The disruption due to hurricane Ida may be forcing you to rethink how you will collect and grade assignments in your courses during the disruption. When classes resume this week, many faculty will move to meeting with their classes remotely at the regularly assigned class time or perhaps move to asynchronous class meetings.
One question we have been asked is about collecting and grading assignments in Brightspace. You can use the Assignments tool to help you set and manage deadlines, unclutter your inbox, and save trees!
The Assignments tool is an efficient way to manage and collect your student's individual and group assignments digitally. Brightspace's Assignments Tool allows instructors to create a secure location for students to submit class assignments.
The Assignments tool allows instructors to set up a place for students to submit their assignments digitally, with the ability to:
- Control the window for submission
- Facilitate individual submissions or group submissions (provided the groups have been set up using the Groups tool first)
- Collect and assess submissions (with a connection to the Grades tool, if needed)
- Enable plagiarism detection through Turnitin
Additionally, you can use Brightspace's Interactive Rubrics to increase efficiency. The interactive rubrics allow instructors to establish set criteria for grading assignments. Instructors can attach rubrics to assignment submission folders so that the criteria are visible to students at any time, only after grading has been completed, or not shown to the students at all. The rubrics click-and-score simplicity saves time when grading because rubrics are built into the grading workflow. For more information about rubrics refer to Brightspace Tip #204: Interactive Rubrics.
Follow these steps to do it.
To create an assignment submission folder using the old assignment creation experience:
- On the NavBar (of the course you want to create a submission folder), click Activities and then choose Assignments from the drop-down menu.
- Click New Submission Folder.
- Enter a Name for your submission folder.
- Select a Folder Type.
- Do any of the following:
- Select a Category or click New Category to organize your assignment submission folders.
- Select a Grade Item, or click New Grade Item.
- To assign a score, enter a value in the Out Of field.
- To associate a rubric to the folder, click Add Rubric, or Create Rubric in New Window.
- Enter instructions in the Instructions field.
- Add attachments in the Attached Files area.
- Expand Show Submission Options and select the appropriate settings.
- Enter your email address in the Notification Email field to receive an email message when a new submission is uploaded to this folder.
- Choose the option to hide student names during assessment, if appropriate.
- Click Save.
Follow these instructions if you are using the New Assignment Creation Experience.
Note: You can add the Turnitin plagiarism detection feature to the assignment submission folder using the options in the Turnitin tab. Follow these instructions to enable Turnitin for the assignment submission folder.
Want More Information?
- Assignments Tool Quick Reference Guide (pdf)
- Create an assignment
- Copy assignments
- "Observed in Person" assignments
- Allow special access for assignments
- View assignment submissions
- Evaluate assignment submissions
- Annotate assignment submissions
- Email students who haven't submitted an assignment
- Assignments FAQ
- How to submit Assignments video [2:06]
- Learner FAQ - Assignments
- Learner FAQ - Assignment - Errors
- Assignments and Turnitin
- Enable Turnitin Feedback Studio® for assignments
- Turnitin Feedback Studio - Instructor
- Quick Tips for Mastering Feedback Studio
- Turnitin Quick Submit
- Turnitin Feedback Studio - Student
- Students - View your Turnitin assignment feedback
Assignments Tool Training Recap
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Instructors Quick Start Tutorial
Brightspace Known Issues
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