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6.22. Assignments - New Creation Experience

New Assignment Creation Experience

Brightspace has a new assignment tool experience with a more consistent navigation experience to almost all tool sets from Assignments to Rubrics. The layouts have been simplified and organized around typical workflows to streamline your work. The classic tabbed view has been transformed into a new, fully immersive page layout.

Select Assignment from the Navbar. The Assignment Submission Folders list will open. Choose New Assignment and enter an appropriate name in the Properties tab. Include a description of the assignment and instructions for the student to follow.

Assignments highlighted from the NavBar with arrow pointing to New Assignment.

New Assignment

In the New Assignment Experience, the page view becomes the hub of most common features accessible within 1 to 2 clicks. Please notice the layout is subdivided into panels.

From a single point, arrows pointing to Name, Score, Due Date, Instructions, Availability, Submission, and Evaluation.

Availability Dates & Conditions

Expanding Availability Dates & Conditions exposes calendar entries for Start and End Date. Adding Release Conditions allows you to Create New or to Add Existing if there are previously created conditions. After choosing the Condition Type. Choose the Condition Details that match the need.

Availability Dates & Conditions window expanded to Start/End Date and Release Conditions. Arrow pointing to new Release conditions window. Condition Type and Condition Details choices available.

Dates on the Calendar

It is no longer necessary to explicitly choose "Display in Calendar" while setting up dates for assignments. An assignment date will populate automatically, but there is a priority.

It is recommended that you use the Due Date as a minimum choice. 

Due Date, End Date and Start Date highlighted

Special Access


Manage Special Access is an important feature to deal with emergencies and to meet accessibility needs. The option to Allow only users with special access is strongly discouraged.

Manage Special Access window radio button Allow users with special access as described.

Submission & Completion

There are several choices to make here starting with Individual or Group Assignment. Once selected, choose the category or create a new category. Submission Type includes File, Text, On paper to Observed in Person submission options. Choose the Files Allowed Per Submission and how Submissions are handled. Students may make one to multiple submissions and you may choose to only keep the last one. Enter an email address for Notifications.

Submission & Completion window with choices for Assignment Type, Files Allowed, and Submissions.

Restricting File Extensions for Submissions

Instructors can now specify the extensions of files that learners can upload as assignment submissions. When an instructor is creating a file submission assignment. In this drop-down list, instructors can choose the restrictions they want. 

Restrictions menu expanded to Custom Restrictions

Choose Custom File Extensions and enter file extensions that are allowed for file submissions. When this restriction is set, learners are presented with a list of acceptable file extensions for their assignments. When a learner attempts to upload a file submission for an assignment of a file extension type that the instructor has restricted, an error message appears.

Field open to list allowed extensions separated by a comma.

Annotatable files, which include all file types that are supported by the Annotation tool in Assignments. For more information, see File types supported by Annotations (Brightspace Community

Align Assignments to Categories

The new assignment creation experience supports the alignment of assignments to categories. Instructors can add new or existing assignment categories when creating or editing a new assignment.

Category menu expanded to reveal Quiz and Assignment

Evaluation & Feedback

Rubric Create New expands to calendar. Manage Turnitin expands to Enable Grademark and Originality Check options.


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