Add assignments

How do I add an assignment?

  1. In the Assignments tool, click the Add button to add a new assignment.

    In addition to standard assignments, you are also able to create Group assignments and Peer Review assignments.

    Click Add.
  2. Fill in the basic information for your assignment. This includes:

    1. The title of your assignment, which 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.
    2. A description of the assignment.
    3. Any attachments that are relevant to the assignment. (Optional)
    Add a title, description, and attachments to your assignment
  3. Add honor pledge. (Optional)

    If this option is selected, students must check off a box agreeing to the following statement: "I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment" when submitting an assignment.

    Add honor pledge
  4. Specify the availability.

    When you create a new assignment, the Open Date will default to the current day, and the Due Date and Accept Until Date will default to one week later. Change the dates using the calendar icon to bring up the date-picker pop-up calendar.

    1. The "Open Date" for your assignment is when it becomes available for students.
    2. The "Due Date" is the deadline to turn in the assignment.
    3. The "Accept Until" date allows you to accept late submissions after the Due Date. If you do not accept late submissions, you may leave the Due Date and Accept Until Date the same.

    Note: Any submissions received after the Due Date but before the Accept Until Date will be marked as late.

    Specify the availability.
  5. Select additional date options.

    1. Send a reminder email 24 hours before the due date: emails students a reminder that their assignment will be due in 24 hours.
    2. Hide due date from students: prevents student from seeing the due date for the assignment
    3. Add due date to Schedule: automatically adds the due date to the Calendar in your class
    4. Add an announcement about the open date to Announcements: automatically posts an announcement to the site regarding the open date for the assignment. Enabling this option also allows you to send out 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.

    Select additional date options
  6. Adjust Assign To.

    You may display your assignment to everyone in the site, to individual members of selected groups, or to selected groups as a group assignment.

    1. Each individual member of the site will allow everyone in the site to access and submit to the assignment. This is the default option when creating an assignment.
    2. Each individual member of the selected group(s) will limit access to the assignment to the individual users in the selected groups. Selecting this option 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.
    3. The selected group(s), as a group assignment (one group member submits on behalf of the entire group) will allow any member of a group to submit an assignment on behalf of the rest of the group. By default, the same grade is applied to all group members when the item is graded, with the option to provide individual grades as well. For more information about Group assignments, please see Group assignment.

    Note: You must have existing groups in your site in order to select groups to appear. To learn how to create groups, see How do I create groups?

    Note: You cannot enable both Peer Review Assignment and Group Assignment for the same assignment.

    Adjust access to the assignments to individuals or groups.
  7. Choose the submission format from the dropdown menu.

    There are several submission formats that you may accept.

    1. "Inline only": Student may only submit a response by entering their content into the rich text editor. The attachment option is not available. This is a good option to choose if you want to be able to grade all of the responses online without having to download or open any files.
    2. "Attachments only": This format removes the rich text editor option and leaves only the attachment option available.
    3. "Inline and Attachments": This is the default format and it allows students to either enter content into the rich text editor inline, or attach a file, or both.
    4. "Non-electronic": This format choice is for assignments that you expect students to submit in person, while giving you the option to display assignment details, provide feedback, or assign a grade in OWL.
    5. "Single Uploaded File only": If you want students to submit a file, but you only want a single file, this is the option to choose.
    Choose the submission format.
  8. Allow resubmission. (Optional)

    By default, students can only submit to an assignment once. Enable "Allow Resubmission" to allow students to submit multiple times to an assignment. This can be useful in correcting errors or making changes based on instructor feedback.

    If you enable "Allow Resubmission", you may specify:

    1. The number of resubmissions allowed.
    2. The deadline for resubmitting.
    3. Whether students will be notified via email when the grade is released and resubmission is available.

    To learn more about allowing resubmissions for individual students, see How do I grade an assignment?

    Note: The "Resubmission Accept Until" date can be set after the Accept Until Date, but assignments resubmitted after the Due Date will be marked late.

    Note: A student can only resubmit to an assignment if they had an initial submission before the Accept Until Date.

    Allow resubmission. (Optional)
  9. Adjust submission notification settings.

    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:

    • Send me a notification email for each student submission: This option will send a separate email for each student immediately upon submission.
    • Send me one email per day summarizing notifications for student submissions: This option will send a digest email listing all student submissions for that day.

    Note: The notification email message will be sent to your Western or external email associated with your OWL user account.

    Submission notification.
  10. Enable Turnitin and adjust settings.

    Turnitin in a plagiarism service which checks student content against a database of other works to ensure originality. To enable this feature, check Use Turnitin. For more information, see How do I enable Turnitin in an assignment?

  11. Choose whether to Hide submitters' identities to enable anonymous grading. This will hide the identities of the students while grading the assignment.

    WARNING: Student identities will only be hidden on the OWL interface when Anonymous Grading is enabled. Students should not include any self-identifying information in their submissions.

    Option to Hide submitters' identities
  12. Choose whether to Grade this assignment. Then select an option from the grade scale dropdown menu.

    There are several grade scales to choose from:

    1. "Points": Allows you to assign points to an assignment for grading. This is the option you should choose if you plan to send the assignment to the gradebook.
    2. "Letter grade": You may select this option if you like to grade your assignments by letter grade only.
    3. "Pass/Fail": Designates an assignment as pass/fail.
    4. "Checkmark": Allows you to mark assignments with a checkmark for completion.

    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.

    Grade scale settings
  13. Choose whether to Send grades to the Gradebook.

    If you would like your assignment added to the gradebook, you may select either of the following options:

    1. Create new Gradebook item: This will create a new item in the gradebook with the same name as your assignment title.
    2. Associate with existing Gradebook item: Choose an existing gradebook item to link the assignment to an existing gradebook item. This is useful if you have already created items in your gradebook and you want to use one of them, rather than creating a new assignment. You may only link an assignment to a single gradebook item, and vice versa.
    Options for sending grades to the Gradebook
  14. If you select the Use Peer Assessment option, you can allow student-to-student evaluation. To learn how to set up a peer-reviewed assignment, see How do I create a student peer review assignment?

  15. Select released grade notification settings.

    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 your Western or external email associated with your OWL user account.

  16. Additional information.

    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.

    Click the Add button to add any of these items

    Model Answer

    The model answer can provide an example of the ideal correct answer or solution for a particular assignment. You can choose to display the answer:

    • Before student starts assignment
    • After student submits
    • After submission is graded and returned
    • After accept-until date
    Model Answer

    Private Note

    A private note may be used to track assignment issues and provide private comments. You may choose to:

    • Keep private to myself
    • Allow other instructors to read
    • Allow other instructors to read and edit
    Private Note

    All Purpose Item

    An all purpose item can be used to display information to users at a specific time. You may choose to:

    • Display this item only for a given time
    • Display this item to all users in a certain role
    • Display this item to specific users
    All-Purpose Item
  17. Post your assignment.

    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.

    If you would like to save your progress without posting the assignment, click Save Draft.

    Post your assignment.

How do I enable Turnitin in an assignment?

  1. Check Use Turnitin to expand more options.

    If you have already created an assignment with which you wish to use Turnitin, you can click Edit underneath the corresponding assignment, found on the Assignment List view.

    Note: If the assignment has Turnitin enabled, there are certain restrictions on file submission:

    • Turnitin will only accept MS Word (.doc), WordPerfect (.wpd), PostScript (.eps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), HTML (.htm), Rich Text (.rtf) and Plain Text (.txt).
    • File size may not exceed 40 MB. Text-only files may not exceed 2 MB.
    • Files that are password protected, encrypted, hidden, system files, or read only files cannot be uploaded or submitted to Turnitin.
    Enable Turnitin.
  2. Set viewing permissions.

    Selecting Allow students to view report allows students to view the plagiarism reports generated by Turnitin. If you would not like these reports to be accessible to students, leave this boxed unchecked.

    Set viewing permissions.
  3. Set paper submission settings.

    By default, Standard Paper Repository is selected, which means assignment submissions will be collected into Turnitin's repository for future submissions to be compared against. If you would not like to submit to this repository, select None.

    Setting paper submission settings.
  4. Set time to generate reports.

    If you choose to generate originality reports Immediately, Turnitin will check the submissions for plagiarism as soon as they are entered into the system. If you would like plagiarism reports to be generated once the due date for the assignment has been reached, select On Due Date.

    Set time to generate reports.
  5. Set exclusion options.

    Here, you can determine what kinds of content will be considered plagiarism in the submitted assignments.

    By default, both Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment and Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment will be checked off. You may also choose to Exclude small matches.

    Set exclusion options.
  6. Set originality reference settings.

    You can decide whether you would like submitted assignments to be checked against the Turnitin paper repository, Current and archived Internet, and/or Periodicals, journals, and publications for plagiarism.

    Set originality reference settings.

How do I duplicate an existing assignment?

  1. In the Assignment List, click the Duplicate button for the assignment you want to edit.

    Note: The duplicated copy will be saved as a draft. You will need to publish this copy for students to be able to view it.

    Select the Duplicate button for the assignment you want to edit. Assignment duplicated as a Draft
  2. To post the assignment, click on the title of the draft, then click the Post button at the bottom of the page.

    Click Post button