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Create assignments for your students in Microsoft Teams

 Please note the "Assignments" Tab is only available in class teams 

Create new Assignment

Who should receive the assignment 

Add instructions

Add resources

Select due date and time

Timed assignments

Points, rubrics and grading

Choose where assignment notifications should post

Send assignment to students

Create a new assignment 

1. Navigate to the General channel in the desired classroom, then select Assignments.

2. Select Create>Assignment

2b. Selecting From existing will allow you to choose any assignment that you have already created for reuse, even if it was originally created for a Team that has been archived.

3. Enter a title for this assignment—this is required.

4. Provide more information for the assignment, you do not need to complete the following steps in order to post your assignment but it would be helpful 

Who should receive the assignment 

Choose multiple classes or individual students in one class to assign to.

Decide if students who join this class in the future should receive this assignment. By default only students who are in our class now will receive it. 

To do this, select Edit next to Don't Assign students added to this class in the future. Make your selection, and then select done. If you choose a close date then any students who joins will receive this assignment until the close date.

Add Instructions

  • Add additional Instructions-click the instructions box to add instructions and edit them in rich text

Add resources 

  • Attach resources to the assignment by selecting Add resources.

    During this step, add a document from your personal OneDrive, computer, or create a blank Word (.docx), Excel (.xlsx), or PowerPoint (.pptx) document to hand out to your students.
  • The default for the file will be Students can't edit, which means the document is read-only. This is a great option for reference materials.

    Select More options  More options button  > Students edit their own copy if you'd like each student to edit their own document and turn it in for a grade.

    • You can add up to 5 files for students to edit and the total number of resources you can add to an assignment is 10. Read only reference files can be up to 500 MB in size. Files for students to edit can be up to 50 MB in size.

    Select a due date and time

    • Using this function means the assignment will be immediately available 

    • For more assignment timeline options, select Edit. Here, you can customize when your assignment will be posted to students and when it will close for turn-ins. By default, no close date will be selected, which allows students to turn in assignments late.

    Editing will give you the option of setting opening and closing times for timed assignments 

    Selecting Schedule allows you to control when the assignment opens and closes for the assigned students. Remember you can select which students receive the assignment so, if you need to provide any accommodations you can complete your general assignment for the class and then tweak it and assign it to the necessary students. 

    Points, rubrics and grading

    Select the amount of points this assignment is worth, if any. You can use points on any number-based scale including whole numbers of 100 and set your own denominator. Examples: 88/100 or decimals 3.7/4.0.

      • Select Add rubric to add a grading rubric. For more detail about this process, click here

      • Add a category.

    Choose where assignment notifications should post 

    • Choose the channel where you'd like notifications for this assignment to post. This allows you to keep student work and discussion organized by unit, topic, or subject.

    • To choose a channel to post in, select Edit next to Post assignment notifications to this channel. Assignments will default to posting in the General channel or your selection in Assignments Settings.
    • to use Turnitin simply click the toggle to yes

Send assignments to students

  • Select Assign. Your students will be notified of the new assignment on the day you specified and the notification linking to this assignment will post in the channel you selected.

  • Select Discard to discontinue work on this assignment or Save to return to the assignment and edit it later.

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