Create an Assignment

Create an Assignment

Watch how to create an assignment

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Assignments.
    Assignments on Nav Bar
  2. On the Assignment page, click New Assignment.
    New Assignment Button

On the Properties tab:

  1. Enter a Name. Note: Naming convention is important. Make sure the assignment name matches what you have in your syllabus.
  2. Provide instructions to students in the Instructions text field. Enter your instructions, expectations and requirements for the assignment.
  3. Optional: To add attachments in the Attached Files area, click any of the buttons. If desired, add Attachments: File, Link, Existing Activity, Google Drive; Record Audio; or Record Video.
    Assignments Add Attachment
  4. Select a Assignment Type. Once you have determined if it is a group or individual assignment, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment. Choose one of the following:
    • Individual assignment – This is for all students to submit into one assignment.
    • Group assignment – Group assignments enables you to have one submission per group, but you first must associate the assignment with a Group Category. Any group member can submit and view files for a group assignment. This will allow you to post one grade and assignment feedback that will automatically go to all members of the group.
  5. Select a Submission Type. Once you have determined the type of assignment, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment. Choose one of the following:
    • File submission – Students will upload a file. See the list of approved file types for the Assignments tool. Select this option to collect papers or homework online. This is the default setting.
    • Text submission – Students will type or paste content into the html editor (text box); students will not be able to upload files. Select this option if you need students to submit a link or another small piece of data (such as a group name or presentation date preference).
    • On paper submission – Students will physically submit their paper to the instructor; students will not be able to upload files. Select this option if you will collect papers in person or if the student work is not able to be uploaded to TCU Online, but you still wish to leave feedback for students in the Assignments tool.TCU Online displays information to students that indicates if this item has been completed. Since there is no physical submission, you will then select how this determination should be made: manually by learners (students themselves click a button to make TCU Online show that this item has been completed; this is the default setting), automatically on evaluation (TCU Online will show this item has been completed once you publish a score or feedback for this item),  automatically on due date (TCU Online will show this item has been completed on the due date associated with this assignment; you must enter a due date in the restrictions tab for this assignment). Once you have determined the method for marking an item as complete, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
    • Observed in person – Students will perform or deliver their work to their instructor; students will not be able to upload files. Select this option if you will evaluate in-class presentations, productions, or works of art and you wish to leave feedback to students in the Assignments tool.TCU Online displays information to students that indicates if this item has been completed. Since there is no physical submission, you will then select how this determination should be made: manually by learners (students themselves click a button to make TCU Online show that this item has been completed; this is the default setting), automatically on evaluation (TCU Online will show this item has been completed once you publish a score or feedback for this item),  automatically on due date (TCU Online will show this item has been completed on the due date associated with this assignment; you must enter a due date in the restrictions tab for this assignment). Once you have determined the method for marking an item as complete, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
  6. Set your preferences for Submissions. These vary based on which Submission type you set in step 5.
    • If you selected File Submission: Select your preference for Files Allowed Per Submission: Unlimited or One File. Select your preference for Submissions: All submissions are kept, Only the most recent submission is kept, or Only one submission allowed.
    • If you selected Text submission:  Select your preference for Submissions: All submissions are kept, Only the most recent submission is kept, or Only one submission allowed.
    • If you selected On paper submission: Select your preference for Marked as completed: Manually by learners, Automatically on evaluation, Automatically on due date.
    • If you selected Observed in person: Select your preference for Marked as completed: Manually by learners, Automatically on evaluation, Automatically on due date.
  7. Optional: To receive an email message when a new submission is uploaded to this assignment, enter your email address, or a comma-separated list of email addresses in the Notification Email field. Enter your email address if you wish to receive an email each time a submission is made to the Assignment by a student.
  8. Do any of the following:
    • Optional: To associate the assignment with a category, select a Category or click New Category.
      Assignment New Category
      Set the Category or Name in the New Category (click Save after entering a name) if you wish to associate your Assignment to an Assignment Category. (Example: If you want to organize all homework assignments into one place in the Assignments tool, you might want a category called Homework.)
      Assignment Category Names
    • To assign a score, enter a value in the Out Of field. If there’s also an associated grade item, maintain consistency by matching the value of the Out Of field to the grade item’s Max Points value. Set the Out of score. This would be what the maximum points are for this assignment. Make sure the out of score also matches your syllabus.
    • To associate the assignment with a grade item in your grade book, select a Grade Item, or click New Grade Item to create a new item. Note that only numeric grade items can be associated with assignment. Set your Grade item. This can be set to None if you do not wish to associate the assignment with a Grade item.
    • To change the display settings for the assignment’s grade item, click the Student View Preview context menu, then Edit Display Settings.
    • To associate a rubric to the assignment, click Add Rubric, or Create Rubric in New Window. Add Rubrics if desired.
  9. Optional: Instructors can choose to enable Anonymous Marking, which will hide students names during assessment. Select the checkbox to turn on Anonymous Marking for this assignment. Learn more about how to use Anonymous Marking and important tips before using.
    Enable Anonymous Marking
  10. Optional: To allow students to add the assignment to their ePortfolio as an artifact, select Allow users to add this assignment to their ePortfolio.
  11. Click Save or Save and Close.

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