Essignments.com is a general-purpose electronic
submission system that gives instructors the ability to accept completely
paperless assignments. Students use the system to submit assignment
materials to course instructors via the Internet, and instructors likewise
can use the system to provide feedback on graded assignments to the
students. It was originally developed to solve the problems associated with
collecting assignments for large courses, but can be used for any size
course and is ideal for distance learning
Benefits of Paperless Assignment Submissions
Some of the benefits of using electronic files include:
- Eliminates bulky stacks of paper.
- Reduced the likelihood of lost assignments.
- Can be easily searched for comparing student submissions.
Benefits of Essignments.com
- Its Web interface for students and instructors make it accessible
from anywhere there is an Internet connection.
- It supports an unlimited number of students and instructors.
- Instructors can define multiple courses and multiple assignments for
- Instructors can define date and time ranges of when files for each
assignment can be submitted.
- Its integrated archive program allows instructors to retrieve all
student files with a few mouse-clicks for off-line grading.
- Instructors can easily keep an electronic archive of all student
work as it was submitted and after it has been graded.
- It supports any file format from any PC platform.
- It's more structured than using disparate email systems (especially
for large classes).
- Zero network administration required as instructors and students
maintain their own accounts.
- It maintains an audit log file of all system activity.
|If you are interested in using Essignments.com for your courses, or
if you are interested in licensing Essignments.com technology for use at
your site, please
contact Professor Kyle Lutes at email@example.com for further
How Students use Essignments.com
- First-time users must create a new account.
- Students logon using the instructor alias and course code.
- When an assignment is due, submit documents for grading.
- After assignments have been graded, retrieve the graded documents.
How Instructors use Essignments.com
Create an instructor account.
Add an entry for each course taught.
Add an entry for each assignment. Optionally specify due date,
submission dates, and if students should be allowed to retrieve the file
once it has been submitted.
Inform students of how to logon and possibly include a hyperlink
from the course web page.
Download and install the integrated archive program (similar to
WinZip, requires Microsoft Windows).
To retrieve the assignments for grading:
To provide feedback to the students (optional):
- Request that all student files be packaged into a single archive
- Retrieve and unpack the archive file. Unpacking the archive file
will create a folder for each student who submitted files for the
assignment. Each student folder will contain each file the student has
- Grade the assignments as normal.
- When grading, make marks in the original documents or create a
separate score sheet document in the student folder.
- Use the integrated archive program to repackage the student
folders and files.
- Send the updated archive file to Essignments.com.
- Request Essignments.com to unpack the updated archive file and replace
the student files with the contents of the archive file.
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