Assignment - create an iterative assignment

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In some cases, assignments are iterative – students are asked to provide work for formative feedback rather than summative feedback and a mark, or students are providing drafts. In these cases, it may be appropriate to disable the Submit button.

Create an iterative assignment

Create an assignment (for file submissions) and make the following adjustments to the settings.

Submission settings

Change Require students to click the submit button to No.

disable the submit button

Note: The benefit of setting Require students to click the submit button to Yes is that once students click submit, they will be prevented from making changes to their submission during marking. Setting Require students to click the submit button to No should be used with the knowledge that students will be able to continue editing their submission.

Once a student enters their assignment (file upload or online text) the submission status will be displayed as Submitted for grading, however, they will continue to be able to edit their submission. At no point will they need to finalise their submission.

If you want to prevent students making further submissions, you can lock individual or multiple submissions.

Availability settings

Depending on the nature of your assignment, you may want to disable the Due date and Cut-off date by removing the tick from the enable boxes. (You also have the option to Remind me to grade by.)

iterative assignment - availability settings

Timeline block:
  • The Due date will show to students in the Timeline block, marked as 'due'
  • Dates added using completion tracking show to students in the Timeline block, marked as 'should be completed'
  • User override dates show to students in the Timeline block, marked as 'override' 
  • Group override dates don't currently show for to students

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