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

assignment dropbox iconThis entry relates to the Assignment activity.

All student assignments generated in electronic form should be submitted by the student and returned to the student electronically (see sections 5.5 & 5.7 of the assessment policy).

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 (either though searching for it or dragging and dropping).

If 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 untick this box).

Good practice guides and tip sheets

Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to assignment-related resources are provided below. Browse all tip sheets and good practice guides

Good practice guide – Designing assessment | Tip sheet - Providing constructive feedback in FLOTip sheet – Incorporating Socratic questions into your FLO site | Good practice guide - Inspirational and engaged teaching


1. Plan

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


2. Build

Assignment – purpose and settings (group, iterative, take-home exam, offline, online text, video etc) will determine the settings you use for the assignment activity.


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 and upload files such as marked-up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback (if marking in 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.

Text-matching software (Turnitin)
Mark offline (no internet connection required)
    Bulk download and upload for offline marking: combinations (PDF) 
    Mark online (internet connection required)            

    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.

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    eLearning support teams

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