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Enable Assignments

Assignments may be enabled for each individual lesson and/or topic within your course. They are completely optional, but provide an additional way to monitor the user’s comprehension of course material.

Since assignment uploads are enabled on a lesson-by-lesson and topic-by-topic basis, you first need to navigate to the lesson or topic in which you’d like to ask for an assignment to be submitted.

For the rest of this article, we’ll use a lesson as the example, but the same instructions apply for topics.

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > LESSONS
  2. Click on the lesson you’d like to enable assignment uploads for
  3. Click the Settings tab
  4. Under Display & Content Options, enable the Assignment Uploads setting

NOTE
Assignment uploads can only be enabled if both video progression and lesson timer are disabled.

What the User Sees

When you enable assignment uploads, a new box will appear at the bottom of the lesson page, below any page content you’ve added. This way you can include specific instructions for the assignment, and explain any requirements you have, before the user is presented with the upload form.

The assignments section of the page will contain:

  • an upload form (browse for a file on their device & upload it)
  • a list of all uploaded assignments
  • the assignment’s status (approved or not)
  • the points awarded for each assignment (optional; shown if enabled)
  • the ability to download previously uploaded assignments
  • the ability to upload additional assignments (only up to the number you specify)
  • the ability to delete assignments (only if they have not been approved yet)

Additional Settings

File extensions

You can specify exactly which file types may be uploaded.

If you leave this field blank, all default WordPress allowed file types will be accepted. To allow only certain file types:

  • Enter each allowed file type in the box (without the leading .)
  • Separate multiple file types with a comma
  • Capitalization doesn’t affect the files allowed to be uploaded, but capitalization is reflected to the user on the front-end

Your specified file type(s) will be listed to the user in the assignment upload area.

For example, enter the following to allow only Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint files:

  • doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx

Here’s a list of common file extensions »

File size limit

In addition to the type of file, you can also specify the maximum file size allowed to be uploaded.

  • Enter a number, followed by M (for megabytes)

For example, to limit uploads to 5 megabytes, enter 5M.

Your specified file size limit will be displayed to the user in the assignment upload area.

NOTE
Your web host also sets a maximum file size limit. The lower limit will always be used. If you’re having trouble receiving assignment uploads, you can contact your host and ask them to increase your maximum file upload size.

Points

Points are an optional way to grade, or gamify, your assignments. You can set the total available points a user can receive, and then choose to either:

  • manually approve the assignment and enter a specific amount of points, or
  • automatically approve the assignment as soon as it’s uploaded, and award the total available points

If you’d like to award points to a user when they submit an assignment:

  1. Next to Points, turn the setting on
  2. Enter the total number of possible points that can be earned for a submitted assignment

Grading Type

There are two options for how assignments are graded:

  • Auto-approve (default)
    No grading or approval is needed. The assignment will be automatically approved & full points will be awarded.
  • Manually approve
    An admin or group leader must approve the assignment. The lesson cannot be completed until the assignment is approved.

If you choose to manually approve an assignment, you have additional options:

Limit number of uploaded assignments

By default, a user can upload an unlimited number of files. Enter a number in the box to specify the maximum number of files a user can upload for this assignment.

  • Leave blank for unlimited (default)

Once this limit is reached, the upload form will be removed and the user cannot upload any more files.

Allow file deletion

Enable this option to allow the user to delete their own uploaded files. The user will be presented with a delete icon next to the assignment.

  • This is only possible up until the assignment has been approved
  • Clicking that icon will instantly & permanently delete the file