Assignments are a great way to engage with your students and have them interact with each other. 

Through assignments, students are able to critique each other's work, give feedback and discuss their writing with you and fellow students. 

This quick article will help you to navigate your way around Assignments and Feedback. 

In this article:

  • Getting to know Assignments
  • What kind of Feedback can Instructors and Students give? 

Getting to know Assignments

Assignments work great as writing exercises.
They are posted for everyone in the class to complete. Students can be be expected to provide feedback either through in-line comments, critiques, or discussions. 

Each assignments can be required or optional - it's up to you! 

There are two types of Assignments:

  • Writing Assignments - Request individual writing from each student.
  • Annotated Assignments - Request a collaborative class discussion on a class reading. 

With staggered schedules you can create an assignment and allocate single students to submit their work.
This can be useful for classes/workshops where students take turns posting their work for others to critique. 

All writing assignments will show up in the student deadlines.   

What kind of feedback can instructors and students give? 

There are several ways to give feedback to students, both public and private, informal or formal.

  • Inline comments: You can select text and publicly comment on just that selected text. Others can also add to your comments allowing you to have whole conversations around selected bits of text.
  • Critiquing: This is a more formal, structured critique work of others in the class. It will appear in 'Deadlines' or under the 'Critiques' tab, and be viewable by the class (depending on your setting).  
  • Private feedback (instructor-only): Sometimes, you’ll want to provide feedback that is just between you and a student. 
  • Commenting: In addition to Inline comments, you may also provide general, short comments on a work at the bottom of the page. We recommend you use this only if you don't want to require a formal critique (such as with optional assignments). 

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