This article takes you through the process of setting up an Assignment Review assignment.
All our tools are set up in steps. In Step 1 you will set overall instructions. In Step 2, you set the options for handing in work. In Step 3 you adjust the settings to do with providing feedback to your students. In Step 4 you have the option of requiring students to write a reflection on the feedback they receive.
Step 1: Instructions
First, write your assignment title. Then you can either create a brand-new assignment, or click use copy of existing to select a previous Assignment Review assignment of you or one of your colleagues. A copy of this existing assignment will be made, copying all teacher contributions (comments, questions, instructions). Student contributions are not copied.
All Assignment Review assignments in this list are assignments that you are added to as a teacher. To add yourself to an assignment of a colleague, simply open this particular assignment. After, this assignment will also show in the use copy of existing-list. (If you are using FeedbackFruits through our platform or direct, this feature is not available, instead you can copy the existing assignment.)
Fill in instructions. Fill in your overall instructions for the assignment. Note that you will not be able to publish/save the assignment if you leave this field blank.
Click change to choose between an individual assignment or group assignment. Click here for a detailed guide to assign students to groups or to take over groups from your LMS.
If you click on change, you will be able to choose from the following collaboration options
Use this option if you want students to hand in their work individually and should be reviewed individually as well. All feedback provided to the student will be based on their individual submission and will only visible to them.
As a group
Use this option if you want students to hand in their work as a group and should also be reviewed as a group. In this case, the students will submit their assignment as a group and the feedback which can be provided to your students will be visible for all group members.
Individually, show as groups
Use this option if you want students to hand in their work individually and be reviewed individually, but show within their group. This option allows for students to be displayed to the teacher in groups selected from the LMS. This collaboration option makes it easier for multiple teachers to work together in one assignment.
Step 2: Submissions
Required submissions Set the amount of files that students are required to hand in. The submission requirement can be set at exactly, minimum or between your chosen amount. In the example given in the screenshot, you would set this to 2: they hand in a Word doc and slides.
Scheduling deadlines Set the hand-in deadline. Students have to upload their work before this deadline. You can start reviewing their work after this deadline, or, when no deadline is set, you could start reviewing once a student has uploaded his/her work.
Allow students to hand in these file types Check the box next to the file type you want your students to hand in. Students will not be able to upload file types you deselect. For an overview of which formats are supported for each file type, click here.
Visibility If you select only the allocated reviewers, handed-in work and the feedback provided is only visible for the student who submitted the work and the teacher. If you select everyone, every student will be able to view the work and its review(s). Students will also be able to comment on the feedback, and give up-votes (likes) to feedback/comments. Note that if you choose this option and do not set a deadline, submitted work will be visible as soon as it is uploaded. If you select only students who handed in, just those students who have handed in will be able to see and comment.
Guiding students (optional) If you have specific hand-in instructions for your students (such as the desired font, line spacing, naming the file, etc.) fill them in here. Example: Please name your student number in the file-name. Upload both your essay and the slides you will use when presenting about your essay.
Step 3: Give feedback on student work
To structure the feedback you provide your students with, you can set some criteria here. This makes it easier for students to see where they need to improve, and it gives them a structured overview of their feedback. Do you only want to provide your students with formative feedback, or do you also want to give them grades for some criteria? Rubrics can also be used. Click change to add, edit or delete criteria. Click here for a detailed guide on setting criteria.
Step 4: Received reviews
This setting section, about students reading their feedback, gives the option to set a deadline (if preferred). Students will not be able to read the feedback for points after the deadline has passed (if points assigned to this step). Note that students can still view the feedback after the deadline. If you do not set a deadline, students can always complete reading the feedback for points (if points assigned to this step).
Step 5: Add learning step (optional)
This step can be added through clicking on the purple-circle-plus-button (at the end of the final step). The options of ‘Reflections on the activity’ and 'Automated feedback on writing' will be then visible (see image below).
Automated feedback on writing
Setting up Automated Feedback provides your students with additional formative feedback prior to handing in their work. Please do not use Automated Feedback to grade your students, but only provide it to them as an extra opportunity to reflect and improve upon their work. We are continuously working on improving our feedback by better training our algorithms, which means that we can’t guarantee flawless feedback. Have a look at our help article for more information about our new feature.
Reflect on activity
Writing a reflection is a valuable step to end an assignment with. The student can for instance write a reflection on how the whole process of giving feedback went. In the image below, you can see that it can have a deadline, as well as a required length of words. There is also a description field in which you can specify what you want students to reflect on regarding the assignment. Students can start with this step when the teacher completed step 3 ‘Give feedback on student work’. Students can then begin writing their reflection on the assignment (even before having read the feedback yet).
Moreover, you can add grading to your assignment by clicking on the purple plus button on your left (if not already visible as the final step). You can configure how many points do you want to give to each process of the assignment like in the following screenshot. Finally, click Publish in the top-right corner of the screen.
This concludes the Setting up Assignment Review tutorial.
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