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Siyavula’s assignment-setting feature allows you to choose the questions you’d like your learners to practise. You can use them for homework, revision or assignments and don’t need to create your own content. Using assignments means that you:

Can easily find the questions you want your learners to practise, in one place
Can choose questions from across grades
Don’t have to mark learners’ work - our system does it all for you
Can immediately see where learners are struggling, and the areas where they need help

How to get to your assignments:

After logging in to you teacher page, scroll down the sidebar until you see the Assignment link

Once on the Assignments page you can do the following:

Set a new assignment
View your draft assignments
View your sent assignments
View the reports of your sent assignments
Share assignments you’ve created with other teachers

How to set an assignment

From your Assignment dashboard, choose Maths or Science.
Once you’ve chosen the subject, you will see the classes you are linked to.
Select the class(es) you’d like to send an assignment to by clicking on the box next to the class name.
Give your assignment a name. We suggest including the content in the name so you can keep track of your assignments easily.
Select the difficulty level you want, or select ANY, for a mixture. The difficulties of our questions are rated from basic to hard.
Select the grade for the assignment.

You can set an assignment from more than one grade. E.g. you can set a Grade 11 assignment from Grade 10 content, or you could set a Grade 12 assignment with a mixture of Grade 11 and 12 questions.

Under each grade are the chapters and sections for the curriculum. Please note that Siyavula’s practice service is aligned to the CAPS curriculum.
Clicking on a section will give you a list of all the questions in that section, with their difficulty levels.
Click on any question to see what kind of questions your learners will see.
Our program is able to create many versions of the same question, so learners can practise more than one example of a question. If you want to see more versions then click on the green “View another version” button.
Select the questions you want to send your learners by clicking on the check box on the right-hand side of the question.
Once you have selected your questions, you can choose to schedule your assignment by selecting a start and/or a due date for your assignments.
Once you’ve scheduled your assignment, click on Send Now. The assignment will only appear in your learners’ assignment box on the start date.
You can also choose to save your assignment as a Draft. This will allow you to add or delete questions at a later stage.

The order in which you select the questions will be the order that which your learners will see the questions in the assignment.

Draft, scheduled, and sent assignments

Your draft and sent assignments can be found under Assignments in your main dropdown menu, or by clicking on Assignments on your Teacher Home.

You can see the report for any assignment that was sent to one of your classes by yourself or another teacher. You can even reuse and share these assignments!

These are assignments that you’ve created but have not yet sent out. To work on a draft assignment, click on Use on the right-hand side, and you’ll be able to add or delete questions to the assignment. You can then send it to your class(es) or save it again as a draft.

Select and then delete drafts that you no longer plan to use.
If you have lots of drafts, you can search within them.

These are assignments that are scheduled but have not yet gone out to your learners. Once the start date is reached, a scheduled assignment will move to the Sent Assignments table.

This shows when the assignment will be sent to learners.
This shows when the assignment is due.

You can see how your learners did on the assignment and how many of them completed it in the assignment report. To view this, click on View in the report column.

Click to see the assignment as learners see it.
Click to view the class and individual reports.

Your sent assignments can be reused or shared with other teachers. Questions can easily be added to or removed from any reused or shared assignment. To share an assignment just click on the Share” button. This generates a link that you can copy or email to a colleague.

Even if you’ve given a due date to an assignment, learners can still practise the assignment after the due date has passed. You can choose whether to include work done:Only before the due date has passed or before and after the due date has passed.

How learners receive an assignment

Learners will see their latest assignments on their home page. It will show whether the assignment has been started, or whether they still have to start the assignment.

Learners can click on their latest assignments to go straight to that assignment. Any assignments that still need to be completed are in the “Current Assignments” table. There is also a table for past assignments, which shows those that are either complete or where the due date has passed.

Here are some ways in which you can use assignments to support your teaching objectives:

Full check for understanding:
Dedicate a maths or science lesson to Siyavula practice, to revise a section you have already taught by setting an assignment.
You can choose the questions you want your learners to try
Answers are immediately marked, with full solutions, so learners can see where they’re going wrong

Assignments for homework:
Create a Siyavula assignment for your learners to do as part of their homework.
Answers are immediately marked, with full solutions, so learners can see where they’re going wrong
Students can’t copy because everybody receives an equivalent but unique version.
You save time because our system checks and tracks homework completion

Informal assessments:
Use Siyavula for an informal test during class or at home. You can schedule it and select how marks get awarded.
You can schedule deadlines for the assessment.
Learners cannot copy from one another because every student gets a unique but equivalent version of a question
You save time because answers are marked and downloadable reports are generated automatically

Updated on: 20/04/2023

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