Assignment submission

Assignment submission

Assessment activities

Listed below are some of the types of assessment activities you can create for your students.

Assignment: creating and grading online assignments

The assignments activity allows tutors to collect work from students, review and provide feedback including grades. Students can submit any digital content such as documents, spreadsheets, images, audio and video clips. There are numerous assignment, submission and feedback settings available to allow you to customize the assignment.

Scenario: Different assignment types were set up on the unit page to facilitate weekly online assignment submissions. The assignment type varied week-to-week however the majority of assignments required submissions of completed computer programs so the assignment type that enabled uploading files was utilized the most.

Assignment:

  1. Click the Actions menu and select Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the assignment to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select Assignment.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter an Assignment name.
  6. Enter a Description giving details of the assignment.
  7. Tick Display description on unit page box for the Description (entered in step 6) to appear below the Assignment link.
  8. Set Allow submissions from, Due date and Cut-off date. If you do not wish to enforce a timeframe for submission then un-tick all Enable fields.
  9. Use the options under the Submission types to determine the assignment type.
    • Tick the box for Online text for students to type text directly into an editor for their submissions.
    • Tick the box for File submissions for students to upload one or more files as their submissions. Assign the Maximum number of uploaded files and Maximum submission size from the available options.
  10. Use the options under the Feedback settings to determine the method for providing feedback comments.
    • Tick the box for Feedback comments to leave feedback comments for each submission.
    • Tick the box for Feedback files to upload files with feedback when marking the assignments.
  11. Use the options under Submission settings to determine how submission attempts are reopened. For Attempts reopened the available options are:
    • Select Never if the student submission cannot be reopened.
    • Select Manually if the student submission can be reopened by a teacher.
    • Select Automatically until pass if the student submission is automatically reopened until the student achieves the grade to pass value set in the Gradebook (Categories and items section) for this assignment.
  12. If using Attempts reopened, select the number of Maximum attempts of submissions that can be made by a student.
  13. The remaining options can be left as the defaults for setting up a basic assignment. Click Save and return to unit or Save and display to view.

To grade submitted assignments:

  1. Click on the relevant Assignment link within a week/topic or on the Assignments link in the Activities block(this will take you to the list of all assignments).
  2. Click View all submissions to view a list of all submissions for that assignment.
  3. Click on the link to an individual submission to download/view. Alternatively, select Download grading worksheet to download all submissions to a single zip file.
  4. Click on the Grade button for the assignment you wish to assess.
  5. Enter a Grade.
  6. View the Current grade in gradebook if the assignment has already been graded.
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  7. If enabled, enter Feedback into the HTML editor.
  8. If enabled, attach a file with feedback comments.
  9. Click Save changes.

To use quick grading:

  1. Tick Quick grading.
  2. Depending on Feedback settings, columns for Grade, Feedback comments, and Feedback files will appear.
  3. Enter a grade/feedback into the textbox.
  4. Once you have completed marking, click Save all quick grading changes.
  5. You will see a message stating changes have been saved. Click Continue.

To grant extensions for assignment submissions:

  1. Tick the first column for the student name/s you wish to grant an extension to.
  2. Select Grant extension for With selected… and click Go.
  3. Set the Extension due date and tick Enable.
  4. Click Save changes.

Lesson: creating a lesson activity

The lesson activity presents a sequential series of pages. Students are usually asked to make choices to navigate from start to end. The choices will determine the pages that will be visited. Lessons consist of three key features: content pages, question pages, and navigational buttons.

To set up a lesson:

  1. Click the Actions menu and select Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the lesson to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select Lesson.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter a Name and Description. This will be the name of the link within your week/topic that students will click to begin this activity.
  6. Click to expand the  Availability heading.  Enter a Time Limit if you wish to allocate a certain amount of time for completion of the activity. The lesson will remain open after time has lapsed, however, the marks will not be recorded. You can also selectively release the activity using the date fields. For both of these options, be sure to check the Enable box.
  7. Click to expand the Appearance heading.  Assign Maximum number of answers from the available options.


  8. The remaining options can be left as the defaults for setting up a basic lesson. Click Save and display .
  9. The following page of options will appear:
  • Import questions: Questions can imported in the below formats and uploaded into the lesson.  Choose file format and upload your compatible file.
  • Add a content page: A simple HTML page with more detailed content.
  • Add a cluster: Introduces a group of hidden choices and pathways for the lesson.
  • Add a question page: A question or questions that link with content page(s).

To add a content page:

  1. Click on the Edit tab.
  2. Select Add a content page.
  3. Enter a Page title.
  4. Enter Page contents in the HTML editor.
  5. Enter a Description that will then become an active link to another page.
  6. Assign Jump from the available options ie to select the page that the content Description text will link to.  If this is the first page created then select This page for Jump.


To add a question page:

  1. Click on the Edit tab.
  2. Select Add a question page here.
  3. Select Question type.
  4. Click Create a question page. 
  5. Enter a Page title. This is required on all question types
  6. Enter Page contents. This is the question to be answered.

    Then, depending on which question type you choose, there will be differing options to be completed. These could include any of the following.
  7. Enter a Response. This is the feedback you give for correct and incorrect answers.
  8. Assign Jump from the available options ie select the page the given answer will direct the student to.
  9. Enter an Answer (or Answers), both correct and incorrect – if applicable.
  10. Click Save page to save and continue.

Media Collection Assignment

Students can submit a media collection as part of an assignment. These contributions can be linked to the Assignment activity where convenors can provide a grade and feedback. Media Collection Assignments can be used for a single student assessment or a group assessment.

Attention When setting up the Media Collection activity and the Assignment activity, it is best practice to place them together, within the same topic/week.

Create a Media Collection Assignment

A Media Collection assignment must first be created for students to create galleries.  To create a media collection:

  1. Click the Actions menu and select Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the assignment to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select Media collection.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter a Media collection name and any Description text necessary.
  6. For Collection type select Assignment Collection.
  7. Enter Tags to organise your collection.
  8. Choose the Maximum items that can be added per gallery.
  9. Choose the Maximum number of galleries within the collection that can be created per user/group.  
    AttentionA media collection can contain multiple galleries however if you are setting up the collection as an assignment, it is best to allow only 1 gallery per user/group.
  10. Set Allow comments and Allow likes depending on whether students should be allowed to comment on or like each others contributions.
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  11. In the Display list section, select how you want the collection thumbnails arranged and whether and where you want captions to display with each item.

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  12. In the Gallery defaults section, select the default Gallery focus.  This option allows you to define what types of media are displayed by default.  Users will have a dropdown to change gallery focus when viewing a gallery.
  13. For Gallery view options, select what view mode (Carousel and/or Grid) are available when creating a gallery.  If you select Grid view, specify how many Columns and Rows you want the grid to contain.
  14. Select whether you want to Enforce gallery defaults.
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  15. For Availability, if you wish, Enable the date fields and specify a period in which students can only view the gallery without contributing to it for contribute collection types.
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  16. The remaining options can be left as the defaults.  Click Save and display.

Connect a Media Gallery to an Assignment activity

After the media collection is created, an assignment activity must be created to enable submission of galleries.  To the media collection to an assignment:

  1. Click the Actions menu and select Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the assignment to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select Assignment.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter an Assignment name and any Description.
  6. Set Allow submissions from, Due date and Cut-off date. If you do not wish to enforce a timeframe for submission then un-tick all Enable fields.
  7. Under Submission types section, select Media collection for Submission types. Note that if both the Media collection and File submission check boxes are checked, students will also be able to submit files that are independent of the media collection activity.
  8. In the Media collection drop down list, select the Media collection activity that students will be submitting their galleries from.
  9. The remaining options can be left as the defaults for setting up a basic assignment. Click Save and return to unit or Save and display to view.
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View submitted Media gallery

To view the media gallery that the student has submitted to Assignment activity:

  1. Click on the link for the assignment activity.
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  2. On the assignment page click View all submissions.
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  3. On the submission page, click Grade to view the students submitted Media gallery within the Media Collection activity.
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  4. Under Submission at the top of the right-hand side there will be a link to the students gallery.  Click this link to view the submitted Media gallery within the Media Collection activity.
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  5. Once you have reviewed the student’s media gallery enter a Grade and Feedback.
  6. Click Save changes.

OU blogs: creating an online journal

The OU blog activity facilitates collaboration across the course, within groups, as well as individually. An OU blog can be used to keep a journal or personal reflection; share tutorial ideas and presentations; or complete an assessment task.

To create a blog:

  1. Click the Actions menu and select Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic where you wish to add the OU blog.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select OU blog.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter a Blog name. This will be the name of the link within your week/topic.
  6. Enter an Intro. This will appear in a block next to entries and could be a short intro to the purpose of the blog.

    The next three drop-down menus set the parameters for posts in the blog.
  7. Assign Allow comments from the available options:
    Yes, from logged-in users - only people with iLearn access can comment
    Yes, from everybody - anyone can comment, but the post author moderates external comments
    Comments not allowed - no-one can comment
    Individuals are still able to disallow comments on their own posts, if comments are allowed at the blog level.
  8. Assign Individual blogs from the available options:
    No - the blog is a community effort and all posts are part of the one blog
    Separate individual blogs - only the convenor and the individual can see the individual’s blog
    Visible individual blogs - each individual has their own blog, viewable by all other students
    For individual blogs, navigate between each one via a drop-down menu.
  9. Assign Maximum visibility from the available options:
    Visible to participants on this course - anyone enrolled in the course
    Visible to anyone who is logged in to the system - anyone who has an iLearn login
    Visible to anyone in the world - any Internet user
    Like comments, the individual can choose whom to share the post with, within the parameter you set at the blog level.
  10. Click Save and display. You are now ready to start posting to the blog.

Adding a blog post

  1. Click on the OU blog link next to the OU blog icon on the unit homepage or in the Activities block.
  2. Click on the New blog post button.
  3. Enter a Title and the body of your post in Message.
  4. Enter Tags separated by commas. Tagsare optional but useful for organising posts - by clicking on a tag, available in a side block, you see all posts that have been classified with that tag. You may wish to suggest some common tags for collaborative blogs.
  5. Assign Allow comments to yes or no.
  6. Who can read this? - visible if the blog offers the option to share beyond the unit. You can make your post visible to anyone in iLearn (‘logged into the system’) or, if allowed the option, to anyone in the world, i.e. make it public.
  7. Click Add post.

Rating Blogs

The rating on a post in an OU Blog has no connection to a grade or gradebook. You need to add a grade through the link 'participation by user'.

For a large class, this may be difficult to handle, as there is no easy way to navigate to particular users in the OU Blog grading interface. A gradebook spreadsheet option is probably the most efficient way - export that item (or the range of OU Blog items) from gradebook, fill in the grades and re-upload.

For reference: https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/blogging-moodle#grade

OU wiki: creating a wiki

The OU Wiki activity in iLearn allows everyone in the unit to create a collection of collaboratively authored webpages without needing to know HTML. A Wiki allows each author to contribute content to an existing page as well as add new pages.

To add a Wiki:

  1. Click the Actions menu and select Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the Wiki to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select OU Wiki.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter a Wiki name.
  6. Enter a Wiki description – this could be an outline of the task and some general instructions for students on how to add content. This will appear on the top of every page in the Wiki.
  7. Tick Display description on unit page box for the Wiki description (entered in step 6) to appear below the Wiki link.
  8. Click to expand the Wiki settings heading and assign Sub-wikis from the available options:
    Single wiki for unit – The one Wiki is available to everyone in the unit.
    One wiki per group – Each group has their own Wiki that only group members can access and edit.
    Separate wiki for every user – Each user has an individual Wiki.
    Click on the Help icon for more information on each option.
  9. Select Yes for Annotation system if you would like teaching staff to be able to make comments on Wiki pages.
  10. Assign a length of Time allowed for edit. This will restrict the length of time people can spend editing a Wiki page at a given time. It will lock the page from others being able to edit it until they have finished to avoid the problem of two people attempting to edit the same page at once.
  11. Expand the sections below to set a grade if being marked, or to apply group settings (Common module settings).
  12. The remaining options can be left as the defaults for setting up a basic Wiki. Click Save and display to create pages (follow the steps in Creating a Wiki structure) otherwise click Save and return to unit.

Creating a Wiki structure

You will now design a structure for students to work with. The structure will be designed to fit the purpose of the Wiki task.

  1. Click Create page to start the process.
  2. Enter the title of each page making up the Wiki in a double set of square brackets in the HTML editor . E.g. [[Contents]].
  3. Click Save changes.
  4. A preview of the Wiki structure will display.
  5. Add a new section to that Wiki page by typing in a section title and clicking Add.
  6. Create a new page within that Wiki page by typing in a page title and clicking Create.

To upload a file in the Wiki:

  1. Click on the Edit tab in the Wiki.
  2. Type in the title of the page e.g. My file.
  3. Highlight the title entered and click on the insert/edit link icon.
  4. Click on the Browse icon.
  5. Click on the Upload a filelink.
  6. Click on the Upload this file button.

To add an image in the Wiki:

  1. Click on the Edit tab in the Wiki.
  2. Click on the Image icon.
  3. Click Find or upload an image…
  4. Click Upload a file.
  5. Click Browse.
  6. Search for the image in your computer files and click Upload this file.
  7. Enter an Image description.
  8. Click Insert.

Quizzes

Quizzes can be an effective means of assessment for your unit.  The content of this accordion can be found via this link under the Quizzes section.

Student Video Submission

Echo360 can facilitate the submission of student video assignments. Once a video is submitted a student cannot edit or delete the recording. Echo360’s personal capture software is also available for students to install and use to conduct desktop and webcam recordings on Mac and PC. An app for Android and iOS can also available allowing students to upload video directly from mobile device to Echo360.

This guide is intended for the convenor setting up a video assignment in iLearn. A separate student guide is provided under the heading Echo360 Video Assignments at https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/tools-and-resources/ilearn/ilearn-quick-guides-for-students/lecture-recordings

Creating a video assignment

  1. Log in to iLearn and Turn editing on.

  2. Within the desired section or week click Add an activity or resource.
  3. Select Assignment and click Add.
  4. Enter an Assignment name and Due dates.
  5. For Submission types select Online text only. Complete setup of other assignment parameter as required.
  6. Click Save and return to unit or Save and display to view.
  7. Assignment setup is complete.

Grading Echo360 video assignments

  1. Click on the relevant Assignment link within the week/topic in your iLearn unit.
  2. Click Grade.
  3. The right side panel contains the video.
  4. Watch video and enter grades, feedback and any other relevant grading details.
  5. Click Save and show next when complete to view the next submission.

If the video has been submitted for grading but it is not immediately viewable because it is being processed by Echo360, after a short time it will be visible. Refresh the webpage until the video displays.  As a guideline, a video 5 minutes in length may take 5 minutes to process and display, a 30-minute video may take about 30 minutes before it can be played.

How Students make a Video Submission

A student can make a video submission via an iLearn Editor or via a direct URL link.

Method 1 - Echo360 Video Assignments via iLearn editor

  1. Login to your iLearn unit and select an assignment.
  2. Click Add submission.
  3. In the editor toolbar click the Echo360 icon.
  4. Click Upload Existing Media and click Select Media. Use the options to browse for and select the video file or connect to a storage service if your video file is hosted there.
  5. Find the video on the list and click Insert. If you have uploaded videos to Echo360 before or uploaded using Echo360 desktop capture software or the Echo360 app they will also appear on this list, so take care to identify and insert the correct video.
  6. Click Save changes. Do not edit the text contained in the editor.
  7. The video has now been submitted for grading. You can close the tab or return back to iLearn. You may notice the video is not immediately viewable while it is being processed by Echo360, but rest assured that after a short time it will be visible to your convenor. If you do wish to see the video after it is processed, you can return back to assignment page at a later time or refresh the webpage until the video displays. As a guideline, a video 5 minutes in length may take 5 minutes to process and display, a 30-minute video may take about 30 minutes before it can be played.

Method 2 - Student upload and sharing video via publicly accessible URL

  1. Log in to iLearn and access your unit.
  2. Click the Echo360 Active Learning Platform block link.
  3. Within the Active Learning Platform, click on Library then Create in the top left.
  4. Click Upload Media.
  5. Select a video file from your computer to upload.
  6. Wait for upload and processing to complete.
  7. Click the thumbnail for the video just uploaded. You can complete the following steps even whilst the video is being processed.
  8. Hover your mouse over your uploaded video and click on the 3 dots and select Share.
  9. Click the Links tab and click Add Link.
  10. Ensure Public access is enabled.
  11. Click the Link URL to copy it. The URL can be pasted anywhere as instructed by the convenor such as a forum (for other students to view) or in an assignment submission (for formal grading) or emailed.

You need to advise your students if you would like them to submit their video assignment via Method 1 or Method 2.  You can direct your student to the Lecture Recording quick guide page.

Turnitin and Feedback Studio

Turnitin is an online application used by Macquarie to check for plagiarism in student assignments. Feedback Studio is where you will go to grade, and provide online feedback for these assignments.  The content for Turnitin and Feedback Studio can be found via this link.

Assessment types

A list of different types of assessment with a definition and the benefits of each type of assessment.

Questions? Contact the Learning Technology Services team via ilearn.help@mq.edu.au

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