Moodle: View and submit assignments

Faculty create Assignments in Moodle for a number of reasons: to place assignment due dates on the Moodle course calendar, to make a graded item for an assignment in the course Gradebook, and/or to receive digital assignment submissions.

Before you start, you may need access to the following:

  • a Registered student or Auditor role in a Bryn Mawr Moodle course

View assignment details and submit

  1. Click on the title of course in the My courses menu to open it.
  2. Go to the appropriate section and click on the Assignment link.
  3. Any instructions your professor has provided for the assignment will be at the top of the page under the title. If there are documents (e.g., an assignment sheet, readings, rubric, etc.) associated with the assignment that you may need to download, they will appear beneath this description.
  4. If the assignment is set up for online submissions, the Submission status section will list information about your submission, whether it has been graded, and the due date.
  5. Click the Add Submission button to submit your work.
  6. Depending on the Assignment settings, you will either see a text box where you type in your answer, a file upload window, or both.
  7. After adding your response or your file, click on Save changes.
  8. Depending on your instructor's settings, you may be able to edit or remove your submission by clicking the Edit submission or Remove submission buttons to submit an updated assignment. The time stamp of your latest submission will be included in the Last modified field in the Submission status table.

View assignment feedback

If your professor provides a grade and feedback on the assignment through Moodle, you can view this information on the Assignment page once it has been posted.  The Submission status table includes Grading status and Submission comments fields.

Tips for online submissions

Here are some things to consider when submitting electronic files:

  • Use filenames that mean something to the receiver. You may know what “Essay 1” is, but imagine you are professor with fourteen copies of “Essay 1” in her Downloads folder. Consider including the course number, date, and your name.  
  • Use the file format (e.g., Word doc, PDF, etc.) your professor requests. (If no format is specified, ask!) Most programs will let you convert your files to different formats; see the online documentation for your program or AskAthena for help.
  • Back up your file as you are working! Crashes happen and files get corrupted, so make sure you protect your work. It is a very good idea to save a new version of your document whenever you make major changes. This way, if you later decide you really liked that paragraph you deleted, you can go back to an old version and restore it. Add version numbers to the filename (e.g., v1, v2, etc.) to help track your changes.

Here are some things to think about when submitting text in a text window:

  • Moodle does not save as you type. We strongly recommend composing your essay in your preferred word processing program (Word, Google Docs, etc.) where you can save as you go, and then copy and paste the finished text into Moodle.
  • Keep an archival copy — either save the document you used to compose your essay or, if you composed in Moodle, cut-and-paste the text into a document before you submit and save it. You may want to refer back to the essay later, submit it as writing samples, or share it with someone who is writing a recommendation for you, and you have only temporary access to the copy in Moodle.


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor