eSubmission Assignment Tool

The assignment tool allows the student to submit a digital copy of their work and for academics to retrieve students' work in their own time through Course Resources.

What is Assignment Tool?                        

The assignment tool allows the student to submit a digital copy of their work and for academics to retrieve students' work in their own time through Course Resources (Blackboard). As more students produce digital work it is important to provide them with a way to submit this for assessment quickly and easily. Technology allows us to do this integrating the submission and feedback process within systems familiar to the student like Course Resources.

The Assignment Tool within Course Resources does not provide an originality report  (a feature of Turnitin) but it does still provide a number of different marking tools including inline grading, drawing tools, text and audio feedback.

Why would I use electronic submission with my students?

  • Students do not need to come onto campus to submit work.
  • Submission is automatically receipted by email to the students.
  • Exact date and timestamp of when work was submitted by students.
  • Improved clarity in marking and feedback, easier to make lengthy comments at the appropriate point in the text.
  • Easier for students to read and understand typed text than handwritten feedback.
  • Electronic storage of assignments can be easier to access and manage than printing paper copies.
  • Feedback is easily available to students to refer back to at a later date.

How do I use electronic submission with my students?

There are a few steps to go through in the eSubmission process:

  • Create a submission point

  Guide to creating an assignment submission point

  • Electronic marking of students' work

The Course Resources Assignment Tool works with the Grade Centre within your module.  This is where you can access the student submissions and leave feedback.  

Grading Assignments
Inline grading for assignments

  • Transferring grades

Guide to transferring grades to PeopleSoft

  • Moderation

Guide to Moderation

Please note:

If students have submitted work, deleting assignments also deletes students submissions.  

Other feedback options

You may also wish to consider providing audio or audio-visual content which can be done separately or in conjunction with marking tools.

Providing Audio feedback

Providing Audio Visual feedback    

Marking offline

There may be circumstances, which arise where you need to mark a student's work offline. This could be due to inadequate broadband, restrictions on download and upload limits at home or Course Resources assignment tool not offering the feedback options required for some of your students (e.g. different text colour, background colour, access via assistive technology).

The process is the following:

  • Downloading students work to be marked offline
  • Extracting the submissions from the zip file
  • Leaving feedback in Microsoft Word
  • Returning the file back to the student

Good Practice

Tips to consider for your wellbeing:  Wellbeing link

Hints and tips:  When writing the general feedback it is best to do this within a Word document first and then copy and paste this across to the general feedback area. This ensures that you can save the work as you go along but also provides you with an overview of the general feedback all in one place. It also provides a spell check which is not available in GradeMark.

Resources

Creating and editing assignments

Creating an assignment submission point

Grading Assignments

Inline grading for assignments

Transferring grades

Moderation

What can I do if I can’t access the system

General Enquiries

Email

tel@derby.ac.uk

Phone

01332 591865