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, learning module, lesson plan, 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 assignment grading process, see Grading Assignments.
You can distribute assignments to course groups. To learn more, see Creating Group Assignments.
Be sure to remind students to attach any required files to the assignment before clicking Submit. Inform students that their assignments are not completed until they are submitted. You might also tell them that they must contact you if they submit the wrong file, forget to attach a file, or have any other problems so that you can reset the assignment attempt.
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 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.
Research Paper Assignments
You can provide feedback throughout the research paper process. In one assignment with four attempts, students can submit their outline as a file attachment for the first, bibliography for the second, rough draft for the third, and final paper as the fourth and last attempt. You can provide feedback at each stage. A grade is not assigned until the final paper as the last attempt is received.
Alternatively, if you want to provide grades for each portion of the research paper process, you can create separate assignments for each. You can then 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.
The last graded attempt appears in the Grade Center column. To change the displayed grade to the first graded attempt, highest grade, lowest grade, or an average of attempts, access the Grade Center column's contextual menu, select Edit Column Information, and select the attempt to score from the Score attempts using drop-down list.
You can delete an assignment from a course area and if no student submissions exist, the Grade Center column is also deleted. If students have submitted work, deleting the assignment also deletes the submissions. You can choose whether or not to keep the associated grades. Alternatively, retain student submissions by making the assignment unavailable rather than deleting it.
Preserve scores in the Grade Center for this Assignment, but delete the assignment and all its submissions.
Delete this Assignment, the Grade Center item for this Assignment, all grades for this Assignment, and all submissions for this Assignment.
Remember that even if you keep the scores in the Grade Center, you will not be able to access the assignment submissions again.