Open and review assignments

This article is for instructors.

Once a student submits their assignment, their permissions change to View, and the instructor owns the file. The file stays in the student’s Drive, but can’t be edited until returned by the instructor or unsubmitted by the student.

Student submissions

A student can unsubmit and resubmit work before a due date. For example, if a student realizes they submitted the wrong file, they can unsubmit it, and then upload the correct one. Students can’t unsubmit their work after a due date.

If a student has extra time before the due date, they can unsubmit their assignment, make improvements, and then resubmit. For student privacy, unsubmitted assignments appear as Not turned in to the instructor.

If the instructor allows, students can resubmit a returned assignment to improve their grade. Instructors can’t block resubmissions of returned work, so lay out clear resubmission guidelines for your class.

Attachment file types

Students can attach any file type to their assignment, including:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Microsoft®️ Word®️, Excel®️, or PowerPoint®️
  • PDF
  • Image files
  • Text files
  • Video files (WEBM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEG-PS, WMV, FLV, OGG)

Assignments automatically converts Microsoft Office®️ files to a Google format, then saves a copy of the files to your Google Drive in the Assignments folder.

Open student assignments

  1. Go to your LMS.
  2. Click the assignment you want to grade.
  3. Click the student’s assignment.
    Note: To grade another student assignment in the grading tool, click the Down arrow "" and select the student's name.
    Switch students
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