What's the best way to have students submit their written assignments?
Hi Charles Venti Welcome to the Canvas Community!
The absolute best way is the way the most meets the needs of your curriculum, the nature of the assignment, the abilities of your students, and your own classroom management preferences. Canvas is very flexible in assignment submissions. Everything from no submission (a demonstrations or presentation), to old-fashioned paper submissions all the way to high-tech media submissions, even submissions using third-party tools integrated with Canvas - your imagination is the only real limit. "Best" is really a rather subjective term.
My first suggestion is to check out the Assignments Chapter of the Canvas Instructor Guide to see all the possibilities available.
You might also want to check out Innovative Uses of Canvas LMS: An Interview with Jared Stein
For me, it really boils down to the nature of the assignment. If it is a written assignment in almost any form, I prefer an online submission of the student's text files (Word, PDF, Open Off, Googledoc, etc.) so that I can use the built-in annotation tools in SpeedGrader. I do know some faculty who still prefer mulling over a hard-copy of an assignment, marking it with their nasty red pens, then just submitting the student scores using a rubric in SpeedGrader.
Simple answer: How do I create an online assignment?
There is not, and cannot be one right answer for this question.
Have fun, and be adventurous!
I would agree with Kelley L. Meeusen that there is not one "correct" answer to this question...because you'll most likely get varying answers that work for some people but not for others. Because of this, I've converted your Question to a Discussion. A Question usually has one "correct" answer, while a Discussion is more open-ended and may have several different solutions to accomplish the same goal. I hope it's alright with you that I changed the format of this question.
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