Instructional Technology Spotlight – Assignments in Brightspace
This time of year many instructors are sitting up Assignments in Brightspace for a variety of uses. While many people know the basics of what you can do with Assignments, there are important options that some instructors may not know about. Below are some resources that we think would be helpful for those instructors looking to get the most out of Assignments in Brightspace.
- While most Assignments are designed for students to upload and submit files, that isn’t actually the only submission type available. Other options like Text submission or On-paper submission allow students to be evaluated in other ways while still giving instructors the ability to give personalized feedback and grades via Brightspace. To learn more about these options, review this part of our guide on Creating Assignments.
- The majority of Assignments in Brightspace are designed to provide a grade for student work. In order for those scores to appear in the Brightspace gradebook, Instructors have to link their Assignments to a Grade Item. If you aren’t sure how to do that, or just need a refresher on the options available, check out our guide on” Linking your Assignment to the Gradebook.”
- Do you ever have a situation where a student needs an extension on an Assignment, or maybe you are teaching two sections of the same course and what to give each their own due date? Using the Special Access feature in Brightspace, Instructors can accommodate individual students (or groups of students) with specific start, due, and end dates. Take a look at our guide on Providing Alternate dates to an Assignment to see how to set this up in your course.
- Are you using Turnitin to check for similarities between your students’ writings and other sources? Be sure to review our guide on “How to use the similarity report tools on Turnitin” to make sure that you are using Turnitin’s resources the best way possible.
- Lastly, did you know you can easily email all students who have not submitted a specific assignment? This option, available on the Assignment Submissions page, is a helpful way to keep students engaged and reminder about upcoming deadlines. Click here to view our guide on “Contacting students who have not submitted an assignment.”
The options and guides linked above are only a few of the resources we have available on Assignments and other tools in Brightspace. For more resources, be sure to check out our On-Demand Resources for Instructors online. If you have any questions about these resources, or have other questions about Instructional Technology, be sure to reach out to the Vanderbilt Brightspace and Instructional Technology Support team.