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Drexel Learn Assignments

Adding an assignment to a content area will create a secure location for students to submit work for a course assignment. Instructors use the Grade Center to view, grade and give confidential feedback to student-submitted work.

Instructors determine how many times a student or a group of students may submit their work for evaluation. They have the opportunity to edit the submission online/make comments as well as provide overall feedback. Any grades entered in the Grade Assignment window are automatically entered into the Grade Center; in the instance of a group submission, grading the group’s paper automatically completes the grade for each member of that group.

Building Assignments 

To create an assignment, you must be in a content area. At the top, hover over the Assessments button, and select Assignment from the menu. You may either cut and paste the instructions from the syllabus into the instructions area or state “refer to attached” and attach a file containing the instructions/supplementary assignment materials.

Turnitin is another type of assignment that performs plagiarism checking. This option is also available under the Assessments button.  

Submitting Assignments 

To submit an assignment, you can attach a file(s) from your computer or from your content collection within Learn.  To finalize your submission after browsing for your selected file(s), you must press the Submit button, which is responsible for writing the file to the system and making it visible for your instructor to review. For an assignment that only allows for a single attempt, the Submit action is final and cannot be undone without instructor intervention (done at their discretion).

Alternatively, you can use the Save Draft button. This will write your file to the system, but will not make it available to your instructor. If you elect to save your submission as a draft, you must return to the assignment before the due date, click the Continue button to return to this screen, and finally click the Submit button in order to make sure your submission is available to your instructor.

After submitting your assignment, Learn will redirect you to the Review Submission page, where you will see a preview of your document (for some file types).  You will also receive a receipt as confirmation by email.


Sometimes a student will attach an incorrect document to his/her assignment. Instructors have options on how to handle a student resubmitting an assignment. In the Grade Center, select the cell that contains the submission, click on the options icon, and select View Grade Details. Then you may:

  • Select Clear Attempt. This will clear the attempt from the database. There will be no record maintained of a submission.
  • Select Ignore Attempt. This will keep the original submission, but will set the submission "counter" back to 0, allowing the student to submit once more.
  • Select Allow Additional Attempt. This will keep the submission "counter" at 1 (or whatever the maximum number of attempts was), but will allow one more submission to take place.

Any files attached to an assignment should not have special characters or spaces in the filename. The best practice is to use only alphanumeric characters.