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Creating Assignments with the Assignment Manager


Submitting assignment files in myWPI is a convenient alternative to having students send assignment files via e-mail. Assignment files are stored in myWPI instead of in an instructor's or TA's mailbox, are scanned for viruses by the myWPI server, and are marked with a timestamp. The Assignment Manager is the tool in myWPI for managing assignments. Assignments are created within content areas. The tool features batch assignment downloading and Grade Center integration, so it is easy to match submitted files to individual students.

In the Assignment Manager, assignments are created within a content area (such as Course Materials) and the submitted files are downloaded from the Grade Center.


Creating an Assignment

  1. To set up an assignment, use the Course Menu to select a content area such as Assignments.
  2. Under the Create Assessment dropdown, select Assignment.

Section 1: Assignment Information

  1. In the Name field, enter the name of the assignment. Then, type a description of the assignment.


Do not include special characters in your Assignment Name. Spaces, dashes, and underscores are acceptable, but other characters (i.e. #, %, $, etc.) can cause problems when downloading Assignments.

  1. Attach any necessary items for the assignment by uploading them from your computer by clicking Browse My Computer.
  2. In the Grading field, enter the maximum number of points students can earn on the assignment. This is the point value that is used for the Grade Center column. Associate a rubric, if necessary.
  3. Select the number of attempts/submissions that you want to grant to students.
  4. If you want to specify a start and end date for submissiondate, click the checkbox in the Due Date field and select the date from the dropdown menus.
  5. Enter a due date if you want some assignments to be marked late.
  6. If students are to submit the assignments in groups, be sure to mark as such so they can all recieve the same grade for the assignment.
  7. Click Submit to create the assignment.

After posting an assignment, it appears in the content area with a link for students to view and complete the assignment. A column is added to the Grade Center. You can view and download files, offer feedback to individual students, and post grades via the Grade Center. When you are ready to download the assignment files, refer to the Downloading Student Files from the Assignment Manager topic.


Student view of assignments created with the Assignment Manager

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