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Create and Edit Assignments

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Assignments allow you to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. In an assignment, you can include a description, point value, and file attachments. You can create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a content area or folder.

Students access the assignment, type a submission, attach files, and submit it. You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files. To learn about the grading process, see Grade Assignments.

You can distribute assignments to course groups. To learn more, see Create Group Assignments.

How to Create an Assignment

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and access the course area where you want to create the assignment.
  2. On the action bar, point to Assessments and click Assignment.
  3. On the Create Assignment page, type a name and instructions.

    Remind students to attach required files to the assignment before clicking Submit. Inform students that their assignments are not complete until they submit. If they submit the wrong file, forget to attach a file, or have any other problems, tell students to contact you so that you can reset the assignment attempt.

  4. Optionally, attach a file using Browse My Computer, Browse Course, or Browse Content Collection. Type a Link Title. If you do not provide one, the file name is used in the course area.
  5. Type Points Possible and optionally, associate a rubric. Use rubrics to create criteria for evaluating student performance. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  6. Select the check box to Make the Assignment Available.
  7. Select the appropriate option for Number of Attempts. Learn more about multiple attempts in the following section.
  8. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect availability, only when the assignment appears.
  9. Optionally, select a Due Date. Due dates are used to organize and assign gradable items to grading periods in the Grade Center. Also, if a student submits an assignment after the due date, the submission is identified as late on the Grade Assignment page. Students will see it marked late on their Review Submission History pages.
  10. In the Recipients section, select the All Students Individually option.
  11. Click Submit.

About Multiple Attempts

You can allow more than one attempt on an assignment. This is a good way to permit students to send in drafts and earn credit on improvements. You can provide feedback on 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. Providing multiple attempts can help students stay on track, raise the quality of assignments, and ultimately improve student success and retention.

Example: Research Paper Assignments

You can provide feedback throughout the research paper process. In one assignment with four attempts, students can submit file attachments for their:

  • Outlines
  • Bibliographies
  • Rough drafts
  • 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 students to submit their work for a group assignment more than once, and receive feedback and a grade for each submission.

Choose Scoring Option for Multiple Attempts

When you allow multiple attempts, you can also select which attempt to use in the Grade Center from the Score attempts using drop-down list.

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Edit, Move, and Delete Assignments

After you create assignments, you can edit and organize them. You can change the order of assignments in a content area using the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool. For example, reorder the assignments to keep the current one at the top.

Access an assignment's contextual menu and select on option:

  • Move an assignment to another location in your course. Moving it removes it from its original location. You cannot copy an assignment.
  • Edit an assignment to change the name and instructions, add or delete file attachments, and adjust availability or availability dates.

    If you change an assignment's Points Possible, this alters the percentage correct for existing submissions.

  • Apply adaptive release, tracking, metadata, and review status.

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Delete Assignments

You can delete an assignment from a course area and if no student submissions exist, the Grade Center column is also deleted.

You can delete assignments. When you delete an assignment in your course that has student submissions, you are also deleting all the submissions. You have two options available:

  • Preserve the scores in the Grade Center, but delete all assignment attempts. Though the scores remain in the Grade Center, you cannot access the students' submissions again.
  • Delete the assignment and the Grade Center column with the assigned grades.

To prevent submissions from being deleted, choose Cancel and make the assignment unavailable rather than deleting it.