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Overview

Assignments is a useful tool for delivering, tracking and grading student submissions. Even non-electronic submissions can be tracked using the Assignments tool.

Add An Assignment

To create an Assignment:

Availability Dates

Student Submissions

Grading Methods

Extras

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NOTE: The files must be in a common format, such as .docx, .doc, .pdf, .rtf. If students attach more than one file to the Assignment, it is only the first one that will generate a Turnitin report. File names should use proper naming conventions; there should be no spaces in the file name, there should be no characters other than alpha/numeric, - or _.

Gradebook Association

It is important to note the differences in allowing the Assignments tool to add a column to the Gradebook for you, and choosing an already created Gradebook item.

If you choose "Add Assignment to Gradebook," a column is automatically created for you in the Gradebook. You must grade the Assignment in the Assignments tool. You cannot open the column in the Gradebook and enter grades there. When you import the content from one semester to the next, the Gradebook columns do not appear in the new course until the Assignments are published in the new course.

If you create a column in the Gradebook before you create the Assignment, and then associate the Assignment with that column, you can grade in the Assignments tool, and you can open the Gradebook item and enter grades directly into the Gradebook. This is also useful if you have an Assignment that you will be giving to different groups. For example, you have an Assignment for Group 1 and an Assignment for Group 2, but you select the same Gradebook column for the grades. Using this method, you do not need to have two separate Gradebook columns for the two Assignments. When you import content from one semester to the next, the Gradebook columns copy over and when you publish your Assignments in the new semester, you will see the columns there so you can associate them with the Assignments.

Access

Submission Notification Email Options

This option allows you to choose whether or not you want to receive an email notification when a student submits. The default is that you do not receive the email.

Released Grade Notification Email Options:

This allows you to notify students by email when their Assignment has been graded and the grade is released. The default is that students do not receive the email.

Additions

Post

Student View

Manage Assignment Submissions

Submit a Paper on Behalf of a Student

The instructor now has the ability to submit a file to the Assignment tool on behalf of the student. Note that the assignment has to be open and available to students in order for the instructor to be able to submit for the student. This tutorial will describe the process for you. NOTE: Assignments that are given to groups do not permit the instructor to submit as student. The assignment can be a group assignment, (Are submissions for a group?) but if "display to selected groups" is chosen, the instructor will not be able to submit as a student.

View Turnitin Reports

If you have chosen to use Turnitin, you will receive a report for each student submission. The Turnitin report highlights any parts of the paper that are exact matches to internet content or to any other paper that has been submitted to Turnitin in the past. You will be able to verify whether or not students appropriately cited their sources.

NOTE: Turnitin offers other features that APPEAR to be available through e-Learning, such as GradeMark and PeerMark. These are NOT available in e-Learning. While the instructor may grade using GradeMark, students can't see the instructor's comments. To use these other features, you must use the Turnitin.com stand-alone website.

To view the Turnitin report:

Grade a Submission

In order to grade student submissions:

Grade a Submission using iRubrics

iRubrics are now built into the Assignment tool. Rubrics explains how to use this feature.

Return a Submission to a Student for Editing

Perhaps you would like to give a student another chance to improve upon her submission. You can return that submission to the student with tips on what you would like for her to do, and let her resubmit the Assignment.

Follow the instructions above, but in your comments, give the student instructions for the revisions you would like to see. You might want to tell the student to include the word "revised" in the file name of the revised submission. Then, do not enter a grade, leave the "Allow Resubmission" box checked, set the number of resubmissions allowed using the drop-down menu, and set the "Accept Until" date and time using the drop-down menu. Click Return Assignment to Student.

You will retain the original submission so if the student never resubmits, you may grade the original. If the student does not change the file name of the resubmitted file, the original will be replaced with the new file. If the resubmitted file has a different name (such as adding "revised" to the file name), you will see both the original submission and the second submission.

Download Multiple Submissions for Review

You have the option to download all submissions at once for a particular Assignment. This enables you to access the files from your computer without being logged in to e-Learning, or being connected to the internet. You will be able to open each student's submission, and if it is a MS Word document, you can turn on "track changes" and type your comments in the student's paper.

To download multiple submissions for review:

When you choose to download all submissions, you will get a zipped folder called "bulk_download" that contains a folder for each student, plus a .csv file containing all student IDs and a column for the grade. You need to extract the zipped folder to interact with the folders and files inside. To extract the zipped folder:

Once the extract is complete, you will see a folder with the name of your Assignment. Open that folder. Inside that folder you will find a folder for each participant, plus a .csv file for entering grades.

Inside the folder for each student you will see several folders and files. These folders and files contain all the information you will need to make comments and determine a grade for the student:

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Feedback Attachments - If you want to give your student feedback by way of an attachment, you will save the file to this folder. This would be the case if you open the student's submission and use track changes to provide feedback.

Submission Attachments - this folder contains any file(s) that were attached by the student to the Assignment. If you set up your Assignment to be "inline only," this folder will not be present as there was no option for adding attachments provided to the student.

Student Name - An HTML file named with the student's name contains any text that was entered into the Content Editor in the Assignment. If no text was entered, this file will be blank. If the Assignment was set as "Attachments Only" for submission type, there will be no Student Name file as the student has no opportunity to use the Content Editor.

Comments - A text file to be used by the Instructor to enter feedback into the comments area in the Gradebook. These comments will be seen by the students when they view their grades in the Gradebook.

Feedback Text - An HTML file to be used by the Instructor to enter feedback into the feedback Content Editor within the Assignment. These comments will be seen by the students when they view their graded Assignment in the Assignment tool.

Timestamp - A text document that contains the date and time of the submission.

Use any or all of these items to make comments. Enter the grades into the .csv file. Don't change the .csv file other than inputting the grades. Once you have made your changes and saved them (keep all files in their original folders and order), zip up the folder that is titled with the name of your Assingment. Now you are ready to upload this folder back into e-Learning.

From the main list of Assignments,

  1. Click Grade under the Assignment to which you want to add the data.
  2. Click Upload All at the upper right of the screen.
  3. Click Choose File.
  4. Locate the zipped file and double-click it.
  5. Check the box beside "All" or pick and choose the elements you want to upload.
  6. Select whether or not to release the information as soon as it is uploaded.
  7. Click Upload

Assignment Permissions

Permissions for all tools have been set to most common usage. It is highly recommended that you do not alter these Permissions without a consultation with LSS staff. Altering Permissions may have unintended consequences.

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