Faculty Documentation: Best Practices for Using the Assignments Tool


  • Post, manage, and grade assignments.

  • Automatically send grades to Gradebook.

  • Generate reports from Turnitin.com plagiarism prevention tool.

  • Create private notes for yourself to help keep grading consistent.

  • Deliver assignment-specific information and samples to students, TAs, or instructors.

WARNING: If you are planning to use the integration with Turnitin.com, please review the documentation on Turnitin.com in the next section. 


Adding New Assignments

In the Assignments tool, click Add to create a new assignment.


Tips for Managing and Grading Assignments

TIP #1: Use the global student view (View As Student) option to experience what your students will go through when they try to submit an assignment to you. 

TIP #2: Use the In/New column of the Assignment List to quickly see if you have new submissions. "In" refers to all submissions for an assignment. "New" assignments are those you have not yet graded. 

TIP #3: When grading inline submissions, you can place comments between double curly brackets ({{comment}}). The student will see these comments in red text. 

WARNING: If you delete part of a student submission, choose the Cancel option. Saving this work will permanently delete student work.

TIP #4: Use Download All option to grade offline (for advanced users only).
TIP #5: After you have graded all assignments submitted before the Accept Until date, select a default grade to be applied to all students who did not submit the assignment.

TIP #6: You must Release grades to students for them to have access to their grades and comments. To release grades as you grade each assignment, choose the Release Feedback / Grade to Student.

NOTE: To avoid student questions, you may want to grade and choose "Save and Don't Release to Student" for all student assignments. Then choose to release all grades when grading is complete.