Within courses, faculty have the option to start from scratch and create new assignments, or to import previously created assignments to either reuse them (great for instances in which faculty are teaching multiple sections of the same course) as is, or as a base to start from.
Creating assignments within a course
Click on "Add assignment" button within the 'Assignment' tab
Name your assignment
Add an assignment description (Optional)
Click the 'Save' button to create the assignment
Adding steps to your assignment workflow
Once an assignment has been created, the next thing that needs to be done is to add steps to the assignment workflow for students to submit their work and in some cases, for faculty to score the work using rubrics or simply to provide written feedback to students. The list of steps that can be added to an assignment are:
- Evidence - This block allows a teacher or student to record evidence of work as it relates to the assignment. This block can contain file uploads, rich text, links to e-Portfolios, or other formats depending on your school's option.
- Teacher rubric - This block allows a teacher to complete summative assessment of each students' work. The teacher can select and score a rubric and enter comments on the work being assessed.
- Self Rubric - This block allows each student to self-evaluate their own work via a rubric. After the block is added, you can select or create a rubric to evaluate the work.
- Teacher Reflection - This block allows a teacher to complete formative assessment of each students' work. The teacher can enter rich text and comments as part of the assessment.
- Self Reflection - This block allows a student to complete formative assessment via a self-reflection. Each student will be able to put in rich text in comments as part of the reflective process.
- Standards - This block allows a teacher to document whether evidence and assessments contribute to or complete an institutional goal or standard. Multiple standards can be selected and adherence is measured via a rubric.
Adding an 'Evidence' step to an assignment
After clicking on the "Add Step" button, select "Evidence (1)" and then click on "Add This Step (2)".
Name the step (Optional)
By default, all submission steps are named "My Evidence" but can be changed to something more descriptive.
Add a step description (Optional)
Assignment descriptions can be helpful in providing students with helpful instructions for how to best complete the assignment, but are also optional.
Indicating when the step will be available (Optional)
Whether or not you've edited the name of the step and/or added a description, you'll want to head over to the step options to make sure that the assignment is available when you'd like it to be. By default, the step will become available "After the previous step is completed" meaning if it is the first step within the assignment that it will become immediately available upon clicking the "Save" button. However, you can click on the date next to "On or after:" to reveal a pop-up a calendar where you're able to specify a date for the step to become available.
Setting deadlines for the submission (Optional)
Similar to the method for indicating when a step will become available, deadlines can also be set in the same way. Simply click onto the date and select another from the pop up calendar to create a deadline for students to submit.
Allowing changes for students to re-submit (Optional)
The last step option to specify is whether you would like students to be able to re-submit or make changes to their submissions. The reason for this is due to the fact that by default, after a student submits to an evidence step they are effectively locked out of the assignments as it's been completed.
Checking off "Yes" underneath the question "After step is completed, should changes be allowed?" will allow students to submit to an assignment multiple times, eliminating the need for you to go in and unlock a student's submission if they submit the wrong artifact or accidentally submit to the wrong assignment.
Click the "Save" button within the step to add it to the assignment
Adding a 'Rubric' step to an assignment
Whether it is a teacher rubric or self rubric, adding and creating rubrics in Digication is relatively easy.
After accessing the proper assignment, click the “Add Step” button (1).
Select either Teacher Rubric or Self Rubric (2), and then click Add This Step (3).
Now, you can name your step, add a description, and set deadlines if necessary (see steps under Adding an Evidence Step above).
Next, choose which step your Rubric will be assessing by using the dropdown under This step assesses: (4). Most likely, this will be the Evidence Step you added previously.
After selecting which step you are assessing, click Change (5) to select your Rubric.
Select your course from the dropdown menu (6) and then click Go to view the list of Rubrics associated with your course. Alternately, you can add a new Rubric by selecting Create new Rubric (7). When you are finished, click Save (8) to finalize adding your Rubric step.
Adding a 'Reflection' step to an assignment
Whether it is for Students or Teachers, Reflection steps allow users to complete formative assessment of submitted Evidence via self-reflection. They allow users to enter rich text and comments as part of the assessment.
After clicking on the "Add Step" button, select "Teacher Reflection (1)" and then click on "Add This Step (2)".
Using the dropdown menu (3), select which Step you will be assessing with your Reflection Step. Most commonly, this will be the Evidence Step.
Before saving the step, you will also have the option to name the step, add a step description, change the date when the step will be available, set deadlines for the submission, and allow changes after the reflection has been submitted. Once you have made your desired changes, click the "Save" button within the step to add it to the assignment.
Submitting a Reflection
For an assignment where a Reflection step has been added, a Faculty member can submit a reflection by first clicking the Assignments tab (1), and then, on the Assignment Grid, click the block corresponding to the assignment and the respective student Evidence that you wisn to provide a Reflection for (2).
Click the link for the “My Reflection” step (3).
On the resulting screen, select “Submit Assessment” (4).
On the resulting screen, you can select Rich Text (5) and type your Reflection into the text box, or select Upload Files (6) to upload a document containing your Reflection. Once you have completed your Reflection, select Save and Submit (7).
Attaching files to assignment descriptions (Optional)
Create and highlight text that will act as a link for the attachment
Click on the 'Insert/Edit Link' button in the task bar
Click on the 'Browse' button in the Insert/Edit Link window
Click on the 'Choose File' button and find your file
Once you're here, all that's left is to choose your file by clicking on the "Choose File" button and then using your explorer window to find and select your document/file by double-clicking on it or selecting on it and clicking on the "Open" button within the explorer window.
After the file has been selected by either method, it will automatically upload and take you to the following screen.
Click on the 'Insert' button
Click on the 'Save' button
After clicking on the "Insert" button, you will see that the previously highlighted text is now underlined, indicating it is a hyperlink. Once you see this, simply click on the "Save" button to save the new description with it's newly attached document hyperlinked.