What is an Assignment Module?
The Assignment Module is a formal assessment method that allows you to ask open-ended questions requiring a short answer response from your learners. You can also require your learners to upload forms, documents, or videos in their submission.
An Assignment is its OWN standalone module outside of your lesson and is constructed from one or more open-ended questions. There’s no limit to the number of questions you add to an assignment. Each question can have a score assigned to it and is graded on an individual question level.
Assignments are not automatically graded by the platform—they require a trainer to grade the submission before a learner can receive a score or pass the assessment. Trainers can also leave detailed feedback on each assignment question.
When to Use an Assignment Module
You should use an assignment when you need to ask your learner an open-ended question or want them to reflect on your subject matter. Assignments can be placed at the end of a course or series of courses to serve as a summative assessment or can be intermingled amongst lessons to ask learners to reflect on topics immediately after covering them.
Apart from formal assessment or essay-style responses, Assignments are essentially just open-ended questions and can be repurposed and utilized for:
- Learner reflection or diaries
- Gaining feedback or insights from your users
- A way for your learners to introduce themselves to you and share a bit about who they are
- A submission portal to collect forms, documents, or other materials used in onboarding or internal processes
- A way to collect video recordings of your users recording them completing something on their screen (video files must be recorded on their device and the file uploaded to Coassemble—otherwise we recommend checking out Loom, a screen recording app!)
- A formal sign off method to policies or that the learner is who they say they are
The above list is just an example of other use cases for the assignment module and not different assignment types - how you create and manage assignments will be the same regardless of your use case :)
*Assignments are graded so even if you are repurposing the assignment module you will still need to have a trainer mark each submission as complete.
Configuring an Assignment
Each question requires you to set a max score/grade. If you are not planning on utilizing graded assignments you can just set the score/grade as ‘0’.
You can configure your assignments to control when learners must submit them by, whether they can go back and edit their submissions, and whether they must receive a passing grade for each question to pass the assignment.
The grading screen displays all learner submissions broken down by assignments, the date submitted, and the status of the assignment. A full rundown of grading assignments can be found here.
What is the Learner Experience Like?
Learners are presented with each question individually and can compose their responses using the text editor or by copying and pasting their responses into the text editor. They can save their responses as drafts or submit them before moving on to the next question. Once submitted, the module will show as waiting for feedback until a trainer has gone through and manually marked or graded the assignment.
🔑Key Takeaway: Assignments are your go-to for open-ended style responses. You can get creative with how and why you use this module, but it is important to remember that if you’re not assigning grades, you will still need to mark the submission as complete or configure your assignment to not require learners to receive a passing grade for each response.