How to Set Homework Inside the Course

May 22, 2017

It is a well-known fact that humans learn via repetition. Of course, reading texts and watching video tutorials is important for learning, but unless we put what we learn into practice, we are liable to forget most of it in a week or two. “Practice makes perfect” the saying goes, and it holds true in eLearning, too. If you want to help your learners to retain the information and skills they acquire from your courses, we recommend supplementing them with tests and homework assignments.

When they take tests and answer questions, learners apply their knowledge in practice. However, the hands-down best way to drill a skill or a piece of information into your learners’ head is to have them use it when performing a real life task. For this reason, it is vital to always reinforce your learners’ knowledge with the help of practice tasks.

Today I would like to demonstrate how to add homework assignments to Geenio courses. Follow the steps below to add an assignment to your course.

  1. Browse https://geen.io/ and sign up for a free account.

  2. Go to “Courses”, click the green plus sign icon and select “Create”.

  3. Type the course name and click “Create” once again.

  4. Drag a “Homework” object from the panel on the left to the pathboard and double click it.

  5. In the opened modal window type the assignment name, annotations and provide detailed instructions about what the learners must do in the “Content" field.

  6. Attach files to the assignment, if necessary, by clicking “Upload”.

  7. Click “Inspectors” to specify the person(s) responsible for checking and grading the assignment.

  8. Select the "Completing period” checkbox to set a time limit for completing the assignment.

  9. Under "The format of assessment”, select the radio-button corresponding to the way you’d like the assignment to be rated. You have two options:

    • Regular "Pass/Fail".

    • 100 point scale. In this case you must specify the minimum passing score. 

  10. Go back to the top of the page and click “Save”.

That’s it! Your homework assignment is now ready. Learn more about homework assignments in Geenio in this knowledge base article. I would just like to note that in Geenio, adding a homework assignment to a course means that learners cannot advance until their assignment has been turned in and found satisfactory. To help the learners complete their assignments, you can leave them feedback, or send assignments that have been turned in back, so that they can be improved according to the feedback received. Whenever the status of a homework assignment changes, both the learner and the inspector(s) receive notifications via email.

The benefits learners receive by completing homework assignments are only matched by actually applying their knowledge and skills in real life scenarios. In fact, completing an assignment using recently acquired knowledge helps the learner see how it can be put into practice. Practice tasks are invaluable for retaining information, for they put it in a real world context.

Another important aspect to consider is that the instructor is not the only person who can be the inspector. You can also have learners check and grade completed homework assignments of their peers. This way you entrust them with an important responsibility, and to avoid discouraging fellow learners with unfair grades, they will strive to better understand the subject, and the way an assignment must be graded. In turn, this will inevitably lead to deeper understanding of the subject. As theory is applied in practice, the acquired knowledge and skills are reinforced for better retention. On top of that, learners discover new aspects of knowledge that cannot be delivered via simple instruction.