Creating Assignments

Click Create Assignment. The following dialog will have the following options:

  1. Title - name your assignment.

  2. Choose the assignment type:

    • Personal - an individual assignment, where you assess each user separately. This type of assignment will be available to all members of a selected Course, unless specified otherwise in Permissions.

    • Group - a collaborative assignment for groups of people. A group of users will submit and get evaluated as a group, instead of individuals. See more on that in the next section.

Note that you can’t change the type after saving the new assignment.
  1. Course - select a relevant course for this assignment. You will see a list of courses in which you are a member or an administrator.

  2. Deadline - set a date and time by when the users have to submit their tasks.

  3. Late submissons - if you have a deadline, you can allow learners to be late with their submissions. For this, check this box, and set an additional and final deadline.

  4. Assignment text - describe the assignment.

  5. Documents - attach related documents. You can upload documents from Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, which you need to set up. To do so, configure these services in Valamis Administration.

  6. Instructors - choose the users who will able to assess the submissions and give their marks. This list will display a list of users based on the logic of the organizational or site structure.

  7. Categories - select or add a category to the assignment.

  8. Click Publish or Save draft. Drafts can only be seen by instructors. Learners will only see published assignments.

Assignments will show up in the list of Assignments for members of a relevant Course.

Group Assignments

Only the learners who are members of a study group created by an instructor can submit group assignments.

  1. Select the Group type of assignment when you first create it.
  2. Save the assignment.
  3. Go to Members tab, and click Group creation. The list will display users based on the logic of the organizational or site structure.
  4. There are two ways to create groups:
    • Use Search to find users you want to group together. Once you've selected them, click Create group. You can omit some users here, or group every single one.
    • Use randomized groups. For this, click Create random groups and check Auto-generate groups from all course members. The automatic grouping will group all members of the assignment. Automatic grouping is possible if you have not yet created any groups.
  5. Define the group size that you want to have. The maximum size is 50 members in one group.
  6. Valamis with auto-generate random groups, each with the defined number of users from the available user pool. Naturally, you can't always divide all users evenly, so you will see a notification about the number of users in a "leftover" group. You can change a group name by clicking on it. You cannot change group members in an already created assignment.

Etherpad Integration

With Etherpad integration, it's also possible for learners to simultaneously edit their submissions in group assignments.

Each user's edits are highlighted in the text with a different color. 

In the top-left corner, you can see the common editing and styling tools, like lists, undo/redo buttons, etc. You can also clear the colored highlights from the text by clicking the "eye" button. Keep in mind, that this action will clear the existing colored text highlights for all users, and you can Undo that right after. It doesn't affect the edits after that.

In the top-right corner, you have the buttons for the following:

  • Import/Export menu
  • Editing history, where you can browser document versions and even replay the editing process
  • A button to Star the current version for easier access in history later on.
  • View settings menu, where you can define various settings:
    • Make chat always visible on screen in a sidebar.
    • Make both chat and user list always visible on the screen.
    • Toggle color highlights for users.
    • Toggle line numbers.
    • Toggle right-to-left editing.
    • Change font type
    • Change UI language (for Etherpad)
  • Copy link
  • User list and color legend.