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Downloading Student Files from the Assignment Manager - Database Error

If you are getting an error when attempting to Download Student Files from the Assignment Manager, then your assignment name may contain special characters (i.e. #, $, %, etc.) that the database cannot read. Follow these instructions to remove special characters from the assignment and gradebook.

Changing the Name of the Assignment Already Deployed

  1. Go to the Control Panel > and locate the content area where your Assignment Submission item is located.
  2. Click Modify next to the Assignment item.
  3. Remove the special character (in this example, the # symbol) from the Assignment name and click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Note

Spaces, dashes, and underscore characters do not cause problems with Assignment downloads.

  1. Repeat for each assignment you have.

Changing the Name of the Gradebook Column for a Deployed Assignment

When you add an Assignment to a Content Area, a gradebook column is automatically created for the assignment. Even though you have just fixed the Assignment name, the gradebook column still reflects the old name, which contains special characters.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Gradebook.
  2. Click Manage Items.
  3. Click Modify next to the Assignment Gradebook item.
  4. Remove any special characters (in this example, the #) from the item name and click Submit at the bottom.
  5. You should now be able to successfully Batch Download Student Files from the Assignment Manager.
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