Administrator User Guide: 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. Click the Hierarchy button located at the top of the page.
2. On the right side of the page, click the Course tab.
3. Highlight the tier in which the course containing the desired section is located. To highlight the tier, click on it.
4. In the course list, click the title of the course containing the desired section.
5. From the section list, locate the section in which an activity will be created.
6. Click the Gear icon for the desired section.
7. A list of any existing activities for the section will be listed.
8. Click the Create Activity button.
9. Type a title for the Activity in the Title text field.
10. Click the Template dropdown menu to choose a template to be completed by students.

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

11. Click the Student dropdown menu to choose the member role that will submit work to the activity.
12. Click the Visible field to choose a date and time that the activity will become viewable to students.
13. Click the Open for submission field to choose the earliest date and time that members will be able to submit to the
           activity.
14. Click the Due field to choose a date and time that the activity will be due.
15. Click the This activity is required checkbox if members are required to complete the activity.
16. Click the Grade will be sent to LMS/CMS grade book checkbox if the activity is integrated with a Learning Management System.
17. Click the Save button to save current settings, and continue building the activity at a later date.

           OR…

18. Click the Publish button to distribute the activity to students.



To create and distribute an activity to multiple courses:

1. Click the Hierarchy button located at the top of the page.
2. On the right side of the page, click the Template tab.
3. Highlight the tier which contains the template to be included in the activity. To highlight the tier, click on it.
4. From the template list, hover the pointer over the template to be included.
5. Click the 3 Dot 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 tier will display.
     8. Click the plus sign next to each section to which the activity will be distributed.

NOTE: The sections available are based on the tier selected in step 3. Only sections that are within that tier, or within a contained tier, will be available.


9. For each section, choose a student type from the dropdown menu.
10. In the Visible field, choose a date and time that submitters will first be able to see the activity.
11. In the Open for Submission field, choose a date and time that submitters 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.
13. If the submitters will be required to submit the activity, click the This activity is required checkbox.
14. When all selections have been made, click the Publish button in the top right corner.

NOTE:  Click the Save as Draft button to save the activity setup, but not make the activity available for submission or assessment.

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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