. This field is visible to your students.
    Shows the Instructions field.
  • Attached Files

    These are attachments provided by the instructor to the students. You can add a file, link, or an Existing Activity; record audio, or record video by clicking the corresponding button. You can also remove an attachment by clicking the "X" next to its name. (See Add an Attachment to an Assignment for more details.)Shows attachment options
    NOTE: When inserting a URL, please make sure to enter the entire address (i.e. https://www.website.com); the link will not work otherwise. You can obtain the entire link by copying the URL in your browser's address bar.
  • Submission Options

    Under Files allowed per submission, you can set submissions to Unlimited to allow students to submit multiple files per submission, or you can limit each submission to One file per submission. Under Submissions, you can keep all submissions, only the most recent,  or you can limit submission attempts to one.
    Shows Submission Options.
  • You can be notified when an assignment has been submitted by entering an email address in the Email Notification field.Shows email field.

Very Important!

Make sure you save your changes by clicking the Save button.

Restrictions Tab Options
Identifies Restrictions tab

  • Availability

    You have the option to make the assignment folder hidden from students. By selecting the "Hidden from users" checkbox, the assignment will be hidden from content pages and on the assignment submission folders page.
    Dates are optional. 
    • Has Start Date prevents students from seeing the assignment before this time.
    • Has Due Date marks assignments as late if submitted past this time. If you select Has Due Date and choose a date, the assignment name will appear in the calendar on the date and time set.
    • Has End Date prevents students from submitting any files past that date and time.
      Shows Availability options 
  • Release Conditions

    Release conditions allow you to create a controlled learning path through your course materials. When you attach a release condition to an item, students cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition. For example, you could create a condition that required students to view a content topic before gaining access to a quiz, or one that required them to post to a discussion topic before they could see a content module. You can attach multiple conditions to an item. See Release Conditions for more information.

    NOTE: Using multiple release conditions can be confusing, and troubleshooting them can be difficult. You should set them when you have plenty of time to test them in Student View.
  • Special Access

    • Allow users with special access to submit files outside the normal availability dates for this folder
      This selection extends specific students access without altering the settings for the rest of the class.
    • Allow only users with special access to see this folder
      This selection prevents other students from viewing the assignment.
      Shows Special Access options

Objectives Tab Options

Identifies Objectives Tab

By associating an assignment folder with a learning objective, you can tie the folder to a competency you want students to master. See Associate Assignment Folders with Learning Objectives for more information.

Turnitin Tab Options

Identifies Turnitin Tab

Turnitin® OriginalityCheck enables you to monitor assignment submissions and identify potential cases of plagiarism by automatically comparing submissions to an online database of original content. You can then view Originality Reports which highlight key areas, show a breakdown of matching sources, and provide direct links to the matching content.

You can also take advantage of the integrated GradeMark® which enables you to add comments, inline text, and highlight sections in file submissions directly from the Assignment tool.