How to use the Assignments tool
Assignments are used to easily assess and evaluate the work of students. Lecturers can use the Assignments tool to create and edit assignments for their course activities, see users submission times, view submissions on the Evaluate Submission page, associate assignments to rubrics and grades, and return submissions with feedback.
Assignments tool serves to manage course activity on which input from students is required. An assignment in Brightspace does not require to be created with a grade association, nor a file submission.
This article will describe the options and functions of the Assignment tool and explain the homepage:
Navigating to the Assignments homepage
1. Click on Assessment in the navbar of the course, this will open the drop-down menu
2. From the drop-down menu, click Assignments
This action opens the homepage of the Assignments. If you are using this tool in your Brightspace course page for the first time, the homepage of this tool will appear empty with only three default buttons: New Assignment, Edit categories, More Actions.
Assignments table overview
Once new assignment(s) has (have) been added, a the table with all created (and active) assignments will appear on the Assignments homepage with the following information:
This option is located above the table with assignments. It can be used to edit the names, categories, access and/or deadlines of multiple assignments.
To use this option:
- Select the assignment(s) to be edited by ticking the Select box(es) in the column before the name of the assignment,
- Click Bulk Edit
- Make the desired changes
- Click Save
This column will list all assignments active in the course, both the ones hidden from and visible to students. The list shows the specific assignments and can also show categories if these are used.
Categories are like containers to visually group and organise the assignments. You can create them through the Edit categories tab above the table, or directly when creating an assignment.
Behind the name of a category there are two icon:
- The pencil icon allows to change the name of the category by clicking on it.
- The bin icon deletes the category; the category will also be deleted from the category list.
The bin icon will not delete assignments associated to this category. It will place them in the default No category.
This column will show the number of new submissions by student/group to the assignment (click on the number to go to these submissions).
This column shows a number of completed submissions out of the number of submissions to be completed, by either students or groups. This means how many students in your course are expected to complete and have completed this activity. If it is a group assignment this will show the number of groups that have to complete this activity and already have made a submission to an assignment thus far.
This column shows a number of evaluated submissions out of the total number of submissions to be evaluated, of either students or groups.
This column shows a number of feedbacks published out of the total number of the feedbacks to be published, to either students or groups. The feedback published can be either grade and/or another type of feedback.
This column shows the due date and time for the assignment (if applicable).
Behind the name of the assignment are several symbols, depending on the status of the assignment.
The assignment is invisible to students. When you unhide (make visible) the assignment to students, the icon disappears.
An assignment with this icon indicates that it is a group assignment.
There is no icon indicating individual assignment.
You now know how to use Assignments tool in Brightspace!