How do I add an Assignment activity?

You will learn how to add an Assignment to your course in TITANium using the Assignment activity.

The Assignment activity allows you to collect written text or documents (files) from individual students or groups of students. You can then grade them (if desired) and provide text feedback or feedback in a file (such as in a Rubric or an edited Word document or an annotated PDF). You can also use a custom rubric to aid in assessing the student's work.

This guide has been updated for TITANium 2019-2020.

1. Enter your course in TITANium.

Below is a sample course.

course main page

2. Click on the Gear icon.

Gear icon is selected.

3. Turn editing on.

The Gear menu reveals the following links: Edit settings, Turn editing on, Filters, Gradebook setup, Outcomes, Backup, Restore, Import, Recycle bin, Reset, and More...

Turn editing on link is selected.

4. Click on Add an activity or resource.

Add an activity or resource link is selected.

5. Select Assignment.

Select Assignment.

6. Click on Add.

Add button is selected.

7. Click on Expand all.

 Expand all button is selected.

8. Type a title for the Assignment.

The Assignment name is a plain text entry field. This will be the name of the link to this Assignment on the course main page, in the Gradebook, and throughout the course structure.

Assignment name field is selected.

9. Type a description.

The Description may contain a variety of content, such as text, images, video, etc. Typically, instructors add directions for the assignment, such as the due date and time and what type of document file to upload, etc.

Description textbox is selected.

10. If you desire to display this description on the course main page, check Display description box.

Display description field is unchecked.

11. Drag and drop a file if you want to attach a file.

This is a good location to upload extensive directions and examples of poor, good, and excellent quality work.

File upload area is selected.

12. Set Availability dates.

Availability dates are enabled by default, so you need to change them according to your preference. Availability dates are not required, but can be useful.

Note that TITANium uses a 24-hour clock.

Availability section.

13. Decide whether to enable a Cut-off date.

If not enabled, then a student can submit the assignment late without an end date. This is the default setting.

If enabled, then a student can only submit their assignment up until the date and time selected. So, for example, if you do not want to allow any late submissions, then make the Cut-off date the same as the Due date above.

Cut-off date is enabled.

14. Decide whether to set a Remind me to grade date.

This reminder will show up in the Timeline block (on your Dashboard.

Remind me to grade by field is selected
15. Set the Submission types.

Follow these sub-steps to adjust the Submission types settings.

 Submission types section

15.1. Set for Online text and/or File submission.

Decide how to you want to collect the Assignment. Should students copy and paste text into a text box, or should they upload a file? Both are checked by default.

Online text and File submission fields are selected.

15.2. Set a Word limit for online text submissions.

The Word limit only applies to online text submissions.

Word limit field is unchecked.

15.3. Set the number of files students can attach.

You may allow up to twenty files to be uploaded per student per Assignment.

Maximum number of uploaded files is set to 1.

15.4. Set the maximum file size.

A file upload limit may also be adjusted; however, the current course Assignment maximum is 100 MB per file.

Maximum submission size is set to 100 MB.

15.5. Decide whether to restrict Accepted file types.

These sub-steps are only needed if you want to restrict which file types students can submit. For example, most PC users cannot view Mac Pages files. Having a restriction requires Mac Pages users to export to Doc/Docx/PDF.

In order to accept only DOC, DOCX, and PDF, we can set the accepted file types to only allow those specific types.

Accepted file types
15.5.1. Click on Choose (if you want to restrict file types).
Choose button is selected Scroll down the page to the "Document files" section and click on Expand.
Expand link is selected Check the desired file types (doc, docx, pdf).
pdf, docx and doc are selected Scroll down and click on Save changes.
Save changes button is selected The Accepted file types now display PDF, DOC, and DOCX.
PDF, DOCX and DOC only are accepted
16. Determine which types of feedback you want to provide.
Feedback types section

16.1. Feedback comments.

Feedback comments allows the grader to add text comments for each student which will display in the Assignment and in the Grades User report. Below is the feedback as displayed in the student view of the Assignment activity.

Feedback comments

16.2. Annotate PDF.

Annotating a PDF version of the submitted paper can be a useful way to give feedback to the student. In general, DOC, DOCX and PDF (as well as online text) convert to a PDF for annotating.

annotated pdf

16.3. Offline grading worksheet.

The Offline grading worksheet allows the instructor to download a CSV file of the student roster for this Assignment. The CSV can be altered in Excel, saved as a CSV and then uploaded to this Assignment, providing an alternative way of adding grades and feedback from the instructor. This may be useful for an Assignment turned in by hand or performed outside of TITANium.

Below is the display of the Assignment Grading page showing the dropdown menu to download a CSV of the grading worksheet.

Grading action field is set to Download grading worksheet.

16.4. Feedback files.

Feedback files allows the instructor to upload a file for each student (or group), such as a rubric or a marked Word document suggesting edits or corrections for a paper.

Below is the display of the Assignment Grading page showing that a student has an attached feedback file for his assignment.

16.5. Comment inline.

Comment inline allows the instructor and the student to both type text messages to each other within the Assignment. The messages are not sent, they are simply displayed within the Assignment activity.

example of inline comment
17. Set the Submission settings.
Submission settings.

17.1. Require students click submit button.

The default is set to No. No allows the student to drag the file(s) to the submission area and click on Submit. If set to Yes, then the student has two choices, a Submit button and a Save draft button. However, some students can get confused as to whether their "draft" is submitted to the instructor or not.

Require students click submit button is set to No.

17.2. Require that students accept the submission statement.

If enabled, then students have to click yet another button in order to submit this assignment. The basic statement is that they are submitting their own original work.

Require that students accept the submission statement is set to No.

17.3. Attempts reopened.

The default is Never. However, the instructor can still "unlock the student's submission" allowing them to resubmit.

Manually means that the instructor can allow the student to resubmit.

Automatically until pass requires the instructor to also input a value in the Grade to pass field in the Grade section which means that until the student meets that determined grade, he/she can still resubmit.

Attempts reopened is set to Never.

17.4. Maximum attempts.

This setting is used when the Attempts reopened is set to automatic. This setting will put a cap on the number of resubmissions.

Maximum attempts is set to Unlimited.
18. Set Group submission settings.
Group submission settings.

18.1. Students submit in groups.

Read this guide to learn how to set up groups and groupings. Otherwise, leave it on the default of No.

Students submit in groups is set to No.

18.2. Require group to make submission.

This item can only be set if you set Students submit in groups to Yes. Yes means that only students which are part of a group can submit this Assignment.

Require group to make submission is set to No.

18.3. Require all group members submit.

This option is only available if you require all students to click the Submit button in the Submission settings and either Visible groups or Separate groups is selected in the Common module settings.

Require all group members submit is set to No.

18.4. Grouping for student groups.

Read this guide to learn how to set up groups and groupings. You can select the desired grouping only if you have already made groups, groupings and set the Common module settings to either Visible groups or Separate groups.

Grouping for student groups is set to None.
19. Set Notification settings.
Notification settings.

19.1. Notify graders about submissions.

If enabled, all Teachers and Non-editing teachers within the course will receive an email every time a student submits or updates a submission. The default is set to Yes

Tip: Unless you want to be bombarded with emails, it is recommended to change this setting to No.

Notify graders about submissions is set to No.

19.2. Notify graders about late submissions.

If enabled, all Teachers and Non-editing teachers within the course will receive an email every time a student submits past the deadline. Late submissions are possible by setting a Cut-off date or granting a student an extension (this action is performed on the Assignment Grading page). The default is set to Yes.

Notify graders about late submissions is set to Yes.

19.3. Default setting for 'Notify students'.

If enabled, then students will receive an email when their Assignment is graded (unless the instructor disables it when submitting the grade).

Default setting for 'Notify students' is set to Yes.
20. Set the Grade settings.
Grade settings.

20.1. Select the grading scale and Maximum grade.

Point is the default scale; however, custom scales can be created, such as scales displaying text instead of a number like "Fail/Pass", "Incomplete/Complete", or a scale can be created based on a number other than the standard scale with a 200 point maximum. For example, if you want to create a scale with the maximum points at 250, you can create that by going to Grades > Setup > Scales.

The default maximum points is set at 100 but can be altered to any whole number from 0 to 200.

Grade is set to Points.

20.2. Grading method.

Simple direct grading is the default and allows the Teacher or Grader to directly input a grade in the Assignment.

The other two options: Grading guide and Rubric are considered Advanced grading methods and require additional steps after the Assignment activity has been initially created.

Read this guide to learn about creating a Rubric.

Grading method is set to Simple direct grading.

20.3. Grading category.

If you have created Categories within your gradebook, they would be available in the dropdown menu. This sample course does not currently have any categories.

Grading category is set to Not categorized.

20.4. Grade to pass.

To use this feature, type a number to indicate the passing score, such as '70' meaning 70 points out of 100. Or, whatever score is the passing score. This can be used in combination with the Attempts reopened setting and with Completion tracking/Activity completion.

Grade to pass is set to 0.00.

20.5. Blind grading.

Blind grading should be used in conjunction with using the grading workflow and the grading allocation, so that graders won't know whose submission they are grading.

Blind grading is set to No.

20.6. Use grading workflow.

This setting allows you to set up a grading process with graders and to release all of the grades to student simultaneously; otherwise, grades are visible as soon as you input each one.

Use grading workflow is set to No.

20.7. Use grading allocation.

Use grading allocation in conjunction with grading workflow to assign graders to particular student submissions.

Use grading allocation is set to No.
21. Set the Common module settings.
Common module settings.

21.1. Visible.

Show on course page is the default and your students will be able to see the Assignment as soon as you click on Save at the bottom of the page. Hide from students will keep students from seeing it, but remember to change it to Show when you are finished creating it. Make available but not shown on course page

Visible is set to Show.

21.2. ID number.

ID numbers are used to create custom calculations using formulas in the gradebook. Otherwise, just leave this field blank.

Read this article for a sample use of a custom formula: How do I create a Grade item which deducts points?

ID number is blank.

21.3. Group mode.

No groups is the default and allows individual students to submit their assignment.

Read this article to learn about Separate groups: How do I set an Assignment for separate groups and for group submission?

Visible groups allows students to submit as a group. In most activities, students in visible groups (such as in a forum) will be able to work/post within their own group, yet will still be able to see posts within other groups. For Assignments, they will not see grades for other groups.

Group mode is set to No groups.

21.4. Grouping.

Only None is listed in the dropdown menu unless you have already created one or more groupings in the course. A grouping allows the instructor to manage sets of groups of students.

Read this article to learn about using groupings: How do I organize groups into a grouping and apply it to my Activity?

Grouping is set to None.

21.5. Group/Grouping restriction.

Once you have selected either Separate groups/visible groups or a particular grouping, you can click on the Add group/grouping access restriction button. This allows you to restrict access to this assignment activity to only students in the designated group or grouping (depending upon which one you select).

Add group/grouping access restriction is selected
23. Add Tags, if desired.

Read this guide on using Tags to learn about tags.

Tags section
24. Competencies

Read this guide to learn about using competencies.

Competencies section
25. Click on Save and return to course.

To return to the course main page, click on Save and return to course.

To preview the Assignment or to set an Advanced grading method such as a rubric, click on Save and display.

Save and return to course button is selected.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to add an Assignment to your course in TITANium.