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Creating assignments

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Video: Creating assignments

To create an assignment in the Blackboard course, access a content area. In fact, the best practice is to create a new content area for your students called Assignments. Make it available to the students, drag it to the right location, in this case, I'll put it above Course Documents, and then click Create Assessment > Assignment. Or if you're running Blackboard 9.0 click Evaluate > Assignment. The Assignment tool is the easiest way for you to collect grade and return students submissions, assignments, papers, and files.

Creating assignments

To create an assignment in the Blackboard course, access a content area. In fact, the best practice is to create a new content area for your students called Assignments. Make it available to the students, drag it to the right location, in this case, I'll put it above Course Documents, and then click Create Assessment > Assignment. Or if you're running Blackboard 9.0 click Evaluate > Assignment. The Assignment tool is the easiest way for you to collect grade and return students submissions, assignments, papers, and files.

Now why not click on Build Content instead or click on Create Item in Blackboard 9.0? Well, you use Build Content or Create Item to hint something out to your students that you don't particularly want them to return to you online. The Assignments tool is what you use to collect assignments from your students. So let's actually create an assignment. I'm going to create a new assignment. Type in the name, Assignment 1.

I can change the color as it appears on the page and notice I've got the text editor that we've seen before. I'm actually going to paste my instructions here. I've got an assignment where I'm going to have my students write a two-page paper. If I had some sort of supporting material for the students, say I wanted them to read a guide or a rubric or some other information, I could attach it here or I could scroll down and click on Attach File. Many instructors do that. It's just a way to support their student, to scaffold what they are writing.

I'm going to scroll down in this case. We got to type in how many points is this worth. This is going to be worth 100 points. It's going to ask me do I want to make the assignment available? What that really is asking is will students ever be able to take this assignment? If you uncheck it the answer is going to be no, the students can never take this assignment until you go back, edit this and turn it back on. My recommendation? Make the assignment available and limit the availability below. Now let me give you a tip from years of experience.

You're looking at this saying, "Okay, Number of Attempts. Allow Single Attempt. That sounds like a great idea. I don't want my students be able to submit a paper over and over again." Experience shows Allow Single Attempt is always, always a bad idea, because there's going to be one student in your class who is going to accidentally submit the wrong paper. It just happens all the time. My recommendation is choose Number of Attempts and choose 2. That just make sure that if a student does submit the wrong file, you don't have to go into the Grade Center, clear the students attempts, because that's going to happen so often, you're just going to get frustrated.

If you set the number of attempts as two, you have nothing to worry about. The students will have a chance to catch up. Now if you do this, I do recommend that you do something else. You're going to need to limit the availability. You want to make sure that this shows up at a certain date and time. We haven't actually played around with this yet, so let's take some time. I'm going to click on this and I'm going to have it show up. Now today, we are doing this on a Saturday, and we'll have it show up at noon. So I'll scroll down and choose Noon.

And I'm going to give the students until next Friday to turn in this paper. Click the date and I'm going to choose until next Friday. In that case next Friday is in July, so I have to go into next month. Now this is where things get a little confusing. If I were to go and ask a hundred people, is midnight the beginning of the day or the end of the day, I'm going to get 50 answers saying beginning and 50 answers that say the end of the day. Blackboard kind of says well, we'll put midnight here and we'll add an end of the day here.

But to tell the truth there are just so many people who don't know that midnight is the first minute of the first hour of the day and not the end of the day, it's just easier not to use midnight as the due date. My recommendation is choose like 11:30, or if you want to you can actually go and you do 11:59. You can type in a time. I'm going to turn on Track the Number of Views. Now with Display Until basically at the end of the day, 11:59 p.m. on July 1st the link to my assignment disappears.

The students will never ever be able to see that again. I do this instead of setting a due date. See with a due date, it's a great concept, but a due date allow students to submit papers after the due date. It will just mark it as late. My recommendation is set a strict deadline. It has to be turned in by 11:59 p.m. on July 1st and if you don't turn it in, I'm not going to give you an option to turn it in late. If you do want to allow late assignments, then you uncheck both Display After and Display Until and choose Due Date. So this is an either/or situation. Let's scroll down.

Finally, it's going to ask me, okay well who can take this assignment, who can complete it? I can choose All Students or if I'm working with groups I can have Groups of Students take this. I'm just going click All Students Individually. I click on Submit and there it is. Now we're just a few minutes before noon so it's not available right now, but let me show you what this thing looks like from a student's point of view. Right now, because it's not noon yet, the students don't see anything.

However, after noon the students will see a link and when they click on this link they will be able to submit the assignment, and this is actually what the students will see. There's a place here where the students can either type their answer. My recommendation is tell your students don't do that. Instead have the students browse their computer and submit their file that way. This process is similar to the process of attaching a file to an email message. The students can also give you some comments when they submit their papers. And students can either then click Save as draft and come back and submit it later or click on Submit. That's about it.

In our next movie, we're going to show you how to download the files that students submit to an assignment.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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