Directions for Student Assignment
Effective online assignments provide clear expectations and detailed directions. You can include the following elements:
- Clear submission deadline and how they will submit the work
- Grading criteria or rubric listing the criteria and assigning points for increasing levels of sophistication.
- Accepted file formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, and PDF
- Required length or size of submission
- Suggested resources
- Preference for source citation: MLA, APA, CBE, and so on
- Model or example of a successful assignment
- How and when they will receive feedback
- How the assignment is to be completed—individually or in groups
When you have finished your assignment and are ready to upload your file, use the Assignment tool link that has been placed in your course. It will have an icon that looks like a piece of paper with a pencil and a ruler.
If you are get an error message when you upload your file, the first thing to do is check the file name. To avoid problems, a file should be named using only letters, digits, dashes, and underscores, and should have file extensions that specify the type. You should avoid files with names like "33 1/3%" or "Lecture Notes 2/2/04". Use names like "one_third.doc" or "lecture-notes-2-2-04.ppt" instead.
Be especially careful to avoid spaces at the beginnings of file names – they are easy to include by accident, and hard to notice unless you are looking for them.
See also this instructional video from Blackboard.