Creating Assignments in a Course
There are two ways to add assignments in a course, importing from a library or creating a new assignment from scratch. Once an assignment is created, a workflow can be set in place.
Create New Assignments
1) To create a new assignment from scratch, you can either select Create Assignments from the Notifications Course Checklist or select the Assignments tab and then select Add Assignment.
2) Enter the assignment name and description. Then Save the work.
You can import assignments from your previous courses, or the assignment library.
1) Follow step 1 in the above instructions. Instead of creating an assignment from scratch, select the Browse Assignments tab.
2) You can search for assignments by collection that are public within the university or assignments in your other courses.
3) Once you've found the desired assignment, click Add.
Building an Assignment Workflow
Assignments can have multiple steps, an assignment workflow, that allows you to customize what evidence and assessment steps are associated with the assignment. After you have saved the assignment you will be able to design the assignment workflow, or steps, needed to fulfill an assignment.
1) To begin building the workflow, click Add Step.
2) From the dropdown window, select the desired step and click Add Step.
3) Enter the following information:
Name: A default name will appear in the textbox (for example, "My Evidence"). Change the step name, if desired.
Description: Enter a description of the step. This can include instructions for what to submit, how to submit, etc.
Step Availability: The step can be available on a certain date, immediately, when opened by the instructor, or when the previous step has been completed. *If the latter option is chosen, this means the student cannon complete any step that follows a step they failed to submit.
The step can also be set to close at a certain date or remain open.
Who can see this: The "Just students being assessed" is selected by default and should remain checked.
4) Once all information is updated, click Save.
Assignment Workflow options
There are several different steps types to choose from. There can be multiple steps for one assignment.
Here is an overview of the different block types:
- Evidence: This step allows a teacher or student to record evidence of work as it relates to the assignment. This step can contain file uploads, rich text, links to ePortfolios, and more.
- Teacher Rubric: This step allows an instructor to complete summative assessment of each student’s work. The instructor can select and score a rubric and enter comments on the work being assessed.
- Peer Rubric: This block allows peer summative assessment of another students' work via a rubric. This is not currently available at UAA.
- Self Rubric: This step allows each student to self-evaluate their own work via a rubric. After the step is added, the instructor can select or create a rubric for the student's evaluation of their work.
- Teacher Reflection: This step allows an instructor to complete formative assessment of each student’s work. The instructor can enter rich text and comments as part of the assessment.
- Peer Reflection: This block allows a student to complete formative assessment for another student. The assessing student can see evidence and enter their thoughts and comments through a rich-text interface. this is not currently available at UAA.
- Self Reflection: This block allows a student to complete formative assessment via a self-reflection. Each student will be able to put in rich text in comments as part of the reflective process. This is a private reflection between the instructor and student. It is important to consider whether you want students' reflections to appear in their ePortfolio or not.
- Standards: This step allows an instructor to document whether evidence and assessments contribute to or complete an institutional goal or standard. Multiple standards can be selected and adherence is measured via a rubric.