What is an assignment and how do I add one to my course?

What is an assignment?

An assignment is a description of an activity to be done, but is not directly done within Echo.


How do I add an assignment to my course?


From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs an assignment added to it.


Click the "+Add to..." link.


Click "Assignment".


When creating an assignment there are 6 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

  • Activity
  • Data
  • Objectives
  • Gradebook
  • Navigation
  • History




 Within the "Activity Tab":

  • Give the assignment a title
  • Add content such as instructions, an image or a video for students to view prior to starting the assignment
  • Add attachments that students might need to complete the assignment
  • Add instructor notes to students
  • Select a specific group of students to assign the assignment to

Note: Student groups must be set up if assigning an assignment to a specific set of students before creating the assignment.





Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.




WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the assignment.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for an assignment.




Within the Gradebook tab select:

  • Enable gradebook settings (if desired)
  • Gradable
  • Due date


1. Within the "Gradable" category select:

  • "Include" from the "Category" drop down menu
  • The learning outcomes and their weight for this activity
  • Enable student dropbox
  • Choose groups of students to view the assignment
  • A passing score
  • Minumum points possible
  • If the score from this assignment: will have visibility restricted by date, can be dropped, will be included in final grade, requires a passing score for course credit, if an unscored assignment will be a zero.


2. Within the "Due Date" category select:

  • A due date and time
  • Allow late sumbissions if desired




Once the assignment has been accessed, history will show up in the "History" tab.






Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.

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