Editing (summative) assignments

How to edit settings for myPortfolio (Mahara) assignments

1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on (top right of your screen).

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2. Click on the 'Assessment' tab. Find your 'Quercus' assignment link. To the right of this link, click on Edit, then Edit settings.

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3. Note the 'Assignment name' is not editable: this will automatically display on your unit page. If the name is fundamentally incorrect, contact student.registry@solent.ac.uk. Add further detailed instructions to the 'Description' field. 

4. Dates and times can be viewed in the 'Availability' section but are not editable. If they are incorrect, contact student.registry@solent.ac.uk who will update Quercus; new dates will come through to SOL the next day.

  • Allow submission from - This does not need to be enabled; submissions are allowed as soon as the correct submission type has been selected.
  • Due date - This is the final submission date and the time is always 16:00.
  • Late submission - This is 5 working days after your due date and the time is always 16:00.
  • Remind me to grade by - This is the date that grading must be completed by (20 working days of the submission date).

5. In the 'Submission types' section, select myPortfolio (Mahara). The setting 'Lock submitted pages' must be left set to Yes, keep locked so that the submitted work cannot be edited.

Keep myportfolio locked

Currently, the system does allow you to select both the 'myPortfolio' and a 'File submissions' settings.  However, this would require students to upload a 'document' and a 'portfolio' before the system allows them to save.  It is not a 'document' or a 'portfolio' selection.

6. Under the section 'Feedback types', select your feedback requirements; either Feedback comments and/or Feedback files. These are selected by default.

  • Double Marking enables two extra marks, from separate tutors, to be added to the student grading page, in addition to the final grade. 
  • Sample allows specific assignments to be marked for inclusion as part of a moderated sample.  
  • Academic misconduct allows a flag to be set where academic misconduct is being investigated. This will not be shown to students. Where academic misconduct is suspected, please see the guidance on the Portal or email academic.misconduct@solent.ac.uk, ext: 6586.


7. It is the University's policy to implement anonymous marking by default but this can be disabled if specified in the unit descriptor; the 'Anonymous marking' setting can be found in the 'Grade' section.

8. All other options can be left as default so click Save and display.

If you need any help setting up your assignment links, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.