Sakai Assignments

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Sakai Assignments

  • To Add an Assignment in Sakai click on Assignments from the menubar and then click Add from the top of the page.

Add Assignment

  • On the Add Assignments page, fill in the following information (fields marked with a red star are required):
    • Title: Enter a brief title for your assignment (e.g., Essay 1 ).
    • Open date: At the open date and time, the assignment is available for students to begin working on it. To send an announcement alerting students to the start date, see step 4 below.
    • Due date: This is the assignment's deadline. To list the due date on the course site's schedule, see step 4 below.
    • Accept until: No assignments can be submitted after this date. You can set this date and time later than the due date to continue accepting assignments (e.g., to allow for revisions) after the due date.
    • Student submissions: You can choose to have students submit their assignments inline only (typed directly into a text box), as attachments only, or both. You can also allow non-electronic submissions.
    • Grade scale: You can choose from five grading options:
      • Ungraded
      • Letter grade
      • Points - enter the maximum possible points (must be a positive number or zero).
      • Pass/Fail
      • Checkmark.

Assignment Instructions

  • In the "Assignment Instructions" box, type a description of the assignment. Note: This step is optional, but you will receive an alert message at the top of the page when you post the assignment if you leave it blank. Click Post a second time to proceed.
  • Under the text box for Assignment Instructions, you will see the following options:
    • Add due date to Schedule: To add the due date to the site's Schedule, check the box.
    • Add an announcement about the open date to Announcements: To announce the open date automatically when you post the assignment with an announcement on your site's home page, check the box.
    • Add honor pledge: To display the honor pledge when students are submitting an assignment, check the box. Students must check a checkbox agreeing to the pledge before their work can be submitted. The text of the honor pledge is as follows:
 "I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment. Yes (You must respond to submit your assignment.)" 


  • Under "Grading", you will see the following options:
    • Do not add assignment to Gradebook.
    • Add Assignment to Gradebook.
    • Associate with existing Gradebook entry.
    • Note: Assignments added in the Assignments tool can only be graded, edited, or removed in the Assignments tool, even if they are added to the Gradebook or associated with a Gradebook entry.


  • Under "Access" use the radio buttons to choose Display to site or Display to selected groups. If you choose the latter, you'll see the groups and sections that are available; use the checkboxes to select the group(s) and/or section(s) to which you want the assignment released.


  • Under "Submission Notification Email Options", use the radio buttons to choose one of the following options:
    • Do not send me notification emails for any student submissions.
    • Send me a notification email for each student submission.
    • Send me one email per day summarizing notifications for student submissions.
    • Note: Notification settings in this area apply to all users with a role of instructor, assistant, or adjunct instructor/teaching assistant.


  • Under "Attachments", you can attach a file from your local computer or from Resources, or specify the URL for a file on the web.
    • Options for adding attachments:
      • Note: To complete the procedures in this document, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles: Overview.
      • When creating a new item, some tools give you the option to add attachments. You can add any number of attachments, and they can be any combination of local files, web sites, and items stored in Resources. To add an attachment, follow the appropriate instructions below:
        • To attach a local file from your computer, under "Upload local file", click Browse to find and select the file on your computer.
        • To attach a URL, under "URL (link to website)", type the URL in the box provided, and then click Add. Note: You do not need to include the http:// when you type the URL.
        • To attach an item from Resources, under "Select a resource", click Attach a copy next to the file you want to add. Note: You can attach a file from one of your other sites (including your My Workspace area), provided the file's Access properties are set Display to non-members (publicly viewable). To browse for files in other sites, click Show other sites.
      • As you add attachments, they appear in a list under "Items to attach".
      • When you've selected all the files, web sites, and Resource items you wish to attach, review this list, and click Remove if there are any errors.
      • When you're finished, at the bottom of the screen, click Continue. You should see all your items listed under "Attachments".
  • Click Post when you are ready to make the assignment accessible by students.

Sakai Assignments Tool Changes Coming in Sakai 10

  • Due date for an Assignment can be hidden.
  • Assignments can be submitted on behalf of a Group
  • Peer review feature added to Assignments Tool
  • Instructor can download all Assignments in a flat file structure instead of multiple download folders
  • Assignment Tool is Group-aware
  • Separate reminder message if an Assignment requires a single-file upload from students.
  • Assignment comments forwarded to Gradebook Tool
  • Send notice to students when settings change for resubmission

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