Assignment - purpose and settings

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assignment dropbox iconThese assignment setting guides focus on ways you might want to use the Assignment activity. Where relevant, they link to related other Assignment entries for further details.

Create an iterative assignment

In some cases assignments are iterative – students are asked to provide work for formative feedback rather than summative feedback and a mark, or students are providing drafts. In these cases it may be appropriate to disable the submit button.

  1. Create a standard assignment

  2. Under submission settings, change Require students click submit button to No

click submit button - 'no'

  3.  Depending on the nature of your assignment, you may also want to disable the Due date and Cut-off date by removing the tick from the enable boxes. (You also have the option to Remind me to grade by.)

  Due and cut-off dates - disabled

Note: The benefit of setting Require students click submit button to Yes is that once students click submit they will be prevented from making changes to their submission during marking. Setting Require students click submit button to No should be used with the knowledge that students will be able to continue editing their submission.

Once a student enters their assignment (file upload or online text) the submission status will be displayed as Submitted. However they will continue to be able to edit their submission. At no point will they need to finalise their submission.


Create an assignment as a take-home exam

The assignment tool in FLO can be used to deliver take-home exams. In this format, students get access to the exam question/topic at a particular time, then need to submit (either by uploading a file or by typing text directly into FLO) by the due date.

  1. Create a standard assignment 

  2. Enter the instructions for the exam in the Description box

  3. Set the Allow submissions from date/time to be when the instructions will be released to students

  4. Un-check the Always show description box. This will only display the instructions to students after the Allow submissions from date/time
    complete description, allow submissions from, un-check always show descrpition
  5. Remember to set due date and cutoff date as usual

  6. Click Save and display   

Before the Allow submissions from date/time, the assignment will display to students as the following:

the assignment details will be hidden from students until the release date

Create an offline assignment

An offline assignment can be used when students do not need to upload any work into FLO – for example, when doing presentations, posters or lab books. The assignment tool can be used to manage and return marks and feedback.

The benefits of creating an offline assignment are:

  • Communicates assignment requirements to students
  • Adds due date to topic calendar
  • Allows for electronic management of feedback and marks
  1. Create a standard assignment 

  2. Under Submission types, un-check Online text and File submissions
    un-check online text and file submission options

  3. Under Submission settings, change Require students click submit button to No
    change require students click submit button to no

  4. Click Save and display

Note: It is usually not necessary to set a due date for offline assignments, as no submission occurs through FLO. If this is the case, you might like to un-check the box next to the due date, to disable the date for the assignment.

Create an online text assignment

Online text assignments allow students to type their assignment directly into a text box in FLO. Online text assignments are good for assignments with small word counts or for short answer assignments. It should be noted that the text entered by students is stored on FLO and cannot be downloaded.

  1. Create a standard assignment

  2. Under Submission types, tick Online text
    submission types

  3. Under Feedback types, set 'Comment inline' to 'Yes' if you want to annotate the text the student has written. This will copy the text into the Feedback comments box, where you can use different font colours etc to show your mark up
    Comment inline

  4. Click Save and display

If you want to provide students with a choice or if the assignment requires both types of submissions, you can set both Online text and File submissions to 'Yes'. Students can then type directly into an online text box and/or upload a file(s).

Note: You can download the online text files to view and mark them if you need to.

Create a blind-marked assignment

It is important to be aware of the following when using blind marking:

  • If you are using blind marking you will need to advise students not to include their name in file names or within the assignment as FLO is unable to remove this identifying information
  • Be aware that providing extensions due to the hidden nature of student identification can be tricky
  • Known issue: Blind marked assignments do not migrate from one year to another and must be recreated each year to ensure student details remain blind

Consult your eLearning Support Team before using blind marking.

  1. Create a standard assignment

  2. Under the Grade settings, change Blind marking to Yes (note: you may need to click on Grade to expand the settings group)
    grade section of new assignment

  3. Click Save and display 

When you and your teaching team mark the assignment, students' names will be obscured. Each submission will be identified by a unique number, for example:

submissions are given a unique identifier rather than using the student's name submissions are given a unique identifier rather than using the student's name

When you have finished marking and are ready to release grades into the gradebook, use the Grading action menu to Reveal student identities.

reveal student identities

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