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  • MTMF Editing Assignments for Instructors (v. 4/5/16) Cengage Learning

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    MindTap® Math Foundations Editing Assignments for Instructors

    Contents

    Introduction 2

    The Assignment Wizard 2

    1. Settings 3

    2. Edit 6

    3. Course Preview 8

    4. Course Calendar 8

    Edit Assignment 9

    1. Add MindTap Content 9

    2. Edit the Assignment 10

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    Introduction MindTap is a personal learning environment that contains Activities (Readings, Assignments, Apps, etc.) that instructors and students need in a course. Your course has been designed to follow a standard course curriculum, but as you can see here, you have many options for customization. You can customize a MindTap by adding or editing Activities in the Dashboard (distinct Activities) or within Readings (inline Activities.) A Digital Service Consultant can help customize the MindTap course further, editing the Dashboard, folders and units.

    Objectives

    This document introduces you to the following:

    n Where you can edit assignments:

    − The Assignment Wizard

    − “Edit Assignment” under Resources on the Instructor Dashboard

    n Settings

    n Editing Your Course

    n Previewing Your Course

    n Course Calendar

    The Assignment Wizard

    The Assignment Wizard is available off the Instructor Dashboard from the Management Tools section in the upper right hand corner. Selecting the Assignment Wizard icon takes you to the Assignments set-up dashboard where you can create, schedule, and delete assignments. and the options available during the assignments—like enabling or disabling learning tools like the basic calculator or video tutorials. In the Assignments wizard, along the top of the screen, you will see four modes available:

    • Settings allow you to adjust all of the specific settings for your course. • Edit allows you to add, delete and edit assignments. • Preview shows a list of all assignments in chronological order based on their due dates. • The Course Calendar lists your course dates and displays which days have quizzes, tests, and

    assignments due.

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    SETTINGS Selecting the “Settings” tab will allow you to globally edit options for your course’s assignments that have not been edited previously—settings on this page apply to all the learning tools and activities throughout the course that.

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    Let’s take a closer look at each of the options:

    Note: the icons in this section reflect what the students see in their Assignment Chain.

    Step Action 1 Homework Assignment

    General Info: The available date of your course determines when students will be able to begin assignments. The due date determines when an assignment is due. If you wish to change the date, select the calendar Icon and pick a new available or due date. Note that setting the available and due dates here is only helpful if you plan on having all your assignments available or due at the same time. For example, if you were to have all your assignments available on the first day of class and have all assignments due on the last day of class.

    To set the time the assignments are available and due, use the Hour field, the Minutes field, and the AM / PM dropdown menu.

    2 Warm Up Game (called Skill Builder Games) are quick, fast-paced warm-up

    games that activate background knowledge and can be set to enabled or disabled. If enabled, you can set it to Must be attempted (which means the

    student can navigate to the next activity after starting the game), Must be completed (the student must complete the entire activity in order to access the next activity, or Can be skipped completely (Activity is available for student but students do not have to engage with it at all. It allows for free navigation through the assignment chain).

    3 Here you can also enable or disable your Check Ins. A Check In is a short

    diagnostic quiz that will test your students’ knowledge of the content in the assignment’s Learning Loops. If they have already mastered the content in the

    Check In they will be able to skip one or more of the Learning Loops. The percentage correct in order to skip the next Learning Loop can also be modified. The system defaults to 80%.

    You can also mark the basic calculator as Available or Not Available.

    4 Preferences for videos: interactive videos can be enabled or disabled. If enabled, you can allow the student to skip them completely or you can require the concept checks that help them check their learning and understanding of the videos.

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    5 Lesson Games (called Concept Builder Games) can be enabled or disabled. Like

    with the Skill Builder games, If enabled, you can set it to Must be attempted, Must be completed, or Can be skipped completely.

    6 In the Exercises Sets, you can determine how many times your students will be

    able to answer each exercise to try to get it correct. This can be set to any number between 1 and 5 or set to an unlimited number of attempts. For the class test,

    you should only select between 1 and 5.

    Scoring is how the final grade is calculated. You can choose to allow students to keep their highest or last score.

    During the Exercise Set the basic calculator can be available or not available.

    And the Step-by-Step help can also be set to available or not available. When available, students can select the Step-by-Step button on their Whiteboards, which will provide them with a basic step-by-step walkthrough on how to solve the exercise. If the student uses the Step-by-Step button, a different variation of the same type of exercise will be given to them after they are done using Step-by-Step to understand the previous exercise.

    7 Quizzes & Tests

    Setting the available and due dates for quizzes and tests is only helpful if you plan on having all your quizzes and tests available or due at the same time. For example, if you plan on having all your quizzes and tests available on the first day of class and due on the last day of class. Dates for individual assignments are set on the “Edit” tab. To set the time the quizzes and tests are available, use the Hour field, the Minutes field, and the AM / PM dropdown menu.

    The quizzes and tests can be set as online or offline. In future versions, you will be able print out the quizzes or tests for your students or use a test or quiz you’ve created.

    You can set how many times a student can retake the test or quiz by adjusting the number of answer attempts. This can be set to any number between 1 and 5 or set to an unlimited number of attempts.

    Scoring determines how the final grade for the test or quiz is calculated. You can choose to allow students to keep their highest score or keep the last score.

    And finally, you can determine if the basic calculator is available or not.

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    Make sure you save your changes before exiting! The SAVE or CANCEL button is at the top of the page:

    EDIT Selecting the Edit tab will allow you to determine what assignments are in your course and in what order. What you enter here will populate the student’s calendar with all the dates for assignments, quizzes, and tests.

    The first column displays the Type of Assignment where it can be an Assignment, a Quiz, or a Test.

    The second column, Assignment Name, displays the name of the assignment. You’ll see assignments, quizzes and tests are all named and numbered separately.

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    The Available column lists the date when students can begin working on the assignment. The Due column lists the date when the assignment is due.

    Using the buttons on the right side of the screen, you may move and delete any assignments, quizzes or tests.

    Any assignment can be deleted (except for the Prerequisite Diagnostic) by selecting the trash icon to the right of the due date for that assignment. Note that anything deleted cannot be retrieved by “undoing” but can be added back in using the “add assignment” button. Adding a quiz or test will not be working in the class test.

    In the Student View, the student will see the assignments ordered first by their due dates, then by their available dates, then by the order you place them in.

    To add an assignment, follow these steps:

    Step Action 1 Select the Add Assignment button, found directly under the Edit tab. This will take you to

    the New Assignment. To add a new assignment, first enter an assignment name and a category. The category

    name drop-down menu allows you to select the appropriate type: Homework Assignment, Quiz, Test, or any of your own categories you may have created earlier.

    Select either CANCEL or SAVE. If you select CANCEL, the popup will close and this new assignm

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