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Learning and Teaching

4. Submitting

York St John University has adopted electronic assignment submission and electronic marking and feedback for all appropriate assignments.

This part of the life-cycle refers to the process of students handing over assignments to be marked.

Assignment submission methods depend entirely on the type of assessment being carried out and the Moodle assignment tool has a variety of settings/options which help to determine how the assignment works and which features are enabled, or not.

The assignment tool includes standard grading scales such as Pass/Fail or a mark out of 100; but for more creative assessments there is also the option to submit a Mahara Portfolio, a Video assignment and a WordPress website. Here's a breakdown of the available options:

Moodle – Submitting an Assignment

The assignment module allows tutors to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work students submit is visible only to the teacher and not to the other students unless a group assignment is selected.

Resources: Submitting file assignments to Moodle

TurnItIn - Submitting an Assignment

TurnitinUK is a plagiarism detection and electronic assignment submission web-service that enables HE institutions to carry out a comparison of student's work against electronic sources. The service can be accessed via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. Tutors can choose to use a Turnitin assignment type in place of Moodle's own assignment type.

Resources: Submitting an assignment to TurnItin via Moodle

Moodle - Submitting Mahara Portfolio for Assessment

Mahara is the Institutions e-portfolio system that is primarily used for student assessments. An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, video, audio, blog entries, and hyperlinks. Rather than submitting a Word document or PDF, student's can submit a single portfolio page or a collection of portfolio pages to a Moodle Assignment.

Resources: Submitting Mahara ePortfolio to Moodle

Media Library - Submitting a Video Assignment

Video assessments are becoming increasingly popular in Higher Education. The Media Library is designed to make it easy for staff and students to upload existing media content, and for these to be encoded for streaming delivery. Videos can be submitted directly to Moodle and are automatically held on the media library for assessment.

Resources: Submitting video to Moodle

WordPress - Exporting for Assessment

WordPress is being used across the Institution for a range of assessments. The assessment type will determine the best way for the WordPress site to be submitted. For further information and guidance on using WordPress for assessment, please contact the TEL team:

PebblePad - Submitting for assessment

PebblePad uses its own submission system called Atlas. Workbooks that are distributed to fill in will usually be set to auto-submit.

For student created Portfolios, students can submit at any time and editing will be locked at the submission date and time.

Resources: Submitting a creative Portfolio - PebblePad


Module Leader

  • Ensure that students have adequate information about submission arrangements
  • Provide guidance on how students should students should submit their work

Head of Programme

  • Monitor submissions over the year; consider the number of Exceptional Circumstances claims and academic appeals to ensure that submission arrangements are fair and accessible

Assessment Lifecycle by Academic Development Directorate is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on work at Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, some of which was developed as part of the JISC-supported TRAFFIC project.