The instructor may create assignments that require online or offline submissions. For online assignments, students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, or audio and video clips. Alternatively, or in addition, the assignment may require students to type text directly into the text editor. An offline assignment requires students to hand in hard copies of the solution. The instructor can specify if solutions are to be submitted individually or as a group. Assignments can be graded in cuLearn with the grades automatically showing up in the grade book.

PLEASE NOTE: When creating an assignment, do not use pdf submission type. There have been issues with this submission type and using regular file submission type allows pdfs, so there will be no limitations.

Add an assignment

Creating an assignment

  1. Turn Editing On from the top right corner of your course page.
  2. Go to your desired section.
  3. From the Add an Activity drop down menu, select Assignment.
  4. Customize the assignment through the settings page.
  5. Click Save and return to course (or your changes will be lost).
  6. A grade item/column for the assignment will be automatically added to the course grade book.

Some Settings to consider

  • Allow Submissions From: the date from which students can submit to the assignment (the instructions, etc, will be visible before this date unless you hide them)
  • Due Date and Cut Off Date: an assignment that is submitted after your designated due date will show up as late (by 1 day, etc).  If a cut-off date is enabled, then students will not be able to submit at all after that date.

Submission Types

  • Use Online Text if you wish students to enter text online.  The default setting allows them to upload files of any kind (ignore the PDF submission box).
  • The rest of the default settings rarely need to be changed, though Maximum number of uploaded files is set to 1 by default.

Group Submission Settings

  • If your students will be submitting in groups, you can tell the system here.  As well, you can require all students submit or have only one submission per group.  For full instructions on creating groups, please visit the Groups page.


  • You can set the grading parameters for the assignment here.  By default, assignments are out of 100 and will be graded using Simple Direct Grading (simply entering a grade out of 100 into a box).  The other options are Marking Guide and Rubric.

Note: It is essential to grade an online assignment using the assignment grading tool, not through the grade book.

Grading an assignment

  1. Click on the assignment you want to grade.
  2. Click on View/grade all submissions

    View Assignments

  1.  Click on a file name to view each submission individually (if you don’t see them, scroll to the right of your screen).   You can also Download all submissions by choosing it from the “Grading Action” drop down menu at the top left.
  1. To grade, simply enter the grade(s) in the box(es) and click “Save all quickgrading changes.”  You can also click on the edit icon under the Grade column to enter the full grading page for that submission.

Quick Grading

5.  This opens the assignment quick grading tool, where you can :

1 – Download the submitted file.
2 – Enter a numerical grade for the student.
3 – Save and view the next student submission.