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3.2 Details on Managing Assignments in the Content Repository

Searching Assignments

You can search for an assignment in the Content Repository.

  1. From the Content Repository, click the icon to search content (for example, assignments or questions). The following screen appears:

  1. You can search by language, difficulty, (question) type, or information fields using the drop-down menus to specify each field.
  1. To perform a more specific search, type the keyword(s) into the search field. You will notice that as you type in your keywords, the results will update accordingly. The search feature in Maple T.A. searches the question type, title, text, description, language, hints, feedback, difficulty, and information fields for an exact match.

Note: If a drop-down menu is not available, then it means the question details have not been specified and you cannot search by this criterion.

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Searching for Questions

Content RepositoryOrientation

Previewing Assignments

You can preview an assignment from the student's perspective.

  1. From your Class Homepage, click on an assignment. The assignment opens in a new window.
  1. Your results are recorded in the Gradebook, but since you are an instructor, the data is not included in statistical reports by default.

Previewing questions within assignments

To preview individual questions within an assignment, use the Content Repository or the Assignment Editor (Select Policies tab). For detailed steps, see Previewing Questions in Assignments.

Assignment Visibility

When looking for an assignment in the Content Repository, the assignment will present itself as visible () or not visible/hidden ().

From the Content Repository:

  1. Click Assignments to expand the Assignment Panel.
  1. Then, click the name of the assignment.
  1. This expands another panel on the right, showing that particular assignment's details. (In this example, Assignment 1 was chosen).
  1. You can access the visibility option by clicking Hide.

  1. Now, the assignment should have a hidden icon next to it (). Note: Assignments that are hidden are not seen by students on their Class Homepage.
  1. To show the assigment again, return to the assignment details. (In this example, Assignment 1 was chosen).
  1. Click Show. For more details, see image below.

Note: You can set the schedule for the assignment to exclude a particular period of time (which also restricts the assignment's availability to students). If scheduling policies are set, then a icon appears next to the Assignment in the Content Repository.

For more information on the Visible (Master) option, see Master Visibility for Assignments.

Controlling the Sequence of Listed Assignments

In the Content Repository, the order of the list of assignments displayed is the same one as you see and your students see on the Class Homepage. From the Assignments panel in the Content Repository, you can change this order by using the icon to drag and drop assignments into a different order.

Note: Assignments that are hidden are not seen on the Class Homepage by students. For more information on hiding and showing assignments, see Assignment Visibility.

Editing Assignments

To edit an existing assignment:

  1. In the Content Repository, click Assignments under the Current class panel.
  1. Click on the assignment name whose questions you wish to preview.
  1. Click Edit to advance to the Assignment Editor. Note: Functionality is identical whether you are creating a new assignment or editing properties of an existing assignment. All tabs are accessible and it is possible to move between tabs in any order. The numbers on the tabs are merely a suggested sequence.
  1. Once changes have been made, click Save & Close.

Editing Shared Assignments

You cannot make changes to inherited assignments in the same way as you edit any assignment in your class. You can control some assignment policies for inherited assignments, however you cannot delete or modify them. To modify an inherited assignment, create a clone of the assignment. (For more information, see Copying Assignments). When you clone a shared assignment, your copy of the assignment automatically appears under its new name in the Content Repository under the Assignment panel. Note that the original assignment—inherited from the shared or template class—also appears in the list. If you do not want the original assignment to appear, remove it from view by clearing the Visible (Master) check box under Scheduling & Visibility (Assignment Editor > Step 2. Set Policies). For more information, see Scheduling Assignments).

Important: It is possible to break the link to a parent assignment by uploading a course module that has a question with the same name. For more information, see Importing and Installing a Course Module.

Cloning Assignments

To clone an assignment:

  1. In the Content Repository, click Assignments.
  1. Find the assignment you want to clone and select the check box next to it.
  1. A new banner appears at the bottom, as shown in the image below. Click Clone.

  1. A dialog box appears indicating that a clone has been complete.
  1. The new assignment should appear under the Assignment panel, entitled: Assignment name – Clone.
  1. To modify the assignment, click Assignment name – Clone. This will expand a new panel in the Content Repository.
  1. Click Edit to proceed to the Assignment Editor.
  1. Once the changes have been made, click Save & Close to exit the Assignment Editor.
  1. Review your changes in the final Summary screen and click Save & Close.

Deleting Assignments

Considerations BEFORE you delete an assignment:

  • After scheduled assignment deadlines have passed, the assignment is listed on the student's view of the assignment menu for your class, but cannot be selected.
  • Hiding an assignment or scheduling an assignment for a specific time period may allow you to achieve most of your objectives for deleting an assignment.
  • You can delete an assignment, but only if you are prepared to lose all of the results for the assignment from the Gradebook.

To delete an assignment:

  1. In the Content Repository, click Assignments.
  1. Find the assignment you want to delete and select the check box next to it.
  1. A new banner appears at the bottom, as shown in the image below. Click Delete.

  1. Click Confirm to delete the entire assignment (and remove the assignment from the Class Homepage list of assignments), or Cancel to leave it available.

Important: Deleting an assignment causes you to lose all results for that assignment from the Gradebook. Additionally, students will not be able to view their past results for the assignment in the Gradebook.

Disabling an Assignment

To disable an assignment so that students cannot see it, you can make it hidden. If an assignment is flagged as hidden, the Class Homepage does not include it in the list of assignments offered to students. However, a student can view past results for the assignment in the gradebook. For more information on hiding an assignment, see Assignment Visibility.

Alternatively, you might schedule the assignment to be available for a specific time period. Before and after the indicated availability window, the assignment is shown in the assignment list on the Class Homepage but cannot be selected.

Deleting Shared Assignments

The system does not allow you to delete an inherited assignment that appears in your assignment list as part of a shared class or a template.

To disable a shared assignment:

  • In the Set Policies tab of the Assignment Editor, clear the Visible (Master) check box under Scheduling & Visibility. For more information, see Assignment Visibility.

Restoring a Hidden Assignment

To make an assignment available:

  1. To show the assigment again, return to the assignment details in the Content Repository. (In this example, Assignment 1 was chosen).
  1. Click Show. For more details, see image below.

For more information, see Assignment Visibility.

Printing Assignments

To print an assignment

From the Content Repository:

  1. Click Assignments to expand the Assignment Panel.
  1. Then, click the name of the assignment.
  1. This expands another panel on the right, showing that particular assignment's details. (In this example, Assignment 1 was chosen).
  1. Select Print.

  1. The system displays the list of questions in the browser.
  1. Review the assignment.
  1. Use your web browser's built-in printing controls (typically a print button, icon, or menu) to print the assignment.
  1. If you want to return to the Content Repository, click your web browser's Back button.