Moodle: View and submit assignments

Instructors may create Assignments in Moodle for a number of reasons: to place due dates on the Moodle calendar and timeline, to create a graded item in the course Gradebook, or to receive digital 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 grades

Click on the name of an Assignment listed in your Timeline, Calendar or on a course page to open it.

Moodle Timeline with overdue assignment and Add submission button

The assignment page may list:

  • Instructions you need to follow 
  • Files (assignment sheet, readings, rubrics, etc.) that you need to download for the assignment
  • Open and due dates and the time remaining to submit
  • Your submission status, if online submissions are expected
  • If your instructor provides grades and feedback in Moodle, you will be able to click Grading status to view them once they have been posted.

Submit your work

  1. Click the Add Submission button in the Timeline, Calendar or Assignment page. 

Don't see this button? The Assignment is closed. Check the open and due dates to see the window when you can submit.

  1. Depending on the assignment settings, you may see an Online text box, a File submission window, or both.
  2. Paste your submission into the Online text box or upload it to the File submission, then click Save changes.

Your Submission status on the Assignment page will be updated to Submitting for grading, with the time of submission in the Last modified field.   

If you instructor has allowed it, you will see Edit submission or Remove submission buttons you can use to update your assignment. 

Tips for online submissions

Here are some things to consider when submitting electronic files:

  • Use unique filenames. You may know what “Essay 1” is, but imagine you were a professor with 100 files labeled “Essay 1” in your Downloads folder! Consider including the course number, term, and your name.
  • Use the file format (Word doc, PDF, etc.) your professor requests. (If no format is specified, ask!) Most programs will let you convert your files to other formats: see the online documentation for your program or our Save a file as a pdf guide in Ask Athena.
  • Save and back up often. 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 (v1, v2, etc.) to help track your changes.

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

  • Don't rely on Moodle autosave. To avoid losing your work -- especially for a long piece -- compose your essay in a word processing program like Word or Google Docs, and then copy and paste the finished text into Moodle.
  • Keep an archival copy. Either save the Word doc or Google Doc you used to compose your essay or, if you typed directly into Moodle, copy the text before you submit and paste it into a document to save outside Moodle. You may need the essay later -- as a writing sample or share it with someone who is writing a recommendation for you -- and you won't always have access to the Moodle version.


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