Assignment - main entry

Whether you are starting from scratch or working with an assignment already created, using the assignment activity in a topic ideally consists of 5 stages, in a looped process.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  || Support

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The Assignment activity in FLO allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback, including grades. The work students submit is visible only to the teacher, not to other students, unless a group assignment is set up (see link below). For students, the assignment activity is generally referred to as the assignment dropbox, as this is where they upload their file/s for marking.

All student assignments generated in electronic form should be submitted by the student and returned to the student electronically (see assessment policy).

When students submit their assignment through FLO, there is no need for them to attach a cover sheet. FLO records their name, FAN, email address, exact date and time of submission, and by default provides them with an academic integrity statement that they must agree to before submitting their assignment (depending on the purpose of the assignment, you may want to disable this in the settings).

1. Plan

For considerations and questions, you might ask when planning/designing for assignments submitted in FLO using the Assignment activity (dropbox):


2. Build

The assignment purpose will determine the settings you use for the assignment activity.

Feedback methods

How do you set up your assignment to reflect the feedback method/s you want to use? When reviewing assignments, teachers can leave feedback comments (including short audio / video files using Kaltura) and upload files such as marked-up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback (if marking in Word / PDF format offline). 


3. Test

Once you have set up the assignment, ask your local eLearning support team to check it for you (especially if this is the first time you have set up this activity, or if you are trying a new approach to assignments). It is best to amend mistakes before students submit their assignments.


4. Administer

Receive and manage assignments 

Mark assignments 

A topic coordinator/teacher may provide a marking guide (this could also be called a rubric or feedback form) in the assignment activity by:

  • adding it to the assignment activity as a file (Word/editable PDF) (for offline marking) OR
  • creating an online marking guide, rubric or checklist (for online marking)
Check with the topic coordinator about the way the marking guide has been added if you are not sure, as this will determine your marking method.

Mark offline (no internet connection required)

Note: You will need to view Turnitin reports online (see Text-matching software below) as they cannot be downloaded in bulk for offline review.
Bulk download and upload for offline marking: combinations (PDF file)

Text-matching software (Turnitin)

Text-matching software is enabled for all text-based file submissions. Staff are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with the use of text-matching software and the interpretation of text-matching originality reports. A self-paced online tutorial is available for staff to familiarise themselves with general principles and practices around academic integrity as well as the interpretation of originality reports produced by text-matching software.

Return assignments

5. Review

How did your assignment activity go? Would you set up the activity differently next time around? Do you want to mark differently (eg using an online marking guide)? Talk to colleagues and/or your local eLearning support team to get ideas for improvement.


Training and support




eLearning support teams

You may have one of the following issues:

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