There are other places where we can test our students' writing skills. The following activities are particularly useful in one-time assignments, such as essays.
Remember the Quiz module Essay item type? In Quiz, this is the easiest way to create writing prompts and give students writing tasks.
This item type is particularly useful for writing-prompt type questions, for example, something like 'Explain how solar panels work.' or 'Why is the sky blue?' The student reads the question or prompt and then sets to work on composing his/her response.
Once the students have submitted their work, you will need to enter the quiz, read and assess their work manually, using the Manual Grading tab, then enter a grade.