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Assignment2 options
Assignment2 options


Permissions and roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles.

For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles.

Assignment2 is the second generation of Sakai’s Assignments tool. It contains distinctive enhancements that include a modern web user interface, assignment submission versioning, more powerful assignment workflow, and more feature rich integrations with the Sakai Gradebook and biggest distinguishing feature at Brock University is its integration with https://Turnitin.com. More information about Assignment2's Turnitin integration can be found in the assignment creation section below.


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[edit] Add Assignments

Once the tool has been aded through Site Info then Edit Tools an instructor can click Assignment2 in the left menu bar to open this tool.

Click the Add action beneath the title bar.

[edit] Assignment Details

[edit] Title

The instructor can add the assignment's title in the Title text box.

[edit] Description

If Turnitin.com is being used it should be noted here. Instructors may also want to add a description to the assignment.

[edit] Add Supporting Materials to an Assignment

Instructors may want to attach supplementary resources to the assignment such as PDF versions of assignment description or resources required for the student to complete the assignment.

Click the Add link labeled Supporting Materials and a popup window will appear.

Attach dialogue: Select Browse... or Choose File to find files on your local computer.
Attach dialogue: Select Browse... or Choose File to find files on your local computer.


  • To select a source from a local file on your computer
    Select Browse... or Choose File from the Add a File Attachment heading (next to Upload local file). Navigate to the file that you would like to attach, select it, and click Open. Files must be smaller than 50 megabytes.
  • To select a source that is located on the web
    Type the URL/address into the text box next to or a URL (Link to website) and click Add. Make sure to type the URL correctly.
  • To add an attachment that is already located in your My Workspace or other site resources you have access to
    Find the resource that you would like to add in the Select a Resource section of the screen, and click Attach a copy. Click the Show other sites option to see the resources for other sites on Sakai to which you belong.


All of the files that you selected will appear under the Items to attach heading (which appears at the top of the window as you add attachments). Click on the title of the file to view the file. It will appear in a new window in your browser.

After you are done selecting your files, click Continue to add the file(s).

[edit] Submission Details

By default, submissions are required for a new assignment but you can remove this requirement by unchecking the box labeled Require Submissions? and the submission details will disappear.

[edit] Submission Format

The Submission Format dropdown box determines how students can submit their assignments.

  1. Select Text only if you only want the students to type their assignments into a text box in Isaak/Sakai and you will NOT be using Turnitin.
  2. Select Attachments only if students are to attach files to their assignments for you to download and/or want to use Turnitin.
  3. Select Text and Attachments if students are to be able to type into a text box their comments or other notes as well as add attachments that could possibly be submitted to Turnitin.
  4. Select Non-electronic submission type if you want students to submit their assignments in class.
[edit] Submission Format Support by Turnitin and a Best Practice for Essays

Turnitin will currently accept the following file types, which are the types of files most students and instructors can work with. More information about Turnitin can be found below.

  1. Microsoft Word® (.DOC / .DOCX)
  2. OpenOffice (.odt)
  3. WordPerfect® (.wpd)
  4. PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  5. Adobe® PDF
  6. HTML
  7. Rich text format (.RTF)
  8. Plain text (.TXT)

The paper being submitted to Turnitin must contain more than 20 words and must be under 20MB (or approximately two million characters), and must not contain spaces in between every letter (l i k e t h i s).

More information can be found through Turnitin's support documentation.

[edit] Number of Submissions

The Number of Submissions dropdown box determines how many times a student can submit the assignment. By default, this is set to one submission, but instructors can choose from one to twenty or Unlimited.

[edit] Add an Honour Pledge

Instructors can require the placement of an honour pledge on an assignment. If you choose to use this option, the student will have to check a box upon submission that says I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment. The student will not be able to submit his or her assignment unless this box is checked.

Click the check box for Require honor pledge? to use this option.

[edit] Availability Details

An Open Date is required to create an assignment

The Open Date is the date and time when an assignment becomes visible to students. The default Open Date is set to today's date and the time at which you started the Add Assignment process. Instructors can set up an assignment ahead of time and it will appear on the site on that date and time.

The Due Date is the day and time when an assignment is due.

The Accept Until date is the day and time when an assignment will no longer be accepted. Assignments submitted before this date but after the due date will be marked as late by Sakai. Set these dates to be the same if you do not wish to allow late submissions. Students will only see the due date on the assignment.

Check the box next to Set Due Date? and/or Set Accept Until Date? to enable these settings.

If an instructors wants to add an assignment's due date into the class Schedule tool, check the box for Post Due Date to Schedule Now. If the Set Due Date? box is checked this feature requires a valid date and time and for the Schedule tool to be added to the site.

If the assignment's due date to the Schedule tool, the event will contain a link that will take students directly to the assignment in the Assignments2 tool.

[edit] Setting Dates and Times

Instructors may type in their own dates and times to the text boxes.

If the date or time is valid, a green popup will display above the textbox confirming the date or time. Otherwise, a red popup will display above the textbox showing you the correct date or time format.

To view a calendar, click the calendar icon. Today's date has a black box around it the selected date is filled in yellow.

[edit] Grading Details

By default, assignments are not graded using the Gradebook.

Instructors can change this by selecting This assignment is graded and is associated with a Gradebook item. There is no way to assign marks to an assignment in the Assignent2 tool without associating the assignment with a Gradebook item.

If you would like the assignment to be graded, you must also choose a Gradebook item from the dropdown or click Create a new Gradebook Item. The dropdown gives you a list of the items in the Gradebook that have already been created, while Create a new Gradebook Item gives you the ability to set up a new Gradebook entry in a popup window without leaving the Add Assignment process.

[edit] Submission Notifications

Instructors can check the Send email notifications for student submissions to get email alerts when students submit assignments.

[edit] Turnitin

Asssignments with Turnitin enabled with appear with this ribbon icon next to their name.
Asssignments with Turnitin enabled with appear with this ribbon icon next to their name.

http://Turnitin.com is a system designed to help instructors detect plagiarism. It compares each document with a database built from current and archived instances of the Internet, millions of student papers previously submitted to Turnitin, and commercial databases of journal articles and periodicals. The result is a report showing what portions of the paper "overlap" items from the Turnitin database. The integration of Turnitin.com's services is limited only to the originality report services, other services that Brock University has access to, such as Grademark and Peermark, are still only available through http://turnitin.com 's web site.


Students must be informed & have the right to object
Please keep in mind that students must be informed in writing at the beginning of the course if the instructor plans to use Turnitin.com, or any other phrase matching software. The CTLET recommends offering students the option to declare that they do not want to use Turnitin in advance and submit revisions or drafts of their work to you in advance of the final due date. As per the faculty handbook, students with a principled objection must be offered an alternative: http://www.brocku.ca/university-secretariat/facultyhandbook/section3#_genIndex63

Students have the right to opt-out of having their work submitted to Turnitin.

It is also worth noting that students will receive an email from Turnitin suggesting that they create an account at Turnitin. This is not necessary unless they want to use Turnitin for other functions as Sakai will handle the interaction with Turnitin atomically. When a student's submission is sent to Turnitin their assignments will be added to the Turnitin database and will be used to check submissions by others. This will be done independent of any copyright claims by the author of the document. Make sure this is acceptable before submitting anything.

Checking the box next to Use Turnitin will result in all attachments submitted for the assignment to be sent to Turnitin and gives you several options:

[edit] Add Turnitin originality checking to an assignment

Turnitin options presented when creating an assignment
Turnitin options presented when creating an assignment

When adding/creating an assignment check the box at the bottom of the page labelled Use Turnitin.

[edit] Submit papers to the following repository

To allow future submissions checked against Turnitin's database (which can include future submissions to Brock University) to be checked against students' work, select Standard Paper Repository. Otherwise, select None.

[edit] Generate originality reports

You can choose whether you would like the Turnitin reports to be generated Immediately (upon submission) or On Due Date. If the On Due Date option is not available, make sure you have a due date set for this assignment.

Students will have access to the originality reports.

[edit] Check originality against

You must choose at least one source to check the originality of the students' work against. The three options are:

  1. Turnitin paper repository
  2. Current and archived internet
  3. Periodicals, journals, and publications

By default, the three options are all selected.

[edit] Reports

Clicking on the Grade link under the assignment there will be a Report column in the list of student submissions. Once the report from Turnitin is available, there will be an icon in that column with a color and a percentage. It is based on the percent that overlaps items in the Turnitin database:

Sample grade view
Sample grade view
  • Red 75-100
  • Orange 50-75
  • Yellow 25-50
  • Green 0-25
  • Blue exactly 0

If there is a problem with a student's submission or with Turnitin, a yellow warning sign will appear in place of the report icon .

Note that Turnitin doesn't check whether the content is properly cited, so instructors or students almost certainly have to look at the detailed report if they are concerned. Click on the icon reveals a detailed report, showing what sections of the document match items in the Turnitin Database. The database items are identified.

When looking at the assignment, the student will see the same icon that the instructor sees next to their attachment(s), and can view the originality report with the same options.

Here is a sample of the reports students and instructors will see:


Sample of the reports students and instructors will see
Sample of the reports students and instructors will see

[edit] Preview as Student

To preview a summary of your assignment, click the Preview as Student button. You will see the assignment as students see it.

Click the Edit button to go back to the previous page. If you would like to make revisions, you can do so here.

[edit] Post Assignment

Once satisfied with the assignment's details, click the Save button. If you would like to save this assignment for later revisions, click Save Draft. Drafts can not be seen by students.

If this is successful, you will see a confirmation message (below) at the top of the Assignment List.

[edit] View Assignments After Posting

assignment list
assignment list

Click the Assignment List link beneath the title bar if the list is not currently displayed. Every assignment associated with the site show up here.

[edit] View an Assignment's Details

To view an assignment's details, click on the View Details link below that assignment's title in the Assignments List. You will see a short synopsis of the assignment's details and instructions.

If you would like to view an assignment as a Student, click Edit below that assignment's title in the Assignments List and click Preview as Student.

[edit] Reorder Student View

Instructors can change the order in which assignments appear in the assignment list.

To reorder the student view:

  • Click the Reorder Student View action button beneath the Assignments tool title bar.
  • The column labeled List Order has dropdown boxes for each assignment denoting the position it appears in the assignment list.
  • Change the List Order number for an assignment and the list will update reflecting this change.
  • Click Save below the assignment list to save your changes.

[edit] Edit Assignments

Editing or revising an assignment that has been posted will not interfere with the assignments that have already been submitted.

Instructors can change details about an assignment after it has been posted or if you have saved an assignment as a draft.

To change details about an assignment, click the Edit option beneath that assignment's title.

The process for revising an assignment is the same as it is for adding an assignment. Please see the Add Assignments section for more details.

[edit] Delete Assignments

All of the submissions for an assignment will be deleted along with the assignment.

Instructors are able to delete an assignment from the Assignment List. To delete an assignment:

  • Click the check box to the far right of the assignment(s) you wish to remove and click the Remove button. You can make more than one selection at a time.
  • You will be shown a confirmation screen that shows the title, due date (if any), and number of submissions for the assignment(s) that you are removing.
  • Click Remove to finalize this action or Cancel to keep the assignment(s).

[edit] Review and Grade Assignment Submissions

Sakai's Assignment tools have always allowed instructors to view each submission individually from within Sakai, or to easily move all assignment submissions to your computer in a single archived folder.

[edit] Review and Grade Submissions On-Line

To view students' submissions for an assignment click on Grade below the assignment's title or, alternatively, the assignment's link under In/New (see image below). The numbers indicate how many submissions and how many new submissions have been made.

To view students' submissions for an assignment click on Grade below the assignment's title or, alternatively, the assignment's link under In/New
To view students' submissions for an assignment click on Grade below the assignment's title or, alternatively, the assignment's link under In/New


A list of students who have submitted work for the assignment will be presented.

Sample grade view
Sample grade view

To view an individual student's work, click that student's name in the list.

The next screen will allow you to review and grade the work.

Those marking the assignment can see the instructions for the selected assignment by clicking the black arrow next to Assignment Instructions.

Instructors can also override some of the assignment settings for a particular student.

Sample of instructor feeback
Sample of instructor feeback


Instructors can move back and forth between student submissions on an assignment with the navigation at the top of the submission review page. Each submission is shown within its own heading. The title of the heading is the date and time when it was submitted.

Markers can move back and forth between student submissions on an assignment.  You will lose any unsaved changes if you navigate to another student's submission without first saving.
Markers can move back and forth between student submissions on an assignment. You will lose any unsaved changes if you navigate to another student's submission without first saving.

[edit] Review and Grade Submissions On-Line

Add any comments to the Submitted Text text box and it will appear to the student highlighted in yellow. You can also add feedback to the Assignment Feedback text box or a separate attachment.

Instructors can assign a number grade to the student's assignment submission in the Points text box and add any comments you would like to appear in the Gradebook for this assignment in the Gradebook Comments text box.

Instructors feedback
Instructors feedback


After the student's work has been reviewed and graded save any changes you have made by clicking Save. This will save any comments, attachments, and grading that have been added. Alternatively, click Save and Release Feedback, which will also release the grade to the individual student.

After the release of the grades or feedback for an assignment, students can see their grades next to the assignment's title in the Assignment2 tool or in the Gradebook (if it has been set up with this assignment).

[edit] Change Individual Assignment Settings

In Assignment2 instructors have the option to override some of the settings for an assignment on a student-by-student basis.

Override Assignment-Level Settings displays how many submissions have been made for this assignment by this student and to modify the number remaining or the due date.
Override Assignment-Level Settings displays how many submissions have been made for this assignment by this student and to modify the number remaining or the due date.

To change an individual student's submission number of due-date settings:

  • Click the black arrow next to Override Assignment-Level Settings to display the options.
  • To enable the options, check the Override assignment-level settings? box.
  • Override Assignment-Level Settings displays how many submissions have been made for this assignment by this student. There is also a dropdown box that is, by default, set to show you how many submissions the student and the assignment's due date.
    • To change the number of submissions remaining for this student only, select a value from the Number of Submissions Remaining dropdown box.
    • To extend the assignment's due date for this student, check the Extend Due Date? box and input a new date and/or time. . Anything submitted before the new due date will now be marked as "Late" under Submission Status.

[edit] Releasing Grades and Feedback

As an alternative to returning grades or feedback to students one at a time an instructor can choose to return them all at one time.

[edit] Release All Grades

Instructors can release each individuals student's grade and/or feedback to all individuals by following these steps:

  • Click the Grade option beneath the title of the assignment that you want to return or the assignment's link under In/New.
  • Make sure that each assignment has a grade in the Grade column.
    • Instructors can apply a grade to all submissions (whether something has been submitted or not) from the submissions list for an assignment by filling in the text box next to the Apply grade to all ungraded button and then clicking that button.
  • Click the Release Grades action beneath the title bar. A window will prompt you to verify this action.
    • At this point, you also have the option to select Include this item in course grade calculations.

This will send out all grades at the same time.

[edit] Release All Student Feedback

Instructors can release each individuals student's feedback to all individuals by following these steps:

  • Click the Grade option beneath the title of the assignment that you want to return or the assignment's link under In/New.
  • Click the Release All Student Feedback action beneath the title bar. A window will prompt you to verify this action.

This will send out all feedback at the same time.

[edit] Retracting Grades and Feedback

After releasing all grades and/or feedback, instructors may retract either from student view by selecting the Retract Grades or Retract All Student Feedback actions beneath the title bar. A window will ask you to verify this action.

[edit] Download All Submissions Locally

For more information, read the DownloadAll_ReadMe.txt text file included in the submissions folder.

Instructors cam download all student submissions into one archived folder which can be opened on a computer. tablet. etc. by following these steps:

  • Click Grade beneath the assignment's title.
    • You will see a list of students who have submitted work for the assignment.
  • Beneath the title bar, click Download All.
  • This will compile all of the submissions into one folder for that assignment. You will be able to review all of the submissions from your computer, along with a spreadsheet (.CSV) of any assigned grades and comments by expanding the zipped/compressed file.

[edit] Upload Grades and Feedback

For more information, read the DownloadAll_ReadMe.txt text file included in the submissions folder.

Instructors can grade all student submissions for an assignment outside of Isaak/Sakai and then upload them all at once. Downloading all student submissions allows instructors to add feedback and grades directly into the files downloaded, and then upload them all at once.

Click Grade beneath the assignment's title.

Select the Upload Grades and Feedback action.

Uploading grades and feedback
Uploading grades and feedback


Uploading grades in this way requires a specific folder structure. Within the folder being uploaded should be a series of additional folders, one for each student. Within each student folder is the student submission and individual grade report. Downloading all student submissions for the assignment will also give you the correct structure to upload (recommended). See Download All Submissions Locally.


In Windows, right click the folder, and select Send to... and then Compressed (zipped) folder. On a Mac, right click the folder and select Compress "(folder name)".

Press Browse to find your file. Note that the file must be a zipped/archived folder.

Check the boxes for the files you are uploading. You can upload only the grades, or grades along with commented submissions and feedback, etc.

Select whether or not you want to release the information to students right away. You can release later if you wish.

Click Upload to upload your grades.

[edit] Import from Assignments

Instructors can import from the Assignments into the Assignment2 tool from this or other worksites.

Check the box next to the site(s) that you wish to import assignments from and click Import. Imported assignments will appear at the bottom of the assignment list.

[edit] Permissions

Permissions available in Assignment2
Permissions available in Assignment2

Click the Permissions action beneath the title bar to load the permissions menu. Use these settings to determine what abilities and access the instructors, TA's, and students can have in the Assignment2 tool.

[edit] Adding TA/Markers/Graders

Allowing TAs and other instructors simulations access to student originality reports is the most important reason why the Assignment2 tool has been added to Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS.

Permissions that would be important for this role:

  • Read assignments The ability to read what was assigned.
  • Manage Submissions Allows TAs to manage/mark groups of students that they are a member of. Instructors could create groups and assign TAs. Groups are managed through the Site Info tool and the Manage Groups option. Brock University course sites have groups created for each section and departmental offering of a cross-listed course. Secondaries (Labs, Seminars and Tutorials) can be combined when requesting Isaak/Sakai sites, this creates a group for each secondar.
  • View all groups Allows TAs to manage/mark all submissions, regardless of group.

[edit] Additional Information


Rutgers

This article is based on the equivalent Sakai help article created by Rutgers University found at: https://sakai.rutgers.edu/helpdocs/assignments2.html.

All respective sources used are under a free-for-reuse license and additional permission has been obtained.

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Page paintbrush.png Assignment2 (TurnItIn) | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | News | Image:Ipod cast.png Podcasts | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content | Image:Page white edit.png Wiki


Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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