Create an Individual or Group 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
  3. Enter a Name. By default, the assignment name will say “Untitled.” Be sure to change this. Note: Naming convention is important. Make sure the assignment name matches what you have in your syllabus.
    Assignment Name
  4. Set Evaluation and Feedback preferences. If your assignment is ungraded, then no changes are needed – skip ahead to step 6.

    Score out of Ungraded
  5. If your assignment is graded:
    • In the Score Out of field, click Ungraded. Enter a points value. 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 in Grades. Make sure the out of score also matches your syllabus.
      Assignments Score Out of points
    • Grades tool association options:
      Assignment Grades association

      1. To associate the assignment with a grade item in your grade book, select the dropdown menu In Grades, then Choose from Grades. Then either:
        • Create and link to a new grade item. This will create a new grade item  with the same name as your new assignment, with the option to select an existing Grade Category to place it into with the point value set in the Score Out of Field in the previous step. Note: Only numeric grade items can be associated with assignment.
          Assignments Create New Grade Item
        • Link to an existing grade item. This will allow you to choose any grade items not associated to other activities. Note: Only numeric grade items can be associated with assignment.
          Assignments Link to Existing Grade Item
        • Optional settings are to Remove from Grades, or Reset to Ungraded.
  6. Set Due Date by anywhere in the due date field.
    Assignments Click Due Date
    Then select a date from the calendar, and enter the time the assignment will be due. By default the time will be 11:59 PM.
    Assignments Due Date Calendar
    The due date specifies a time when the assignment is expected to be completed. An assignment is flagged as late if it is submitted after the due date. Due dates are automatically added to the course calendar. Note: This date will push out to the Pulse app for students, and will appear on the TCU Online calendar for students enrolled in the course and on the general course calendar.
  7. Provide instructions to students in the Instructions text field. Enter your instructions, expectations and requirements for the assignment. Some editing options will become available upon clicking your mouse in the Instructions field to set text as Bold, Italics, Underline, create an ordered or unordered list, or insert stuff.
    Assignment Instructions
  8. Optional:
    Assignment Optional Attachments

    • Upload a file: Click the icon to Add a File Assignment File Upload from your computer as an attachment to your Assignment Instructions. Once it is uploaded, click Add.
      Assignment File Upload Add File
    • Insert a Quicklink: Click the Quicklinks icon Assignment Link to Existing Activity to Insert a quicklink to course activities or content.
      Assignment Insert Quicklink
    • Link to a website: Click the weblink icon Assignment Attach Weblink to link to create a link to a website. Enter a URL and Title (this is the link your students will click), then click Insert.
      Assignment Website Link
    • Attach a Google Drive file: Click the Google Drive icon Assignment Attach from Google Drive to Continue to Google Drive, then select a document you wish to share with your students.
    • Record Audio or Record Video: Click the links to create audio or videos for your Assignment.
      record audio and record video buttons
  9. Optional Visibility: By default, assignments are visible to students upon creation. If you wish to hide the assignment from students completely, click the visibility toggle on the bottom of the assignment creation page. If the eyeball icon displayed, the students can see the assignment. If the eyeball icon has a line through it, the assignment is hidden from students.  Note: Follow the steps in the Set Availability and Conditions section below to set start/end dates for the assignment if you wish to control student access by date
    • Visible:
      Assignment Visible
    • Hidden:
      Assignment Hidden
  10. Continue to the Availability and Conditions section below to complete your assignment setup.

Set Availability and Conditions

  1. Select the title on the Availability and Conditions panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Availability
  2. Start and End Dates.
  3. The start date determines when an assignment becomes available to students. The end date determines when an assignment becomes unavailable to students. Note: The End Date affects the TurnItIn settings when visiting the TurnItIn tab (We recommend setting the “End Date” and “Due Date“).  These dates will push out to the Pulse app for students, and will appear on the TCU Online calendar for students enrolled in the course and on the general course calendar.To set Start and End Dates: Click in the Start or End Date fields to select a date from the calendar.Assignment Start and End DatesOnce a date is selected, the time field will appear. By default the time will be set as 12:01 AM. Instructors can override by clicking in the time field and selecting a new time, or typing the time in the field and clicking enter/return on their keyboard.
    Assignment Date Time
  4. Optional: Set Release Conditions by clicking Add Release Condition.  Learn more about Release Conditions for Assignments.
    Assignment Release Conditions
  5. Optional: Set Special Access by clicking Manage Special Access.  Learn more about Special Access for Accommodations for Assignments.
    Assignment Special Access
  6. Continue to the Submission and Completion section below to complete your assignment setup.

Submission and Completion

  1. Select the title on the Submission and Completion panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Submission and Completion
  2. Select the Assignment Type. Note: Once you have determined if it is a group or individual assignment, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
    Assignment TypeChoose one of the following:

    • Individual assignment (default) –  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. When grading group assignments, the grade and assignment feedback will automatically go to all members of the group. Learn more about Group Categories.
  3. Select a Submission Type. Note: Once you have determined the type of assignment, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
    Assignment Submission Type
    Choose one of the following:

    • File submission (default) – 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 students (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). Note: 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 students (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). Note: Once you have determined the method for marking an item as complete, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new assignment.
  4. Set your preferences for Submissions. These vary based on which Submission type you set in step 3.
    • 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.
      • Optional Notification Email: 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.
        Assignment File Submission
    • 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.
      • Optional Notification Email: 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.
        Assignment Text submission
    • If you selected On paper submission:
      • Select your preference for Marked as completed: Manually by students, Automatically on evaluation, Automatically on due date.
        Assignment On Paper Submission
    • If you selected Observed in person:
      • Select your preference for Marked as completed: Manually by students, Automatically on evaluation, Automatically on due date.
        Assignment Observed In Person
  5. Continue to the Evaluation and Feedback section below to complete your assignment setup.

Evaluation and Feedback

  1. Select the title on the Evaluation and Feedback panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Evaluation and Feedback
  2. Optional – Rubrics: To associate a rubric to the assignment, click Add Rubric to either Create New or Add Existing rubrics. For more information, see Associate a Rubric with an Activity.
    Assignment Rubric
  3. Optional – Learning ObjectivesNote: TCU does not utilize this tool. 
  4. Optional – Annotation Tool (on by default). If you wish to use the annotation tool, check the box for Make annotation tools available for assessment. Learn more about Using Annotations for Instructor Feedback in the Assignments Tool.
    Assignment Annotation checkbox
  5. Optional – ePortfolio: To allow students to add the assignment to their ePortfolio as an artifact, select Allow users to add this assignment to their ePortfolio.
  6. Optional – Anonymous Marking: Choose whether you want to hide student names during assessment. For more information, please see Anonymous Marking of Assignment Submissions
    Assignment Anonymous Marking
  7. Optional – TurnItIn Feedback Studio & GradeMark: Click Manage TurnItIn. For more information, please see Enable Turnitin for an assignment.
    Assignment Manage Turnitin
  8. Click Save and Close.

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