I'd like to have my comp students complete a checklist and submit it before they can submit their actual essay. How do I do this?
Hi Julie Odell - Basically, you will want to place both assignments into a Module. While there is an entire section of the online Instructor's Guide devoted to Modules, the ones that are especially pertinent to you for this question are:
So, you can place both assignments into a module. Then, for the checklist assignment you can set the requirement to Submit the assignment. Add in the essay after that checklist. Finally, edit the Module and enable both the Students must complete all the requirements radio button as well as the one immediately under it, Students must move through requirements in sequential order. So the students would then do the checklist first (since it's the first one listed in the Module), submit it, and then do the essay.
There is a lot more to Modules than just that, however, so you may really want to review that section of the Instructor's Guide, and also take a look at this video guide: Modules: Creation and Management (Instructors) .
One final point: make absolutely certain you also publish the Module itself! That step is very easy for instructors to overlook and would effectively lock students out of either assignment if the module itself is not published.
I hope this helps, Julie!
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