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You can use the Assignments tool to collect group work. Students in a group can submit on behalf of their group members, and see work that other members have submitted to the Assignment Folder. Before you create the Assignment, you’ll need to create student groups, if you have not already done so. Groups can be linked to multiple D2L tools. For example, you may use the same groups in Discussions.

Create student groups

NOTE: If you have already created groups for your assignment, you can skip to the next section.

You will have several different options about the kind of groups you can create (number of groups, number of members, auto- or self-enroll), and it can be a bit tricky. If you’re not sure about how to set up your groups, contact the OAI faculty support desk for help. It is much easier to correct group issues before students start submitting work.

  1. Click on the People tab in the navigation bar, and then Groups from the dropdown list.

  2. Click on the New Category button.

    A category is a specific configuration of your students into groups. Multiple categories allow you to have multiple kinds of groups setup. For example, you might want to divide your students into large groups for one activity, and into smaller groups for another assignment, during the same course.
  3. Enter a Category Name into the text box.
  4. Pick an Enrollment Type from the list.
    This step is important; you can’t change the group type after you save.
    Self-enrollment means that students sign up for a group themselves, by clicking on People and then Groups.
  5. Depending on the group type you select, either enter the Number of Groups or the Number of Users per group.
  6. Under Advanced Properties, you can optionally select to have D2L auto-enroll new users, and/or randomize users in groups.
  7. Click the Save button.

Create a group assignment

  1. Click on Activities from the course navigation bar, and select Assignments from the list.
  2. Click on the New Assignment button.

    Note: these instructions are for the updated Assignment interface. If you are still using the old interface, skip to the “Old Interface” steps below.
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. If the assignment will be graded numerically, enter a maximum point value in the Score out of box. Activating this box displays a menu for giving the assignment a grade item.
  5. If you will use the D2L Grades tool, you need a Grade Item for your assignment. To create one with the same name as this Assignment, select the (ribbon icon) in Grades menu and select Choose from Grades. Note: this language is confusing. You select Choose from Grades even if you need to create a new Grade Item.

    This generates a popup showing the new Grade Item. Click OK.
  6. If you previously created a Grade Item for your new assignment, select Link to an existing grade item and select the appropriate Item.
  7. Enter a due date and time.
  8. Enter your assignment description in the Instructions field.
  9. In the bar below the Instructions field, select from the following options to supplement your instructions:
    File Upload, Attach Link to Existing Activity, Attach Weblink, Attach from Google Drive, Attach from One Drive, Record Audio, and Record Video. Note: audio and video recordings should be under 10 minutes.
  10. In the right-panel Availability Dates & Conditions area, enter an optional start and end date. To set Release Conditions and Special Access, please see those tutorials.
  11. In the Submission & Completion area, select Group Assignment and chose the appropriate Group Category from the menu.
  12. In the File submission drop down menu, the default option of File submission is the most commonly used. This allows students to upload computer files. Other options will NOT allow students to upload files.
    Those options are:
    Text submission: Provides a text box where students can directly enter text into D2L. This is appropriate if students should submit a link but not a file.
    On paper submission: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
    Observed in person: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
  13. Enter a notification email if you want to be notified when an assignment is submitted.
  14. In the Evaluation & Feedback area, create or add an existing rubric.
  15. Keep the default selection of Annotation Tools to annotate student files within D2L.
  16. Select Hide student names during assessment to ensure unbiased grading (by TAs, for example).
  17. Select Manage Turnitin to activate that application. See the Turnitin tutorial for details.
  18. Select Save and Close.

Old interface steps

  1. Click on the People tab in the navigation bar, and then Groups from the dropdown list.
  2. Click on the New Category button.
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. Choose the Group submission folder option from the Folder Type options, and select a Group Category from the drop down menu.

    If you want to set date restrictions for when students can submit files, click on the Restrictions tab at the top of the page. Otherwise, skip to step 8.
  5. You can use the Has Due Date checkbox and date fields to set a due date for the assignment. This means that students can submit both before and after the due date, but late submissions are flagged.
  6. If you want to restrict the time period where students can submit assignments, use the Has Start Date and/or Has End Date checkboxes and date fields.
  7. Click the Save and Close button to finish.

This article was last updated on Aug 9, 2021 @ 9:12 am.