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Creating (formative) assignments

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Introduction

All summative assignments are imported automatically into unit pages from Quercus (see bookEditing (summative) assignments).  However, it is possible to create formative assignments to gain insight into your students academic progress. 

Full instructions on how to set up a formative assignment can be found by clicking each chapter/sub-chapter in this book (See 'Table of contents' - right hand side block). 

It is the basic process recommended by Learning Technologies and if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100. 


Not found what you're looking for? 

Try the following links: 

bookEditing (summative) assignments
bookAdding grades & feedback
bookReleasing grades & feedback
pageModeration

How to set up a text-based assignment (for Turnitin)

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment to allow students to submit digital content (files) that are primarily text-based documents (such as Word and PDFs) to go through Turnitin. 


Default settings for these formative assignment links are:
1 file, under 100MB, with Turnitin, anonymous marking, feedback comments and feedback files switched on. Edit as required.


1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn edit on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right of the page.

Add an activity or resource

3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment. Click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.



4. Under the 'General' section, add the Assignment name and Description (what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit).  

Add a name and description


5. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 



6. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section.  File submissions is selected as default and will automatically include Turnitin as long as the maximum file size is left as 100MB.  



Turnitin is switched on by default.  To switch off Turnitin, go to the section 'Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings' and under 'Enable Turnitin', change to 'No'. 

Only the following file types will generate a Turnitin similarity report: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pdf, .txt, .htm, .html, .hwp, .odt, .wpd, .ps and .rtf for files that are 100MB or less.  As some students use MACs, please note Apple Pages (.pages) are not accepted by Turnitin and will not generate a similarity report. For further information, see the Turnitin website about file types.


7. Increase the number under 'Maximum number of uploaded files, if you need students to upload multiple files into one single inbox.  



8. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled when creating a formative submission. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select No.



9. Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.




This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.

How to set up a non text-based assignment

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment that allows students to submit any digital content (files) that are primarily non text-based documents up to a maximum file size of 250MB which could include:

  • photographs
  • image-based PDFs
  • zip files

When asking students to upload a non-text based assignment, Turnitin should be switched off (as non text-based documents are not accepted by Turnitin and will generate an error message).


1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn editing on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right.

Add an activity or resource


3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment, then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.



4.Under the 'General' section, add the Assignment name and Description (add what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit).  

Add a name and description


5. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 



6. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section, File submissions is selected as default.  If required, increase the file limit size to either 50MB, 100MB or 250MB. 



Increase the number under 'Maximum number of uploaded files if you need students to upload multiple files into one single inbox.  

Maximum file upload

Turnitin must be switched off as non text-based documents are not accepted by Turnitin and will show an error message.
Also, Turnitin must be switched off if the file size limit is increased as it will only accept files under 100MB.  This will show an error message.

7. To switch Turnitin off, scroll down to the 'Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings' section. Under 'Enable Turnitin', select No


8. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled if that is a specific requirement of the assignment. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select 
No.



9. Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.




This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.

How to set up a video/audio assignment

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment that allows students to submit video and audio files up to a maximum size of 1GB via Medial. It will also accept 3 extra supporting documents and a 'captions' file as part of the students 'Medial' submission. 


1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn editing on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right.

Add an activity or resource

3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment, then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.



4. Under the 'General' section, add the Assignment name and Description (add what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit).  

Add a name and description


5. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 



6. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section.  Deselect the File submissions option and select Video/Audio submission. The file size limit is automatically set to 1GB with this setting. All other 'Submission types' and settings in this section will become unavailable: 



7. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled if that is a specific requirement of the assignment. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select No.



8. Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.




This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.

How to set up a myPortfolio assignment

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment to allow students to submit electronic portfolios from myPortfolio (Mahara) to SOL.  This is good practice for their summative assignment submission. Simply keep the portfolio unlocked until they are ready to formally submit.

Want another easy way to give students formative feedback on their portfolios or gain an insight to their progress? Students can provide the tutor with a 'secret URL' that links direct to their portfolio - contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100 to find out how.


1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn editing on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right.

Add an activity or resource

3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment, then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.



4.Under the 'General' section, add the Assignment name and Description (add what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit).  

Add a name and description


5. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As
 the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 



6. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section. Deselect the File submissions option and select myPortfolio (Mahara). As a formative assignment, under 'Lock submitted pages', either select No or Unlock after grading depending on the need to grade or not.



7. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled if that is a specific requirement of the assignment. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select No.



8.  Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.




This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.

How to set up a link for formative feedback only

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment for a non-online submission (or for formative feedback only).  

Performances, 'offline' exams, presentations or other art based products, may not require an online submission however, enter the dates of assessment anyway so the students calendar is populated and can generate reminders/alerts. 

Once marked, the students can access their grade and feedback through SOL, thus ensuring consistency for the student.  

Please do not enable 'Group submissions' for a formative assignment if an online submission is not being made - contact ltu@solent.ac.uk for more information.



1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Turn editing on

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right.

Add an activity or resource


3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment, then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.



4. Under the 'General' section, add the Name. Also add further detail into the Description area to explain the 'offline' assignment and that the link is not there for any online submission but is for formative grades and feedback only.



5. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section. Add the dates and times of your 'offline' assignment.  This populates the students calendar to generate reminders/alerts, even for formative assignments.  (Or you can disable these by unchecking the tick boxes by the dates, if you wish).



5. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section.  File submissions is selected as default. Deselect the checkbox for 'File submissions' as nothing is expected to be uploaded.



6. Anonymous marking is enabled by default. Go to the 'Grade' section and under 'Anonymous marking', select No.



7. Click Save and display.



8. To add formative grades and feedback, go to bookAdding grades & feedback for more information. To release the grades and feedback, go to bookReleasing grades & feedback for more information. Note that formative grades will obviously not be returned to Quercus as they are not linked with that system in the same way as summative links.


This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.

How to set up a group assignment

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment to allow students to submit in groups. 

When group submissions are enabled, only one student per group is required to upload the submission(s). All other students in that group can then access the submission(s). This can be for any 'submission type' including any files(text or non-texted based), video/audio, myPortfolio.

Formative feedback can also be provided via the group; add feedback to one student in SOL and all members of the group will see that feedback. However, this only happens in SOL as Turnitin does not support groups.

Remember to set up your groups first. Click here for more information about Setting up groups.


1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn editing on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right.

Add an activity or resource

3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment, then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.



4. Under the 'General' section, add the Name and Description. This should explain what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit and how feedback will be given.  Also add that it is a group submission and what that means.

Add a name and description

4. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 



5. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section.  Group submissions can be enabled for any submission type including text-based file(s) through Turnitin, non text-based file(s), myPortfolio and for video/audio submissions. See other chapters in this book for a guide on setting up different 'submission types' for formative assignments.

Change this selection to meet your requirements (the default is 1 file, under 100MB, to go through Turnitin with anonymous marking shown in the image below). 



6. Go to the section 'Group submission settings', under 'Students submit in groups', change the dropdown menu to Yes

Notice it says 'Groups must be set up first' so groups must be created before making this selection.
Click here for more information about Setting up groups.


One member of the group can now submit on behalf of the group.  Each member of the group will see the submission.  All groups will be unable to see other group submissions.  



7. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled for a formative assignment if required. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select 
No.



8. In the 'Common module settings' section, under 'Group mode', select Separate groups. This useful setting will show a drop-down menu in the 'View all submissions' screen, of all the groups available. A marker can select and view each group one by one.

 

9. Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.



Once the group settings have been activated and the first student has submitted, it is not possible to change groups around. You cannot remove a student and add them to a different group.

This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100.