Adding a Task
Teachers can add tasks to classes via the class Tasks & Units tab > Add New Task. You can also swiftly add a new task via the Dashboard > Quick Add button.
1. Name: task name
2. Unit: the unit plan you wish to link the task to.
3. Task category: these are customizable via Manage Categories.
4. Due date & time: student submissions will be marked early or late based on this. Green days on the calendar picker indicate days with Attendance periods configured for the class for schools with Class Attendance enabled.
- Formative Assessment Tasks are meant for practice to build competency and to provide feedback. Common examples include homework and short quizzes.
- Summative Assessment Tasks are meant to evaluate the level of achievement at the end of the unit. Common examples include exams and projects.
For a more detailed explanation on the differences between Summative and Formative assessment, we recommend this article from Carnegie Mellon University:
Use the details box to add any special instructions for the students in any language.
Tick Save as Draft to hide the task from students & parents.
Teachers are able to choose which group of students the task is assigned to. This can be selected in the Student Differentiation section. They can choose to assign it based on the students’ level (HL or SL for IB DP for example) or they can choose a specific set of students for which to assign the task to.
The students that have not been assigned to the task will not see it, nor will teachers be able to grade these students for this Task.
Select applicable Assessment models for the Task in the third section.
Select how you wish to assess the task from a range of assessment options. Note: Only those Assessment models enabled by an administrator on your account will show here for selection.
Available Assessment Models:
- Points: Enter a maximum number of points the task is out of.
- Comments: Enables a comment box in the task gradebook
- Criteria: Enable assessment of criteria configured on your account.
- If enabled, you can then select which criteria to address.
- Tick Task-Specific Clarification to edit default descriptors to suit the needs of the task
- Binary: Complete/Incomplete, Pass/Fail etc.
- Google Docs Coursework Submission: To assign a G-Doc to your students.
- Note that this is only available if your account administrator has enabled integration with Google Docs. Click here for further details.
- Dropbox Coursework Submission: Allow students (or teachers on behalf of students) to upload their work directly to AtlasNext on the task deadline.
- Please note: It is only possible to select either a Google Doc or the AtlasNext Dropbox.
- TurnItin Feedback Studio: Enable Turnitin to check for plagiarism directly within AtlasNext account.
- Note that this is only available if your account administrator has enabled integration with Turnitin. Click here for further details.
- Notify Students via Email: Upon initial task creation, you can additionally send an email notice the task has been set.
- Add Another Task: If you are looking to create many tasks at the start of term, click this to save the current task and create another task directly.
- Create Task: Click this option to begin uploading files, videos, links or notes to the task.
Teachers with multiple Class sections of the same subject and grade level can create Tasks in Additional Classes by selecting the Class and setting Category and Due Date of the task in those extra classes.
Editing a Task
Once the task has been created, you can adjust the task if needed via Edit Task.
- Send reminder to class: Issues a notification to students listing the task deadline.
- Task History: Track when the task was created or edited.
- Post New Message: Start a conversation with students to clarify any details about the task.
- Show All Messages: View a complete thread of messages on the task.
Upload or add new resources to the task, or link from existing files in the resource bank.
- Add Website or Video: Include website URLs as a hyperlink or embed videos such as YouTube.
- Upload or Link File: Add a new file directly from your device, or link existing files in the resource bank by searching for the file name.
- Upload Photo: Add an image file
- Write a Note: Post details about the task in text format.
Reusing Tasks via 'Add Resources'
Once your assessment task has been created, it will be permanently saved in the Subject Resources section of AtlasNext, this will allow you to easily re-use the same task in future academic years without having to recreate it.
Navigate to Tasks & Units > Add Resources. Here teachers can re-use tasks created previously, either by themselves or by other authors. Click to read more about Sharing Resources with Other Class Sections & Grade Levels.
This will allow you to select from previously created tasks. By ticking the checkbox next to a task name and setting the due date, you can add tasks to your class by clicking Add Resources at the bottom of the page.
Filter tasks by category, teacher, and grade level.
Reusing Files via 'Add Resources'
Under your Class > Files tab, you can easily copy over files by clicking Add Resources on the right menu.
This allows you to select from previously uploaded files. Tick the checkboxes next to the files you want to add. Again, you can filter which files you view by category, author, and grade level.
The files will be added to your class after you click Add Resources at the bottom of the page.
Grading a Task
Navigate to the Gradebook tab of your class > Tasks to view a full Task Agenda for the term.
- You may need to scroll across to view additional tasks
- View a snapshot of which tasks and for which students grades and comments have been entered
- View the last time grades have been entered, and who have assessed tasks, via the right-hand side
- Click on a task name to view or begin assessing it.
You can view progress bar graph offering a visual representation of how each student has progressed over the course of the term by opening the Progress icon.
All grades & comments entered via the Tasks tab are automatically visible to the students and parents on their accounts.
Note: Grades and comments entered on tasks are visible to students and parents in real-time. To hide grades and comments, you can draft your task, until you are ready to share this information.
- View the task you are grading in the Selected Task area
- View Categories, Criteria Descriptors and Grade Scale on the right-hand side
- Binary: Mark as Complete or Incomplete
- Points: Enter the grade in the box.
- Note: It is not possible to enter a mark higher than the maximum points.
- Criteria: Select the value from the options
- N/A: Mark as N/A to indicate not assessed
- Teacher Comment: Enter a comment on the task
- For lengthier entries, click to expand the comment box to a full-screen view
- Export Grades: Download an excel file of grades for all tasks in the class.
- Split-screen View: Click the student's name to expand to a Split-Screen Gradebook view.
Gradebook & Annotations
When viewing the tasks, you can view student submissions, annotate, and assess the student all on the 1 page.
Via Class > Tasks > Annotate and Grade
Select a Task in the class from the Tasks & Units tab to access the dropbox list of students. Click Annotate and Grade icon to access the annotation and assessment split-screen gradebook.
- Click the student dropdown on the top-right to grade another student on the same task
- Click the task name on the top-left to grade this student on another task
- Click to Hide the details section for full-annotation view
- Click Rubric View for a visual grading panel of rubric descriptors.
- Switching between students to assess is done at the top of the page in the student dropdown list.
Once grades have been entered, you can navigate back to the task in the gradebook and click Send grades notification to issue an email notice to students and parents.
Via Classes > Gradebook > Tasks
Access your Gradebook via Classes > Select Your Class > Gradebook
In the Gradebook > Tasks tab, your tasks are listed. You can select a task by clicking on it.
Next to Chloe's name we see ( 10 / 10 - 7 ). This means she received 10 (out of 10) for the task which translates to a IB Grade of 7, by using the grade scale for this class.
On the right navigation panel, you can edit the class Task Categories by clicking on the pencil Edit icon. If your school uses weighted grading, the category weights will determine your students' term grades.
Clicking on a task will bring you to that tasks gradebook. Click on the bar graph icon next to a student's name to compare their grades across tasks.
After typing in the grade and possibly a comment for a student, you can move on to the next student on the list by clicking on them. Your grades and comments will auto-save, so you don't need to worry about losing your student's marks.