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After you add questions from the question bank, the next step in creating your assignment is setting assignment policies. 

The assignment policies step is divided into three areas: 

1. When is this assignment available and due?
2. What type of assignment is this?
3. Settings within each assignment type: basic, attempts, answer tolerances, resources, feedback and content policies 

We recommend downloading the policy settings User-added image and saving it to your desktop. This is a detailed guide on all policy settings.


 
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Set the start and due dates 

In this section you’ll set the assignment availability and due dates (A), and select how the assignment will be submitted. 

Select accept late submissions (B) to accept assignments after the due date. You can choose to reduce credit by any percentage for each hour or day the assignment is submitted late. Underneath this option, you can select to automatically submit assignments on the due date. This means any assignment attempts, even if in-progress, will automatically be submitted.


 
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What type of assignment is this? 

The four assignment types (B) are: homework, practice, quiz and exam. 
These different types enable you to keep your assignments organized for grading and reporting. 

Each assignment type also has its own default policy settings that you can leave as-is or customize. You can customize the settings for the specific assignment you’re creating at the time, or change the default settings for future assignments of that type. Click advanced settings (A) to see a summary of all policies for each assignment type. Click edit settings (C) to edit.


 
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The Assignment Settings: 
Basic, attempts, answer tolerances, resources, feedback and content policies.

Basic settings: (A)
- You can set a time limit for the assignment if you want your students to complete it in one sitting. The timer will begin when a student opens the assignment, and it can’t be paused or stopped even if the student exits the assignment. When the time limit is up, the assignment is automatically submitted. If you do not set a time limit, your students can take as much time as needed to complete the assignment (within the availability dates), and can stop and resume working on it as much as they want.
- You have the options of allowing students to print the assignment, scrambling assignment questions (to help prevent cheating) and password protecting the assignment (helpful if it's an assignment only certain students need to take (B).
- You can select to give credit for completion (C) which means students will automatically receive full credit on every question they attempt.

Be sure when making edits to any policies you click apply to this assignment only or save as default settings. Save as default settings, rather than applying to this assignment only, to save time when creating assignments and to keep your policies consistent.


 
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In the attempts tab (A), choose how many attempts you want your students to have on this assignment: one, two, three or unlimited (B). 

If you’re allowing your students to attempt the assignment more than once, decide if they should start over on each new attempt, or revise the previous attempt (C). 
Starting over means your students will complete each assignment attempt from beginning to end, regardless of what they had previously answered correctly. 
Revise the previous attempt means your students will return to the assignment and be able to edit what they had already submitted. 

Next, decide whether you want to deduct a percentage from the scores of students who use additional attempts (D). You may want to apply a deduction to a quiz or an exam to encourage your students to prepare and do their best on their first attempts, while still having the option of attempting the assignment again if they need to. 

Select compound the deduction for each attempt to increase the deduction a student will receive when completing each additional attempt by the percent you entered. 

Allow for study attempts (E) if you would like students to be able to take assignments an unlimited number of times, without affecting their grade, after the due date has passed. To activate this policy you must set a due date and choose to auto submit on the due date. Students with assignment extensions will not be able to access study attempts until their extended due date has passed. 

Be sure when making edits to any policies you click apply to this assignment only or save as default settings. Save as default settings, rather than applying to this assignment only, to save time when creating assignments and to keep your policies consistent. 

For a more detailed explanation, view the settings for student attempts tutorial.


 
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Answer tolerances settings: (A)
Depending on the questions in your assignment, you can set either language or numeric answer tolerances. Setting tolerances allows a wider range of answers to be scored as correct.

Language tolerances (B) are best used on assignments where grammar rules are unfamiliar. 

Numeric tolerances (C) are best for assignments that have numeric questions where common rounding considerations may cause the correct answers to vary slightly. You’re able to set a percentage tolerance for the assignment, but try to avoid doing so because most questions that require answer tolerances will come with absolute or percentage tolerances preset.

For a more detailed explanation, view the setting answer tolerances tutorial.


 
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Resources settings: Here you can select options to allow your students see some additional information when taking assignments. For details on each type, view the resource reference types tutorial.

 
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Assistance types options: Here you can select options to help your students in assignments. For details on each type, view the resource assistance types tutorial.

 
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Feedback settings: (A) Your students can receive feedback after completing assignment attempts or after submitting each question.

Show feedback after submitting each attempt: (B) Students will not get any feedback while they are completing their attempts. Unless you selected allow students to check their work, within the “resources” settings. In that case, your students will see whether their answers are correct on the questions that they check their work.) 

Show feedback after submitting each question: (D) Students will get feedback while they are completing their attempts.
After submitting each question, your students will see their scores, the correct answer, an explanation (when available) and the solution. For details on feedback settings, view the feedback after attempts tutorial.


 
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Content policies settings: 

* Content policies, a tab beneath feedback (A), will only appear if you selected certain questions in Step 2. 

If you don’t see content policies, that’s OK. You’re done setting policies. If you do see content policies, review and customize them as necessary. 
- The policies you see will vary depending on the specific questions in your assignment, but let’s use worksheet questions as example. Worksheet questions often have several answer form fields, and the options under content policies allow you to modify how these types of form fields are scored and interacted with. 

Be sure when making edits to any policies you click apply to this assignment only (E) or save as default settings. Save as default settings, rather than applying to this assignment only, to save time when creating assignments and to keep your policies consistent.


 
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Best Practices
  • Click on the (question mark) icons wherever you see them throughout the policies settings to see more information about a specific setting.
  • Finalize your assignment’s dates and policies before assigning it. If you make any changes to the dates or policies after any students have begun the assignment, the changes will not apply for those students until their next attempts. (So it’s possible that students in the same section will be completing different versions of the assignment.)
  • Finalize your assignment type before setting the policies. If you switch assignment types after setting policies, those settings will be lost. The assignment will assume the default settings of the new assignment type you selected.
  • Avoid setting numeric answer tolerances. The tolerance you set will be applied to every answer in the assignment, and there may already be tolerances set for individual questions.
  • In every setting where you make changes, be sure to click apply changes to save them before moving on.
  • Apply policy changes to all future assignments of that type, rather than setting policies for each individual assignment, to save time when creating assignments and to keep your policies consistent.
  • If your assignment has Flash questions, like lab or click-drag, we recommend deselecting the allow printing assignment setting. You can find this as you create or edit your assignment, under basic settings.
  • The textbook used in your course determines the available tolerance policy settings. If you feel that your textbook’s coursework requires tolerance settings that are not currently available, please contact our customer support team.
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