How Assignments works

Assignments is an add-on application for learning management systems (LMSs) to help you distribute, analyze, and grade student work with G Suite for Education. 

Assignments makes Google Docs and Google Drive compatible with your LMS for file submissions. You can use Assignments to save time distributing and grading student work, and analyze student submissions with originality reports to ensure authenticity.

You use Assignments as a Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) tool integrated within your LMS. It works with any LMS that supports LTI version 1.1 or higher, such as Canvas, Schoology, Blackboard, Moodle, and others.

Adding Assignments to your LMS might require assistance from your LMS administrator. If you have never set up an add-on application or external tool for your LMS before, talk to your IT or LMS admin about setting up Assignments in Canvas, Schoology, or another LMS. 

Get started with Assignments

Assignments workflow

Step 1: Instructor creates an assignment

The instructor chooses to use Google Assignments when adding new course material, and configures assignment settings, including:
  • (Required) Setting the point value
  • (Optional) Setting the due date
  • (Optional) Adding a grading rubric
  • (Optional) Attaching assignment files to make a copy for each student to edit and submit
  • (Optional) Enabling originality reports

Step 2: Students submit their assignments 

When a student opens the assignment in their LMS, the student can attach files from their Google Drive to their submission, including:
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Drawings
  • Microsoft®️ Word®️, Excel®️, or PowerPoint®️
  • PDF
  • Image files
  • Text files
  • Video files (WEBM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEG-PS, WMV, FLV, OGG)
Students can also upload files from their computer. 
Note: If a student submits a file unsupported by Docs or Drive, the instructor can download and view the file in the corresponding application. For more information, go to Files you can store in Google Drive
When a student turns in their work:
  • They no longer have edit or comment access to their original file.
  • Assignments makes a copy of the submitted file and saves it to the student's Drive.

For more details, go to How instructors and students share files.

Step 3: Instructor grades and returns assignments

The instructor can open the assignment to their LMS to review submissions, give feedback, and assign grades.
When an instructor returns work:
  • Ownership of the file returns to the student.
  • Assignments archives a copy of the graded file and saves it to the instructor's Drive.
  • Grades are saved to the LMS gradebook.

For more details, go to How instructors and students share files.

General FAQ

Does my organization need G Suite for Education to use Assignments?

Yes. To use Assignments, your organization needs G Suite for Education, which is free for educational institutions. To apply for a G Suite for Education account, go to Get started with G Suite for Education

Where and in what languages is Assignments available?

Assignments is available in all countries and regions where G Suite for Education is available. For a complete list, go to Qualifications for G Suite for Education.
Assignments supports 44 languages: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK), Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
 

How much does Assignments cost?

Assignments, as a part of G Suite for Education, is free for educational institutions.
For more information, go to Qualifications for G Suite for Education.

What browsers are supported?

Assignments, a G Suite product, supports the latest version of Chrome and the current and previous releases of Firefox®, and Safari®. 

Does Assignments work on mobile devices?

Assignments is available only in web browsers, and works best on browsers running on computers and tablets. Support for using LMS add-on applications on mobile devices varies by LMS.

Is Assignments built for accessibility?

Yes, Assignments is built to the same high accessibility standards that all Google products meet. Visually impaired users can use a screen reader to guide them through Assignments.
For more information, go to Use a screen reader with Assignments.

Grading FAQ

Does Assignments have plagiarism detection?

Yes. Instructors and students can run an originality report on classwork. 
For more information, go to Turn on originality reports.

Does Assignments support rubric grading?

Yes. You can create, view, and grade rubrics for individual assignments. You can use scored or unscored rubrics to give feedback. If the rubric is used for scoring, students see the score when you return the assignment.
For more information, go to Grade with a rubric.

Can I save draft grades or feedback outside the student’s view?

Yes. While grading, the grade and overall feedback fields automatically save, even if the assignment is changed or the page is closed. The grade and overall feedback is viewable to the student only when the file is returned.

Can classwork be returned individually or all at once?

You have both options. To return assignments individually, at the top of each assignment, click Return.
To return all assignments at once:
  1. Leave draft grades and overall feedback.
  2. Return to the list of students.
  3. Check the boxes for all the students whose assignments you want to return.
  4. Click Return.

Can I return classwork without a grade?

Yes, if the grade field is left empty. However, if the assignment is ungraded, the open LTI standard can’t indicate that an assignment has been completed. The LMS can’t distinguish between ungraded and unsubmitted assignments.

Can returned classwork be resubmitted or regraded?

Yes. Regrading works the same way as submitting, grading, and returning the first time, with the following exceptions:
  • To provide context for giving a new grade, the previous grade is displayed next to the grade field. Only the most recent grade syncs to the LMS.
  • Previous overall feedback is displayed and new overall feedback open in a separate text box.

Can co-instructors grade assignments?

Yes. Each assignment can have multiple graders. A G Suite for Education account is required for each instructor or teaching assistant (TA).

Do grades sync to the LMS?

Yes. The grade is synced one way from Assignments to the LMS and appears in the LMS gradebook.

Class management FAQ

Can instructors see all their linked courses and assignments?

Instructors who own courses can delete the courses and assignments. Students can leave a course to unlink their Google Account from that course.

Does Assignments support group assignments?

No, Assignments doesn’t have settings for group assignments. However, you can create a group project workflow:
  1. Tell each group to create a Google Doc and share it with group members for editing. 
  2. Have the owner of the file submit the assignment for grading.
  3. Grade the assignment, leaving overall feedback as a margin comment or suggestion. 
    Note: The overall feedback field is visible only to the owner of the file and not to the group.
  4. In your gradebook, record the grade for the other group members.
     

Does Assignments support peer review of assignments?

No, Assignments doesn’t have a feature for peer review. However, you can create a peer review workflow:
  1. Ask your students to start their assignments in Docs.
  2. Tell students to share their files with their peer reviewer.
  3. In Docs, peer reviewers leave margin comments and suggestions.
  4. Have students turn in their assignments, leaving in the reviewer’s comments and suggestions. Alternatively, students can review, implement, and resolve reviewer comments and instructors can view version history.
  5. Grade the assignments.
  6. (Optional) Record a separate grade for peer reviews.
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