You’ve probably learned that if you create an assignment, registration, survey or test and make it active, that it will
show up as a task in your student’s course or personal dashboard.
So how would this work for homework? And what if you want to give students a task that is NOT an assignment, registration, survey or test. First of all, you can easily make an assignment, survey or test BECOME the homework. Don’t let the terminology mislead you. You could simply give the course element the title HOMEWORK and give it a due date for the day the homework is due.
For example, an assignment or survey could be to watch a video or do a specific web-based activity. You could ask students to write a quick reflection about it. Or to simple submit it as done.
Here you can see we embedded the video in the assignment directions. We ask the students to watch the video and to submit a response or reflection.
Alternatively can do the same thing as a homework quiz if you want students to submit answers to question that could be assessed as right or wrong. You have the option to put this in the gradebook or not of course if you grade homework.Or, if you want to consolidate answers for further discussion, you might consider making this homework task be a survey. You’ll find you can easily embed videos and links in tests, surveys or assignments.
So now you know that you can make homework task be a test, survey, or assignment, but what if you REALLY just want students to read a page you created (or in an actually book) or go to a specific link, or participate in a discussion board as homework.
Since only assignments, tests, surveys and registrations will show up as tasks for students on their dashboard, you will still need to make one of these for any homework you want to give if you want it to be a task. BUT, within that you can link to external things you want them to do.
Let’s say you want students to participate in a discussion board.
Tree links will allow you to link to any course content from an assignment without having to re-create that content. So you could link to a conference for a chat session, a page for a quick video or poll or to a website with a game or other activity.
It is very important that teachers consider a consistent strategy for using itslearning to communicate with students. Some teachers may want to make homework assignments on the course calendar while others may use the technique described in this video. Using tasks on the dashboard has been found to be a good strategy for letting students and parents know what needs to be done!