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Course Connect - For Faculty & Staff: Activities & Resources

Assignments & Lessons

The assignment activity module enables a teacher to communicate tasks, collect work and provide grades and feedback.

The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways.


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 assignment can also be used to remind students of 'real-world' assignments they need to complete offline, such as art work, and thus not require any digital content. Students can submit work individually or as a member of a group.

When reviewing assignments, teachers can leave feedback comments and upload files, such as marked-up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback. Assignments can be graded using a numerical or custom scale or an advanced grading method such as a rubric. Final grades are recorded in the gradebook.

Assignment Settings

Settings for Assignments:

  • In the General Settings, provide a name and description for your assignment. This is also where you can add any pertinent files for students to view. 
  • Under Availability, set a start date for students to begin submitting work. You can also set a due date and a cut-off date. The due date will tell students when their assignment is due, and the cut-off date is when late submissions will no longer be accepted. If you do not want to accept late submissions, simply set the due date and cut-off date for the same time. 
  • File Submissions are automatically set to accept uploaded files. If you would like to accept text typed into Course Connect in a text box, simply select the Online Text option. The Maximum number of uploaded files field should also be updated if your assignment will require students to upload more than one file. 
  •  The Feedback Types field is set to allow teacher comments in a separate field on student work. If you would like to comment inline, change the comment inline drop down menu from no to yes
  • Grade settings will allow you to decide the type and category of grades. If you are using the Course Connect Gradebook, use the Grade Category drop down menu to choose what category the assignment will fall under in your Gradebook. We recommend leaving the Grade Type set to points, and the Grading Method set to simple direct grading. You can also use this area to set a passing grade for students, or to enable blind grading. 
  • You can use the Common Module Settings if you would like to assign groups to work on this assignment. To do this, groups must be previously defined. After groups have been defined, select separate groups from the Group Mode drop down menu.  

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