How Assignments works

Assignments is in beta. To express interest, apply for the beta program.

You can use Assignments to create and collect classwork, share course materials, and give feedback to students. You can also create rubrics and run originality reports on student work.  

You have 2 ways to use Assignments: as a standalone experience at assignments.google.com, or as a Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) tool in your learning management system (LMS). 

To get started, sign up for the beta, then choose an option:

  • Assignments—Open Assignments at assignments.google.com. No LMS setup is required. If you use Assignments alongside an LMS, you can share links to classwork with your students and copy grades into your LMS gradebook.  
  • Assignments LTI—Ask your admin to install Assignments LTI. Setup might require your IT department. Assignments LTI is built to LTI standards that integrate with your LMS as an external tool. Once installed, you and your students can complete tasks in your LMS through Assignments. Grades you enter in Assignments LTI sync directly to your LMS.

​Assignments workflow

In Assignments, a student can attach files from their Google Drive to their classwork, 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)
  • URLs that link to other work (For example, websites and YouTube videos)

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 submitted file and saves it to the student's Drive.

The instructor can then review the submission, give feedback, and enter the classwork grade and overall feedback.

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.

Overview

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
Note: Faculty must use the Google Account given to them by their school. Students can use Assignments without a G Suite for Education account.

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.

How does Assignments differ from Course Kit?

Assignments is an improved, expanded, and rebranded version of Course Kit. If you already use Course Kit, you'll see the new features soon. If you are considering Course Kit, Assignments improves the experience with features such as rubrics and originality reports.
Assignments is also available as a standalone product that doesn't require LMS setup. Instructors can go directly to assignments.google.com.

What browsers are supported?

Assignments, a G Suite product, supports the latest version of Chrome and the current and previous releases of Firefox®, Safari®, and Microsoft® browsers (Microsoft Edge™ and Internet Explorer® 11). 
For more information on G Suite browser support, go to Supported browsers for G Suite

Does Assignments work on mobile devices?

No. Assignments only works with browsers running on computers and tablets.

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.

How does Assignments help instructors give feedback?

Instructors can use the rich collaboration features of Docs and Drive, such as in-line suggestions and margin comments, to give feedback on assignments.
When grading classwork with Assignments, instructors can use the grading interface to quickly switch between students and their individual files, all in one tab. 
Instructors can view originality reports when they receive a student’s submission.
Instructors can create, grade, and return rubrics with classwork.

Do instructors need G Suite for Education accounts to use Assignments?

Yes. Instructors need G Suite for Education accounts to create, collect, and grade assignments. Teaching assistants and co-instructors also need G Suite for Education accounts to grade assignments and give feedback.

Do students need G Suite for Education accounts to use Assignments?

No. Students don’t need G Suite for Education accounts to submit their assignments. They can use either their G Suite for Education account (if one is provided) or a personal Google Account. Submitted assignments will always go to an instructor's FERPA-compliant G Suite for Education account.

Do instructors and students need Google Accounts on the same domain?

No. Instructors and students can use email from different domains.

Can instructors use different Google Accounts for different courses?

Yes. For example, if you teach in different departments, you can link your accounts to the appropriate course.

Assignments

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.
  5. Grade the assignments.
  6. (Optional) Record a separate grade for peer reviews.
     

What happens to a submitted file?

When a student submits a file, ownership changes from the student to the instructor. The file stays in the student’s Drive, but the student’s permissions change to View. This permission change prevents the student from editing or seeing comments while the instructor grades the file.
A backup copy of every file is automatically created in the student’s Drive, inside a course folder in the root-level Assignments folder.* The student owns the backup copy and it isn’t shared with the instructor.
*The student can rename the Assignments folder. 

When can a student submit classwork?

A student can submit work after the instructor publishes the assignment.

Can a student unsubmit files?

Yes, students can unsubmit files at any time, and resubmit later. For example, if a student realizes they submitted the wrong file, they can submit the correct file 5 minutes later. Or, a student might have extra time before the due date and decide to improve their assignment.
Instructors should set clear guidelines about unsubmitting and resubmitting files before or after the due date and how this action impacts students’ grades.

Can a student resubmit an assignment after it has been returned?

Yes, at the instructor’s discretion. Resubmitting lets students incorporate instructor feedback and improve their score.

Can I prevent students from resubmitting files after they’ve been returned?

No. Currently, we recommend instructors set clear guidelines about resubmitting an assignment.

Can I see if a student has unsubmitted an assignment?

No. For student privacy, if a student unsubmits a file, the assignment displays as Not Turned In.

If a student resubmits returned work, can I see the previous versions?

Currently, Assignments only displays the current submission. However, to make it easy to set a new grade in context of the previous one, next to the grading field, the previous submission’s grade appears.
To see a file's version history, you can open it in Docs or Drive. To learn more about a doc's version history, go to Find what's changed in a file. To learn more about a file's version history in Drive, go to View activity & file versions.
Additionally, if you already returned classwork to the student, you can view the archived copy of the submission in their Assignments Drive folder.
 

Can I set a limit on student submissions and returns?

No. Instructors should communicate policies like submission limits on the class syllabus.

What is the default grade denominator?

100 points

Can I change the grade denominator?

Yes. You can change the default to any whole number greater than zero, including greater than 100.
You can change the grade denominator at any time, but the change only affects unreturned assignments.

If the denominator is changed, what happens to existing grades?

Existing grades retain their original point value; they aren’t scaled. For example, if a student has a draft grade of 15/40 and you change the denominator to 20, then that student now has a draft grade of 15/20. If a draft grade becomes higher than the denominator, for example 25/20, then a warning appears and the file can’t be returned until the grade is set to equal or less than the denominator.

How does Assignments help me give feedback?

You can use the Docs and Drive features, such as in-line suggestions and margin comments, to give feedback. When grading classwork with Assignments, you use a grading tool to navigate students and files.

Can I reuse margin comments?

Yes. Assignments includes a built-in comment bank where you can save comments for later use.

How do I add items the comment bank?

When you add a margin comment to student work, you can save that comment to the bank. Also, you can open the grading sidebar and add one or more comments to the bank.

How do I insert an item from my comment bank into a margin comment?

There are 2 ways to use an item from the comment bank:
  • In a margin comment, enter the hash (#) symbol followed by any search term. An autocomplete menu opens with all comment bank items that match the search term. For example, #cit lists all items like citation or cite. To insert the comment from the bank, click the item And then Comment.
  • Open the comment bank from the grading sidebar. Click the item in the bank to copy it, then drop it into a margin comment.

Can I edit or delete items in the comment bank?

Yes. Next to the item, click More More And then Edit or Delete

Can I bulk-insert items into a comment bank?

Yes. When adding an item to the comment bank, you can paste text. Each comment is saved as a unique item. Before inserting:
  • Remove any lines or text that aren’t comment bank items, such as headers or categories.
  • Ensure each comment bank item is on a single line in a list format. Blank lines are ignored.

Can I view all the items in my comment bank?

Yes, in the grading sidebar, click Comment bank. Alternatively, go to a list of comments in the comment bank.

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.

How is a student notified about returned classwork?

Assignments emails each student. The email links to the assignment page, where students can view submitted files, the overall assignment feedback, and the grade.

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).

Assignments LTI 

Integrate with your current LMS

Assignments can be installed as an LTI tool in your LMS. Once installed, instructors use Assignments LTI to create, collect, and grade classwork.
In their LMS, instructors can choose Assignments LTI as an external tool to set up an assignment. Instructors and students can then use Assignments LTI in their LMS for that assignment. 
Assignments LTI uses LTI standards to sync rosters and automatically send grades to your LMS gradebook.

What version of LTI does Assignments LTI support?

Assignments LTI works with all LMSs that support LTI 1.1. It will also support improvements to LTI (LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage) when they're available.

Are due dates supported in Assignments LTI?

Instructors should rely on the LMS to set a due date and make it visible to students—whether using explicit LMS due date functionality or specifying it in an assignment description field. The open LTI standard doesn’t support due dates, so Assignments LTI allows submissions at any time. However, Assignments LTI displays the date and time when classwork was submitted, so instructors can make their own policy choices.
We know supporting LMS due dates is a desired feature and are investigating ways to make it possible.

Can I prevent students from submitting classwork until a certain date?

No. However, if an LMS requires assignments to be published before students can view them, then an instructor can choose not to publish an assignment until they want to allow student submissions. Because the assignment submission screen is reached via the LMS assignment page, students can’t submit assignments that haven’t been published.

Can a student unsubmit files with Assignments LTI?

Yes. Students can unsubmit files at any time, and resubmit later. For example, if a student realizes they submitted the wrong file, they can submit the correct file 5 minutes later. Or, a student might have extra time before the due date and decide to improve their assignment.
Because Assignments doesn’t know the due date set in the LMS, Assignments doesn’t prevent a student from unsubmitting or resubmitting after the due date. Instructors should set clear guidelines around unsubmitting and resubmitting before or after the due date, specifying how this impacts students’ grades. You can see the date and time files were submitted, so you'll know when something was submitted after the due date.
We know that limiting the withdrawal and resubmission of work after the LMS due date is a desired feature and we're investigating ways to make that possible. 

Do grades sync to the LMS?

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

Can I return classwork without a grade in Assignments LTI?

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.*
To use multiple graders in the LMS, assign the extra graders an instructor or TA role. Then, when the co-instructor or TA goes to the assignment in the LMS, Assignments prompts them to request to be added as a grader for the assignment. The primary instructor (who created the assignment in Assignments) gets a notification email and must approve this request.
The co-instructor or TA gets an email where they can link their Google Account to the course and begin grading.
*A G Suite for Education account is required for each instructor or TA.

Can the grade denominator be imported from the LMS?

No. Unfortunately, the LTI standard doesn’t provide a way for a tool provider to know the grade denominator set in the LMS. For consistency, if an instructor chooses a denominator different from 100, they should set that denominator in both the LMS and in Assignments. 
If you change a grade denominator, returned assignments retain their original denominator because these grades have already synced to the LMS

When I return an assignment, is the grade synced back to the LMS?

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

What files can I embed and share with Assignments LTI?

When instructors create classwork in Assignments LTI, they can embed and share all files that can be stored in Drive, including: 
  • Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint
  • PDF
  • Image files
  • Text files
  • Video files (WEBM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, FLV, OGG)

Assignments LTI automatically manages the sharing and permission settings.

Do I need to turn on file-sharing settings before I embed files?

No. Assignments LTI automatically manages file-sharing permissions so students can view the files.

Can I edit embedded files in Assignments LTI?

No, you can only view them. Editing and commenting isn’t supported for embedded files. If students have access to commenting or editing in the document, they must open the file in a new tab to complete these tasks.

Assignments beta 

How can my educational institution participate in the Assignments beta?

To be eligible for the Assignments beta, your educational institution must:
To participate, fill out the Assignments beta sign-up form.

As a G Suite admin, do I need to turn on Assignments in the Google Admin console?

No. Once your domain is whitelisted for the Assignments beta, Assignments doesn’t need to be separately turned on in the Admin console. You can get started by opening Assignments in your G Suite apps menu, or at assignments.google.com.
If you want to use Assignments LTI, it needs to be installed in your LMS. To generate the LTI key and secret pairs to install Assignments LTI in your LMS, go to the Assignments admin console.
For Assignments LTI installation instructions, go to Set up Assignments LTI in your LMS.

Is Assignments a core service of G Suite for Education?

No. Currently, Assignments beta isn’t a core service of G Suite for Education.
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