What is an Assignment/Exam Template?

An assignment/exam template allows you to save your settings when creating assignments or exams (exam feature is currently available for certain Math titles only). 

Each homework course can have its own template. For example, if you are teaching two sections of Math, you can have one assignment template for section 1, and another for section 2.

Please Note: Exams are only available for certain titles.

How does it work?

  • Templates can be updated when instructors are creating or editing an assignment/exam.
  • The template covers both the general assignment/exam settings in Step 1 and the support controls in Step 4 in the assignment/exam creation.
  • If you change the value of a field that was auto-populated with a system default, you will be prompted to update their assignment template so that the same settings will be applied to any assignments/exams you create in the future.
  • Once the template has been updated, creating a new assignment/exam will apply the new custom defaults you have entered.
  • Checking the "Save my preference..." box will prevent update messaging from popping up when you create future assignments. If you check this box and click Update Template, those settings will be your defaults on newly created assignments in the future. If you check this box and click Don't Update Template, your assignments will always start with the standard default settings.

What are the Default General Assignment settings?

These options are located in Step 1, Settings.

  • Due date (standalone only) - 7 days after start date 
  • Due time (standalone only) - 11:59 PM
  • Late submissions (standalone only) - Off 
  • Late submissions end date (standalone only) - 1 day after due date 
  • Late penalty (standalone only) - 0% 
  • Attempt limit - 1 
  • Re-attempt penalty - 0% 
  • Grade assignments using the - latest score 
  • Question randomization* - Give students randomly selected question values. 

*only available if book supports question variations

Please note: "standalone" refers to Homework that has not been integrated with Canvas, BlackBoard, Moodle, or BrightSpace. These settings are set within the Learning Management system settings.

What are the default Assignment Support Controls?

These controls are located under the Create Assignment option under Step 4, Preview and Publish.

  • Allow students to check answer before submitting - On 

            only for non-multiple choice questions - On 

            lock the question after [ ] wrong answers - On; 3 

  • Direct students to read the relevant chapter - On
  • Direct students to watch the respective lecture video* - On
  • Link to an online graphing calculator* - On
  • Allow students to see their grades - On  > right after submitting. If "after specific date" option is used, the date that is auto-populated is the due date of the assignment 
  • Allow students to review submission - On  > right after submitting. If "after specific date" option is used, the date that is auto-populated is the due date of the assignment.
  • Allow students to see the correct answers in the submission details - On  > right after submitting. If "after specific date" option the date that is auto-populated is the due date of the assignment.
  • Allow students to see the solution of the question, including correct answer*- Off
  • Allow students to see the video solution of an example, including the correct answer* - Off 
  • Allow students to see question solutions in the submission details* - On  > right after submitting. If "after specific date" option the date that is auto-populated is the due date.

*Only available for certain titles.

What are the Default General Exam settings?

These settings are located under the Create Exam option under Step 1, Settings.

  • Due date (standalone only) - the same date as start date
  • Due time (standalone only) - 3 hours after start date
  • Time limit - 30 minutes
  • Requires access code - Off
  • Question randomization* - Give students randomly selected question values.

*available only for certain titles.

What are the Default Exam Support Controls?

These settings are located under the Create Exam option under Step 4, Preview and Publish.

  • Link to an online graphing calculator* - On
  • Allow students to see the solution of the question, including correct answer*- Off 
  • Allow students to see the video solution of an example, including the correct answer* - Off 
  • Allow students to see their grades - On  > right after submitting. If "after specific date" option is used, the date that is auto-populated is the due date of the exam.
  • Allow students to review submission - Off. If "after specific date" option is used the date that is auto-populated is the due date of the exam.
  • Allow students to see the correct answers in the submission details - Off. If "after specific date" option is used, the date that is auto-populated is the due date of the exam.
  • Allow students to see question solutions in the submission details* - Off. If "after specific date" option is used, the date that is auto-populated is the due date. 

*available only for certain titles.


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