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Western Online Assignments

In Western Online (D2L) Navigation, click Assessments then Assignments.

The Assignments tool is used to create assignments in which students can submit files (.doc, .pdf, .ppt, etc). You can see users’ submission times, download Assignments folders to your computer, view submissions with the document viewer on the Evaluate Submission page, associate Assignments folders to rubrics and competencies, and return submissions with grades and feedback. You can also restrict access to Assignments folders by date and time, group membership, or special access permissions.

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In July of 2021, the Western Online Assignment tool changed to a new, fully immersive layout. Please visit the New Assignment Evaluation Experience page for more information.

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  • Create an Assignment
    1. Click Assessments in the nav bar and choose Assignments.
    2. In the Assignments tool click New Assignment.
    3. Enter a Name.
    4. Add instructions in the Instructions text box.
    5. Click the Add Attachment drop down to attachment a File, Link, Existing Activity, or link to something in your Google Drive.
    6. Select an Assignment Type:
      • Individual Assignment - Select this option if you want each user to have their own submission.
      • Group Assignment - Select this option if you want one submission per group. You must associate the folder with a Group Category (Any group member can submit and view files for a group Assignments folder).
    7. Select a Submission type - Select what and how you want them to submit.
    8. Select a Category (Optional). You can click the New Category link to create a new category.
    9. Associate the Assignments folder with a Grade Item if you want submissions tied to an item in your grade book. First type the points into the Score Out Of area.
    10. Click the New Grade Item link to create a new grade item for the Assignments folder (the grade item points need to be the same as the Score Out Of points.
    11. Click Add Rubric if you want to associate the Assignments folder with a rubric. Click the Create Rubric in New Window link if you want to create a new rubric. You can also select an existing rubric and set it as the Default Scoring Rubric.
    12. Click the Restrictions tab to set your Start, Due, and End dates, attach release conditions, or provide Special Access.
    13. Click Save and Close.
  • Check Assignments submissions for plagiarism
    1. When creating/editing an Assignment, click the Manage TurnItIn tab, selecting the following items:
      • Enable GradeMark for this folder 
      • Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace
      • Enable Originality Check for this folder
      • Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder
      • Automatic originality checking on all submissions
    2. TurnItIn Feedback studio will now allow instructors to automatically exclude text associated with templates they have provided to their students as aids for completing their assignment from the Similarity Report. Please follow these steps to upload an assignment template:
      • Click "More Options in TurnItIn" button, and when Optional Settings window appears, scroll down to the Exclude assignment template section. 
      • Select Upload Template to upload your template file (the file that was given to your students to complete their assignment with) or Create Custom Template to enter the text that was included on your template.
      • Choose your file and Submit.
    3.  After returning to the Turnitin Integration window, click the Save button.
    4. Click Save and Close to save the changes to your assignment.
  • Allow certain student(s) access to an assignment using Special Access
    1. When creating/editing an Assignment, click the Restrictions tab.
    2. Select the Allow only users with special access to see this folder option under the Special Access section at the bottom.
    3. Click the Add Users to Special Access button.
    4. Set the date and time options you want to give to the student(s).
    5. Place a check next to the student(s) you want to have the special access.
    6. Click the Save button.
    7. Click Save and Close to save your changes.
  • Submit a single student paper to check for plagiarism
    1. Create a "dummy" assignment and activate the TurnItIn option.
    2. Use the Special Access option to only allow the zzz_Student, zzz_Demo access.
    3. Impersonate the zzz_Student, zzz_Demo in the Classlist to submit the assignment.

Tip Sheets

Western Online Assignments Tool (Google Doc)

Turnitin® GradeMark® & Feedback Studio (Google Doc)