The Assignment tool allows instructors to collect work from students. Students can submit files (example: word-processed documents, images, or other file types), type text directly in the text editor online, or a combination of both! Instructors can also leave feedback, fill out a rubric, or upload a response file when grading.

Submitting a file-based assignment


  1. Click on the Assignment link.
  2. Details about the specific assignment such as submission status, grade status, due date, and time remaining will be listed.
  3. Click on the ‘Add submission’ button.
  4. You can add your submission by dragging and dropping the file onto the box with the big blue arrow, OR You can add your submission by using the upload menu within the file picker. a. Select the + Add button within the File submission box. b. Select the ‘Browse’ button and select your file c. Click the ‘Upload this file’ button
  5. All files browsed and dropped in the File submission box will appear
  6. Select the ‘Save changes’ button to complete your submission


Submitting an online text assignment


In some cases, you will be asked to type directly into UR Courses to complete an online assignment.

  1. Click on the Assignment link.
  2. Details about the specific assignment such as submission status, grade status, due date, and time remaining will be listed.
  3. Click on the ‘Add submission’ button.
  4. In the Online text, editor box, type as you normally would in a word-processing program. kitchensink.PNG

Note: click on the button at the top left corner of the text box to expand the toolbar for additional formatting options (see right).

  1. Format icons are located at the top if you would like to bold, italicize, number, bullet, or add a hyperlink.
  2. When finished, select the ‘Save changes’ button.

Note: In some cases you may be asked to complete an online text area AND submit a file. Please read your assignment instructions carefully to be certain.

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Initial rich text area with the minimal toolbar.

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Expanded rich text area toolbar.


Submitting a Turnitin assignment

A Turnitin assignment activity is available within UR Courses that allows students and instructors to interact with Turnitin.com directly from within their course.

Students can submit files (example: word-processed documents or other file types) or type text directly in the text editor online, depending on the assignments configuration.

  1. Click on the Assignment link.
  2. Details about the specific assignment such as submission status, grade status, due date, and time remaining will be listed.
  3. Click on the Submit Paper link.
  4. Select the submission type from the dropdown menu if available.
  5. Provide a name for your submission and either attach a file or enter content into the text area.
  6. Click Add submission once you are ready to submit.
  7. If your instructor has allowed students to view their originality report, you can access it by clicking on the Similarity result. You may need to refresh the page if Turnitin takes longer than usual to generate the report.

For information on viewing your submission within Turnitin's Feedback Studio, please refer to our Turnitin page.

Details


Feedback for assignments can consist of both a grade and, potentially, additional comments within UR Courses or a file which can be downloaded. Students can view grades in the Gradebook by clicking on Grades in the Administration Block or by clicking on the assignment name from the main page or selecting it through the Assignments in the Activities block and clicking on the specific assignment. Feedback comments can be viewed in the gradebook as well as on the assignment page. Feedback files need to be accessed through the assignment page. Click on the name of the feedback file to download it.


Rubrics


What is a rubric? A rubric is a popular way for instructors to communicate expectations for an assignment. Some instructor may provide a simple rubric within the course outline or they may include a rubric within the Assignment tool. The rubric outlines what you need to do in order to achieve the marks you want. The following is an example of a simple rubric:

1 point

2 points

3 points

Use of language

very basic writing

some errors but fairly accurate

high level of accuracy

Relevance of content

none of the required points covered

some points covered, but has some irrelevance

most content is covered

Appropriateness of style.

style not appropriate

fairly good style

very appropriate style

If an instructor has decided to use a rubric in UR Courses and has made it available to students, it will be accessible through a link within the assignment activity itself.


Multimedia


Some assigments may require you to make a multimedia submission, which could use an audio or video recorder, a whiteboard, or request a snapshot from your webcam. More information on making a submission for this type of assignment continues below.

Audio

If your assignment is requesting an audio submission, a single button audio recorder may appear. Follow the steps below to create your own audio recording.

Recording tips:

  • Try to minimize background noise

  • Use headphones and a microphone if possible

  1. If you haven't allowed UR Courses to access your microphone, your web browser will prompt you for access. Ensure the URL is correct and allow access.

    Poodll Assignment Microphone Browser Prompt

  2. The audio recorder should detect your default microphone. To select another input device, click on the gears icon.

    Poodll Assignment Microphone Settings

  3. Click on the single button to begin recording your audio.

    Poodll Assignment Audio Recorder

  4. Click the same button again to stop recording.

    Poodll Assignment Audio Recording

  5. Click the same button again to review your audio recording.

    Poodll Assignment Audio Review

  6. If you would like to make a new recording, click the Restart button below the recorder button.

    Poodll Assignment Audio Restart

  7. Once you are satisfied with your recording, click Upload to save the recording to the server.

    Poodll Assignment Audio Upload

  8. Once the submission has been uploaded, click the Save changes button below.

    Assignment Submission Save Changes

Video

If your assignment is requesting a video submission, a 3-step video recorder may appear. Follow the steps below to create your own video recording.

Recording tip:

  • Try to minimize background noise

  1. If you haven't allowed UR Courses to access your camera, your web browser will prompt you for access. Ensure the URL is correct and allow access.

    Poodll Assignment Camera Browser Prompt

  2. The video recorder should detect your default camera. To select another input device, click on the gears icon.

    Poodll Assignment Camera Settings

  3. The maximum duration for your recording is displayed in the bar above the camera preview. It will begin counting once the recording is started.

    Poodll Assignment Video Duration

  4. Click on the record button to begin recording.

    Poodll Assignment Video Record

  5. Click the same button again to stop recording.

    Poodll Assignment Video Stop

  6. Click the Play button to review your recording.

    Poodll Assignment Video Review

  7. If you would like to make a new recording, click the Record button again. This will replace the current recording from the previous step.

  8. Once you have reviewed your recording and are satisfied, click the third Upload button to save the recording to the server.

    Poodll Assignment Video Upload

  9. Once the submission has been successfully uploaded, click the Save changes button below.

    Poodll Assignment Video Upload Complete

    Assignment Submission Save Changes

Whiteboard

If your assignment is requesting a whiteboard submission, a whiteboard area will appear that allows you to draw, create shapes, add text, and save the result as an image.

  1. Use the drawing and text tools to make your submission.

    Poodll Assignment Whiteboard

  2. Once satisfied with your submission, be sure to click the Save Picture button if the whiteboard has not already been uploaded automatically.

    Poodll Assignment Whiteboard Blank

  3. Finally, to make your submission click the Save changes button below.

    Assignment Submission Save Changes

Snapshot

If your assignment is requesting a snapshot submission, a prompt will appear requesting access to your camera. Once permitted, a preview of your default webcam will appear above the following buttons.

Poodll Assignment Snapshot

  1. If you haven't allowed UR Courses to access your camera, your web browser will prompt you for access. Ensure the URL is correct and allow access.

    Poodll Assignment Camera Browser Prompt

  2. Click Take Picture to create a snapshot.

    Poodll Assignment Take Picture

  3. If you are not satisfied with the result, click Cancel.

    Poodll Assignment Cancel Picture

  4. Once you are satisfied with the result, click Upload.

    Poodll Assignment Upload Picture

  5. Once the snapshot has been uploaded, click Save changes button below.

    Assignment Submission Save Changes

If you are having difficulty submitting to an assignment, please contact IT.Support@uregina.ca with a link to the assignment, or the name of the course and assignment, and a detailed description of the problem.