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Best Practices: Assignments

Best Practice Scenarios

The four scenarios below represent some best practices for using Assignments in GauchoSpace. For each scenario, start by Creating a Basic Assignment. The scenarios will provide suggestions grounded in best practices for selecting a submission type. Visit the Assignment Reference Guide for more details on the other settings.

Scenario 1: Set up an Essay/Uploaded assignment

The midterm/major assignments for the course includes a term paper, extended project, or written report.

    1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site. Click Turn editing on.
    2. Select the week/section block in which you would like the activity and click Add an activity or resource and select Assignment.
    3. In the Description, ask all students to submit files as PDFs.
    4. Submission types: check File Submission box. Keep Maximum number of uploaded files at 1.
    5. Configure the other assignment settings.
    6. Click Save and return to course.
    7. When ready to grade, use the assignment grading interface to view student assignments and grade in GauchoSpace.

Scenario 2: Set up a "Group Submission" Assignment

An instructor can set up an assignment that enables a group of students to submit a single assignment for the entire group. If you need to create groups, visit Creating Groups and Groupings.

    1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site. Click Turn editing on.
    2. Select the week/section block in which you would like the activity and click Add a Resource or an Activity and select Assignment.
    3. Under Group submission settings, set Students submit in groups to Yes. Set Require all group members submit to No.
    4. Configure the other assignment settings, such as the grade, due date, and submission type.
    5. Click Save and return to course.

When a student submits the assignment, it will be automatically be submitted for each of the students in that group; when an instructor or TA provides a grade and feedback for any of the students in the group, it will be assigned to each of them.

Scenario 3: Set up a "Response to reading" assignment

Students are asked to complete a response to the readings prior to each class session. Rather than participate in an online discussion forum, students must submit written responses of about 1-3 pages (or less).

    1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site. Click Turn editing on.
    2. Select the week/section block in which you would like the activity and click Add an activity or resource and select Assignment.
    3. Submission types: check Online Text box. Uncheck File Submission
      box.
    4. Configure the other assignment settings.
    5. Click Save and return to course.

Scenario 4: Set up a "Portfolio of Work" assignment

Students are asked to submit a final course portfolio that contains multiple items from the quarter. These items might include scanned images (saved, for example, as .jpg or .pdf), typed papers, and even audio recordings or short videos.

    1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site. Click Turn editing on.
    2. Select the week/section block in which you would like the activity and click Add an activity or resource and select Assignment.
    3. General: Include a detailed description of the types of files that will be allowed, if necessary give details on order of files and format for file names.
    4. Submission types: check File Submission box. Check Submission Comments to allow students to write graders comments about the submissions. Change Maximum number of uploaded files to whatever number is appropriate for the number of files needed to complete the assignment.
    5. Configure the other assignment settings.
    6. Click Save and return to course.
    7. When ready to grade, download all file submissions and view on your computer.

Scenario 5: Set up an online submission with a word limit

Students are asked to complete an assignment but required to limit their words to a specific number.

    1. Log in to GauchoSpace and enter your course site. Click Turn editing on.
    2. Select the week/section block in which you would like the activity and click Add an activity or resource and select Assignment.
    3. Submission types: check Online Text box. Uncheck File Submission
      box. For Word limit, check Enable and then enter the number of words allowed per submission.
    4. Configure the other assignment settings.
    5. Click Save and return to course.
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