This guide will help you use popular assignment settings for your LaunchPad assignments. Please note that not all settings are available for all assignment types. Click on a link below to jump to that setting.
- Zero score for unsubmitted assignments
- Subtitle - text that appears next to the assignment title on the LaunchPad course home page
- Directions - where you can write instructions for students working on the assignment
- Grace period - extra time for a student to complete an assignment before it is automatically graded
- Gradebook category
- Hide grade from student until due date has passed
- Time limit
- Question delivery - either all questions on one screen or one question on the screen at a time
- Save and continue - allows a student to save their progress and come back to an assignment later
- Showing feedback, solutions, and scores
- Visibility - hide an assignment from students and the gradebook
Almost all of these settings can be accessed by hovering over the assignment on your LaunchPad home page, clicking +More Options, and clicking Edit.
Remember that whatever settings you choose, communicating with your students about those settings is always helpful. Describing to your students what each of your assignments settings means will help students avoid stress and confusion.
We recommend you check the Zero score for unsubmitted assignments after due date has passed box in the instructor console. This will make the gradebook automatically record zeros for all unsubmitted assignments once the due date passes.
For more information on using this feature please refer to the help article How to Zero Scores for Unsubmitted Assignments.
For many assignment types, the subtitle information is displayed on the home page. You can use this to provide supplemental information to your students (e.g. "This is an extra credit or optional assignment").
While most assignments allow you to add directions, note that not every assignment has this. If it's not there it's because most instructors don't add directions to that type of assignment.
You can use the drop-down menu here to give student or group extensions. For more information on granting extensions to individuals, please refer to the help article How to change Assignment Settings for a Single Student. For more information on granting extensions to a group of students, please refer to How to Change Assignment Settings for a Specific Group of Students.
For more information about using a grace period, please refer to the help article Using the Grace Period Setting.
Although points are not required to assign an activity, if no points are allocated to an assignment, no gradebook column will appear.
This feature can help you organize how you and your students view their grade information.
For more information on changing the order of assignments or categories, please refer to the help article How to Change the Order of Assignments in the Gradebook.
Students expect to see grades for quizzes and other assignments immediately after they complete them. If you check Hide grade from student until due date has passed your students will not have access to their grades until the due date passes. This can sometimes confuse students who expect to see their grades immediately after submitting their answers. We recommend that if you choose this setting you alert your students so they know not to expect to see their grades right away.
An easy way to let students know about this setting is by adding a note to the assignment Directions, such as: "NOTE: Your grade will be NOT be posted in your gradebook until the due date has passed."
Most of the settings described here are for Quizzes only. For most other assignments, the only setting available on this page will be Visibility.
Many people give students too much time to complete their assessments and this can add unnecessary stress to your students' experience. If you're adding additional time to help reduce cheating or looking up answers, consider taking the quiz yourself and then giving the students 3 or 4 times as long as it took you to complete the quiz. This requires the student to work quickly, while still having time to consider questions that are more difficult. Note that this is only a rule of thumb.
If you select One question at a time, the students will only see one question at a time but will still have the option of returning to a prior question.
Checking Allow save and continue allows your students to save their progress and return to the quiz later after starting.We recommend that you uncheck Allow save and continue for higher stakes assessments. Checking Allow save and continue is more useful if the assessment is designed to be a learning experience.
Please note that some students will use cameras or screenshots to capture assessment questions, so true question security cannot be assured.