We've been going through a review process of our guidelines for assessment submission via Moodle, and one of the things we've identified is that we ask staff to clearly explain to the students what they are expected to submit (number of files, what format etc).
In doing this we've realised that we appear to be doing double-handling of this, especially where we as using the assignment activity.
The assignment module already asks for configuration information about submissions via it's submission plugins, so for the file plugin it asks:
- Maximum number of files to upload
- Acceptable file types
This is the same information (at least part of it) that we are asking the staff to ensure students know.
This information is also *only* displayed on the edit submission page, not on the initial page where students are given the instructions about the assignment. It would be helpful for this information to be made available prominently to the student earlier.
I've put together a patch for the assignsubmission_file plugin that does this. It doesn't require any changes to Moodle API definitions, just for assignment submission plugin creators to follow a conventions of outputting a human-readable configuration statement.
Just wondering if anyone else has had thoughts /issues about reducing the amount of work to communicate assignment requirements.