This guidance provides information on how to set up an Assignment on Learning Space for formative assessment only

This article is relevant only if you want to create links for formative assessment, such as essay drafts for comment.

Exclamation mark iconImportant: Assignment activities for summative assessments will be set up by Student Programmes & Achievement (SPA). Please do not create these types of Assignment activities yourself, as from September 2020 these are being managed by SPA. 



This video gives an overview of how to create an Assignment activity for formative assessment. 

Setting up an Assignment for formative assessment

To create an Assignment activity within any section on a module page, ensure the 'Turn editing on' button is enabled and click on 'Add an activity or resource' button .

Input the assignment title in the 'Assignment name' field and all the relevant information relating to the assignment in the description field. Be as clear as possible with the assignment instructions and also explain what the students are expected to submit such as what format is required to be submitted. e.g. a PDF portfolio.  

Important: If using Marking Workflow for feedback and marks in an Assignment activity, please view the Using Marking Workflow in Assignment guide.

Specifying dates

From this section you are also able to assign Allow submissions from date and Due date. You are also able to assign an optional Cut off date; the cut off date allows submissions to be accepted until this time but any submissions will be marked as late if uploaded after the Due date but before the Cut off date. These are optional settings, if not required these dates can be disabled by clicking the relevant tick box.

Specifying dates in the Assignment Activity settings panel

Submission details

The next section of this form allows you to define the submission. Take care to set the correct maximum number of files. Additionally the submission size can be altered from this area. 

Submission details editing panel in the Assignment activity

In general  Feedback types, Submission settings, Group submission settings, Grade, Common module settings and Restrict access are left with their default settings, if you wish to change any of them please get in touch with the Digital Learning team to discuss your requirements: dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk.


You may wish to amend the notifications that are sent out to staff and students in relation to the assignment. The notification settings can be found under the Notifications settings area. 

Notifications settings in the Assignment editing panel

By default staff will not receive notifications. If you would like students to receive notification, go to 'Default setting for "Notify students" and in the dropdown menu, ensure 'Yes' is selected. 

Once you are happy with the settings click “Save and return to course”.

Save and return to module button in Learning Space

Question mark iconFurther Support

For further support on Learning Space, or to report any issues with this guide, please get in touch with the Digital Learning Team via dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base

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