LaunchPad > Tips for Setting up Assignments

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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.
 


Almost all of these settings can be accessed by hovering over the assignment on your LaunchPad home page, clicking +More Options, and clicking Edit.



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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.


Zero score for unsubmitted assignments

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.


Gradebook Preferences page in Instructor Console
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Basic Info

Subtitles and Directions can be found under the assignment's Basic Info tab.

Basic Info tab of assignment creation with fields for Title, Subtitle, and Directions
 

Subtitles

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").


Green subtitle appears next to assignment title in parentheses when viewing table of contents on the course home page
 

Directions

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.


 

Assignment

The Assignment tab covers many settings such as due date, grace period, points, gradebook category, and hide grade from student until due date has passed. For certain assignment types, you might see an Assign Due Date tab instead.

Assignment tab of assignment creation


Extensions

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.


"Settings for:" dropdown has options Entire Class, Add Individual, and Manage Groups


Grace period

If you have chosen to use a grace period, any auto-filling of grade earned that would happen at the due date is delayed by the grace period setting. In the gradebook the student’s grade will appear with a red/pink background to indicate the student worked into the grace period.

For more information about using a grace period, please refer to the help article Using the Grace Period Setting.

 

"Allow late submissions until grace period expires" box checked and 15 minutes specified as length of grace period
 

Points

Although points are not required to assign an activity, if no points are allocated to an assignment, no gradebook column will appear.

Points field under Gradebook Settings
 

Gradebook category

This feature can help you organize how you and your students view their grade information.


Gradebook category under Gradebook settings is set to "Quizzes"
 
Each gradebook category can be selected for view in the instructor gradebook. This allows for a more structured and organized way to view student progress and performance.

Tabs for gradebook categories above gradebook columns
 
In the gradebook your students will see all assignments with due dates in a list that is grouped by gradebook category. Inconsistent use of gradebook categories can result in a messy/confusing presentation of grading information to students.

Each gradebook category listed in bold with points possible out of the total for that category and a percentage. Underneath is a list of each assignment in that category.
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The gradebook categories can also be rearranged using the instructor console, Gradebook Preferences feature.

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.

Dropdown menus with numbers to select the order that gradebook categories appear
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Hide grade from student until due date has passed

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."


 

Settings

Most of the settings described here are for Quizzes only. For most other assignments, the only setting available on this page will be Visibility.


Settings tab of assignment creation
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Time Limit

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.


Time Limit is set to 60 minutes
 

Question Delivery

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.


 

Save and continue

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.

 

Showing feedback, solutions, and scores

The following settings can be adjusted to provide extra help to students or make it more difficult for students to share information with other students. For more information about each choice, see the help article How can I control when my students will see the correct answers for and receive feedback on their quiz responses?.

Please note that some students will use cameras or screenshots to capture assessment questions, so true question security cannot be assured.

 


Visibility

It's important to note that if either hide function is used, the assignment's column in the gradebook is not visible until after the assignment is made visible.


Visibility options with "Visible to students" selected

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