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Description
Creating a new assignment
Designating groups for assignments
Revising an assignment
Deleting an assignment
Duplicating an assignment
Grading an assignment
Student view

For information for students about how to submit a completed assignment, click the "Assignments - Submitting" link under "Using the Tools" in the left-hand table of contents of this Online Help Guide.



Description

For courses, the Assignments tool allows instructors to create, distribute, collect and grade online assignments. Assignments are private and student submissions are not visible to other users of the site.

Assignments can also be returned, with or without grades, for re-submission. Instructors can download all submissions to an assignment to their computer at once. Instructors can also click Upload All to put their comments and grades back into the Assignments tool.

When instructors release grades for an assignment, students can access instructor comments and their grade.

Instructors can return assignments and allow for re-submission. This feature can be used to evaluate drafts of final projects or papers, or to allow students to correct and re-submit an assignment.

For information on how to add the Assignments tool or any other tool after you have created your site, click here, or click Adding and removing tools, and changing options on the Site Info Tool help page, which can be accessed under "Site Management" in the help table of contents.

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Creating a new assignment


1...Click Assignments in the menubar.

 


2...Click Add along the top of the Assignments window.



3...In the web form that opens, fill in the following information. (Fields marked with a red dot are required.)

Title -- Write a title that briefly describes the assignment. If you choose to have the assignment due date appear on the schedule, this title will appear with it. For example, you could title an essay assignment "Essay 1."

Open date -- This is the date and the time students will first see the assignment on the course site and it is the date and time when they can begin working on it. You can have an announcement sent alerting students to the start date. See Step 5,Options, below.

Due date -- This is the assignment deadline. You can have the due date and time listed on the schedule in the course site. See Step 5, Options, below.

Accept submissions until -- No assignments can be submitted after this date. You can set this date and time later than the due date to continue accepting assignments (revisions, etc.) after the due date.

Student submissions -- You can choose to have students submit their assignments inline only, as attachments only or both. You can also specify that students are to submit their assignments non-electronically. This can be used to track grades for offline assignments.

- inline only (typed directly into a text box provided on the site)
- attachments only
- inline and attachments
- Single Uploaded File Only
- non-electronic

Grade scale -- You can choose to have the assignment ungraded, or graded with a letter grade, points, pass/fail or checkmarks. If you choose points, enter the maximum possible points between 1 and 200.

4...Enter a description of the assignment in the Assignment instructions box.


This step is optional, but if you leave it out you will see a reminder alert.

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5... Add an attachment to an assignment

You can add an attachment (an uploaded file, a website URL, or an item from Resources in your site) at any time while you are creating a new assignment. You can also return to a saved or posted assignment and add an attachment. (See "Revising an Assignment," below)

Click here for step-by-step instructions on adding attachments. (Opens in a new browser window.)



6...Additional assignment Options are listed at the end of the form.

- To have the assignment due date added to the site's schedule, check the box next to Add due date to Schedule.

- To have the open date announced automatically when you post the assignment by putting an announcement on your site's homepage, check the box next to Add an announcement about the open date to Announcements.

- To have the honor pledge displayed when students are submitting an assignment, check the box next to Add honor pledge. Students must check a check box agreeing to the pledge before their work can be submitted.

Honor Pledge: I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment. Yes (You must respond to submit your assignment.)

- The instructor can optionally receive an email notification when a submission is made, and students will receive an email confirming their submission. Click the circle next to your choice.


7... If your site has groups (see the section, Designating groups for assignments below) then this option will appear on the Add Assignment form. (If your site does not have groups, this option will not appear.) If you want to designate a group for your announcement, in the new announcement form, check the box next to "Display to selected groups." In the list of groups that appears, check the box next to the group you would like to get the assignment.



8...Optional: Click Preview to review your assignment before you post it and to see how it will look to students. Click the little black arrow next to the Student View to open the window and see how the assignment will appear to students.

 


9...Click Save Draft if you want to save your assignment before you post it. You can then go back to it and revise it, if you want, before you post it. Only instructors can view drafts.

 


10...Click Post when you are ready.

To post an assignment that has been saved as a draft, click on the title of the assignment in the Assignment List. When the assignment window opens, click Post in the lower left corner.

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Designating groups for assignments

It is possible to specify groups of students or participants in your CTools site and then choose which group(s) will get which assignments.

 

To do this, you must first create groups in your site. This is explained in the section, "Group Management," under "Using the Tools" in the table of contents of this online help.


Once you have created your groups, you can designate who will get what assignment when you create the assignment. The option to select a group for an assignment will appear near the bottom of the add assignment form. (It will not appear if the site has no groups.)


1. In the Add Assignment form, check the box next to "Display to selected groups."


2. In the list of groups that appears, check the box next to the group you would like the assignment to go to.

 

3. Then complete your assignment.

 



Revising an assignment

You can revise an assignment either before or after its open date.

1... Click the Assignments button in the menubar.

You will see a list of assignments.

2...Click the Revise link under the name of the assignment you want to revise.

 

3...After you make your changes, click Preview to see the assignment or Post to post it.


When students view the revised assignment, they will be notified that changes have been made.

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Deleting an assignment

1... Click the Assignments button in the menubar.

You will see a list of assignments.

2...Check the box to the right of the assignment under "Remove?".

 

3... Click Update.

 



Duplicating an assignment

1...Click the Assignments button in the menubar.

You will see a list of assignments.

 

2...Click the Duplicate link under the assignment you want to duplicate.

 

The duplicate will be a draft, which can then be opened and posted.

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Grading an assignment

1...Click the Assignments button in the menubar.

You will see a list of assignments. You will also see the name(s) of student(s) who did not submit assignments. These students can also be assigned grades.

2.. Click the Grade link under the name of the assignment you want to grade.

You will see your assignment along with student submissions.

3... To view a student's submitted assignment and start grading, click on a student's name.


4... To save the student's grade now and release all grades at a later time, click Save.


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To return the student's grade now, click Return.


5...To release student's grades, click Release Grades on the main submissions screen for that assignment (next to the Download All link).


Note that on this page, you can also click Clear to clear a student's grade.


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Student view

You can view the assignments you created in student view so that you see what a student would see.

1...Click Assignments in the menubar.


2...Choose Student View in the pull-down View menu.


3...Click on an assignment to see it in student view.


4...Click Done to return to the assignment list.


5.. To return to instructor view, select List of Assignments from the pull-down View menu.