Creating an Assignment

This document will outline how to create an assignment using the assignment tool in eBridge and should be read in conjunction with the university policy on staff use of TurnitinUK.

The assignments tool enables the creation of, distribution, return and grading of assignments.

There are two main approaches to creating an assignment in eBridge where the settings have been configured in line with the university assessment procedures and supports the management of both summative and formative assessment approaches.

Creating an assignment (summative assessment)

Click on Assignments in the tool menu bar to open the tool.

Click Add to create an assignment.

Insert a title for the assignment.

Note: Selecting this option to create an assignment follows a summative approach to assessment. For the purpose of this document summative refers to any mark which counts towards the students final grade. The properties are set by default.

The default settings selected in this approach mean that the submissions are anonymised, submitted to the standard Turnitin repository and students will be able to view the originality report upon the release of grades.

Creating an assignment

Fig 1. Creating an assignment

Setting the assignment open, due and accept until date

Click on the calendar icons to the right of the date options to set the open, due and accept until dates and times. The assignment will be visible to students in the site although not available until the set date and time unless you select the option to hide the assignment from the students until the open date.

The accept until date refers to the date and time that an assignment will be accepted up until. It will not be accepted after the set date and time have been reached and will be marked as late. Setting the accept until date for a period of two weeks after the assignment due date accommodates for permitted extensions in alignment with the assessment policy.

Note: When using GradeMark to mark assignments be aware that originality reports will not be released to students until the accept until date and time have been reached. 

Assignment instructions

You can use the text editor to provide detailed assignment instructions i.e. word count, referencing standards etc. There is also the facility to create links to materials so you could link to the module handbook to avoid duplicating assignment instructions or to a cover sheet etc. Alternatively you could use the Attachments facility located further down in the settings to attach a standard briefing document. The text editor must contain some text in order to post the assignment.

Grading

The default setting is selected not to send the assignment to the Gradebook tool. If you would like to view the assignment in Gradebook then click on the check box to enable this.

Add attachments

Click on Add Attachments to browse for and upload a file as an attachment. See assignment instructions above for further detail.

Posting the assignment

Click on Post to post the assignment.;

Default Settings

The default settings listed below have been configured for ease of use in line with a summative approach to assessment. It is not advisable to change the settings unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Creating a sandbox assignment (formative assessment)

Click on Assignments in the tool menu bar to open the tool.

Click Add Sandbox to create an assignment.

Insert a title for the assignment.

Note: Selecting this option to create an assignment follows a formative approach to assessment. For the purpose of this document formative refers to the ability to allow students to create draft submissions. The properties are set by default.

The default settings selected in this approach mean that student identities are not anonymised, the submissions are not submitted to the Turnitin repository and students will be able to view the originality report immediately.

Add Sandbox

Fig 2. Creating a sandbox

Setting the assignment open, due and accept until date

Click on the calendar icons to the right of the date options to set the open, due and accept until dates and times. The assignment will be visible to students in the site although not available until the set date and time unless you select the option to hide the assignment from the students until the open date.

The accept until date refers to the date and time that an assignment will be accepted up until. It will not be accepted after the set date and time have been reached and will be marked as late. Setting the accept until date for a period of two weeks after the assignment due date accommodates for permitted extensions in alignment with the assessment policy.

Assignment instructions

You can use the text editor to provide detailed assignment instructions i.e. word count, referencing standards etc. There is also the facility to create links to materials so you could link to the module handbook to avoid duplicating assignment instructions or to a cover sheet etc. Alternatively you could use the Attachments facility located further down in the settings to attach a standard briefing document. The text editor must contain some text in order to post the assignment.

Anonymous Grading

This is set so that students names will be visible to instructors on the site. The option to anonymise student names is available if necessary.

Add attachments

Click on Add Attachments to browse for and upload a file as an attachment. See assignment instructions above for further detail.

Posting the assignment

Click on Post to post the assignment.

Default Settings

The default settings listed below have been configured for ease of use in line with a formative approach to assessment. A number of these settings have been hidden from view when creating a sandbox site but can are visible when clicking on Preview or Edit after the assignment has been created. It is not advisable to change the settings unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Default Settings

Resubmissions

Occasionally it may be necessary to arrange for a student to resubmit their work for example in the event of an incorrect file being uploaded or a file that cannot be accepted by Turnitin because it is corrupt for whatever reason.

To enable a resubmission click on Grade underneath the title of an assignment.

Resubmission

Fig 3. Enabling resubmission for a student

A list of students will be displayed.

  1. Click on Grade underneath the relevant student name.
  2. Scroll down and click the check box next to Allow Resubmission.
  3. Select the number of resubmissions allowed from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the calendar icons to the right of the date options to set the open, due and accept until dates and times.
  5. Click on Save and Don't Release to Student to save the changes.

Resubmissions

Fig 4. Resubmission settings

The student will now be able to resubmit their work.

Note: If allowing resubmission for a student, please confirm the date and time of the extension and advise that the previous assignment will need to be removed prior to uploading the new submission. See figure 5 for student view.

Student View of Resubmission

Figure 5 shows a student view of the submission process.

Student submission view

Fig 5. Student view of resubmission