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Multiple Assignment Attempts

Providing multiple attempts can help students stay on track, raise the quality of assignments, and ultimately improve student success and retention.

You can allow more than one attempt for an assignment. This is a good way to permit students to send in drafts and earn credit on improvements. You can provide feedback for a large assignment so that students can demonstrate mastery. Be sure to inform students which of your assignments allow multiple attempts, and what the expectations and grading policies are for each attempt.

Example: Research Paper Assignments

In one assignment with four attempts, students can submit file attachments for the following items:

  1. Outlines
  2. Bibliographies
  3. Rough drafts
  4. Final papers

You can provide feedback at each stage. You can assign grades as each attempt is submitted, but only use the grade for the final paper as the assignment's grade.

Alternatively, if you want to provide four grades—one for each portion of the research paper process—you can create separate assignments for each. You can set up a calculated column in the Grade Center to add the points of each assignment to produce a final score for the research paper.

You can also allow groups to submit their assignments more than once, and receive feedback and a grade for each submission.

Multiple Attempts Options

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When you create an assignment, you decide how many attempts to allow and which score to use in the Grade Center.

For example, if you allow three attempts, you can select one of the following scores:

  • Last Graded Attempt—the default
  • Highest Grade
  • Lowest Grade
  • First Graded Attempt
  • Average of Graded Attempts

Grade Multiple Attempts

If you allowed multiple attempts for an assignment, and a student has submitted all attempts, they all appear in the grade cell's contextual menu.

If an attempt is ungraded, the exclamation mark remains in the cell along with the scores for attempts you graded.

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The Grade Assignment Page

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  1. On the Grade Assignment page, the number of attempts submitted appears next to a student's name on the action bar.
  2. Students can view which attempt you are using for the final score, such as last graded attempt or the average of all graded attempts.
  3. Click the Attempt drop-down list to view other attempts. If you associated a rubric with the assignment, you can refer to it while grading.

After selecting an attempt, type a grade and feedback, and submit.

Allow Additional Attempts

If a student has submitted the maximum number of attempts for an assignment, you can allow an additional attempt. In the Grade Center, access a cell's contextual menu and click View Grade Details.

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Allow Additional Attempt only appears if a student has already submitted the maximum number of attempts allowed for that assignment. You can continue to offer opportunities to resubmit attempts each time a student reaches the maximum number. You do not have to grade previous attempts to allow a student to submit again.

Alternatively, click Ignore Attempt to ignore the attempt's score in grade calculations and not count it against the maximum number of attempts.