The assignments feature provides instructors with a comprehensive way for users to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in your course. With assignments, instructors can create various questions for users to answer regarding the course concepts. In addition, instructors can upload instructions and solutions in video format, and provide feedback on the completed assignments users submit.
After users complete the assignment, they can compare their work with the instructor’s solutions, and receive feedback from their fellow users if they wish.
This article outlines how you can create assignments for your course, and in doing so, connect your users' new skills and knowledge with a real-world application.
Creating an Assignment
1. Navigate to the Curriculum page in your course management tools.
2. On the side, hover your cursor over the grey space within a section, where you want the assignment to be placed.
3. Click the + icon that appears and then Assignment.
4. Enter the assignment title and click Add Assignment.
After you click on Add Assignment, you can enter the assignment’s basic information by moving your cursor to the assignment title and by clicking on the pencil icon.
The basic information includes the assignment’s title, a description, and the estimated time it will take for students to complete it (in minutes). Once you have entered the assignment’s basic information, click Save to proceed.
On this page, you will enter the instructions for the assignment. The instructions can be in either video or text format. If you include both, the instructions in text will appear below the video.
The instructions should describe the activity, the purpose of the assignment, what your users need to do, and list any materials that are needed to complete it. You can also upload any downloadable resources here that users can use to complete the assignment.
On the Questions page you will create the assignment’s questions. Each assignment must include at least one question. You can add as many questions as you'd like, but please consider that users will type their answers into a text box next to each question.
Once you have finished entering the question, click on Submit. Then, to create another question, click on Add more.
After you’ve finished creating the assignment’s questions, click on Solutions on the left hand side of the page.
On the Solutions page you can enter answers for the questions you’ve created, and upload a video for your users to view, where you discuss the assignment’s solution. In addition, downloadable resources can also be added to this page.
To enter text responses for the questions you’ve created, click on Add answer, which appears under the question. Once you’ve entered the solution, click Submit.
Previewing and Publishing the Assignment
You can preview the assignment at anytime, to see how it will appear to your users, by clicking on Preview at the top right hand of the page.
Once you have entered the assignment’s basic information, instructions, questions and solutions, you can publish the assignment by clicking on Publish to the left of the Preview icon.
Editing the Assignment
If you need to edit the assignment after it’s been published, you can do so at anytime. On the course Curriculum page, move your cursor to the assignment, and then click on the pencil icon that appears beside the assignment’s title.
Providing and Reviewing Feedback
After a user has completed an assignment you will receive a notification. You can review their answers and provide feedback by following the steps below:
1. Click on the notification in the bell dropdown menu at the top of the page, or you can also access the feedback option by clicking on Communication and then Assignments in the instructor view.
2. Completed assignments that have been submitted will appear on this page. You can use the various filter options on the left-hand side to search through the assignments.
3. Click on the assignment you wish to provide feedback for and enter it in the Give Feedback section. Once you’ve entered your response, click on Submit.