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Uploading a file, submitting an Online TextAssignment CoversheetsTurnitin similarity reports, and Gradebook

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Date: Friday, 27 November 2020, 4:43 PM


Assessment refers to work you submit and receive a grade for.

On your learnonline course site an assessment is generally identified with this icon Assessment icon or if it's a quiz, with this icon Quiz icon - be sure to check with your Course Coordinator to identify the assessments for your courses.


Assessment means the same thing as Assignment.

Turnitin is a system that checks your work against that of others to help you avoid plagiarism.

Gradebook is a term used sometimes to refer to assessments and marking generally. 

Watch the video on how to submit an assignment and check out the Table of Contents on the left for more help on assessment.

Video: How to submit an assignment

Submit assignment file

Video: How to submit an assignment


Select assignment link

  • Select the assignment you're simitting on the learnonline course website.

Assignment information

You will find information about your assignment including:

A) Additional information
B) Submission status
C) Grading status
D) Due date
E) Extension status

as well as the
F) Add submission button which you can click to go to assignment submission page.

Assignment submission

A) Click the check box to confirm that the work you are submitting is your own and that you agree to your work being tested with text comparison software.
B) Drag and drop your assignment into the file submission window.
C) Click Save changes.

Submitting ePortfolio Assessment

An assessment may require you to submit a Page or a Collection from your ePortfolio.

A Collection is a group of ePortfolio pages you add together so they can easily be shared.

There is a help resource on creating pages if you are starting from scratch.

Before submitting your ePortfolio Collection

A Page or Collection submitted for assessment will be locked down and cannot be edited after submission.

To continue developing or sharing the Page or Collection you should make a copy before submission.

Submitting your ePortfolio Collection

Once your Page or Collection is complete it can be submitted via the learnonline course site.

  • Select the assessment requiring an ePortfolio submission.

  • Select Add submission.

  1. Select the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Page or Collection to be submitted.

  • The submitted assignment will display.

Request an extension

How to Request an Extension to an Essay or Quiz

  1. From the Course Essentials block click on Extensions
    Select Extensions
  2. Select the activity name from the drop down field
    Select the activity
  3. Click on Request Extension
    Request Extension
  4. Enter the Reason for Extension
  5. Upload any Supporting Documentation, if relevant (e.g. sick certificate)
  6. Select a Date or Time Limit extension (time limits only apply to quizzes)
  7. Enter the Date or Time limit extension you wish to request (please note this can be altered by the staff member approving the extension)
  8. Select the staff member to send the extension to from the drop down list
  9. Click on Request extension. You will receive a notification for your request. Once approved/denied you will receive further notification.
    Extension Request form

Please Note: submitting an extension request does not automatically grant your extension. You will receive further notifcation from your lecturer about the status of your request.

Online Text

Submitting an online text follows the same steps as submitting a file, however the submission screen is a little different.

Submit online text

A) Declaration to say that your work is not plagarised
B) Text box to write your submission
C) Submit text

Video assignment

If your assignment required you to produce and submit media such as video or audio, your course coordinator may have set it up so that you can submit via the Media Library. This is done seamlessly because of the way that this tool is integrated with learnonline and knows the difference between a regular and media assignment. It will automatically provide you with the correct interface to upload your media assignment. 

The following Help video and instruction will demonstrate how to upload a media assignment. You will see an on-screen confirmation of upload success and receive an email when the media has finished processing. Note that the help resources demonstrate uploading a video. The process is the same for uploading audio files.

Help Video - How to upload an assignment

Help Instructions - How to upload a Helix assignment

Select assignment

  • Select the assignment that you want to upload to.

Click add submission

  • Click Add submission.

Agree to policy

  1. Read the Declaration of Originality
  2. Read the Student Privacy Policy.
  3. Tick the check box to agree to the conditions of each.
  4. Click Browse/Upload.


The first time you use this tool you need to:

  1. Enter your Username.
  2. Enter your Password.
  3. Click LOGIN.

Select Personal

  • Select Personal from the category list.
    Note: This ensures that your assignment remains private and can only be viewed by your marker/s.

Description and disclaimer

  1. Enter a description for you assignment.
  2. Click the link to open the Terms of Use and Disclaimer.

Read Terms of Use and Disclaimer

  1. Read the Terms of Use and Disclaimer
  2. Click the X to close.

Agree to disclaimer

  1. Tick the check box to agree the the Terms of Use and Disclaimer.
  2. Click NEXT.


  • Click BROWSE.

Navigate to and select assignment

  • Navigate to your assignment file and double-click to select.

Wait for upload

  1. Wait for the file to upload completely.
  2. Click NEXT.

Select thumbnail image

A selection of thumbnail images will load.

  1. Select the one you prefer.
  2. Click NEXT.

No need for captions or associated files

  1. You don't need to Add Captions File.
  2. You don't need to Add Associated Files.
  3. Click NEXT.

Confirm upload

Check that all information is correct on the Confirm tab.

  1. Click BACK if you need to make corrections.
  2. Click FINISH to complete.

Click Save changes

  • Click Save changes.

Click View Submission

  • Click the plus sign to expand and View Submission.

Video processing

  1. You will see that your assignment video has uploaded successfully and is processing.
  2. Click to view your submission.
    Note: You can only view the video once processing is complete. You will receive the confirmation email when processing has finished.

Confirmation email

You will receive a confirmation email when Helix has finished uploading and encoding the media file. The email also contains important links and code that will allow you to reuse and:

  • embed the video in a webpage such as Mahara ePortfolio
  • link to the video in other Moodle activities such as discussion forum and wiki.

You should file all confirmation emails as this will help when you need to add the video to other Moodle activities or Mahara. The video links and embed codes included in the email will make the task easier.

The following image shows the confirmation email that was received after the Wildlife Video used in this help resource was uploaded and encoded.

Helix Confirmation Email

Assignment Coversheets

Assignment coversheets are no longer required if submitting an individual assignment via Gradebook; unless specifically requested by the Course Coordinator, as Gradebook will automatically create the coversheet for you.

A signed coversheet is still required:

  • when submitting in hard-copy (paper-based submission)
  • for group assignments. Each group member must sign the cover sheet.

For Internal students

For External students

For group assignments

Turnitin similarity report

Turnitin is an online tool used to promote an understanding of academic integrity. Turnitin is Web based, there's no software to download and you can access your Turnitin report after your have submitted an assignment.

Text based assignments are automatically submitted to Turnitin when uploaded from a learnonline course site and compared with millions of other documents in the Turnitin database and on the Internet.  A colour-coded similarity report is generated which summarises any matched text. Every assignment submitted is stored in the Turnitin database for comparison with future assignment submissions.

After submitting your assignment the Turnitin Similarity Report will be created and visible as a link in the same screen where you originally submitted your assignment. Please be aware that it may take up to 24 hours (48 hours for additional submissions) for a report to be generated.

When submitting your assignment additional time(s), you need to ensure you DO NOT change the file name or you will incur a 100% similarity report.

NOTE: First submission can take up to a minimum of 24 hours to return a report. Additional submissions can take up to a minimum of 48 hours. Waiting on a similarity report will not change your submission time.

Turnitin Link

  • Ensure popups are not blocked for this site
  • If using Internet Explorer 9, the background colour will not display so the report may be white text on a white background
  • Click the Similarity link to open the report.

If you need help learning how to interpret the Similarity Report see Viewing an Originality Report

Unsupervised Online Exams (Covid-19 Response for SP2 SP3 2020)

Important Notice

2020 Study Period 2 and 3 exams impacted by COVID-19: Please note unless specified you do not need to use the RPNow Proctoring Software. For information on the SP2 and SP3 unsupervised online exams, please go to your course site in learnonline.  Information is also available in the Assessment and Examinations section on the Campus Central COVID-19 FAQ page.

Find Details on your Exams

There will be information in each of your course sites about the date time and requirements for your exam.

General Information

You can choose the location of where you do the exam. This may be at your home, another suitable venue or you can complete your exam on campus. Make sure the venue is quiet, well-lit and ventilated.

If you choose to come to campus you have the options below. Please note that on-campus spaces will not be supervised. If you choose to come on campus, you are encouraged to arrive an hour before your exam is due to start to locate a space and get set up.

  • Computer pools/barns at each campus (not bookable).
  • Designated quiet spaces in metropolitan campus libraries during the exam period (not bookable).
  • A limited number of study rooms are available at each metropolitan campus and at Whyalla, and can be booked here.
  • Maximum booking periods for study rooms will be extended to 4 hours to accommodate exams.
  • Spaces at the Mount Gambier campus can be booked by contacting

Testing your computer

It is important that you test your computer and internet access before you attempt the Practice Exam. Use the link below to do the test on the computer you will use during the actual exam and preferably in the location you will do the actual exam.

Here is the link

Practice Exam

There will be a practice Exam in your course site. We want to ensure you have every opportunity to let us know if there any issues during the Practice Exam so we can address them before the actual exam. This is not a revision exam. It is a practice run to familiarise you with the actual exam so you know what to expect and can identify any technical issues.

Important: Please do the Practice Exam in the same location and with the same device (e.g. laptop) that you plan to do the actual exam. This will ensure you have fully tested both the environment and equipment you will have for the actual exam.

If you have any technical difficulties (e.g. with your laptop) during the Practice Exam contact the IT Help Desk directly. Let me know by email if you have any other questions or issues.

The Practice Exam can be attempted as many times as you like but remember that the actual exam will only allow one attempt.

Student Checklist for Online Exams

Exam preparation 

  • Check the Start Date and Time, the End Date and Time, and the Duration of your Exam. The Duration means the number of hours you have to complete the exam.
  • If you have an Access Plan, you may have an extended timeframe over which to complete your exam submission. You can confirm this with SEU Access and Inclusion at
  • Not in South Australia? All exam times are scheduled in Adelaide time so if you’re in a different time zone be sure to check the converted time for where you will be doing your exam.
  • Checked the location where you will do your exam is suitable – quiet, well-lit and ventilated.
  • Coming to campus to do your exam? Aim to arrive one hour before the Start Time to locate a suitable space and get set up in the Library, a computer barn or a bookable study room.
  • You have done the Internet speed test on the laptop, and in the location, where you will do your exam -
  • Written down/save your Course Coordinator’s email.
  • Written down/save your relevant IT Help Desk number
    • Local: (08) 8302 5000
    • Interstate & Country: 1300 558 654 (cost of a local call)
    • International: (+61 8) 8302 5000 (we can call you back to minimise your call costs)
  • Get ready with everything you need to have with you to complete the exam.
  • Do the practice exam.
  • Prepare early if you would like to download library materials as part of your revision of course content, as some library e-textbooks are subject to concurrent user limits.
  • Here is some additional help if your exam is an online quiz.

You are advised to be ready to log into your learnonline course site 15-20 minutes before the start of the exam to ensure your computer and internet access are operating and you are ready to open the link to the exam.

Useful tips to help during your online exam

You can print this page and refer to it during the exam. 

  • Make sure you log in to learnonline at least 15 minutes before the exam scheduled start time.
  • Keep your student email open in a separate browser window throughout your exam. This is how your Course Coordinator will contact you if necessary.
  • There is a timer in the quiz so you know how much time you have left.
  • A progress bar will show you which questions you have answered.
  • You can flag a question so you can come back to it later.
  • Your answers will be auto-saved every two minutes.
  • If you lose connection to the online exam quiz you can re-enter the quiz and continue answering questions up to the time the exam finishes.
  • If you have an extended connectivity issue, please call the IT Help Desk.
  • If you have a question about the exam, or a specific question in the exam, please email your Course Coordinator.
  • You can go back and change your answer to any question up to the time the exam finishes.
  • You will see a summary of your answers at the end of the exam so you can check you have answered everything you can.
  • When you are ready to finish select the Submit all and finish button. This button will then display again to make sure you are ready to finish. You will not be able to re-enter the exam after this.

All exams are individual assessments. You are not permitted to seek assistance or discuss any questions with another person throughout the duration of your exam.

See Campus Central for more support

Invigilated Online Exams

Information about invigilated online exams can be found on the Online Exams & Mandatory Training Quiz website.

Grades and Feedback

Select the relevant Assessment item.
Note: This is where you previously submitted your assignment electronically, or where the assessment details were submitted.

Your results will appear within your assessment item area once they have been published