How do I create an assignment?

How do I create an assignment?


You can create assignments on the Assignments page.
You can create an assignment shell, which is a placeholder for an assignment within an assignment group, or you can create an entire assignment with all the assignment details at the same time.



Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add assignment shell


If you want to create an assignment placeholder with a title and a date, you can create an assignment shell in an assignment group.

Assignment groups [1] house the different types of assignments you may want to keep in your course, such as assignments, discussions, quizzes, surveys, etc. If you create assignment groups in your course, students can filter their assignments page by assignment type to view the same groups. Learn how to add an assignment group.

To create an assignment shell, locate an assignment group and click the Add Assignment button [2]. Assignment shells only include fields for the assignment type, name, due date (optional), and points. You can add assignment details at any time by editing the assignment.

Add Assignment

If you want to create an assignment with all assignment details at the same time, click the Add Assignment button. 

Assignment details include fields for the assignment type, name, description, points, assignment group (if desired), grade display, and submission type, and due dates. You can also specify if the assignment is a group assignment or requires peer reviews in the assignment details lesson. 

When you add details to an assignment, you can also assign the assignment to all students, course sections, course groups, or individual students

Edit Assignment Settings



Enter the points for your assignment in the Points field [1]. Select the Assignment Group for the assignment in the Assignment Group drop-down menu [2]. 

If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, the points field and Assignment Group will be populated for you. You can edit these if necessary. 

In the Display Grade as drop-down menu [3], select the method you want to use for grading. You can grade your assignment by percentage, complete/incomplete, points, letter grade, GPA scale, or set as not graded.

Note: The grading type is how the assignment score will display in the Gradebook. For example, an assignment worth 10 points is set to display as a percentage. A student who receives 8/10 points on the assignment will show as 80 in the Gradebook. If using a letter grade, learn how to create a grading scheme and apply a grading scheme to your assignment. 

In the Submission Type drop-down menu [5], select the type of submission you want to accept for the assignment. By default, the submission type will be set to Online.


No Submission is when you do not want students to submit an assignment in the LMS. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores. Submission Type does not apply to Not Graded assignments.

Online is when you want students to submit their assignments using the LMS.

On Paper is when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through the LMS. This assignment type applies to traditional face-to-face courses or hybrid courses when you want the assignment turned in during class, but you still want to create a column in the LMS Gradebook for grading purposes.

External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course. You must enter a URL for the external tool.

Assignment settings are persistent to always remember and display the settings created or edited in the previous assignment in the course. Based on prior assignments, one or more of these options may already be selected for you.

If you have selected the Online submission type, you can limit submission attempts for the assignment.

As part of an assignment submission, you may set up an assignment as a group assignment [6]. You can also choose to grade students individually in group assignments. 

If you want to require students review each other's work, you can create a peer review [7] assignment. When requiring peer reviews, you can select whether to manually assign peer reviews or automatically assign peer reviews. 

By default, the Astria LMS will set your assignment dates for everyone in your course [9]. However, you can assign the assignment to an individual student or course section. 

Create a due date for the assignment in the Due Date field. The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary. You also have the option to add availability date fields.

Note: If your assignment has not yet been published, the assignment will show the Save & Publish button. The Save button will create a draft of your assignment, so you can publish it later.

Add a Rubric

You can add a rubric to an assignment to help students understand expectations for the assignment and how you intend to score their submissions. Occasionally, rubrics are added to assignments when you have an outcome inside the rubric that you would like to use for alignment purposes. In addition to assignments, rubrics can also be added to graded discussions and quizzes.

Rubrics can be added by finding an existing rubric in one of your courses, or by creating a new rubric.


Click the Add Rubric button.

To find an existing rubric, click the Find a Rubric link.

You can find rubrics that were created in previous assignments as well as rubrics created in other courses where you have an instructor role.

In the first column, select a course or account [1].

 In the second column, locate and click the name of a rubric [2]. You can view the criteria and points in each rubric.

 To select a rubric for the assignment, scroll to the bottom of the rubric and click the Use This Rubric button [3].

To edit an unused rubric or to select rubric settings, click the Edit icon.

Create New Rubric


If you can't find an existing rubric to use for the assignment, you can create a new rubric for your assignment. New rubrics are saved in your course for future use.

Select Rubric Settings


Once you have added a rubric, you can select several options for the rubric:

  1. If you want to write free-form comments to students in SpeedGrader, select the I'll write free-form comments... checkbox [1]. If this option is selected, no ratings are used to assess the student and criterion values are assigned manually.
  2. If you want to remove points from the rubric, select the Remove points from rubric checkbox [2]. If this option is selected, no points are associated with the rubric, but students can still be rated using the rubric criterion.
  3. If you have the Learning Mastery Gradebook enabled, but you don't want outcome results to be posted to the Learning Mastery Gradebook, select the Don't post Outcomes results to Learning Mastery Gradebook checkbox [3]. If this option is selected, students will be able to see rubric and outcome results in the Grades and submission details pages, but results will not be posted to the Learning Mastery Gradebook.
  4. If you want to use the rubric for grading in SpeedGrader, select the Use this rubric for assignment grading checkbox [4]. 
  5. If you don't want students to see the score total for the rubric, select the Hide score total for assessment results checkbox [5]. Students can still see the point values for each criterion, but the total score will not be shown at the bottom of the rubric. This option is only available if the rubric is not used for grading.
  6. If you select the option to use the rubric for grading, the Astria LMS will compare the rubric score and Assignment points.
  7. If the number of points in the rubric is different from the number of points in the Assignment, Astria LMS will generate a warning message notifying that the point values are not equal.


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