What is the difference between a writing assignment and a submission?

Assignments work great for things like 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. Assignments can be required or optional.

With submissions, you can create a schedule with staggered dates for single students to submit their writing. This is typically used in classes/workshops where students take turn posting their work in the class for others to critique on.

Creating an assignment or submission is very similar. Additionally, both writing assignments and submissions will show up in the student deadlines. Assignments and submissions will both have their own dedicated top navigation tab within the class.   

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).  Critiques for assignments and submissions are able to be set differently. 
  • 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 know want to require a formal critique (such as with optional assignments). 
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