Tips: Homework Assignments and Quizzes
Editing a homework assignment or quiz after student attempt
Once a student attempts a homework assignment or quiz you can no longer add or remove problems. However, settings on the Settings: Physics Assignment/Quiz page can still be edited. A student who is in the middle of an attempt will not see any setting changes until their next attempt.
Reviewing student answers to homework assignments or quizzes
For homework assignments and quizzes, you can review student responses to individual problems and edit the score received by a student on an individual problem. This can be done on the Assignment/Quiz Results page (Course page > click on selected homework assignment > Gear icon menu > Assignment/Quiz Results).
The table on the Assignment/Quiz Results page includes information about every student attempt that has been made. You can review a student attempt by selecting the "Review attempt" link underneath a student’s name. This will allow you to view the student's answers to individual problems, if the student answer is correct or not, and the score received. Appearing within every problem is a link "Make comment or override points" which allows you to edit the score received for the particular problem, and provide feedback to the student for the particular problem.
Hiding homework assignments and quizzes from student view
Existing homework assignments or quizzes can be hidden from student view on the Course page. Also, entire Topics (Units) can be hidden from student view. This can be useful when you have a large collection of existing homework assignments or quizzes from a prior time period and wish to make the student Course page more manageable, or more focused, on only the current material.
On the Course page click the "Turn Editing On" button which will give you access to the "Edit" menu appearing to the right of each homework assignment, quiz, or Topic section. Select "Hide" from this menu to hide the associated item. The instructor view will show the homework assignments and quizzes as grayed-out along with the text "Hidden from students". The student view will show none of the hidden items nor any text, the hidden items will be completely gone along with the space they occupied. To make the items visible select the option "Show" from the "Edit" menu.
Handling late homework assignments
If late homework is not to be accepted the close time should be set to the due date on the Settings: Physics Assignment/Quiz page (Course page > click on selected homework assignment > Gear icon menu > Edit settings > Timing > Close the Assignment/Quiz). After the close time no more student submissions can be made, therefore late assignments will not be accepted. The instructor still has the ability to give due date extensions to individual students. This can be accomplished using the Student override page (see the section "Extending a homework assignment or quiz due date for individual students").
If late assignments are to be accepted do not set a time for Close the Assignment/Quiz, or set it sometime after your intended due date. You can check which attempts were submitted past the due date on the Assignment/Quiz Results page (Course page > click on selected homework assignment > Gear icon menu > Assignment/Quiz Results). Scroll down to the summary table showing all attempts and click the "Completed" column header, this will sort the table chronologically based on completion (submission) time. This makes it easy to identify students who submitted the assignment after the due date. If it's your policy to penalize a student for a late submission, open the Gradebook and override the student's score with a new value which takes into account the penalty. (Note: the original score will still appear in the Assignment/Quiz Results table.)
Extending a homework assignment or quiz due date for individual students
A closed homework assignment or quiz can be temporarily reopened for selected students using the Student override page (Course page > click on selected homework assignment > Gear icon menu > Student overrides).
After selecting "Student overrides" from the Gear menu, click the "Add student override" button. At the top of the page the "Override student" drop-down menu allows you to select the student for which the homework assignment or quiz will be extended. There is an optional setting to utilize a password that the student will be required to input in order to access the homework assignment or quiz. Enter a desired open date in the "Open the Assignment/Quiz" field and be sure "Enable" is checked, you can choose whether or not to have a close date or a time limit. The "Attempts allowed for Assignment/Quiz" option corresponds to the total number of attempts for the student, including any attempts that may have occurred prior to the override. For example, if you want the student to have one more attempt and he or she has already attempted it once, you must change the "Attempts allowed for Assignment/Quiz" to 2. Be sure to click the "Save" button when finished.
If you wish to make an override for an entire group (section) of students, you can select "Group overrides" from the Gear menu after clicking the selected homework assignment or quiz.
Universally changing the points for a problem in a homework assignment or quiz
The points assigned to an individual problem in a homework assignment or quiz can be changed at any time. This may be needed should you decide a particular problem was more difficult than originally anticipated and wish to change its point value to zero, or some reduced value, in order to diminish its weight on the total score. This can be done on the View/Add Physics Problems page (Course page > click on selected homework assignment > Gear icon menu > View/Add Physics Problems). Click the pencil icon to the right of the problem to input a new point value then press Enter on your keyboard. Student grades will be immediately updated.
Renaming a homework assignment or quiz
You can rename a homework assignment or quiz at any time. Renaming an assignment or quiz is often done when the due date is included in the name and at some point needs to be changed. The most convenient way to do this is to click the "Turn Editing On" button on the Course page, then click the pencil icon appearing next to the homework assignment or quiz. Edit the name then press Enter on your keyboard when done.
Student exiting homework assignment or quiz mid-attempt
When a student exits a homework assignment or quiz in the middle of an attempt all submitted answers are permanently saved. If an answer is entered in an input box but the "Submit Answer" button is not clicked, that answer will not be saved. This applies to navigating away from the assignment/quiz page and logging out of Physics LE. If a time limit is put on the homework assignment or quiz, once started the time continues to count down regardless of what action the student may take with his or her web browser.