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Moodle: Submitting Work

Below are the steps students will need to work through in order to create digital files of their work and upload those to the Moodle hand in (submission) boxes. 

Step 1: Generate an electronic copy of your work. 

  • If you’ve completed your work digitally, you should just be able to upload the file (word, pages, pdf, etc) directly to the hand in box (see instructions for Step 2 below). Make sure you know where your file is saved and what it is named for step 2.
  • If you’ve completed your work on paper, you will need to generate a digital copy using either a scanner/scanning app, or photos using a digital camera. Name your file and be sure you know where it is stored on your device before moving on to step 2 below.
      • There are free apps available, such as CamScanner and GeniusScan, that allow you to photograph/scan single or multiple pages and save as a PDF. This is highly recommended for multi-page assignments as the file sizes tend to be smaller and present fewer issues with file sizes. 
      • If you don't have a scanner or scanner app, a camera, such as one on a cell phone or tablet, can provide good results. However, photos tend to be large files and can be problematic when uploading. 
      • When taking photos or scanning your work, please use the following hints:
          • Find somewhere with good lighting
          • Line your camera up straight with the assignment
          • Zoom/move in or out until you capture the whole page, with as little extra as possible
          • If photographing a multi-page assignment, take a separate picture for each page
          • You should be able to set your camera to the lowest quality settings and still get fine results
          • You will probably need to scale down (smaller size, less resolution) your pictures on the computer before submitting or the file size may be too large to submit.
  • If you have an assignment that isn’t a traditional digital document or a paper document, please see the options at the end of this page for creating other file formats that can be submitted in Moodle (large image files, audio, powerpoint, video, links to cloud storage such as Google Drive or Dropbox, etc). 

Step 2: Upload your work to the Moodle hand in box. 

  • When you are ready to submit your digital file containing your assignment, locate the appropriate hand-in box in your Moodle course shell. It will have a hand holding a page icon like the one you see below, and should be titled with something related to the assignment you’ve completed.


  • Click on the green text to open up the submission box. Once you open up the submission window you will then need to click on the ‘add submission’ button.


  • Once there, you have two options for uploading your digital work files.
    • Option A: Drag and drop your file. You can directly drag and drop the icon for your saved work from your computer into the hand in box.


Simply click and hold the mouse down on your file and drag it over to where you see the blue arrow circled above. Release the mouse and the file should now appear in the window (see the example below by the green arrow). image-1639160189840.png


Click ‘save changes’ and you have successfully uploaded your work!

  • Option B: Upload directly from your device. Click the first icon (piece of paper the blue arrow is pointing to).


Next, click ‘choose file’ (see image below) and find the file you want to submit then click to confirm or select the file you want to upload. Click Upload this file to complete the upload.



Don’t forget to click ‘Save changes’ and you’ve successfully uploaded your work!


At this point you have submitted your work and your course teacher will receive an email alerting them to your submitted work. Watch your email over the next few days for a notification that your work has been marked and your feedback is available to view. 

What File Types Can I Use for Assignments?

Moodle has a maximum file size limit of 5MB. If you can compress your large files to be under that limit you will be able to upload them to Moodle. If you are unable to create file sizes less than 5MB please contact your course teacher to make other arrangements for submitting work. 

Text Files

Many assignments require you to complete then hand-in a text file. Please save your file as a Word document or PDF, so that your teacher will be able to open it.

Image Files

If you need to hand in an image, for example a screenshot or screenclip, please save the file as a png, jpeg, or pdf.

Slideshow Files

If you create a slideshow, please save and submit it as a Powerpoint, or pptx, type file.

Audio Files

You may be asked to record an audio file for some assignments. There are many ways you can do this:

  • Most computers have a voice recorder. You may find this by searching the term, “recorder.”
  • Use an app on a smartphone or tablet then email the file to yourself.

Save the file as a wma or mp3 to hand in through Moodle. Maximum file size is usually 5 MB.

Video Files

You may be asked to record a video for some assignments. There are many different ways to do this as well:

Your device may come with a pre-installed app such as iMovie on Macs

You can download many different video recording apps such as Jing, Bandicam, Movavi, or OBS. Just make sure you select the correct version for your operating system.

You can use the video function on your smartphone or tablet camera.

Save the file as an mp4. Video files will often be too large to hand in directly through Moodle, so you may need to use a cloud storage site such as Dropbox or Google Drive to store the video then share the link with your teacher. If this is the case, there will be a text box available on your assignment for you to copy and paste the link into. Check that your sharing settings allow your teacher to open it.

Shared Drives (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc)

You may choose to save your work in a shared drive or cloud storage. If this is the case, there will be a text box available on your assignment for you to copy and paste the link into. Check that your sharing settings allow your teacher to open it.


Some assignments may allow the option of creating something on a website. For example, an animated video on Powtoon, presentation on Prezi or Sway, or a storyboard on Storyboard. Usually you can share this with your teacher by providing a link, and you should copy and paste the link in the text box provided on the assignment.