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Using the Assignments Tool in ReggieNet

Last modified 5/18/2022

Assignments Tool

The Assignments tool allows instructors to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. Assignments are typically private; student submissions are not visible to other users of the site.

However, the instructor has the option to enable peer evaluation of assignments and create group assignments if desired.  

Creating a New Assignment

  1. While in the Assignments tool, if the Assignments home page is not displayed, click on the tool name either in the Tool Menu or near the top left of the page.
  2. On the menu bar, click Add. The Add new assignment screen will be displayed.
  3. Referring to the table below, enter information about the assignment.
  4. To add one or more attachments to the assignment, click Add Attachments; then follow the instruction on the screen to add attachments.
  5. To add other items, including a model answer, a private note, and/or other supplemental information:

    • Click the Add link for the appropriate item in the Additional information section near the bottom of the screen. The system displays additional fields.
      • Provide the requested information.
      • Click Save.
      • Repeat for each additional item desired.
  6. To preview this assignment, click Preview. To preview a student’s view of this assignment, click the arrow next to “Student View.
  7. Click Post or another appropriate choice.

Changing an Assignment

  1. If the Assignments home page is not displayed, click the Assignments home button.
  2. Find the assignment you want to change, and click the Edit link under its name. ReggieNet displays the Edit screen, which is essentially the same as the Add screen.
  3. Change entries as needed.

Deleting an Assignment

Warning

Warning: If you delete an assignment that has student submissions, students will see the warning “Assignment has been deleted” under the assignment in their view of the home page. Since this is bound to confuse students and raise questions about grading, we recommend that you never delete an assignment that has student submissions. If you do not want to count an assignment in the course grades, click the Edit link under the assignment and Select Do not associate assignment to gradebook rather than deleting the assignment.


  1. If the Assignments home page is not displayed, click the Assignments home button.
  2. Find the assignment you want to delete and check the Remove box for it.

Viewing and Grading Submissions

  1. If the Assignments home page is not displayed, click the Assignments home button.
  2. Locate the appropriate assignment. Click one of the following links.
    • If the assignment will be graded, ReggieNet displays the Grade link.
    • If the assignment will not be graded, ReggieNet displays the View Submissions link.
  3. Find the name of the student whose work you want to grade and/or provide feedback for and click on the student’s name. ReggieNet displays the Grade screen for this student’s work on the assignment.
  4. Review the student’s work. To review attachments submitted by the student, click the file name(s).
  5. Enter feedback to the student in the Instructor Comments box. Use the icons and pulldown lists to format the text as needed. If students have submitted their work as inline text, you may also add comments directly into each student’s submission. If you put your comments in curly braces { }, students will see your feedback as red text within their submitted assignments.
  6. To attach one or more files to your feedback, click Add Attachments.
  7. If the assignment will be graded, enter a grade in the Grade box. You may enter a grade that is higher than the maximum (shown in parentheses) to provide a student with extra credit. If the assignment will not be graded, proceed to the next step. (ReggieNet will display “No Grade” instead of a grade field.)
  8. To allow the student to make changes and resubmit the assignment, check Allow Resubmission. ReggieNet displays additional fields. Use them as follows:
    • Use the Number of resubmissions allowed pull-down list to specify the number of resubmissions you will accept from this student.
    • Use the Accept Until pull-down lists to specify the date and time for the student’s final submission.
  9. The number of resubmissions you specify when grading an assignment will override the resubmissions settings you selected when creating or editing the assignment.
  10. To preview your work, click Preview.
  11. If you have chosen not to preview your work, choose one of these options:
    • To save your work without releasing the grade and/or feedback to the student, click Save and Don’t Release to Student.
    • To save your work and release the grade and/or feedback to the student, click Save and Release to Student.
    • If you do not want to save your work, click Cancel Changes.
    • To return to the Submissions for Assignment screen, click Return to List. ReggieNet automatically saves any changes you have made.
    • To select the Grade screen for the previous or next student, click Previous or Next. ReggieNet automatically saves any changes you have made in the current Grade screen.

Releasing All Grades at Once

When the Submissions screen is displayed for the assignment, click Release Grades near the top of the screen. ReggieNet releases all grades to the students.

Downloading All Assignments

  1. If the Assignments home page is not displayed, click the Assignments home button.
  2. Find the assignment you want to work with and click the Grade link below its name. ReggieNet displays the Submissions for Assignment screen.
  3. Click the Download All button to the upper right of the screen.

Creating Groups

To use collaborative assignments in your ReggieNet course, groups must exist in your course. Creating groups in ReggieNet is a simple process.

  1. Click on Site Info in the left hand column of the course and then click on Manage Groups in the Site Info Toolbar.
  2. ReggieNet has four options for creating groups in your course:
    2a. Groups can be created manually by the instructor using the
    Create New Group command.
    2b. Groups can be created through student choice based on number of groups and maximum membership size using
    Create New Joinable Set.
    2c. Groups can be created automatically using the Auto Groups command which creates groups based on number of groups or number of users per group desired.
    2d. Bulk Creation can be used to create multiple groups are a time.

 

Create New Group

  1. Click on New Group in the Site Info toolbar.
  2. Add a Group Title.
  3. Choose whether to allow members to see the other members of the group.
  4. In the Site Member List, highlight the members you wish to group by clicking on the names.
  5. Click the right facing arrow to the right of the Site Member List to move the selected members to the Group Member List.
  6. Finish creating the group by clicking Add.

 

 

Create New Joinable Set

  1. Click on Create New Joinable Set in the Site Info toolbar.
  2. Enter a group name in the Set name box.
  3. Enter the number of groups you wish to have in the Number of groups box.
  4. Enter the maximum group membership number in the Max members per group box.
  5. Choose options for allowing viewing group members and leaving groups by marking the appropriate boxes.
  6. Add the joinable group set by clicking Add.
  7. For students to join a group, they must click on the Site Info tool where they will be shown a menu with the options titled 'Groups you are a member of' and 'Groups you can Join.'

  8. Choosing Groups you can Join will display a list of available groups, the group title, maximum group size, members (if available), and a button of joining the group.

 

Auto Groups

  1. Click on Auto Groups in the Site Info tool bar and then select the role you wish to use to create separate groups.
  2. Select a role from the list provided by ReggieNet.
  3. Select either Create a single group for the selected role or Create random groups from members with the selected role.

    Note

    If multiple roles are selected, you will only be given the option to Create a single group for the selected role__


  4. If a single role is selected, for example Student, multiple groups can be created based on number of groups desired or the number of members per group desired by selecting either Split by number of groups needed or Split by number of user needed per group.

  5. Next, enter a Group Title.
  6. Enter the Number of Groups, or the Number of Users per Group, depending on the method of Splitting Site Members.
  7. Finish creating groups by clicking Add.
  8. After clicking Add, a Group List page will open showing you the groups in your course, the group titles, whether the groups are joinable or not, the number of members in each group, and the members of each group.

Removing and editing groups can also be done at this time.

  1. To remove a group, check the box to the right of the group and click Remove Checked.


  2. To edit groups, click on the title of the group to open the Edit Group page. You can edit group titles, add or remove group members, and adjust the privacy setting for members.

 


Getting Help

For Faculty Support using the Assignments Tool in ReggieNet, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning by phone at (309) 438-2542 or email at CTLT@Ilstu.edu

To report a technical issue, 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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