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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
If you change an assignment's Points Possible, this alters the percentage correct for existing submissions.
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:
To prevent submissions from being deleted, choose Cancel and make the assignment unavailable rather than deleting it.