Not sure whether to share or copy? Take a look at these frequently asked questions to learn more about what it means to share and copy an assignment.
Sharing an assignment
What does it mean to share?
Sharing an assignment with a colleague allows you to control the content of an assignment to be used by a colleague.
What exactly is shared with my assignment?
Your assignment’s content (questions), policies, dates and attached files are always shared.
Learning outcomes associated with the assignment are shared if you and your colleague already share course outcomes (English courses only). If you and your colleague already share a World Languages gradebook, the gradebook category associated with the assignment is shared. To share course outcomes or a gradebook, you must share an entire section.
What can my colleague edit?
As sharing instructor, you control what your colleague can edit. You can permit your colleague to edit the assignment’s policies, to edit only the assignment’s start and due dates, or to edit nothing at all.
Your colleague is never able to edit the assignment categories (homework, practice, quiz or exam), content (questions) or submission preferences (whether an assignment is set to automatically submit on the due date). Your colleague will not be able to edit any learning outcomes or gradebook categories associated with the assignment.
Regardless of the permissions you set, your colleague will receive all edits you make to the assignment’s names, questions, content, policies and start and due dates.
When do you recommend sharing an assignment?
We recommend sharing an assignment if you:
- Manage other professors or teaching assistants and want to maintain consistency across sections in terms of the content of assignments used
- Have already shared learning outcomes (English) or a gradebook (World Languages), and want to add another assignment for yourself and your colleagues
Copying an assignment
What does it mean to copy?
Copying an assignment is a convenient way to give colleagues an exact replica of an assignment you created. When you copy an assignment, your colleagues can make edits as they wish, and neither you nor your colleagues can see each others’ edits.
Unlike sharing, you will not have access to your colleagues’ students’ scores or reports.
What exactly is copied with my assignment?
Your assignment’s content (questions), policies, dates and attached files are always copied. You also copy learning outcomes associated with the assignment, if you and your colleague already share course outcomes (English courses only). You copy the gradebook category associated with the assignment if you and your colleague already share a World Languages gradebook.
Copying a LearnSmart module copies the topics, dates, coverage amount and points.
What can my colleague edit?
You colleague can edit everything about a copied assignment, including learning outcomes and gradebook categories.
When do you recommend copying an assignment?
We recommend copying an assignment if you:
- Teach independently from your colleague
- Do not need to monitor your colleague’s students’ scores or reports