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** Creating a standard QMplus assignment

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For: StaffApplication: Assignments , QMplusTagged: assignment , getting started , Production

This guide covers:

The basics for creating a standard assignment to allow students to upload and submit files to QMplus to be graded by the teacher.

You may also be interested in other assignment guides:

  1. Creating a Turnitin assignment
  2. Creating a video assignment
  3. Setting up a group assignment
  4. Setting up a QMplus Hub (portfolio) assignment

How to set up a standard QMplus assignment

Step 1: Within the course module area, ‘Turn editing on’ via the slider in the top right corner of the screen.

Within the course page, click “Add an activity or resource” in the section where you want the assignment to appear.

 

Step 2: Choose ‘Assignment’ from the list of activities and resources which appear on the right of the screen:

Click ‘Add’ and this will open the ‘Editing Assignment’ screen.

Step 3: Provide a name and a description for the assignment, plus tick the check-box if you would like to ‘Display description on course page.’

Step 4: In ‘Availability’, set the available date, due date, cut-off date and remind me to grade by date for the assignment. All these functions can be disabled if needed.

The cut-off date allows late submissions from the student. Once enabled and set to a date on or after the due date, students will not be able to submit after this date without an extension. The teacher may grant an extension by going to the class assignment grading screen, clicking the “Edit” column and choosing “grant extension” for the relevant student.
In this way, module conveners do not have to change settings for the entire assignment or create another assignment to enable late submission for particular students (for example, those with extenuating circumstances).

Step 5: Select submission type of the assignment. There are 5 types available on QMplus:  File submissions, QMplus Hub portfolio submissions, online audio recordings, online text and coursework coversheet submission.

Under “Submission types”, check “Online text” box to enable the students to input text directly for submission, and/or check “File submissions” if you want them to upload files for the assignment. The number and size of file to be submitted can be modified if “File submissions” is chosen. Alternatively, check “Coursework coversheet submission” so that students can print and attach it to their physical coursework submission.

There are also options to accept online audio recordings and QMplus portfolio submissions, should you wish to accept these for assessment.

The size of of the the file that can be uploaded has been set to 50mb by default however, should a file be larger than 40mb then it will not be processed by Turnitin, should you choose to enable the plagiarism detection software in the options further down.

Under “Accepted file types” you can restrict the type of file students should by choosing the file extension from the list, for example, .pdf.

Step 6: Submission settings

The default for a QMplus assignment is that students are required to click a ‘submit’ button in order to finalise their choice of file for assessment. By having a submit button, graders can see a clear indication that the file uploaded is a final version and can start marking submissions immediately.

It is sometimes useful to not have a submit button if it is a case that the students will be uploading several versions of a piece of assessed work, with each version generating an originality score via Turnitin. Another advantage of not using a submit button is that the student can amend any uploads themselves up until the cut off date, so should they initially upload the wrong file, they can remedy this without any intervention from staff members.

It is best to follow the standard which your School has chosen for assignments, but should you wish to discuss the pedagogies of using a submit button vs no submit button in detail with someone from the E-Learning Unit, please email us at elearning@qmul.ac.uk

Step 7: Notification settings.

Choose whether or not to receive notifications when there is a submission and/or a late submission under the ‘Notifications’.

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Step 7: Set grading methods and enable blind marking if required.

Options in the ‘Grade’ section allows teachers to choose the grading methods. The blind marking function can also be found here.

If this setting is enabled, then a teacher will not see the names of students who have submitted their assignments. Instead, they will see randomly generated Participant numbers. (The student view of the assignment does not change.) Once they have graded the assignment, it is however possible for teachers to see who submitted what by clicking on “Reveal student identities” in the Assignment settings.

Step 8: Save the assignment. Do not forget to click either ‘Save and return to course’ or ‘Save and display’ to finish creating/editing the assignment in the end.

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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