Assignment

From Fronter Help

Jump to: navigation, search

Fronter Assignment is added to the room's tool pack like any other room tool.

Contents

For teachers: the assignment list

When you click the Assignment tool, the first view is the list of assignments. This will display all the assignments you have access to, and their status; draft (work mode) and assigned (available to students).

The list is sorted by assignment status first and then closing date (the most immediate first). The drop down at the top of the list will filter the assignments based on who created them. If there are a lot of assignments in the room, choose to see only your own to get a better overview.

The columns are:

  • Title: Title of the task, and description if such exists.
  • Status: If the task is a draft or assigned.
  • Information: For drafts, the information will say Not active. For active assignments it will display number of students who have delivered/number of students the task is assigned to, Number of answers not evaluated by teachers (if more than zero this will be an active link to evaluation view), and closing date (if such exists). The information column also contains a graphic bar showing white for not delivered, yellow for delivered but not evaluated and green for evaluated.
  • Action: Clickable icons for editing the assignment (pencil) and deleting (X). Note that you can edit and delete even if students have submitted their answers. When deleting, all students' contributions as well as comments and evaluation will be deleted too.

to the top

How to create an assignment

  • From the assignment tool; click 'Create Assignment button in top right corner.
  • Give it a sensible or inspiring title.
  • Add a description (optional) that will be visible to the students from the hand-in list.
  • Click Save.

The assignment is now saved as a draft, and students will not see it. Teacher sees drafts in black and open tasks in blue font on the list.

To attach one or more files that the students can view and/or download:

  • Click the Upload file button to the right.
  • Browse for the file on your computer.
  • Select required file and click Open (or doubleclick).
  • Click Upload.

or

  • Drag and drop files from your desk/folders to the Attached files field.

Note: If you have Plagiarism control enabled, you will see a check box called Plagiarism reference. Leaving this unselected allows for the students to copy the content, e.g. a fill-in form. Ticking the box means if students copy from the uploaded file, the text will be reported as plagiarism.

Tip: The preview tab will always show you how the hand-in looks from a student's view.

to the top

How to attach learning goals to the task

If Goals are available in the room, they can be attached to a task and the task, with its comments and/or grading, will appear in connection with the goal in the room and in the ILP

  • Click the tab Settings to see all available goals to the left.
  • Double-click on the goals to move them to the right. You can select more than one goal.
  • Click Save.

Note: Goals can be added even after the task is assigned and the students have started submitting their answers.

to the top

How to set up the plagiarism control

The school needs to have an Ephorus license activated. The old set up is not valid for this version, so please contact Fronter Support.

  • Click the tab Settings.
  • Make sure the check box for Enable plagiarism control is selected.

to the top

How to assign work to students

  • Click Assign button when creating the assignment
  • Set the opening hour for the hand-in (dates and hour) or just tick the Always open box. Before the opening date/hour the task will be visible, but inaccessible to the student.

By default the work will be assigned to all students in the room, but tick Selected students to assign to one student or a selected group of students:

  • To select student individually; move from left to right pane by clicking the plus or doubleclick.
  • To select groups; move from left to right pane by clicking the plus or doubleclick.
  • Deselect by clicking the minus icon or doubleclick.
  • Click Complete.
  • A notification will be sent to the student at the opening date of the assignment. For students that have installed the Fronter App, notification will be sent to mobile as well.


Note: Settings can be changed even after the task is assigned.

Group assignment

The assignment tool supports students working together to submit work.

  • Set this assignment to be a group assignment by choosing Group assignment on the Assign-page
  • Students create their own groups

to the top

For students: How to submit work

  • From the list of assignments; Select the one you want by clicking the title.
  • If the list is long and you find it hard to pick the exact assignment, try filtering the list by choosing your teacher's name in the drop down at the top.
  • Note: There are currently two versions of the student view. By default, the new views are shown.
  • Students are notified of new assignments. Check the bell icon in the top right corner. Click the notification to hand in work.
  • Read any descriptions and/or view any files added by the teacher.
  • For learning goals connected to your ILP/Goals tool; click the heading Goals.

If you want to submit a file from your computer

  • Click Upload file(s)
  • Browse for the file on your computer.
  • Select required file and click Open (or doubleclick).
  • Click Upload.
  • Save.
  • Add a comment about the task/your work process/other in the comment field (optional).
  • Click Submit or Save.

If you want to submit a file from your OneDrive

  • Click Upload from OneDrive
  • If you are not logged in to your Microsoft account, please do so.
  • Browse for the file in your OneDrive folder.
  • Select required file by checking the box to the right.
  • Click Upload and see the file uploading. When it is done, the progress bar turns green.
  • Close the popup to return to the assignment page.
  • Add a comment about the task/your work process/other in the comment field (optional).
  • Click Submit or Save.

If you want to submit a file from your Dropbox (old views only)

  • Click Add content.
  • Select Dropbox.
    • If it is the first time; click Link account and log in with your Dropbox username and password.
    • Click Allow when prompted to give Fronter access to folders and files.
  • Select the required file by doubleclicking.
  • Click Import.
  • Add a comment about the task/your work process/other in the comment field (optional).
  • Click Submit.

If you want to link to file in Fronter (old views only)

  • Click Add content.
  • Select room from drop-down (Note: your file cannot be placed in your personal archive) and browse through the tools/folders until you find the file and can tick the radio button.
  • Click Save.
  • Add a comment about the task/your work process/other in the comment field (optional).
  • Click Submit.

If you want to link to a web page/site outside of Fronter (old views only)

  • Click the button Add content.
  • Click External link.
  • Type or paste in the URL.
  • Add a title that will be displayed in stead of the URL (optional).
  • Click Save.
  • Add a comment about the task/your work process/other in the comment field (optional).
  • Click Submit.

If you want to record your own voice (old views only)

  • Click Add content.
  • Click Record sound.
  • Give a title and click the red button to start recording.
  • Click Save.
  • Add a comment about the task/your work process/other in the comment field (optional).
  • Click Submit.

Note: In the old view, after submitting, you can no longer edit your hand-in. If you instead click Save draft you will have the editing option until you click the Submit button. If you by mistake click submit button too early, you'll need the teacher's help to set status back to draft. In the new views, you can change your submission as many times as you want before the due date has passed.

Tip: You can submit more than one file and more than one type of files. If you submit multiple files/links, make sure you give them good titles so your teacher can know what's what.

to the top

For teachers: Hand in work on behalf of the student

In some cases the student is unable to submit their own files, it might be they don't have internet access, it might be they are simply too young, and the teacher can hand in a file on behalf of the student:

  • Open the assignment from the list.
  • Select the student by clicking the name.
  • Click the Upload file(s) button.
  • Browse for required file and click Open or doubleclick.
  • Repeat if required.
  • Click Submit.

The task is submitted and can be commented by teacher and viewed in the portfolio and in the Assignment tool by both the student and the teacher. If the teacher later wants to edit the reply, his can be done by clicking Add/remove files in the evaluation view.

to the top

How to comment/grade work

  • Open the relevant assignment by clicking the title.
  • From the list; click the name of one of the students.
  • OR: download all files by clicking the button in the top right.
  • Open the student's answers by clicking the titles.
  • In the Evaluation section; add an overall comment and/or type a grade.

Note: For group assignments, all students will get the same comment and/or grade.

Commenting on student's work

To give comments directly in the uploaded file:

  • Click the file you want to comment on.
  • Not all file formats are supported yet. If the file format is not supported, the file will download. Supported formats will open inside Fronter.
  • Highlight some text with the mouse, and click the Annotate button that appears
  • Write your comments in the text box and remember to save.
  • The comments will be available to the student once the assignment is set to Evaluated

If you have extra comments in form of a file on your computer:

  • Click Upload file.
  • Browse
  • Select file and click Open or doubleclick.

To give feedback orally:

  • Click Add content in the upper right corner.
  • Select Record sound from the drop down menu.
  • Give a title to your recording.
  • Click the red circle to start recording and the black square to stop.
  • Click save.
  • Optionally: Click the heading Goals to set individual evaluations (max 20 characters) for every assigned goal. The evaluations will appear in the Goal module, with the overall evaluation/grade in brackets, and overall evaluation displayed in Portfolio.
  • Tick the box Set status to evaluated.
  • Click Save.
  • A notification will be sent to the student that their work has been evaluated.

Tip: If you want to comment on all students before you publish evaluation to all in one go, do not tick the Set status to evaluated before clicking save. Do all your commenting, then go back to the list, select the hand-in title and click the button Set all to evaluated.

To navigate between students

Select from drop-down menu on top of the page or use the Prev and Next buttons. From the hand-in list, the Not evaluated X/Z link in the Information column will provide a filtered view of students who have submitted but not been evaluated yet.

How to read results from the plagiarism control

The school needs to have an Ephorus license activated. The old set up is not valid for this version, so please contact Fronter Support.

  • Open the relevant assignment by clicking the title.

The column to the right is the Plagiarism check; it will display the percentage of the text matching other texts.

  • Click the graph to see the details for individual students. The new page will display a list of URLs with text matching the student's answer and a summary report. The summary will show the copied text in red font, and the student's own words in black. URLs can be de-selected from the list to see exactly whats bits of text is copied from where, but it is quicker to just select the Detailed tab.
  • From the Detailed tab; pick one URL to see a detailed comparison between the different texts. To the left, in red font, is the original, to the right, in black font, is the student's answer.

Download all files

To download all files handed in by students, click the button in the student list view. A zip-file will be generated, containing a folder for each student with their files inside. If the zip file takes long to generate, and the user moves away from the page, a notification will appear informing of the ready to download zip file. Click the notification to download.

The normal extract program in Windows has certain limitations when it comes to unzipping files and creating the folder structure if the folder or file names contain special characters. If any of the names in your extracted folder contains symbols that shouldn't be there, we suggest that you download and install a different tool for extracting the zip.

Our suggestion is 7-zip. This is a free tool that can be downloaded from http://www.7-zip.org/. You can also choose any of your other favorite tools for unzipping, like Winrar or Winzip.

If you are using a different operating system, such as Mac OSX or Linux, special characters in names of folders or files shouldn't be a problem.

Please note: The maximum size for downloading all files is 1.9 GB.

to the top

For teachers: Editing the submission

The teacher has some extra control over the submission in case there are problems like the student submitting the wrong paper or forgetting to submit at all.

If student didn't submit before the due date:

  • Click the assignment to get the list of students
  • Select the student who has not submitted
  • Hand in on behalf of the student by uploading a document and clicking Submit

If a student (or the teacher) has uploaded the wrong document:

  • Click the assignment to get the list of students
  • Select the appropriate student to get the evaluation view
  • From here, click Add/remove files
  • Add or remove files and click Submit

If the student has submitted a draft, but not done a final submission before the due date:

  • Click the assignment to get the list of students
  • Select the student whose submission is in draft state
  • Click add/remove files
  • Click Submit
  • It is now possible to evaluate the submission

Making changes after the assignment has been set to evaluated:

  • Select the student for which the changes need to be made
  • In the evaluation view, locate the "Set to Evaluated" check box
  • Deselect the check box and click Save
  • It will now be possible to edit the submission or the evaluation
  • It is important to reselect the check box and save when the changes are made, in order for the student to have access to the evaluation.

If a teacher removes files, the overall evaluation will still be kept. It is not possible to remove the entire reply, just single files, and it is still not possible to submit without uploading a file.

to the top

Feedback loop - how to use

The Feedback loop is a way for teachers and students to communicate within a submission of an assignment.

Once a student has submitted a file (and only after it is submitted), the teacher and the student will be able to see the feedback loop. You will see a text field where you can add feedback and comments. Additionally you can also see status changes.

The teacher or student is able to toggle between showing either the latest two messages in the feedback loop, or the entire feedback history, which includes the status changes to the assignment. Check the checkbox Show all feedback below the text fields to toggle.

The displayed status information can vary between teachers and students. The status 'Evaluation in Progress' is not shown to students, only to teachers.

The feedback loop can still be used after the assignment is evaluated.

Note: There is not yet any notifications related to the feedback loop. The teacher and the student need to manually check for new comments.

to the top

Known limitations

There are a couple of things you would expect from a room tool that will not yet work in Assignment:

  • Archiving the room will most likely remove access to your assignment (try changing the setting so that people with guest access can view the tool)
  • It is now possible to copy assignments when copying a room, but there are some cases where links to an assignment doesn't update (known issue)

to the top