The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Assignment Calculator has been adapted by dozens of college and university libraries and writing centers around the world. Now the University of Minnesota Libraries are proud to announce a new, enhanced version of the Assignment Calculator that gives instructors and students greater control over their assignments and allows for seamless integration into courses.
Instructors can now build assignments from templates such as video projects, speeches, research papers, and (coming soon!) lab reports. These assignments are scaffolded to provide students with realistic deadlines that lead to the final project. Instructors can use the suggested steps and deadlines built into the tool or customize the steps and deadlines for a particular assignment. A link to the assignment can be included in a syllabus, course management system (such as WebVista, Moodle, etc.) or via email, and students can get email reminders for each step.
Students can use the Assignment Calculator to stay on top of their assignments by breaking down a complex project into steps or by adding personal progress notes or deadlines. They can also sign up for email reminders to keep them on track.
Take a look
Because this version of the Assignment Calculator allows for a high level of personalization, it is tied to University of Minnesota Internet IDs.
For University of Minnesota affiliates with Internet IDs you can access the beta directly: https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/
For non-University of Minnesota affiliates, here are some ways to get a look at the Calculator:
· Check out this video to get a look inside the Calculator.
· Request a guest email login to get full access.
Background on the Beta Version
The Libraries have put the Assignment Calculator through two days of vigorous usability testing with both faculty and students from various disciplines and educational levels (from first year through graduate studies). Major bugs were addressed and enhancements made.
During the spring semester the University’s Writing Studies Department will be using the Assignment Calculator in selected curriculum as part of the beta and will provide the development team with feedback for improvements.
Is your library interested in implementing your own Assignment Calculator?
The source code for this beta version is not yet available. We anticipate the beta being posted to the Assignment Calculator blog in mid to late spring. Please check there or contact us directly. After the pilot is completed we will update the final version of the code and post it to the blog.
The Assignment Calculator is developed by the University of Minnesota Libraries
in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Writing Studies Department, Center for Writing, and Center for Teaching & Learning.