Assignments are an electronic folder that allows students to submit work to their instructor. Submissions are time and date stamped and faculty are able to view submissions, download submissions to work offline, and evaluate submissions by adding grades and feedback. The grades can be automatically transferred to the D2L Gradebook.

Through the Assignment students can submit documents, audio recordings, videos, images and links. The following file formats are compatible with D2L's Assignment document viewer:

  • MS Word documents (DOC, DOCX)
  • MS PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, PPS)
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
  • Rich Text File (RTF)
  • Plain Text (TXT)
  • Images (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG)

Assignment Topics

Manage Assignment Submissions

D2L Assignments FAQ

Why does the student document download as a blank page?

This issue, "Word docx download from folder opens single blank page" is due
to a Software Defect, which is currently under investigation by Brightspace/D2L Corporate.

The workaround is to click on the filename (towards the top of the Evaluate screen) to download the file  (instead of the 'Download' button).

Displays link with the file name

Another option is to click Bulk Download to download all of the files submitted to the Assignment folder.

How do I allow one student to submit an assignment late without extending the end date for the entire class?

Special Access can be used to allow a specific student or group of students extra time to submit their assignment.

For more information, check out Special Access on the Manage Assignment Folders page. 

Are students able to delete assignment submissions?

Students are unable to delete a submission to the assignment fodler. Faculty are able to delete a submission on the student's behalf. To delete a submission as faculty in a course:

1. Click Assessments in the navigation bar and select Assignments.

2. Click on the dropdown menu next to the correct Assignment and select View Submissions.

3. Locate the student submission to be deleted and click on the trash icon on the far right.

To delete an assignment submission

Can students only write in the window provided and not attach a file.

The "Text Submission" file type should be used for assignments where the students are to paste a link or insert a Kaltura video in lieu of uploading a file.


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