Open Assignments vs. Closed Assignments with Discussion Assignments

With Discussion Assignments, your Discussion Feed will be divided into Open Assignments and Closed Assignments as seen below.

Open Assignments are ones that are currently active and available to students based on the start and end dates you have set. Closed Assignments are ones whose end dates have passed and are unavailable for students to post in.

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Below is a breakdown of what functionality is available to students and instructors between Open and Closed Assignments.

  Open Assignments Closed Assignments
For Instructors

Full discussion functionality:

  • Able to ask questions or respond to student posts
  • Able to provide custom feedback and moderate posts
  • Able to spark

Instructors have full discussion functionality with closed assignments as well.


Keep in mind that students will be unable to create new posts, see below.

For Students

Full discussion functionality:

  • Able to ask questions
  • Able to respond to classmates
  • Spark a post
  • Edit posts to improve their Curiosity Scores
  • Edit and republish posts that have been moderated
“View Only”:
  • Unable to create new posts
  • Able to spark 
  • Able to edit posts to improve their grade
  • Edit posts to improve their Curiosity Scores
  • Edit and republish posts that have been moderated

 

Can I reopen a closed assignment?

Yes! All you will need to do is edit the end date of the assignment you’d like to reopen. Once you’ve done so, all students will once again have full functionality access for the previously closed assignment. Follow the instructions in this help article to reopen a closed assignment: Managing Discussion Assignments

Have questions?

If you’re curious to know more about open and closed assignments, feel free to contact our support team at help@packback.co. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you!

 

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