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How to Create an Assignment


After completing this how-to you will have knowledge needed to create an assignment in the Assignment activity tool.  For other guides on the Assignment tool, navigate to the Assignments topic page.


1.  To create an assignment, select the "Activities" icon located within the course navbar.


2.  Choose "Assignments" from the "Activities" menu.


3.  Select the "New Assignment" button.


4.  The "Properties" tab allows the faculty to set general information for the assignment such as the name, type, etc.


5.  In the "Name" field, enter the title of the assignment.  This should match the title given to the assignment HTML page located within the Course Menu.


5a.  The "Instructions" text box should contain a link to the corresponding assignment HTML page in the course menu for students to review that will contain more in-depth instructions.  Paste the following text into the text box:  For detailed information, instructions, and resources, please review [Title of Assignment]. Refer to the example screenshot below.  This will guide students to the HTML page where the full instructions, resources, background, etc. live.


i.  Highlight the assignment title located within the instruction text box, copy the text, and select the "Insert Quicklink" symbol.


ii.  From the quicklink menu, select "Course Menu".


iii.  Choose the workshop/module that the assignment lives within.


iv.  Select the pencil icon next to the desired assignment.


v.  Paste the assignment title into the "Title" field.


vi.  In the "Target" section, select the radio button to open in a "New Window".


vii.  After verifying that the exact title of the assignment appears in the "Title" box, select the "Insert" button.


5b.  In the "Attachments" section, faculty can add attachments as well as audio and video files.


5c.  In the "Assignment Type" section, choose whether the assignment is an individual assignment or a group assignment.


5d.  In the "Submission Type" section, choose the type of file needed for this specific assignment.


5e.  In the "Files Allowed Per Submission" section, choose the number of files that will be permitted per submission.


5f.  In the "Submissions" section, chose whether all submissions will be kept, only the recent submission will be kept, or to allow only one submission to be made.


5g.  In the "Notification Email" section, faculty can add their email address if they would like to be notified by email each time a new submission is made to a specific assignment.


5h.  In the "Category" section, the assignment can be tied to a workshop or module.


5i.  In the "Score Out Of" section, enter the total possible score for the assignment.


5j.  In the "Grade Item" section, associate the assignment to its corresponding grade item.


5k.  Within the "Rubrics" section, a rubric can be added for assessing the student's progression towards the criteria and objectives of the activity.  To associate a rubric, select the "Add Rubric" button


i.  Choose a rubric from the displayed list by placing a checkmark in the appropriate checkbox located next to the rubric.


ii.  Once the correct rubric has been selected, choose the "Add Selected" button.


5l.  In the event that more than one rubric is associated with an assignment, choose the default scoring rubric in the "Default Scoring Rubric" section.


5m.  In the "ePortfolio Artifacts" section, placing a checkmark in the "Allow users to add this folder to their ePortfolio" will allow students to add this folder's feedback page to their ePortfolio as a certified artifact.


6.  In the "Restrictions" tab, faculty have the opportunity to determine if and when the assignment is available and who it is available to.


6a.  To determine whether or not the assignment is visible to students, faculty can place a checkmark within the "Hide from Users" checkbox to hide or unhide the assignment from students.


6b.  Within the "Availability" section, faculty can set a due date, start date, and/or end date for the assignment.  If a start date is set, the assignment will not be accessible to the student until that date.  If an end date is set, the assignment will not be accessible to the student after that date.  To set a due date and/or start or end date, place a checkmark within the "Has Due Date", "Has Start Date", and/or "Has End Date" checkbox and set a date and/or time.  


6c.  Within the Release Conditions section, faculty can set release conditions.  Release conditions are conditional requirements that restrict access or visibility to a specific area.  Users are required to satisfy the release conditions  before the restrictions are removed.  Review the guide on Release Conditions for more information.


6d.  Within the "Special Access" section, faculty can grant special access outside of the set due date, start date, and/or end date to an assignment by selecting the appropriate radio button.  For more information on special access, access the How to Grant Special Access guide.


7.  Select the "Save and Close" or "Save" button to save your selections.


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