Why have we created group assignments?
Research suggests that the impact of collaborative learning has been consistently positive. The ability to collaborate and problem solve as a class or in groups on assignments set students up to build more diverse and more meaningful relationships. These relationships open the door to further social learning as well as a greater sense of connection and belonging. Alongside building emotional engagement, collaborative learning can enhance students’ cognitive engagement and improve communication skills.
Group assignments are available via Handin. Handin is a native tool, meaning that we built it. We often conceptualise Aula as a lego set - instead of building native tools, we leverage the most effective educational third-party applications on the market. However, with subject-specific integrations that mimic real-world application, multimedia submissions, interactive feedback and now group assignments, Handin addresses the needs we found weren’t solved by anything on the market.
How do I create a group assignment?
To work with group assignments, you need to access Aula via the internet and not app.
Step 1: Create the groups
A. Click into ‘space settings’ → the ‘groups’ tab → ‘+ New set of groups’
B. Name the set (this is a collection of groups) and choose whether to hide it from students by ticking ‘hide set’
C. You have two choices:
- ‘Auto-generate groups’, where you choose the number of students in each group and they are randomly grouped
- ‘+Add new group to set’, where you can assign specific students to groups
Step 2: Create the Handin assignment
A. Click into your profile → ‘+’ sign
B. Fill out the assignment details → Select ‘group assignment’ → Select which ‘group set’ you want to take the assignment → ‘Save’
❓Can I make changes to the assignment?
You can update the assignment, but you can't change or remove the groups if any submissions have been made.
- If you want to change which set of groups is taking the assignment, or alter the assignment so it's taken by individuals rather thank groups, you click into the assignment → 'edit settings' → 'save'
- If you want to edit the composition of a group, click into 'space settings' → 'groups' → the pencil icon:
Don't worry about making changes which might cause issues - the editing function will be locked once there are submissions for any assignments associated with a group.
❓Who can I provide feedback to?
You can provide a grade and feedback either to an individual or to the entire group.
A. Enter your profile → Click into the assignment → Click on 'submissions'
B. Add the grade and feedback → choose whether to ‘Apply to all group members’ or not → 'Save’
❓Does everyone in the group need to submit the assignment?
No - one student from each group submits the assignment on behalf of the rest of the group.
Need help or have feedback? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on the question mark at the bottom of the Aula page.