This article will walk you though the process of setting up an individual assignment on Myplace, explaining the purpose of each setting.
If you are planning to set up a group assignment, please group students beforehand (check out the following articles). If you are looking to use the assignment feature for activities that will be submitted or performed offline, please refer to the offline submissions article.
If you are unsure about any of the settings click on the symbol near the setting to find out more about it.
Add the steps involved:
1) First click 'Turn editing on' when you are in a class.
2) Click on 'Add an Activity or Resource' on the page and choose 'Assignment' activity from the list.
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3) You will be prompted to add a name in the General section, which is mandatory for each assignment activity. This section will also allow you to choose to add a description and display the description on the main page. You are encouraged to upload any additional files the students might need for their assignment (e.g. an in-depth essay brief or pro-forma).
4) The next section is called Availability. Here you can set all relevant dates in relation to this activity. There are four dates you should consider:
If the 'Always Show Description' tick is disabled, the Assignment Description above will only become visible to students at the "Allow submissions from" date.
More information regarding late submissions can be found in this article.
New MyPlace tools are being introduced in 2019/20 academic session that support the management of late submissions and extension requests, both addressing directly Principles 3.4 and 5.5 from the policy and indirectly supporting the policy's strategic aims. You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the full contents of the Assessment and Feedback (19-20) policy, which you can access here.
5) The next settings are for the Assessment and Feedback policy. See the additional information to the right for each setting.
If you tick the box next to the text This activity is not covered by the University Assessment and Feedback Policy, you will not be able to use the supporting MyPlace tools for Late Submissions and Extensions. This may be appropriate if you are setting up a formative assignment but it is not mandatory for formative assignments.
If the 'Opt-out' checkbox is not enabled, some other sections of these settings are mandatory for creating an assignment.
The list contains only those people who have grading or grade management capabilities on the course. If the person responsible for return of feedback and marks does not appear on the list they must be given an appropriate role in this class.
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.
See opposite for an example of how the previous settings may appear to students in the assignment.
6) The following section is called Extension Request Policy, where you can disable the ability of students to request Extensions online. The end-to-end process of electronic extensions management is described in this article. Checking the box beside Late Submission will disable the automated calculation of late submission penalties for students, who submit their work after the due date. You can read more about the MyPlace Late Submissions tool here.
7) Next, you must set the Submission types you will accept for the activity.
There are three submission type files allowed:
You can set a limit for the maximum number of uploaded files allowed. If this setting is adjusted, each student will be able to upload up to this number of files for their submission.
You can also specify the accepted file types, which will prompt you to choose from a list of file extensions the type of files you wish to accept for submission. If the field is left empty, then all file types are allowed.
The word limit should only be used if online text submissions are enabled, as it specifies the maximum number of words that each student will be allowed to submit.
8) In the Feedback types category you can indicate the how you plan to return feedback to students. There are five categories:
Assignment statistics - If enabled, the student will be shown a histogram of marks across the class, and statistics such as mean and standard deviation.
The statistics will be visible to the student when they can see the grade column for the assignment regardless of whether they have a grade so, if using this without blind marking enabled, you may wish to consider hiding the grade column until after the assignment has been marked. For data protection reasons, this will not be shown where there are fewer than 10 assignment submissions.
9) In the Submission Settings, you can specify whether you would allow students to store versions of their assignment on the MyPlace platform, requiring them to click the submit button to submit their assignment or not.
Require students click submit button - If enabled, students will have to click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. This allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on the system. If this setting is changed from "No" to "Yes" after students have already submitted those submissions will be regarded as final. See info box below.
There are some points to consider when using the submit button:
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:
Submit button not enabled:
10) In the next section, you can adjust the Group Submission Settings.
If enabled students will be divided into groups based on the default set of groups or a custom grouping. A group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each others changes to the submission.
Prior to setting up a group assignment, you have to create groups or groupings. Check out the articles in our Group Coursework section for further guidance.
11) In the Notifications section you can adjust the following settings:
We recommend that the default setting for "Notify students" is disabled (set to 'No'), especially if you are planning to use online marking. For assignments created on or after 14 September 2019, the default setting will be set to 'No' unless staff choose to change it.
Next, you might see a section, called Electronic Management of Assessment. If you do, please disregard this section, as it will soon be removed from the assignment settings.
13) In the Grade settings you can set:
To ensure a standardised, transparent and fair marking process for all students that complies with the University's Assessment and Feedback Policy, it is recommended you consider using an advanced grading method, such as a marking guide (or rubric, if appropriate).
According to Principle 4.1 of the Assessment and Feedback policy: 'Anonymous marking (when the identity of a student is not known to a marker and/or exam board) will be used for all assessments wherever possible and appropriate, including formal
Anonymous marking is set to 'on' by default in line with the Assessment and Feedback Policy. 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.
14) In the Common module settings you can set:
An ID number, should you wish to include this assignment in a Gradebook calculation. The ID number can also be set in the gradebook.
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.
15) The Restrict access setting allows you to set conditions for accessing your assignment based on a variety of conditions of other elements in your class
16) You can also add Tags to be associated with the activity.
17) In the Competencies section, you can specify the Course competencies linked to this activity, as well as what to do upon activity completion.
18) Finally, click on Save and return to class or Save and display to finalise the assignment set-up process.
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