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

Site: learnonline
Course: learnonline Help (Students)
Book: Assessments
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Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 2:22 AM


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.

  • Select Copy a collection.

  • Select Copy collection.

Edit the copied collection as required.

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.

The submitted page or collection will be indicated in your ePortfolio.

Request an extension

Navigate to your course site

select extensions

In the Administration menu,

  1. Click on the Extensions folder to expand it
  2. Select Request Extension

The Extensions request page is displayed

Select Assessment item

  1. From the drop-down menu, select the Assessment you wish to request an extension for
  2. Click Request Extension

Note: The Current Extension Request section displays the status of any existing requests

The New Extension Request page is displayed

  1. Enter the reason for your request
  2. Upload any supporting documentation
  3. Select the due date you want for this assessment item
    Note: The staff member you send your request to may change this date.
  4. Select the staff member to send your request to
  5. Click Request Extension

The Extension request page is displayed with your request displayed in the Current Extension Request section.

You will receive email notification when your request has been processed. 

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

Helix 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 Helix Media Library. This is done seamlessly because of the way that Helix 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 a Helix 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 Helix 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.

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

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


Invigilated Online Exams

Information about invigilated online exams can be found on the Online Exams - RPnow Help website.