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Create and Edit Assignments

Create assignments

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Assignment > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Assignment > Add

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  1. In any course section select Create learning activity or resource and choose Assignment. Select Add.

    If you are using a different theme, select Turn editing on. Select Add an activity or resource and choose Assignment. Select Add.

  2. Type a meaningful name and description. The description displays to students when they view the assignment. Check the Display description on course page box if you want the description to show there.
  3. Attach any additional files for the assignments, such as worksheets.
  4. Set the submission options:
    • Allow submissions from: Set this for a date in the future, if desired. Submissions are allowed from the current day by default.
    • Due date: Submissions are allowed after this date, but will be marked as late. The default due date is one week from today.
    • Cut-off date: If enabled, submissions will not be allowed after this date without an extension. To learn more, see Grant Extension.
    • Always show description: If you clear this option, then the assignment's description will only be visible after the Allow submissions from date setting.
  5. Select the Submission types to allow. You can allow online text, file submissions, or both.

    You can view and annotate PDF submissions in Joule Grader. To learn more, see Mark up student submissions.

  6. Set the word limit, maximum number of files, and the maximum size of files.
  7. Set the following optional items:
  8. Click Save and return to course to show the course main page or Save and display to show the new assignment.

Edit an assignment

Steps in Snap: Assignment > Edit

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Assignment > Edit > Edit Settings

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To edit an assignment activity, go to the activity and select Edit.

Want to change permissions or backup an assignment? Jump to Administration features.


Feedback types

Steps in Snap: Assignment > Edit > Feedback types

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Assignment > Edit > Edit Settings

Feedback types allow you to provide students with feedback on their assignments in different ways.

  • Feedback comments: If set to Yes, you can leave comments on each student's submission.
  • Feedback files: If set to Yes, you can upload files for students. These may be student files with edits, or an audio file providing feedback.
  • Offline grading worksheet: When enabled, you can download a worksheet with student grades while marking the assignment. This feature is not available when using advanced grading methods.
  • Comment inline: If enabled, the submission text will be copied into the feedback comment field during grading. This option allows you to comment inline (using a different color for markup) or to edit the original text.

Submission settings

Steps in Snap: Assignment > Edit > Submission settings

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Assignment > Edit > Edit Settings

Set how many submission attempts a student can complete, and what determines a submitted assignment.

Require students click submit button: If set to Yes, students must click a submit button to submit the assignment for grading. Use this setting for assignments with multiple attachments.

If a student does not click Submit Assignment, the status of the assignment is Draft (not submitted) in the gradebook. After a student clicks the Submit Assignment button, the status changes to Submitted for grading and they can no longer edit it. If you change this setting to Yes after some students have submitted assignments, those assignments will be marked as final.

When you require students to click submit, you have the option to revert the submission to draft status. Access the assignment, select View/grade all submissions, then select a student row, and in the With selected drop-down menu below the grading grid, choose Revert the submission to draft status.

Require students accept the submission statement: If enabled, students must accept a submission statement to submit the assignment. The text of the submission statement is set by the site administrator.

Attempts reopened: Determine if and how attempts can be reopened by students. This feature allows students to continue editing their submissions.

Maximum attempts: Type the maximum number of times a student can resubmit.


Notifications

Steps in Snap: Assignment > Edit > Notifications

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Assignment > Edit > Edit Settings

You can determine when graders will receive notifications about completed assignments. You can also determine when students will receive notifications about completed grades.

  • Notify graders about submissions: If set to Yes, teachers and other graders will receive a notification for submitted assignments.
  • Notify graders about late submissions: If set to Yes, teachers and other graders will receive a notification for late assignments.
  • Default setting for "Notify students": Set the default value for the Notify students option on the grading form.

Grade settings

Steps in Snap: Assignment > Edit > Grade

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Assignment > Edit > Edit Settings

For an assignment to be gradable, select the Grade settings when creating your assignment.

  1. Select one of the following grade types from the Type menu.
    • None: There is no grading type.
    • Scale: Use a scale to grade. Select the scale you want to use from the Scale menu.
    • Point: Use points when grading. Type the maximum number of points that students can earn. The default grade value is 100.
  2. Select an advanced method for grading from the Grading method menu. The default is Simple direct grading, but options include Checklist, Marking guide, or Rubric.
  3. If you use Gradebook categories, select the category from the Grade category menu. (Optional.)
  4. Type the minimum number of points a student needs to pass. (Optional.)
  5. Select whether to use Blind marking. (Optional.) Set this option to Yes to hide names of students on submitted assignments. You must set this option BEFORE students submit the assignment.

    After all students' assignments are graded, access the assignment and click View/grade all submissions. From the Grading action drop-down list, select Reveal student identities to show student names —AND— release the marks to students. This action cannot be undone.

  6. Select whether to Use marking workflow. (Optional.) When set, marks go through a series of workflow stages before you release them to students. To learn more, see Marking workflows.

Administration features

There are administration features for each type of activity in a course. These features are available in Edit mode.

Steps in Snap: Assignment > Edit > Admin menu

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Assignment > Edit > Edit settings > Select option from Assignment administration menu

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Select the administrative feature for the assignment:

  • Edit settings: Update the assignment and submission settings.
  • Locally assigned roles: Update the role of a specific user for the activity.
  • Permissions: Update the permission a specific user role can have for the activity.
  • Check permissions: Review a specific user's permissions for the activity.
  • Filters: Update the filter settings for the activity. Filters allow students to include links, insert multimedia players, and convert Mathematical expressions or emoticons into images.
  • Logs: Review the log files available for the activity. Opens the Reports section in Course administration.
  • Backup: Complete the backup for the activity.
  • Restore: Complete a restore of the activity from a previous backup.
  • Advanced grading: Change the grading method being used for the activity.
  • View gradebook: View your gradebook for the course.
  • View/grade all submissions: View the submissions and grades for the assignment.
  • Download all submissions: Download all the submissions for the assignment.