Editing (summative) assignments

How to edit settings for group assignments

When group submissions are enabled only one student per group is required to upload the document(s). All other students in that group can then access the document(s). This can be applied to any submission type.

Feedback can also be provided to the whole group; add feedback to one student in SOL and all members of the group will see that feedback. Or this can be separated; giving different grades and feedback to each member of the group. However, if entering feedback into Turnitin, this will not be available to the whole group but only to the member of the group that actually submitted. Groups are not created in Turnitin. 

It is very important to set up groups before enabling this setting. Click Setting up groups for more information.

Do not enable 'Group submissions' if an online submission is not being made as it will prevent grades from being sent to Quercus.  Please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk for further advice and to discuss your requirements.

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

Image shows turn editing on link

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

Image shows edit settings link

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 and explain that it is a group submission and what that means.

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 link is set up correctly without this checkbox being enabled.
  • 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. Select a Submission type to meet your requirements (this example shows a file submission under 100MB). 

Group submissions can be enabled for any submission type including text-based file(s) through Turnitin, non-text-based file(s) such as video/audio through a 'File submission' and myPortfolio.  

See other chapters in this book for a guide on editing settings for different 'submission types'. Please do not use the Video/Audio submission option when using groups. Medial does not work well with groups.  
See Group video/audio assignments

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

  • 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 show 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. Once the groups have been set up (click Setting up groups for information), go to the section 'Group submission settings' and change 'Students submit in groups' to Yes

Group submission setting

One member of the group will be able to submit on behalf of the group, and each member of the group will see the submission. Group members can only see their own group submission.  

8. Ensure that 'Require group to make submission' is set to Yes. Users who are not members of a group will be unable to make a submission. 

Default setting

9. It is University 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.

10. In 'Common module settings',  select Separate groups as the Group mode to enable specific group members to be filtered for marking.


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

Once a student has submitted to a group assignment it is not possible to move them to a different group without losing their submission.

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