Creating Activities

Activities can be thought of as assignments.  An activity is the component that allows the distribution of a template to a course section. Activities define the template to be completed by submitters, as well as the date and time the submission will be due, and whether the submission is required.

Instructors can create activities within their sections. Likewise, administrators can also create activities within a section.  However, administrators can also distribute an activity to multiple sections, even if those sections have different instructors. This is especially useful when the same rubric will be used for assessment across several courses, or when completion of the same template will be required of submitters who are in different sections.


To create an activity within a single section:

1. From the Academics & Offices screen, click on the organization/program that contains the course
2. Click the Courses tab

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4. In the course list, click the title of the course where you would like to create the activity
5. From the section list, click on the section where you would like to create the activity
6. A list of any existing activities for the section will be listed.
7. Click the Create Activity button

8. Type a title for the Activity in the Title text field
9. Click the Template dropdown menu to choose a template to be completed by students. After selecting a template you will see additional options below. These options will differ depending on the workflow of the selected template.

NOTE:   The chosen template can be previewed by clicking the View Template button next to the dropdown menu.

 

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11. Click the Student dropdown menu to choose the student role that will be submitting the activity or will be assessed

 

NOTE: There must be at least 1 student member in the course in order to publish an activity

 

12. The Students can withdraw submission checkbox will be selected by default. You may uncheck this box if you do not want to allow students to withdraw after submitting.

 

NOTE: If a student needs to revise their submission and they are unable to withdraw, the instructor of the course section can open the student's submission and click Request Revision

 

13. Click the This activity is required checkbox if members are required to complete the activity

14. Click the Enable grade return to LMS gradebook checkbox if the activity will be integrated with your Learning Management System (LMS) and you would like the Score entered in the activity to be returned to the LMS gradebook.  Click here for more information on the LMS integration.

 

12. Click the Visible Date field to choose a date and time that the activity will become viewable to students
13. Click the Open for Submission Date field to choose the earliest date and time that members will be able to submit to the activity
14. Click the Due Date field to choose a date and time that the activity will be due

15. Click the Publish button to distribute the activity to students, OR click the Save as Draft button if you would like to save the current settings and publish the activity later



To create and distribute an activity to multiple courses:

1. From the Academics & Offices screen, click on the organization/program that contains the template for the activity you are distributing. Please see our Templates guide if you have not create a template yet. 
2. Click the Templates tab
4. Click the more options (three dots) button that appears on the far right end of the template listing and choose Create Activity.

6. In the Title text field, type in a name for the activity.
7. Click in the Sections text field.  A list of sections within the selected organization/program will be displayed. Click the plus sign next to each section to which the activity will be distributed.
9. For each section, choose a Student role from the dropdown menu

 

NOTE: The following fields will differ depending on the workflow of the template you have created. 

 

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10. In the Visible field, choose a date and time that students will first be able to see the activity
11. In the Open for Submission field, choose a date and time that students will first be able to submit the completed activity
12. In the Due field, choose a date and time that the activity will be due for the student

13. The Students can withdraw submission checkbox will be selected by default. You may uncheck this box if you do not want to allow students to withdraw after submitting.

14. Click the This activity is required checkbox if members are required to complete the activity

15. Click the Enable grade return to LMS gradebook checkbox if the activity will be integrated with your Learning Management System (LMS) and you would like the Score entered in the activity to be returned to the LMS gradebook.  Click here for more information on the LMS integration.

16. Click the Publish button to distribute the activity to the selected sections, OR click the Save as Draft button if you would like to save the current settings and distribute the activity later


For information on how to Schedule an Activity to automate the Activity deployment process, please see “Activity Scheduler” in the help center. 

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