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Collaborative Assignments

Last modified 5/18/2022

Group assignments allow all members of a group to edit the submission, and for the instructor to assign a single grade to all members. Individual grades can also be overridden by the instructor.

To create a group assignment:


Note

You must create the groups in Site Info →  Manage Groups before you can create a group assignment.


  1. Open the Assignments tool.
  2. Click on Add under Assignments in the tool bar to add a new assignment.
  3. Fill in all the required information for the assignment. The red asterisk (*) indicates information that is required.
  4. Enter the instructions for the assignment in the text editor box under Assignment Instructions.
  5. Enter availability dates, and select grading and other options, as desired.
  6. Choose Group Submission under Additional Assignment Options - the screen will jump back up to the Access section, and automatically selected the Display only to selected groups.
  7. Select the Appropriate Groups for the assignment.

 

Note

Once an assignment has been set to be a group assignment, it cannot be changed back to an individual assignment. Also, the groups associated with the assignment will be locked, and no changes made to them.


Submissions

Students will be able to edit the submission for their group. They should use the Save Draft option until all members are ready for the assignment to be submitted. You may wish to allow student resubmission to forestall requests to do so manually if one student has submitted accidentally.

Grading

Group assignments are graded the same way as individual assignments. When you assign a grade, that grade is given to each student in the group. If you need to adjust an individual student’s grade, click the checkbox for Assign Grade Overrides.

Adding a Peer Review Assignment

To create an assignment for peer review in ReggieNet:

  1. Open the Assignments tool.
  2. Click on Add under Assignments in the tool bar to add a new assignment.
  3. Fill in all the required information for the assignment. The red asterisk (*) indicates information that is required.

    Note

    For Peer Reviewed assignments, the Grade Scale must be set to 'Points' and the maximum possible points for the assignment must be entered.

  4. Enter the instructions for the assignment in the text editor box under Assignment Instructions.
  5. Enter availability dates, and select grading and other options, as desired.
  6. Choose Use peer assessment under Additional Assignment Options.
  7. Choose the evaluation period for the assignment peer reviews.
  8. Anonymous evaluation and Allow students to see reviews of their submissions are the default settings. Uncheck either of these items if necessary.
  9. Enter the number of submissions for students to review.
  10. Enter the Instructions for reviewers.

Note

Keep in mind the Accept Until date of the assignment so as to allow for a review period that is appropriate. The peer review period does not begin until after the Accept Until time. In addition the Evaluation Period Finishes date/time must be set at a minimum of ten minutes after the Accept Until time.


Submissions

Students will complete and submit their own assignments using the methods indicated by the instructor in the Assignments tool

  • ReggieNet will randomly assign student submissions for review by other students

Note

If there are an odd number of students in a course but an even number of peer reviews are required to complete the assignment, ReggieNet will randomly assign extra reviews to a few students to adjust for the number of students in the course.


  • After the Accept Until date/time passes, students will be given access to complete reviews of peer assignments

Note

There is a lag time of several minutes between the Accept Until date/time and the actual time the assignments will be available to students for review.


  • Students will access the assignments for peer review directly through the Assignments tool
  • To review an assignment, students will click on the Peer Review link in the Status column next to the specific peer review assignment.

Student View of the Assignments Tool

  • Clicking on the Peer Review gives students access to assignments for review.
  • Students will post their critique of the assignments in the Reviewer Comments text editor box and submit a point value in the Grade box.

Note

Student peer reviews can only be submitted via the Reviewer Comments text editor box.


  • Students finish by clicking on Submit.

Note

Please make students aware that clicking Save will save comments and scores on peer assignments but are only submitted to ReggieNet after clicking Submit.


  • Submitting the peer review returns students to their assignment list where they will see an indication of submittal in the Assignment List Status column

Grading

Grading of the peer review assignments is done through the Assignments tool. As students complete reviews and post them to ReggieNet, instructors can access and review the student submissions and see the scores submitted by those students. If more than one reviewer has submitted a score for a student, ReggieNet automatically adjusts those scores. Although instructors can review student scores and comments, those scores and comments cannot be adjusted or overridden by the instructor until the peer evaluation period ends. Also, ReggieNet does not require that students complete and submit reviews. It is up to the instructor to make sure students are completing their reviews.

To grade the peer review assignment:

  1. Click on the Assignments tool.
  2. In the Assignment Title list, click on Grade below the appropriate assignment to open the Submissions page.
  3. To grade an assignment, click on Grade beneath the name of the student. Clicking on Grade, opens the Re-grading page.
  4. The peer review grade for this assignment can be accepted or overridden. The grade that is put in the Grade box is the grade that will appear in the Gradebook.
  5. Add instructor comments if you wish in the Instructor Summary Comments text box.
  6. To finish grading and release the grade to students click on Save and Release to Student. If you are not releasing the grade, click Save and Don’t Release to Student. You can also Preview and Cancel Changes if you wish.

Lessons – Student Content pages by group

The Student Content option in a Lessons page can be set up to work with groups. You first add the option as for individual students, then edit the properties to set up for groups.

  1. Go to the desired Lessons page, click Add Content (or use one of the individual add buttons), and select Add Student Content.
  2. Once the option has been added, click the edit icon in the item toolbar. You then check the option “Student pages will be jointly owned by all members of a group rather than an individual.
  3. Select the groups you wish to have pages for.
  4. Select any of the other options desired for this instance (grading, peer review, etc.)
  5. Click Update Item.

Lessons – Student Content peer review

Student Content pages in a Lessons page can also be adjusted to include peer review via a rubric.

  1. Go to the desired Lessons page, click Add Content (or use one of the individual add buttons), and select Add Student Content.
  2. Once the option has been added, click the edit icon in the item toolbar. You then check the option “Add a peer review rubric to each page”.
  3. You can use the Sample Peer Evaluation, or create your own rubric.
  4. Once the rubric has been added, select any other options you want for this instance.
  5. Click Update Item.

Peer review can be used for both individual and group pages, and to allow members of a group to evaluate each other.


Getting Help

For Faculty Support with Collaborative Assignments, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at (309) 438-2542 or by email at CTLT@Ilstu.edu

To report technical issues, Submit a Help Ticket or contact the Technology Support Center at (309) 438-4357 or by email at SupportCenter@IllinoisState.edu


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