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Create and Edit Assignments

Digication assignments are made up of “steps.” A simple assignment might have only two steps—a student submitting a section of their portfolio as an “Evidence” step and an instructor providing feedback through a “Teacher Reflection” step. More complex assignments might include steps like a self-evaluation rubric or a revised submission. The order of these steps is completely flexible, but an evidence step should always be first.

NOTE: When a student submits a section of their portfolio to an evidence step, it creates a “snapshot” of that section. This means that if a student makes changes to that page after submitting, the changes are not reflected in the snapshot. This can be used to document portfolio progress, build in checkpoints for long-term projects, or simply ensure students adhere to deadlines. Submissions can be used for department based assessment, even if this occurs at a later date.

Required Steps

Create an Assignment

  1. From the Digication Home page, click the name of your course.
  2. On the course management page, click the Assignments tab on the menu.
  3. Click the Add Assignment button.
  4. Enter a name for the assignment in the "Name" field, and an optional description.

    NOTE: You can copy an assignment from another one of your courses by clicking Browse Assignments and then selecting the appropriate assignment.

  5. Click Save. You will be taken to the “Edit Assignment Workflow Steps” page. See below for instructions on adding “steps” to your assignments.
  6. NOTE: All assignments must have at least one step.

Add Steps to an Assignment

  1. From the “Edit Assignment Workflow Steps” page, click Add Step.
  2. NOTE: You can access this page by clicking the Assignments tab, the name of the assignment, and Edit Assignment.

  3. Select a type of step. The first step in an assignment should be Evidence.
  4. NOTE: The use of Peer Rubric and Peer Reflection steps is discouraged right now, because Digication sends a classwide email notification whenever a student submits, which can overwhelm students.

    • Evidence is an actual student submission. This can be a link to a student’s portfolio, a section of the portfolio, or a file that the student uploads. An assignment with multiple drafts or multiple components might contain multiple evidence steps.
    • Reflections allow general text comments to be entered on a piece of evidence by the student or the instructor. A Teacher Reflection is the primary way to provide feedback on an assignment.
    • Rubrics are an assessment tool that can be filled out by the student or the instructor.
    • Standards allow you to link the assignment to a departmentally- or institutionally-created learning standard.
  5. Selecting a step will provide a description. Click Add This Step to confirm.
  6. Enter a name for the step and optionally a description or instructions.
  7. Adjust the options for this step.
    • If the step is a reflection, rubric, or standard, select the evidence step that it assesses using the “This step assesses:” drop-down menu.
    • If this step is a standard, select the standard your department or institution has set up from the “This step applies to” drop-down menu.
    • If this step is a rubric, select or create a rubric. See the Digication Rubrics Supplement for more information on creating a rubric.
    • Optionally, adjust the “Step Options” to determine when the step will be available to students.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Repeat this process to add more steps to your assignment.

Edit an Assignment

  1. Click the name of your course on the Digication Home page.
  2. Click the Assignments tab.
  3. Click the edit icon under the name of the assignment.

  4. Edit the assignment as needed.
    • Click Edit in the top section to edit the assignment name or description.
  5. Click Save after making your changes.
    • To edit a step, click Edit next to the name of the step.
  6. Click Save after making your changes.
  7. To reorder your steps, click and hold the number of a step and drag it up or down in the step order.

Optional Steps

  1. Add a description or introduction for the assignment by filling out the respective fields when creating or editing an assignment.

Next Steps

Once an assignment and steps are created, students can submit work to be reviewed.  You can view our guides on Creating ePortfolio Templates or Assessing Submissions to learn more about working with student ePortfolios.

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