Creating (formative) assignments


How to set up a group assignment

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment to allow students to submit in groups. 

When group submissions are enabled, only one student per group is required to upload the submission(s). All other students in that group can then access the submission(s). This can be for any 'submission type' including any files(text or non-texted based), video/audio, myPortfolio.

Formative feedback can also be provided via the group; add feedback to one student in SOL and all members of the group will see that feedback. However, this only happens in SOL as Turnitin does not support groups.

Remember to set up your groups first. Click here for more information about Setting up groups.

1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn editing on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right.

Add an activity or resource

3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment, then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.

4. Under the 'General' section, add the Name and Description. This should explain what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit and how feedback will be given.  Also add that it is a group submission and what that means.

Add a name and description

4. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 

5. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section.  Group submissions can be enabled for any submission type including text-based file(s) through Turnitin, non text-based file(s), myPortfolio and for video/audio submissions. See other chapters in this book for a guide on setting up different 'submission types' for formative assignments.

Change this selection to meet your requirements (the default is 1 file, under 100MB, to go through Turnitin with anonymous marking shown in the image below). 

6. Go to the section 'Group submission settings', under 'Students submit in groups', change the dropdown menu to Yes

Notice it says 'Groups must be set up first' so groups must be created before making this selection.
Click here for more information about Setting up groups.

One member of the group can now submit on behalf of the group.  Each member of the group will see the submission.  All groups will be unable to see other group submissions.  

7. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled for a formative assignment if required. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select 

8. In the 'Common module settings' section, under 'Group mode', select Separate groups. This useful setting will show a drop-down menu in the 'View all submissions' screen, of all the groups available. A marker can select and view each group one by one.


9. Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.

Once the group settings have been activated and the first student has submitted, it is not possible to change groups around. You cannot remove a student and add them to a different group.

This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact or ext. 5100.