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The assignment module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work students submit is visible only to the teacher and not to the other students unless a group assignment is selected.
Students can submit any digital content (files), including, for example, word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, audio and video clips. Assignments don't necessarily have to consist of file uploads. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to type directly into a text field in Moodle. Or they can ask student to do both, upload a file or files and type text directly into Moodle. An assignment activity can also be set up to not accept any student submissions and serve as a reminder to students of a 'real-world' assignment they need to complete and to record grades in Moodle for activities that don't have an online component.
An assignment has an 'available from' date before which no students can submit anything, and a due date, after which teachers can choose not to accept submissions any more.
Markers can choose to be notified every time a student submits an assignment, or only for late submissions. Markers can choose to give students feedback in the form of text or uploaded files.
First, students should familiarize themselves with your chosen blog. This phase should take about an hour.
To make sure students are engaging thoughtfully with the content, we ask them a series of questions. These can be programmed into an online survey website (e.g., Google Forms) or using a built-in module in a content management system (e.g., BlackBoard, Moodle). Below are the instructions and prompts we used:
There's a new website called "The Learning Scientists." It was started by some of the leading researchers in this area, and they want to share information from learning science in an accessible way for students, teachers, and parents - through blog posts and other web-based resources.
Q1. What do you think might be the strengths and weaknesses of this blog?
Q2. Please take a look at www.learningscientists.org. Can you suggest 3 improvements to the website, to make it more helpful to students?
Q3. Please take a look at the blog archive here: http://www.learningscientists.org/archive/. Which blog titles or topics are the most appealing to you, and why?
Q4. Please find and read at least two blog posts. Which blog posts did you read, and what did you think about them?
Q5. If you were invited to write a blog post for this website, what would you write about and why?
Step 2: Students Write Blog Posts!