When you create a comprehension assignment, you are met with the following screen. All of our tools are easily set up by following the predefined steps.
In Step 1 (i.e., Instructions), you should write the customized instructions for the task you are planning (i.e., what you want your students to do and how - an example is provided). In case you need to change anything, this can also be re-edited later. Once you're done, you can move on to Step 2 (i.e., Comprehension).
In the Comprehension section, you can either upload a document stored on your computer (i.e., via drag-and-drop or by clicking Choose Document and browsing for it) or add one from an online source (i.e., by pasting a valid link in the Paste link box and clicking Submit). Here you can also add topics you want your students to pay attention to. Click Change Topics and then Add Topic, and the following screen will appear.
Here, you can fill in the short title (i.e., the core concept/topic you want your students to attend to), as well as a short description to further clarify your expectations. All topics will automatically get a color assigned to them to differentiate topics. By clicking the three dots, you can change this color. The Require a minimum number of annotations of box sets the minimum number of in-text selections your students will have to perform for this topic. The Require a summary of the annotations box will ask students to summarize their made annotations.
Once this is filled in, you can either click on Done, which will save the topic you filled in, allowing you to continue to the next step, or on Add Topic, in case you want to add another one. If this is the case, you need to scroll down and repeat the steps you just followed for the first topic (i.e., fill in all 4 boxes) for as many times as you deem fit. Besides changing topic-colors, the order of the topics can also be adjusted.
Note that the minimum number of annotations will reset to 1 for each new addition.
Once you click Done, all topics you have entered will be saved, and you will have the option to Allow students to view others (i.e., make this either an individual or a group assignment). Note that the default setting will create an individual assignment.
You will then see a preview of the first page. Click on View Annotations to view it in full. If your document failed to upload, make sure that the file or link is not corrupted.
Furthermore, in the document Settings drop-down menu, you have the options to turn on copyright protection, in case you don't want students downloading the document.
Additionally a Grading Module has been activated by default, making it possible to attribute a grade to students who successfully completed the assignment. In case this is not desired, this module can be deleted by pressing the cross in the upper right corner (x). Here it is also an option to publish a pass/fail grade instead of a percentage, by enabling this option in the settings.
Finally, you can publish the assignment by clicking Save in the upper right corner. To see this example continued (i.e., the tool in action and how you can use it), another article is available in our Help Center showing the teacher's perspective.