This article will include the basics of setting up an individual assignment in Myplace.
If you are unsure about any of the settings click on the symbol near the setting to find out more about it.
1) First click 'turn editing on' when you are in a class
2) Choose 'Assignment' from the 'Add an activity or resource' menu.
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3) You will be prompted to add a name and description which is mandatory in the General section. This section will also allow you to choose to display the description on the main page and upload any additional files the students might need for their assignment (e.g. an in-depth essay brief or pro-forma)
4) Next you can set the Availability:
- Allow submissions from - date and time that students can submit from
- Due date - Students will still be able to submit after this date (if Cut-off date is not enabled) but late submissions will be marked as such
- Cut-off date - Students will no longer be able to submit after this date
5) The next settings are for Strathclyde assessment and feedback policy and principles which include:
- Enable opt-out of University Assignment and Feedback Policy where appropriate. (e.g. formative assignments)
- Marks release date - to inform students when the marks will be release N.B. This does not affect the date grades are actually released to students.
- Assigning the feedback and assessment coordinator
- Marking criteria - is an area to define the marking criteria which will display to the students
If you are using a rubric or marking guide that is visible to students you can enter a notification for students to 'see rubric' to avoid duplication.
If the 'Opt-out' checkbox is not enabled the other sections of this setting are mandatory for creating an assignment.
See opposite for an example of how this will appear to students in the assignment.
7) In the Submission settings, you can set
Require students click submit button
There are some points to consider when using the submit button:
Setting the "Require students click submit button" option to "Yes" on the assignment configuration page gives the student a button which must be pressed to assert that the submission is ready for marking. On pressing this button, the submission is locked, and students are no longer able to edit their submission.
The student is able to upload documents, and other submission content, before pressing the button, and these are shown as draft in the assignment grading interface.
Submit button enabled:
- The student is responsible for asserting that their submission is ready to be marked.
- It is likely that some students will not click the button, most likely by accident. You should have a clear process for dealing with this scenario, either by treating these as non-submissions, or agreeing to mark any drafts that have not been submitted after a certain point in time (normally the cut-off date). This should be clearly communicated to the students in the assignment instructions.
- Some students may wish to edit their submission after submitting it. This will require you to manually unlock their submission.
Submit button not enabled:
- If starting marking before late submissions are in, you are making a decision that any submissions made before marking starts are being treated as final submissions.
- Students are unable to upload a draft submission with the intention of submitting a final version late (after the due date) if marking has begun.
- Attempts reopened - can be set never, 'manual' - requiring a staff member to action or 'automatic until pass' - allowing the student to continue submitting until pass mark is achieved
- Maximum attempts - maximum attempts allowed
11) In the Grade settings you can set:
- The assignment to be graded by points or a scale and (if points based) the maximum points grade
- The grading method as a simple direct grading, marking guide or rubric
- The category in the gradebook as formative, summative or administrative
- Anonymous marking (Student identity is hidden from marker) on or off
Anonymous marking is set to 'on' by default. When using this each participant will be designated a 'participant number' in the 'View/Grade all submissions' page of the assignment. Please note that this does not affect anonymity settings when using the Turnitin 'Grademark' application. Details on how to make this anonymous can be found in Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings.
- Group mode to None or Visible/Separate groups. The effect of setting this to Visible/Separate groups (on assignment there is no difference between these options) is that on the View/Grade all submissions page the grader will see a drop down menu that will allow them to filter the page by group
- Grouping - which grouping to use for selectable groups
On assignment Group mode and Grouping has no effect on how the students see or use the assignment submission point. It's only effect is to make the 'View/Grade all submissions' page easier for graders to view by group.