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.
Under submission settings, change Require students click submit button to 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.)
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.
Enter the instructions for the exam in the Description box
Set the Allow submissions from date/time to be when the instructions will be released to students
Un-check the Always show description box. This will only display the instructions to students after the Allow submissions from date/time
Remember to set due date and cutoff date as usual
Click Save and display
Before the Allow submissions from date/time, the assignment will display to students as the following:
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
Under Submission types, un-check Online text and File submissions
Under Submission settings, change Require students click submit button to No
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.
You can also set Online text and File submissions to Yes, which may be useful if you want to provide students with a choice, or if the assignment requires both types of submissions. Students can then either type directly into a text box and/or upload a file(s).
Note; You may have to download the online text files to view and mark.
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