Writing assignments are likely to be part of your Wet Ink experience. They are posted by your instructor for everyone in the class to complete. 

Note: You will likely be expected to provide feedback on your classmates' writing. This will either be through in-line comments, critiques, or discussions.

There are different types of assignments, and due dates can be set on a whole class or staggered schedule.

This article will help you to understand the differences. 

In this article:

  • Types of Assignments
  • Whole class or staggered schedule? 

Types of Assignments

There are two types of assignments that your instructor may request:

1. Writing Assignments: Where all students will individually write and submit a piece of work. 

These assignments will show:

  • A brief title of your assignment.
  • The detailed text of your assignment. There may also be images, videos, or audio. 
  • Suggested word count for the assignment. Wet Ink does not enforce the word count. However, it visually shows you that you have exceeded the word count. 
  • Whether an assignment is optional or not. 

To begin a Writing assignment you simply click the Start Writing button. 

2. Annotation Assignment: Where students will work collaboratively to annotate and comment on a course reading. 

These Assignments will show:

  • A brief title and description of your assignment.
  • Whether an assignment is optional or not. 
  • The text, or work, that you are discussing.

To begin an Annotation assignment, you simply need to click the Annotate button. 

Whole class or staggered schedule? 

You may notice that sometimes your due dates will differ from other students'. This will depend on if your instructor has chosen a due date for the whole class or a staggered schedule

1. Whole Class due dates mean all students are required to post your assignments by the same date. 


In this example [below], you can see that this assignment still has 2 responses and 9 due, shown under pending.

2. Staggered due dates mean that your instructor has created a schedule with staggered dates for single students to submit their writing. 

This is typically used in classes/workshops where students post a piece of work (either their own or someone else's) for everyone to discuss and critique. 

In this example [below], you can see that there are 3 responses pending. However, the dates are staggered. 

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