assignments

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New Ways to Track Work for Students and Instructors in Brightspace

There now new ways for students and instructors to track work and submissions in Brightspace! We’ve added 2 new widgets to homepages Work to Do widget for students The Work to Do widget shows upcoming, due, and overdue work. Students can see the work for a course on the course homepage OR work for all …

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Backwards Design and Transparency 2: Modules and Assignments

Previously we discussed how to use backwards design to design an entire course. You can apply some backwards design principles when creating your modules as well. Brightspace’s HTML editor and Insert Stuff tool are great for creating modules that provide clarity to your students by keeping the rationale for your decisions easily accessible and in …

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Backwards Design and Transparency at the Course Level

Numerous instructional and course design models depend upon “backwards design” as their prime organizing principle. Many instructors start by deciding which content they want to include in their course, then decide on assessments, then course objectives. Backwards design reverses that process, making content the last thing you would choose.  Flower Darby, in her book Small …

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Turnitin Draft Coach for Google Docs

Turnitin’s writing tools are now available outside Brightspace! In Google Docs you can now use the Turnitin Draft Coach to check for Similarity – compared with other text online or in the Turnitin repository Citations – inline citations and references Grammar – sentence fragments, punctuation, etc. More than a standard Google Docs spellcheck. Draft Coach …

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Using Anonymous Grading (& Why You Should)

Anonymous grading can help provide better outcomes for learners, instructors, and the organization because: Test-takers can receive results faster so they know the areas in which they’re excelling and areas where they can improve. A lot of logistical needs can be automatically taken care of for instructors and markers, enabling them to spend more time working with learners. The process …

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Organize Assignments in Brightspace

Organize your assignments into categories to make it easier for users to navigate to the appropriate assignment. For example, you can create separate categories for course units, summative projects, bonus assignments, and individual submissions. Your new category will appear on the Assignments page only if there are assignments associated with it. Watch the video below to learn …

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Collecting Student Kaltura Video Assignments

Kaltura Video Hosting is a campus wide application which means students have the same access to desktop recording, editing, and hosting as faculty and staff. This software makes it even easier to assign video projects to students. But how can students easily share a Kaltura video with you? We’ll give you 3 options for collecting …

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How to Use Turnitin in Brightspace

Turnitin is an “originality checker” you can use to quickly compare student papers to thousands of sources across the internet and a repository of student work from other institutions. Check out the video training below for instructions on how to easily use Turnitin right in Brightspace assignments.