Edit 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
  • 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.
  • Assignment Type

    Assignment type is only editable until the first submission is made to the Assignment folder. The Assignment type is either Individual or Group.
    Shows the Assignment type
  • Submission Options

    Shows Submission Options
    • The Submission Type dropdown menu provides four choices:
      • File submission - this requires students to submit a file to the assignment folder
      • Text submission - this requires students to type out their submissions in a text box in the assignment folder
      • On paper submission - this is used when students have turned physical papers in to the professor, and the professor inputs the grades without the students submitting anything to the assignment folder
      • Observed in person - this is used when professors are grading an activity that was observed in person, and the professor inputs the grades without the students submitting anything to the assignment folder
    • Files allowed per submission allows two options: 
      • Unlimited - allows students to submit multiple files per submission
      • One file per submission - limits students to submitting only one file
    • Submissions allows three options:
      • All submissions are kept - every file students submit to the folder is kept
      • Only the most recent submission is kept - all submissions except the most recent submission from each student are discarded
      • Only one submission allowed - students can only submit to the folder one time (though they might be able to submit multiple files - for example, a related Word document and PowerPoint presentation)

  • You can be notified when an assignment has been submitted by entering an email address in the Email Notification field.
    Shows email field.
  • Category

    Categories are for your organizational benefit and are not required. They are not visible to students. 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.)
    Shows the category containing the assignment if there is one.
  • Grade Item

    In 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.)
    Shows the Grade item selector dropdown
  • Score 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

    The Student View Preview shows the format of the grade as it will appear to students based on the defaults set up in the Grades tool.
    Shows student view preview
    You can change the format of this student view of this one Grade Item by clicking the drop-down menu, but generally, it is better to do this in Grades > Settings so that the changes apply to all grade items.
    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.
  • Anonymous Marking

    This will allow you to grade the assignment submissions without seeing the student names to allow for more objective grading. You cannot change this option after the first submission has been made.
    Shows Anonymous Marking

Very Important!

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

Restrictions Tab Options
Identifies Restrictions tab

  • Hidden from Users

    By default, new Assignment folders are hidden from students when they are created. This means that students cannot see the assignments, even if you put them into the content area (that content topic will be left in draft status). Uncheck the Hidden from users option to allow students to see the assignment.
    Indicates Hidden from users checkbox
  • Availability

    Dates are optional. 
    • Has Due Date sets the due date for the assignment. If a student turns in the assignment after the due date, it is marked as late. If you select Has Due Date and set a date, the assignment name will appear in the calendar on that date.
    • Has Start Date sets the date when the assignment becomes available to the students. 
    • Has End Date prevents students from submitting any files past that date and time.
      Shows date 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 extends specific students access without altering the settings for the rest of the class.
    • Allow only users with special access to see this folder prevents students without special access 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.