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Make it easier for students to 'answer' assignments by linking to OneDrive files - Integrate OneDrive into assignment 'answers'

Option 1) When creating an assignment, have an option to create OneDrive documents for each student (at the root level of student OneDrive). Additional options could be to use a file as a template for student 'answer' documents. Options for teachers to export a list of student names and URLs to files for each student.

I don't think ItsLearning is capable of option 1, so how about something simpler...

Option 2) When students 'answer' an assignment, they can use a template file connected to the assignment (would require an additional step for students to save document somewhere in OneDrive).

Still, I don't think it's possible. So something even simpler...

Option 3) When students 'answer' an assignment, allow them to link to a OneDrive file they have created. A feature exists already for administrators/teachers of courses to 'Add a file -> link to a OneDrive file'  - so should be possible to implement for students

  • Stefan Muntwyler
  • Dec 22 2017
  • Released
Country DE
Category Content creation and management
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    Product Team commented
    28 Oct, 2019 11:47am

    When teachers add a Microsoft Office resource (Word, Excel or PowerPoint) in assignments they can choose to make a copy for each student, follow-up in-progress work and provide just-in-time feedback directly in the browser. You don’t even need a Microsoft account to do this.

    Teachers can also add Office documents from their private OneDrive or, if your organisation has Office 365 Education, from Teams and SharePoint.

  • Admin
    Product Team commented
    2 Nov, 2018 11:28am

    Hi Stefan, I’m happy you like it 😊. We’ve stopped putting dates on the roadmap for several reasons, e.g. we put quality before release dates, we may change the roadmap focus as new opportunities arise or we land better ways to meet customer expectations. When we postpone or reprioritize a feature it creates a lot of frustration. I’ve bit my tongue to many times over the years due to this, so moving forward I’m happy that we’ve decided to stick to which features are ‘in development’, which are ‘in planning’ and which we are ‘researching’. Our roadmap is an open, honest statement of intent; a guide to where we are prioritizing our efforts. Hope you agree with me 😊.

  • Stefan Muntwyler commented
    19 Oct, 2018 07:40am

    Hello Henning,

    I have checked the roadmap for "MS Office Assignment Templates" and it looks to be a very useful feature. Which quarter might you expect to release this new feature?



  • Admin
    Product Team commented
    2 Jan, 2018 02:47pm

    Hi Stefan,

    thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts :-)

    We totally agree with you, and we’ll continue to enhance our integration with O365 and Google in 2018. We started this work a couple of months ago, and when we’re done teachers can select O365 or Google files as attachments to assignments, create a copy of a O365 or Google file for each student or group as basis for their submission. Students can “complete” this copy and submit their version of it.

    The assessment process will also be enhanced, making it possible to assess the answer at the same time you can see the submitted file.

    When we’re done with the Google integration in the assignment tool we’ll move on with O365. We’ll start piloting the new Google capabilities in the assignment tool in Q1, tweak it based on feedback, and if everything goes as planned we’ll have it ready for a full release around Easter. The O365 integration in the assignment tool, will be next up and hopefully ready before the summer.

    I’ve attached a couple of screenshots. Please note that this is work in progress and as such subject to change.

    Please also follow our newly updated roadmap: