Assignments

Assignments

A collection of guides to create, use, and moderate assignments.

Table of Contents

 1. Assignment Grading
          Provides instructors multiple features while grading assignments.
 2. Creating Assignments
          Allows for easy tracking of submissions and provides each student with access to their own grades.
 3. File Upload Assignments
          Allows for one or multiple files to be submitted by students.
4. Making Extra Credit Assignments
          Extra credit can be used by teachers to offer students optional homework in order to improve their grade.
 5. Online Text Assignments
          Allows students to submit an assignment by writing in the HTML editor.
 6. Submitting Assignments
          How to submit assignments through Moodle.
 7. Turnitin
          What is Turnitin?
 8. Using Feedback in Assignments
          How to add comments for your students so they know what they did right/wrong.

Assignment Grading

What Is It?

Assignment Grading provides instructors multiple features while grading assignments.

Who Can Use It?

Montana Tech Instructors

Where Can I Access It?

Assignment grading is a new feature released by Moodle 3.1. It allows instructors to grade and annotate assignments straight from Moodle! From the new grading section, instructors are able to read, highlight, add stamps, and leave feedback on students’ assignments. Please follow the below instructions for a tour of the new grading feature.

 

To access the grading feature, open the assignment and click the copper 'Grade' button as depicted above.

When you click the 'Grade' button, the screen will look similar to above. There are four main sections to this page. The PDF section, located in the center allows you to read the students' assignments.

The toolbar, located above the PDF section, gives you all the tools you need to annotate your students' papers.

  • On the left hand side of the toolbar is the paper navigation menu.

  • You can use the arrows to go forward and back, or use the drop down menu to select a page number.

  • On the right side of the toolbar, you can see the annotation toolbar.

  • The annotation toolbar has drawing and highlighting tools for easy annotation.

The right sidebar, location on the very right side of the page has a lot of information about the assignment.

  • Near the top of the sidebar, you can see whether or not this assignment has been graded and if the assignment was submitted late.

  • Under the assignment information, you can download the original submission as shown in the graphic above.

  • Under the download button, you are given a comment submission area. Finally, near the bottom of the right sidebar, you are able to assign a grade for the paper.

The bottom bar, located directly under the PDF section, gives you three save options.

  • The "Notify Students" check box will notify students when you make a change to their paper.

  • "Save changes" will submit changes to Moodle and notify students about the changes if desired.

  • The "Reset" button will revert all changes made to the paper since the last save.

The top bar, located directly above the PDF section, shows student information.

  • In the center, you can see the student's name and email address.

  • You can use the arrows on the right to move to the next/previous student.

  • Another way to switch students is to open the drop down list and pick a student from the list.

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Creating Assignments

What Is It?

Many instructors prefer to have students submit assignments online. This allows for easy tracking of submissions and provides each student with access to their own grades.

Who Can Use It?

Montana Tech Instructors

How to do it.
  1. Login to your Moodle course.

  2. Turn your editing on. Instructor Creating Assignments1

  3. Click 'Add an activity or resource' 

  4. Select assignment and 'Add' 

  5. Assign a name and description to your assignment. 

  6. Apply other optional settings. Instructor Creating Assignments5

  7. Click 'Save and return to course'.

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File Upload Assignments

What Is It?

If an assignment requires one or multiple files to be submitted by students, you will want to select the File upload assignment type. Students are able to submit between 1-20 files with this option.

Who Can Use It?

Montana Tech Instructors

How To Do This?

It is possible to require that the assignment be submitted by a certain date.

To do this, change the Prevent late submission setting to Yes and set an appropriate date.

To create a File Upload Assignment:

  1. Login to your Moodle course.

  2. Turn editing on. Instructor File Upload Assignments1

  3. Click 'Add an activity or resource'. Instructor File Upload Assignments2

  4. Select 'Assignment' and click 'Add'. Instructor File Upload Assignments3

  5. Assign a name and description to your assignment. Instructor File Upload Assignments4

  6. Scroll down to Submission settings. Instructor File Upload Assignments5

  7. Choose 'Yes' for File Submissions.

  8. Choose the maximum number of uploaded files. Instructor File Upload Assignments6

  9. Apply additional assignment settings.

  10. Click 'Save and return to course'.

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Making Extra Credit Assignments

  1. Navigate to "Gradebook Setup" in the "Administration" block of the course.

  2. Scroll down until you see the assignment you want to make extra credit.

  3. Follow it to the right and click "Edit" and then "Edit Settings."

  4. In the "Parent Category" section, check the "Extra Credit" box.

  5. Click "Save Changes".
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Online Text Assignments

What Is It?

The online text assignment allows students to submit an assignment by writing in the HTML editor. This can be convenient for assignments that require shorter or less formal work.

Who Can Use It?

Montana Tech Instructors/Students

Where Can I Access It?

To create an Online Text Assignment:

  1. Login to your Moodle Course.
  1. Turn your editing on.

  2. Click 'Add an activity or resource'.

  3. Select 'Assignment', and then click 'Add'.

  4. Assign a Name and Description to your assignment.

  5. Scroll down to submission settings.

  6. Choose 'Yes' for Online Text.

  7. Apply additional assignment settings.

  8. Click 'Save and return to course'.

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Submitting Assignments

What Is It?

Assignments on Moodle are homework that is submitted online through a Moodle course.

Who Can Use It?

Any student of Montana Tech.

Where Can I Access It?

To submit an online text assignment, follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the assignment in your course.
  2. Open the assignment and carefully read the directions provided by your instructor, noting the due date.
  3. Click on the Add Submission button.
  4. In the online text box, type your response.
  5. When you are finished, click the Save Changes button.
  6. Your instructor may or may not allow you to edit your assignment once it's been submitted, so make sure you double check your work before submitting.
  7. If you are writing an extensive amount of text or will be writing for an extended period of time, be sure to save a back-up copy of your writing in a text editor before you click the 'Save changes' button and submit your work. That way, if the system times you out while you're writing, your work won't be lost. This is very important, when in doubt, back-up your work!

To submit an assignment that requires uploading and attaching one or more files, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the first two steps above.
  2. Under File Submissions, select Add.
  3. Select Upload a File.
  4. Select Choose a File.
  5. Select Browse, then choose the file you want to upload, and click Open.
  6. Select Upload this File.
  7. Select Save Changes.

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Turnitin

What Is It?

Turnitin is a helpful tool that lets instructors check for originality in assignments. Students can receive originality scores, feedback, grades, and peer reviews from Turnitin, depending on what the instructor wants to do.

Who Can Use It?

Montana Tech Instructors

How to Use It?

Turnitin is a helpful tool that lets instructors check for originality in assignments. Students can receive originality scores, feedback, grades, and peer reviews from Turnitin, depending on what the instructor wants to do.

Finding a Turnitin Assignment:

  1. Turnitin assignments on Moodle will look similar to this on the course home page. Click on this link to be taken to the assignment. Student Turnitin1
  2. After clicking on the assignment you will see this page. From here you can see important information about the assignment and also submit it to your instructor. Student Turnitin2
  3. Towards the top you will see a list of three dates. Start Date is the date you can start to submit the assignments. Due Date lists the date that submissions will be cut off. Post Date lists the date that the grade and feedback from the instructor for the assignment will be viewable. Student Turnitin3

Submitting a Paper:

  1. On the main page of the assignment, scroll towards the bottom until you see the table that lists submission information. One of the options will be to submit paper. When ready, click this to start submitting. Student Turnitin4
  2. After clicking submit paper you will be given options for how to submit. Generally you will want to make sure that the “submission type” is file upload. After this you will give your submission a title. This helps identify the paper later. If you are submitting a file you will either need to drag a file onto the upload area or click the upload button and choose a file to submit. Student Turnitin5
  3. Many instructors require that you select that you must agree to the submission. This is to affirm that what you are submitting is your own work. Make sure that this check box is checked. After this you will be able to click “Add Submission”. Student Turnitin6
  4. After you click “Add Submission” you will need to wait while it is sent to Turnitin. After you submit, you should get a digital receipt confirming that Turnitin has received your submission. If not you may need to try again or check that you submission is listed on the assignment page. Student Turnitin7

Viewing Feedback:

  1. After submitting, you will be able to see information about your paper. You can open it in Turnitin to see feedback and more information by either clicking the name you gave the paper or by clicking your originality score. Student Turnitin8
  2. To see feedback after the post date, open your paper in Turnitin and click the blue icon with a discussion bubble on the right. After this you will be able to see highlights, correction marks, and comments from your instructor on top of your paper. Student Turnitin9
  3. While looking at your feedback you can also click “View Rubric” in the top right. This allows you to see how your paper was graded. Student Turnitin10
  4. After clicking “View Rubric”, you will see a grid view of the rubric, with the selections your instructor made highlighted. Student Turnitin11
  5. While viewing your paper you can click the red number beneath the feedback option to see what was caught by the originality checker. Different instructors have different required values for this. Generally lower is better. Some items such as book quotes, even if cited, can show up, which means that having a score other than zero can be normal, especially with cited information. Student Turnitin12
  6. On your paper while looking at the originality information certain areas will be highlighted. This indicates the area that was found by Turnitin. The number next to the highlighted area refers to the area of the screen shown above. Student Turnitin13
  7. Clicking the bars in the originality section will give you more information about what Turnitin found, including smaller matches. Student Turnitin14

To create a Turnitin Assignment:

  1. Click the “Turn editing on” button in your Moodle course.

  2. At the bottom of the section you would like to add the Turnitin assignment to, click add an activity or resource.

  3. From the activity list, select “Turnitin Assignment 2”. Then, click the “Add” button.

  4. Set the assignment name, summary, and submission type, along with any optional settings you would like to use. When finished, click “Save and display” at the bottom of the page.

    NOTE: After you’ve created the assignment, you may receive an email from Turnitin telling you to log into their site. This is not necessary. Any activity you wish to use Turnitin for can be accessed through Moodle and Moodle alone.

  5. From the assignment’s home page you have many options.

    1. Clicking “Update this Turnitin Assignment 2” will allow you to change any settings you set when creating the assignment.

    2. You can change the name of a part by clicking the pencil next to it and then typing its new name.

    3. To change any of the dates associated with the assignment, you can click the pencil to the right of the date.

      1. The start date is the date students can start submitting assignments.
      2. The due date is the last day students will be able to submit.

      3. The post date is the day the students’ marked papers or grades will be available for viewing.

    4. You can also click the cloud with an up arrow icon to the right of a student to upload a submission for them.

 

Submitting for a Student:

  1. To submit for a student click the cloud with an up arrow icon to the right of their name.

  2. After clicking the icon, you will be presented with a window asking for you to give the submission a title and upload a file. After uploading and giving it a name, click “Add Submission”

  3. After clicking “Add Submission” you will see an upload screen while it sends the submission to Turnitin.

  4. You will see a receipt confirming a successful upload if Turnitin received the submission.

 

Reviewing and Grading:

After students have uploaded their submissions, you will see the name they gave their submission, their submission date, the similarity score, and options to download and delete the submission.

  1. In the list you can start to review and grade the assignment by either clicking on the student’s submission or their similarity score.

  2. In the review you can select the Originality and GradeMark tools to start grading, or select the dashes in the top right to assign the submission a grade.

    1. If you select the Originality tool you will see a listing of plagiarized parts along with their sources.

    2. If you click "GradeMark" you will see the grading and commenting tools.

 

Peer Reviews in Turnitin:

With Turnitin Assignment 2, we now have the option for peer reviewing using TurnItIn’s assignment type. This gives instructors another way to conduct peer reviews while also checking for plagiarism.

  1. To start adding a PeerMark assignment to a Turnitin assignment, click the green gear to the right of where it says “PeerMark Assignments”.

  2. After the window comes up click the add button.

  3. This will then show you the settings for the PeerMark assignment. Set the start, due, and feedback dates by clicking the calendar icons next to those dates. You can also select additional settings to see allocation settings and privacy settings. After setting this click save and continue.

  4. The additional settings option will give you a window that allows you to select allocation and privacy options.

  5. After finishing setting the dates and additional options, you will want to add questions for the reviewers to answer this is in addition to them reviewing and marking the paper. Click the “Add Question” button.

  6. Set the question the students should answer and then select a question type (free response or scale). For free response you must also set a minimum word count. For scales you must set the scale size and the highest and lowest values.

  7. After adding the question you will see the options to edit and delete it.

  8. After you have added the questions you need, you can go into the distribution tab. If you click the blue plus you can force a pairing for review. Clicking the red minus button will exclude the student from reviewing.

  9. After setting up the reviews you will see the sheet icon to the right of the gear.

  10. If you click the sheet you will be able to review the student yourself by clicking the blue pencil button and you will be able to see how many submissions each student has reviewed.

 

Student Reviewing:

  1. For a student to start a review, they will need to click the sheet icon to the right of where it says “PeerMark Assignments”.

  2. After clicking the sheet they will need to click “Write Reviews” and then “Start Review”.

  3. For a student or instructor reviewing an assignment in PeerMark, they will be shown options to print, use tools (such as grammar tools, commenting, etc), and review questions will be shown on the right hand side.

 

Instructor Review:

  1. For an instructor to view peer review progress or submit their own review, you will need to click the sheet icon. The sheet icon to the right of the gear opens the PeerMark options

  2. The number of reviews the student has completed as a fraction of the number of reviews assigned will be shown. When students have completed their reviews, there will be a gray background behind the number. This will also show how many each student has received and give the instructor the option to review the student.

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Using Feedback in Assignments

What Is It?

Using the feedback option, you can add comments for your students so they know what they did right/wrong.

Who Can Use It?

Montana Tech Instructors

Where Can I Access It?

Step 1: Click on the assignment that you'd like to have feedback options enabled. If the assignment hasn't been created yet, you can find assistance here. Then click on the gear icon on the right side of the screen and select "Edit settings":

 

Step 2: Scroll down until you see "Feedback types". If the menu isn't expanded go ahead and do so. It should look like this:

Notice the blue question marks. To obtain more information about the types of feedback go ahead and click on it:

Select the feedback option(s) that you'd like to have for your assignment. In this article we will go over the "Feedback comments" and "Annotate PDF" options.

 

Feedback Comments

When you go to grade the assignment, you will see a box that says "Feedback comments":

This is just a quick and easy way to add a general message about the assignment. Once you're done grading select "Save changes" to exit or choose "Save and show next" to grade the next student's assignment. At the bottom under "Feedback" your students should see something like this:

 

Annotate PDF

With the Annotate PDF option, you will see a toolbar at the top that allows you to do various things such as highlight, stamp, add comments, etc.

An example of what you could do is shown below:

Once you're done grading select "Save changes" to exit or choose "Save and show next" to grade the next student's assignment. At the bottom under "Feedback" your students should see something like this:

From here the students can download and open the .PDF file and see what you commented.

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Article ID: 115346
Created
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