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Online Assignment Submission Options

The Assignment Manager, and SafeAssign are tools in myWPI that can be used for assignment submission.

In Blackboard 9.1 (as of August 2012), the Assignment Manager as a whole has seen numerous updates. The site itself looks much cleaner, and you can now set optional due dates, allow additional attempts at assignments, and assign Assignments to Groups of students (requires only one submission per group). In addition, many items such as blogs and wikis can be graded through their control panels. Messages and SafeAssign have largely stayed the same.

Features Comparison

Messages Assignment Manager SafeAssign
Permission Required
  • Instructor/Leader
  • TA/Assistants
  • Grader
  • Course or Organization Builder
  • Student
  • Instructor/Leader
  • TA/Assistants
Restricted Access:
  • Grader (Download/Grading Functions Only)
  • Course or Organization Builder (Create/Modify Assignments Only)
  • Instructor/Leader
  • TA/Assistants
Restricted Access:
  • Grader (Download/Grading Functions Only)
  • Course or Organization Builder (Create/Modify Assignments Only)

 

Student Access
  • From the Course Tools link or you can create a menu item that links directly
  • From any Content Area or Folder, making it easy to integrate assignments with related content
  • From any Content Area or Folder, making it easy to integrate assignments with related content
Benefits
  • Submissions are marked with a timestamp and the student's username
  • Can be used for assignments that require multiple revisions, such as a term paper
  • Functions similar to email and private instructor comments can easily be incorporated into communication with students.
  • Messages are internal to myWPI, so returning graded student work is secure and confidential.
  • Students can be granted a number of attempts/updates/versions of an assignment.
  • Submissions are marked with a submission date and time.
  • Can download multiple files at once
  • Integrated with the Grade Center
  • Files can be sorted by assignment
  • May include private Instructor notes
  • Can restrict submission dates and times for access, such as for a deadline. Can mark work after a given time as "late".
  • You can enter comments to be seen by students when you enter a grade and you can return graded files to students.
  • Students can upload multiple files per assignment.
  • Checks for plagiarism against thousands of published sources.
  • Provides a report flagging possible plagiarism problems with each paper.
  • A Draft feature allows students to submit their work and get a report indicating possible plagiarism problems with their papers before submitting a final version.
  • Submissions are marked with a submission date and time.
  • Can download multiple files at once.
  • Integrated with the Grade Center
  • Can restrict submission dates and times for access, such as for a deadline
  • You can enter comments to be seen by students when you enter a grade and you can return graded files to students.
Limitations
  • Must download each file individually
  • List of messages can get large very quickly, especially in large-enrollment courses
  • If using with the Grade Center, must create a separate Grade Center item.
  • Controlling submission dates and times, as well as marking late work, becomes difficult.
  • If a student submits the wrong file, the submission must be cleared manually by an instructor or TA.
  • Students can only submit files once per assignment, so if you allow multiple drafts, you must create multiple assignments.
  • If a student submits the wrong file, the submission must be cleared manually by an instructor or TA.
  • Students can only submit one file per assignment.
 
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Last modified: Feb 24, 2012, 13:43 EST
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