Select the Assignments tool from the Tools Menu in your site.
The title of your assignment should be something descriptive and unique, as this is the title students will see when they go to the Assignments tool to submit their work.
Enter the instructions for the assignment into the Rich Text Editor. You may use the editor to format your assignment description, and add images, links, or other media if desired.
If you would like to add an honor pledge to your assignment, check the Add honor pledge box.
If you would like to attach any additional files to the assignment, such as a grading rubric or peer review rubric, click the Add attachments button to browse for and attach file/s.
When you create a new assignment, the Open Date will default to the current day, and the Due Date and Accept Until dates will default to one week later. Change the dates using the calendar icon to bring up the date-picker pop-up calendar.
Tip: Often, faculty like to set the time on the due date to 11:55 PM, as that is the latest time you can select on a given day. Selecting 12:00 AM will display the date as the next day, and this may confuse students about the actual due date if they assume they have all day to turn in their work.
If you would like a reminder email to be sent 24 hours before the due date, check the box next to Send a reminder email 24 hours before the due date.
If you would prefer for students not to see the assignment due date, check the box next to the Hide due date from students option.
If you would like your assignment due date to be added automatically to the Calendar in your class, check the Add due date to calendar box.
If you would like an announcement to be automatically posted to the site regarding the open date for your assignment, check the Add an announcement about the open date to Announcements box. If you enable an announcement about the option date, you will also have the option to choose an email notification for the announcement.
Note: The announcement will be posted immediately when you post your assignment, regardless of the actual open date of the assignment itself. This option is best used to announce changes in a due date, or the availability of a newly posted item.
There are several submission formats that you may accept.
Choose your preferred format from the drop-down menu.
You may display your assignment to everyone in the site (the default), or to selected groups.
Note: You must have existing groups in your site in order to select the second or third option.
If you select the Each individual member of the selected group(s) option, the settings will expand to show a list of all existing groups in the site. Select one or more groups to display the assignment to those groups only. If you selected the Group Submission option, you may limit the groups that are allowed to submit here.
Note: This option only controls the visibility of the assignment for users in different groups. By default, each member of the group still submits an individual assignment, but this display setting allows you to identify different assignments for different groups or sections.
If you want students to submit one assignment per group, use The selected group(s), as a group assignment (one group member submits on behalf of the entire group) option.
If you've chosen more than one group to submit a group assignment, a notice will appear offering to scan the groups for duplicate participants (students who appear in both groups). Select the Check Now button.
If there are no duplicate participants, you will receive a Success message confirmation.
If duplicate participants are present, an alert message will be displayed listing participate and group details. You need to resolve all duplicate entries before the assignment can be posted. To learn more about how to manage groups and participates, go to the Site Info tool.
If you select Allow Resubmission, you may specify:
Tip: You may also choose to allow resubmissions on an individual basis when you grade student submissions.
The default notification setting is Do not send me notification emails for any student submissions. If you would like to be notified, select either of the following two options:
Choose the radio button for the notification setting you prefer.
Note: The notification email message will be sent to the external email address for your Sakai user account. It does not send the notification to the Sakai Messages tool.
The Grading section includes two options. The first option, Hide submitters' identities, allows the instructor to grade student submissions without seeing the associated student name in the grading interface.
The second option in the Grading section allows you to choose a specific grade scale for the assignment. There are several grade scales to choose from:
Select the assignment's grade scale from the drop-down menu.
Note: The only grade scale option that can be added to the gradebook automatically is Points.
If you select Points as the grade scale, you must enter a maximum number of points for the assignment.
Within the points grade scale, there is also the option to Send grades to the Gradebook. Once selected, this reveals two additional options:
Tip: Remember that you must have a Points grade scale in order to add the assignment to the gradebook!
Within the Points grade scale, there is also the option to Use peer assessment. Selecting this option will allow students to review their peers' assignment submissions.
Note: You must be using a Points grade scale in order to enable peer review.
The default notification setting is Do not send notification email to student when the grade is released.
If you would like students to be notified, select the radio button for Send notification email to student when the grade is released.
Note: The notification email message will be sent to the external email address for the student's Sakai user account. It does not send the notification to the Sakai Messages tool.
This section gives you the option of including additional information, such as a Model Answer, Private Note, or All Purpose Item.
Click the Add link to add any of these items.
The model answer can provide an example of the ideal correct answer or solution for a particular assignment.
If you would like to make any private notes, which are not visible to students, you may enter them here.
You may also create an All Purpose Item that can be displayed based on specific dates or users.
Once you have entered all of your assignment settings, scroll down to the bottom and click Post to save your changes and post the assignment.