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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:
- Click Assignments in the course toolbar
- Click Add
- Give the Assignment a Title
- Choose an Open Date (date and time when Assignment becomes visible to students) from the drop-down menus.
- Choose a Due Date (date and time after which Assignment is considered "Late") from drop-down menus.
- Choose an Accept Until Date (date and time after whcih Assignment will no longer be accepted) from the drop-down menus.
It is possible to change the Accept Until Date if later you decide you want to accept a student submission. Submission Types
Choose the Student Submission Type from the drop-down menu. "Inline and Attachments" is the default. This provides students with the ability to type directly into a Content Editor screen, and also provides the ability to add a file attachment. "Inline Only" gives students the Content Editor but does not allow for adding a file attachment. "Attachments Only" does not provide the Content Editor. The only choice is to attach a file. "Non-Electronic" would provide students neither the Content Editor, nor the ability to attach a file. This option would be useful for an art class where the assignment is to hand in a sculpture, or any other instance when there will be no electronic submission. Check the box next to "Allow Resubmission" if you want students to be able to take back and resubmit their Assignment before a certain date. If you do not check this box, students must contact you to request their Assignment be returned. If you check this box, more options appear: Select the number of resubmissions allowed Select the date and time after which you will no longer accept resubmissions Grading Methods
Select your method of grading from the "Grade Scale" drop-down menu. Ungraded Letter Grade - you will be able to select from all letter grades with +/-. These grades will not be sent to the Gradebook and cannot be used in Grade Calculations. Students will check their grades in the Assignment tool. Points - This is the only grading type that can be sent to the Gradebook and included in course grade calculations. Pass/Fail - These grades will not be sent to the Gradebook and cannot be used in Grade Calculations. Students will check their grades in the Assignment tool. Checkmark - These grades will not be sent to the Gradebook and cannot be used in Grade Calculations. Students will check their grades in the Assignment tool. If you chose "Points," enter the maximum number of points in the box underneath the Grade Scale. Provide instructions to students in the "Assignment Instructions." Extras
Check the box next to "Add due date to Schedule" and "Add an announcement about the open date to Announcements" if you are using the Calendar and Announcements tools. Check "Add honor pledge" if you want to require students to acknowledge the honor pledge before they are allowed to submit their Assignment. The honor pledge states, "I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment." Check the "Use Turnitin" if you want all student submissions submitted to Turnitin, an online anti-plageurism tool. You will receive a report for each submission that states what percentage of the paper is an exact match to content found on the internet, and/or to other submissions reviewed by Turnitin. You will then be able to verify whether or not the student properly cited his/her sources. Check "Allow students to view report" if you want them to see the results of their Turnitin report. Gradebook Association
Under the "Grading" heading, you may select "Add this Assignment to the Gradebook," IF you are grading using points. If you are using any other Grading method, you will get an error message when you try to post the Assignment. If you have previously set up your Gradebook and you have columns there, you will see a third option, "Associate with existing Gradebook entry." If you choose this option, a drop-down menu will appear and you can choose which Gradebook item to associate with this Assignment. 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.
If you create a column in the Gradebook before you create the Assignment, and 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.
If you have created any groups in your course, or if you have multiple sections in your course, an "Access" heading will appear. You will have the option to give this Assignment to the entire class, or to give it to selected groups or sections. If you select "Display to selected groups," a screen will appear listing all sections and groups. Check the box next to the sections/groups that you want to access this Assignment. Email Notifications
This option allows you to choose whether or not you want to receive an email notifying you when a student submits. The default is that you do not receive the email. Additions
You may add an attachment if needed. Click Add Attachments. A screen opens that allows you to browse your computer for the file, or to access the Resources tool. Files in your Resources tool will have a Attach a Copy link to the right of the file name "Model Answer" allows you to present to the students an example of the kind of submission you want them to submit. Beside "Model Answer," click Add Type the model answer in the box provided, or add it as an attachment by clicking Add Attachments. From the "Show to students" drop-down menu, select when you want students to see this model answer. Click Save "Private Note" is for your own notes, or to share with other instructors. You can use this option to share grading criteria, or other information. Beside "Private Note," click Add Type the note into the box provided From the "Share" drop-down menu, select whether or not to share this note with the other instructors. Click Save "All Purpose Item" can be used to share information with various groups, roles, and at specific date and times. One use for this item would be to share a Grading Rubric with your other instructors and/or TAs. Beside "All Purpose Item," click Add Give the All Purpose Item a Title Type your information in the box provided, and/or add an attachment by clicking Add Attachments. "Show this item" is selected by default. You may specify specific dates by checking the box beside "From" and "Until" and choosing the appropriate dates and times from the drop-down menus. Choose "Hide this item" if you want to hide it for now and manually change that to "show this item" at a later time. Under the heading "Show to," check the box beside the role(s) you want to see this item. Click Save Post
Post - When you click Post, your Assignment is set to become available on the date and time you set for your Open Date. Preview - Allows you to see the options you have chosen for this Assignment in one screen so that you can verify that everything is set as you wanted. This is not the same as Student View. There is a Student View option on the Preview screen that will show you the Assignments as your students will see it. Save Draft saves the work you have done on your Assignment so far, but does not post it for students. Cancel closes the Assignment without saving your changes. Student View
Once your Assignments are posted, you can use the "Student View" link at the top of the Assignment List to view all Assignments as students. You also have the option to submit as a student.