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Creating Online Assignments Using Assign2

Article Last Updated July 2021

This article describes how instructors can create online assessments using the Assign2 external tool in their eClass course. Assign2 allows students to capture written work as an image so that students can show their work without an instructor having to manually mark paper copies. The tool provides 3 different options to deliver assessments but at this time, only the ‘Online Submission’ workflow is enabled. The Assign2 tool was a new release in Fall 2020 term so please contact eClass support if you wish to provide feedback.


Creating Online Submission Assignments

A new Assign2 tool activity will need to be added to the course for each assignment you would like to set up in the course. Likewise, each Assign2 activity that you set up will create its own grade column in the gradebook. 

Assign2 assessments are added through the External tool option in the activity chooser: 


Select Assign2 from the ‘Preconfigured tool’ dropdown. Most settings should be left at the default; the title will be how students access the assignment so should be meaningful; the grade type should be left as the default (Point) and the 'Maximum grade' will need to match the number of points set in the Assign2 interface later on: 


Configuring Assignments and Creating Questions

Once added to the course, clicking the tool link to set the assignment type and details:


Within the tool, select the Online Submission option:


Once the Assessment type is selected, instructors can setup their assignment:

  • The Description field can add general instructions and/or a long form problem that can be used as the basis of specific questions later on. 
  • The Description Preview on the right hand side will automatically display any TeX notation.
  • The Due Date and Time set the boundary for submission cut-off.
    • IMPORTANT: Date and Time is based on universal time. e.g. If an instructor working in Toronto (Eastern time), sets a due date/time for 23:00, students will see it due at 21:00 instead.
  • It is possible to toggle Allow late submissions to permit submissions after the cut-off.
  • After the assessment is created, it is possible to Update settings to set an open date and time for the activity to use it is a summative exam. 
  • Assignments are not accessible by students until the Open to students is toggled on (or the start time set above is reached). Once it is toggled on, students will be able to see the questions so if a timed release is required (for example a summative exam like a midterm or final), it can be useful to set up access restrictions on the tool link AFTER the description and at least 1 question has been saved: A known issue prevents students from being pulled into external tools when access restrictions are applied during the creation of the activity.

Question Setup

  • Individual questions are added under Question Setup.
  • The combined scores of all questions should match the total set for the grade of the activity.
  • Once all questions have been added, click Save to complete the setup.
  • New for September 20, assignment descriptions, question text, and scores
  • It is also possible to configure the Assign2 tool as a submission device only (and deliver assignments to students as linked files through the eClass course). In this case, the only configuration required would be the due date/time and setting the required number of questions and scores.


To access and update questions after creating an assessment, instructors should click the Action menu on the dashboard and select Update questions:


Navigating Assignments

Once an assignment configuration and questions are saved, instructors can access 3 different assignment tabs: the Dashboard, the Students roster, and the Exam Marking interface. Users switch between tabs from the top right nav drawer:




Students Tab

New for September 2020: students will now have automatic access to open assignments as they are added to the table under the Students tab when an assessment is created

Note: the DemoStudent will also be added to assignments and can be used for testing.

Students can access their assignment submission area by clicking the Assign2 link from the eClass course and begin adding submissions when assignments are set to Open for students. Students can submit multiple files for each question using their desktop, laptop, or mobile device - so they would complete solutions to the problems on paper, photograph them, and upload the photos. Student file submissions are automatically re-sized and rotated on submission. The accepted file types for Assign2 are any image file (.png, .jpg, etc.) and PDF.

For further details about ensuring students have access to assignments see Managing Student Assessments in Assign2. When delivering assignments to students, instructors can also provide them the link to a student-facing guide for using the tool: Submitting Assignment Using Assign2 (For Students).


Exam Marking Tab

Once students have completed assignments, work can be graded by clicking Exam Marking. The grading interface allows multiple graders to score and markup either specific questions across all student submissions or entire student assignments at a time. Grades are entered at the top left either on a keyboard or with a mobile/tablet friendly keypad:

For further details on using the grading overlay tools, please see Marking Student Submissions in Assign2Once grades have been entered, returning to the students tab shows individual student grades and links to the student submissions:


Dashboard Tab

After grading, the assignment Dashboard shows the overall grading summary and per question marking progress and statistics: 


The Dashboard action menu near the middle right also allows instructors to refresh the questions grading statistics, make changes to the assignment settings, and push grades into the LMS. For more detail on these functions, see Managing Student Assessments in Assign2.

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