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Cardiff University Assignment Template For Teachers

Students learn quicker, and teaching is made easier

Overleaf is being used to teach mathematics, physics and other courses in universities around the world. Teachers use Overleaf for interactive demonstrations during class, and provide students with templated assignments which they can open & edit securely online - there's nothing for them to install to get started.

How do templates work? Open this homework assignment to see for yourself; it's as simple as that. Every student who clicks the link will create their own personal copy to complete and hand in. We can provide you with standard templates for assignments, problem sheets, and course notes, or you can upload your own.

The Teaching Toolkit provides management tools for easily collecting and distributing assignments - get in touch to discuss.

A short video introduction to creating and using a teach team

Getting started

1) Create "Open in Overleaf" links to your resources

To open .tex files (e.g. course assignments) in Overleaf, simply use a link of the form below, replacing YourLink with the path to your .tex file:

Your students can now open them in Overleaf with one click! Here's an example in action: Open Escher Illusions in Overleaf.

2) Each student gets their own project

Every time the link is clicked it creates a new, unique Overleaf project from your original, so each student will have their own personal copy to work on.

3) You can make changes as your course progresses

If you update your file, simply tell your students to click on the link again - your changes will be visible instantly in the new Overleaf version.


Further options are available - please contact us or see our developers page if you have experience with html coding.

The Teaching Toolkit

The Teaching Toolkit package includes all the benefits of the free service plus:

1) Teacher's portal for tracking & reviewing assignments

Keep track of your students' work - our convenient portal page lets you track the last edits made by your students, and quickly collect and download the versions they submit for marking.

2) Flexibility to adapt as your courses progress

We know things change - as well as the flexibility to change your files, you can re-allocate your licenses as required & add more if your class grows.

3) Customization Options and Priority Support

We'll help you get everything setup, and can tailor the appearance of Overleaf to match your university colours and style, incuding a branded editor (if required).

Contact us for a free trial today!

Example Course: An Interactive Introduction to LaTeX

Students complete interactive exercises as they progress through this LaTeX course, originally given at Bristol University by Overleaf founder Dr John Lees-Miller.

Your success stories

“I have been a LaTeX user for the past 10 years and am an avid fan of cloud solutions, however, I've never found an online editor that was good enough. That is until Overleaf came along. The website and interface is excellent, so much so that I've designed the entire LaTeX part of the curriculum for a course I teach to now use Overleaf.”

Vincent Knight, LANCS Lecturer in Operational Research at Cardiff University.

“The good folks over at Overleaf have just pre-loaded my homework template so that my students no longer have to copy the contents from GitHub and then paste them into a new project at Overleaf. In fact, it's even better than that. They created a button for me that I just added to the bottom of the homework page of our course webpage that you can click to open Overleaf with the template preloaded. Awesomeness.I'm so glad that I chose Overleaf as the platform my students use to typeset their homework. And it just keeps getting better!”

Dana Ernst, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Northern Arizona University.

“It worked great. I posted the link to Moodle and had my students bring their laptops to class. Worked fine. I really like that the link includes the URL to my own file -- after class, based on their questions, I just updated my own webpage and told them to visit the link again. Very convenient interface, great job!”

Dan Drake, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Puget Sound.

This guide explains how to submit coursework assignments electronically through Learning Central. Learning Central supports two types of assignment, each with a different submission process.

A Blackboard assignment

Submission Guidelines

Blackboard Assignments

Your lecturer will give you guidelines on the content and structure of your submission. Please follow these carefully.

In some cases, lecturers will ask you to submit your assignment as a single PDF. Submissions of this type are batch printed. Consequently, if more than one file is submitted there is a danger that parts of your submission will become separated from the rest and it may be difficult or impossible for staff to identify related components.

When submitting your assignment as a single PDF, please ensure that:

  1. Your submission includes a coversheet on the first page.
  2. The resulting PDF can be read on any platform. Some platforms use fonts that are not available on other systems. As a result, content may be missing or unreadable when viewed on different systems. This issue can be avoided by ensuring that all fonts used within the document are embedded in the PDF file.
  3. When including program code, it is clearly formatted and easy to read. Wherever possible, code should be submitted in portrait layout. Use good programming practice to avoid long lines of code.
  4. When embedding diagrams, they display correctly and are clearly legible within the PDF.
  5. All content is suitable for printing in black and white on A4 paper. Colour printing is not available, so please ensure that all content is clear and understandable when printed in grayscale. Similarly there are no facilities for large format printing (i.e. larger than A4), so consideration must be given to the size constraints to ensure that diagrams are clear when printed.
  6. Submissions do not exceed 80 pages.

Further good practices include:

  1. Addition of a header or footer containing your name and student number.
  2. Use of page numbers (particularly of the format ‘Page 1 of 10’).

A guide to producing appropriate PDF documents can be found on the School website at

Turnitin Assignments

Your lecturer will give you guidelines on the content and structure of your submission. Please follow these carefully. Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

The file size may not exceed 20MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content or the instructor may be contacted to request multiple assignments to submit the document in sections.

Ideally you will submit either a single Word or PDF document. Your lecturer will give you guidance on this. A guide to producing appropriate PDF documents can be found here (link to relevant doc).

Coversheet

The coursework coversheet can be downloaded from the School website at the following address:

The coversheet consists of a PDF form that must be completed electronically. Please only use Adobe Reader to complete this form. Other applications may cause compatibility issues.

For group submissions, each member of the group must submit a copy of the coversheet. Please include the student number of the group member tasked with submitting the assignment and tick to confirm that the submission has been checked, and that the submitted files are final and complete.

Please complete the Special Provision details only if you have provided evidence of need to the Disability & Dyslexia Service and have requested this adjustment.

Naming Files

Your file name should consist of your student number followed by your surname, initial and an appropriate descriptive name. For example, if your student number is c1234 and your name is Brian Jones, a suitable file name could be:

The file extension (i.e. docx) will vary depending on the package used to produce the file.

When uploading an assignment, problems sometimes occur with certain filenames. To avoid this you should ensure you use filenames that do not include special characters (e.g. !, “, £, ?, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), #, @, [, ], {, }, ;, :, \, |, /, <,>).

Plagarism

By submitting your coursework electronically through Learning Central you are agreeing to the following declaration:

I hereby declare that the attached submission is all my own work, that it has not previously been submitted for assessment, and that I have not knowingly allowed it to be copied by another student. I understand that deceiving or attempting to deceive examiners by passing off the work of another writer, as one’s own is plagiarism. I also understand that plagiarising another’s work or knowingly allowing another student to plagiarise from my work is against the University regulations and that doing so will result in loss of marks and possible disciplinary proceedings.

Submitting Assignments

Submitting a Blackboard Assignment

Module leaders may allow you to submit your assignment more than once (to allow you to modify your assignment after a submission has been made). Where this is the case, ONLY THE FINAL FILE SUBMITTED WILL BE CONSIDERED.

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment

To see a copy of your receipt, view the similarity report or check your feedback.

  • Repeat steps 1 to 3 in this guide. To see your receipt, click the ‘intray’ icon and select ‘digital receipt’. If you want, you can download this.
  • If similarity scores are available, click the coloured block to see what matches have been found. Remember, this is a measure similarity and not evidence that you have plagiarised. Speak to your tutor if you are concerned.
  • If there is feedback for your work, you can click ‘View’ to see it. Not all assessments are marked using this system, and feedback will not be displayed until the ‘post date’. If you think you should see feedback and the post date has passed, speak to your tutor.

To view feedback, in the main panel, move your mouse over the blue icons to see the feedback. The right panel displays other information. By default, it shows the general feedback for your work, but you can change these with the icons.

On the home screen for the appropriate module, click on the Assessment option to navigate to the assessments area of the module.

Click on the title of the assignment to begin submission.

Click Browse my Computer to navigate to and select the file you wish to submit.

Should you need to remove a selected file for any reason, click the Do not attach link next to the appopriate file name.

When you are satisfied that you have attached the required file(s), click the Submit button.

You can now review the content of your submission. A preview is available for supported documents. To check non-previewable documents, you can use the download buttons next to uploaded components to download a copy to your computer.

Please ensure your files have been successfully uploaded. Whilst some types of file will be displayed in your browser window, others may need to be downloaded. Click OK to continue.

1. On the home screen for the appropriate module, click on the Content option to navigate to the content area of the module. In some cases Content may be replaced by Assignments or similar.

2. Click on View/Complete below the title of the assignment.

3. The Class Homepage will be displayed. Click the submit button to begin the submission process.

4. Enter a title for the assignment.

5. Click the Choose from this computer button to navigate to and select the file you wish to submit.

6. Review your submission to ensure you have uploaded the correct file.

If you are happy with your submission, click the Confirm button. If not, click Cancel to reattempt your submission.

  • Speech bubble: General comments
  • 3 bars: Lists all the feedback given, organised by page
  • 8 boxes: Displays the rubric or marking grid (if used)

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