CengageNOW: The Start Smart Guide for Instructors

CengageNOW: The Start Smart Guide for Instructors
THE START SMART GUIDE FOR INSTRUCTORS
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INSTRUCTOR REGISTRATION GUIDE
First Time User Registration
Adding Titles to Your Bookshelf
Sign up to access all of your instructor online
resources by using the Cengage Learning
single sign-on system.
1. Sign in to your account at https://
login.cengage.com
1. To begin registration, go to
https://login.cengage.com
2. Under Instructor Resource Center,
click New Faculty User? click
Continue.
3. Use the Location selector to indicate
your institution’s country.
Enter the search criteria (Institution
type, State and City, or Zip Code) and
click Search.
International faculty will Search by
Institution Type, Country, and City.
4. Click Continue and enter your personal
account information. Accept the
License Agreement and click
Register.
Your account request will go to Cengage
Learning, and within 48 hours you
should receive an email that your
account is validated and active.
If you can’t find your institution, or need to
use your account at more than one institution,
please contact Technical Support.
Returning User Sign-In
2. Find the Add a product to your
Instructor Resource Center text box.
Enter the book’s Access Code or ISBN
number and click Search.
3. If necessary, select any additional
resources for that title and click Add
selected to Instructor Resource
Center.
4. The selected resources are added to
your Instructor Resource Center. You
can use the Products in your
Instructor Resource Center menu to
choose between your different books.
Creating a Course in CengageNOW
If you don’t already have a course or section
to use, copy, or import, it’s easy to create one.
1. On the CengageNOW Courses tab, click
Create a New Course.
2. Select Build a Course Manually and
click Continue.
3. Select the textbook registered for the
course (when available, also select the
appropriate IAC title students will buy);
then enter the course’s name, number,
start and end dates.
4. (Optional) Link to a document or web
page as your course syllabus.
1. Go to https://login.cengage.com
2. Enter your account email address and
password exactly and click Sign In.
3. From your Instructor Resource
Center page, click the link for your text
under My Course.
5. Click Create Course. To create a
section, click the Create a Section link
on the Course Created page.
Note: To access CengageNOW and create a
course and assignments, you need at least
one CengageNOW resource in your bookshelf.
Technical Support
You can click any of the Cengage
Learning Technical Support links in
CengageNOW to open the Technical
Support Knowledge Base website.
Also, you can direct your browser to
the site at: http://
poweron.cengage.com/magellan/
TechSupport/login.aspx.
CONTENTS
INSTRUCTOR REGISTRATION GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III
GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
System Setup for CengageNOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Registration and Sign-in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Registering as a New User . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Signing In as a Returning User . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Adding Titles to Your Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
USING
THE
HOME PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Using the Actions Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Actions Table Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
PowerSearch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Setting Up Quick Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Using the Header Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Upload Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Math/Graphing Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Basic Calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Admin Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Run System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Sign Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
As a live, Web-based program, CengageNOW is regularly updated
with new features and improvements. Please refer to the
CengageNOW online Help for the most current information.
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Using the Student View/Instructor View Toggle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
MANAGING COURSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Setting Up Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Creating and Managing Course Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Building a Course Manually . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Copying an Existing Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Importing a Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Using Your Course/Section Created Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Creating Course Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Modifying Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Editing Course Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Using the Courses and Sections Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Setting Courses Page Display Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Using the CengageNOW Clipboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Viewing Your Course Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
User Enrollment Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Date/Time Formatting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Date Formatting Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Time Formatting Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
CREATING
AND
MANAGING ASSIGNMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Using the Assignments Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Advanced Assignment Page Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Creating Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Choosing the Assignment Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Creating a Homework or Test Assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Available Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Select Included Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Creating Media Quiz Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
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Creating a Reading Assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Creating an Assignment from Study Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Creating Assignable Study Tool Assignments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Using a Homework or Test Assignment Already in Your Account . . . . . . 97
Creating an External Web Link Assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Choosing Assignment Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Option Sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Assignment Takes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Printing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Prerequisite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Feedback during Assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Feedback after Assignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Managing and Editing Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Using the Assignment Created/Summary Pages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Editing Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Customizing Assignment Options for Specific Students . . . . . . . . . 126
Printing Assignments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Setting Printing Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Editing Headers and Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Archiving Courses and Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Using the Archived Materials Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Archiving Your Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Retrieving Archived Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Copying Items from Archived Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Deleting Archived Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Working with Assignment Templates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
The Assignment Templates Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Creating a WebQuiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Importing and Exporting Assignment Templates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
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MANAGING GRADES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Gradebook Terminology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Using the Gradebook Overview Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Basic Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Gradebook Preferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Using an External Gradebook Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Creating and Editing Custom Grading Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Editing Grade Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Editing Assignment Scores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Editing Problem Scores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Adjusting Multiple Assignment Scores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Using the Student Grade Details Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Editing Assignment Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Assignment Details Page Basic Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Assignment Details Page Advanced Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Querying Student Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Sending a Search Results Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Creating Grade Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Student Responses Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Learning Outcomes Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Student Response Statistics Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
VPL Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
VBL4 Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Custom Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Exporting a Course Gradebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
MANAGING USER ENROLLMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Emailing Users. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Removing Users from a Course or Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
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USING
THE
STUDY TOOLS PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Working with Study Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
AUTHORING
IN
CENGAGENOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Working with Self-Authored Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Creating Folders for Self-Authored Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Creating New Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Working with the Problem Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
The Problem Editor Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
The HTML Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
ACCESSING TECHNICAL SUPPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Contacting Nelson Technical Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
CengageNOW System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
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GETTING STARTED
Welcome to CengageNOW, the course management and learning system
that gives you easy, online access to your courses, materials, and
students—at your pace and on your schedule. This Start Smart Guide is
your reference manual for getting started using CengageNOW. When
setting up and managing your instructional materials, you can refer to
this guide for helpful information.
CengageNOW Home Page
Note: As a live, Web-based program, CengageNOW is updated regularly
with new features and improvements. Please refer to the CengageNOW
online Textual Help for the most current information.
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System Setup for CengageNOW
To use CengageNOW, all you need is an Internet connection and a
computer with basic requirements running a Windows or Macintosh
operating system. To check your computer’s ability to run CengageNOW
and find links for the supported Web browsers and plug-ins, see the
“CengageNOW System Requirements” on page 221.
After signing in, you can also run the CengageNOW System Check
from the Tools link at the top of most pages. If you need to make any
updates, you can click the help icon
in the system check Results
pane to access the appropriate instructions or download links.
Registration and Sign-in
Through the Cengage Learning single sign-on page you can access your
instructor and student resources all from one place. Everything you need
to teach your course is found by logging on to a single website.
Cengage Learning Resource Center Sign In
2
CengageNOW
Getting Started
Registering as a New User
Unlike students, instructors can request a Cengage account without
using a Access Code from their book. Instead, you enter your account
information online and submit it to Cengage Learning. Once the account
is validated, you can access CengageNOW and add new materials to
your online bookshelf as you wish.
¾ To create your account
1. Direct your browser to https://login.cengage.com and click the
New Faculty User? button.
2. Click Continue in the Create a Faculty Account confirmation
window (click Cancel to return to the Sign In page).
The Select Your Institution page opens.
3. Use the Location drop-down menu to select the country for your
school.
Select Your Institution Page
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4. You can now search for your school by various criteria such as
institution type, vicinity, state, city, or postal code, and then click
the Search button.
5. Select your institution and click Continue. (If your institution
doesn’t appear during your initial search, you can click Search
Again.)
6. Enter the required account information, accept the License
Agreement and click Register (or you can click Cancel to exit
without creating an account and return to the Sign In page).
Note: Be sure to make a record of the password you select for
future reference.
Your account is established and your information is sent to
Cengage Learning for validation. Within 48 hours, you should
receive an email that your account is validated. In the meantime,
you can begin adding resources to your Resource Center.
Signing In as a Returning User
Once your CengageNOW instructor account has been validated, you can
sign in as a returning user from anywhere you have Internet access.
Cengage Learning Instructor Resource Center
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CengageNOW
Getting Started
¾ To sign in to CengageNOW
1. Connect to the Internet and go to: https://login.cengage.com
and the Cengage Learning Sign In page will open.
2. Enter your email address and password exactly and click the
Sign In button to open your Instructor Resource Center.
3. If necessary, select the appropriate book from the Products in
your Instructor Resource Center drop-down menu.
Note: If you have not yet selected your course textbook and
added it to your Bookshelf, go ahead and do that before
continuing. You will need access to at least one book or other
resource before creating an online course and assignments.
4. Under My Course, click the link for your CengageNOW course
and CengageNOW will open in a new window.
Adding Titles to Your Resource Center
You can easily add titles to your bookshelf from your Instructor
Resource Center. You may add books by entering their Access Code
or ISBN.
¾ To add titles
1. Sign in at https://login.cengage.com and go to your Instructor
Resource Center page, if you have not already done so.
2. Under Add a product to your Instructor Resource Center,
enter the ISBN or Access Code of the book you would like to
add. (You can also search for books by Title or Author.)
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3. Click the Search icon and the Selected Product page will open.
(If searching by Title or Author the Search Results page may
open.)
4. (Optional) If multiple selections are available, choose from the
listed resources and click the Continue with Selected button.
The Selected Product page will open.
5. Confirm that you have the correct title listed and select any
supplemental materials you wish to include.
6. Click the Add Selected to Instructor Resource Center
button.
7. To switch between books, simply select from your registered
titles in the Products in your Instructor Resource Center
drop-down menu.
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USING
THE
HOME PAGE
You can use your CengageNOW Home page as a quick overview of your
course’s status, as it contains tables with links to past-due assignments,
recently graded assignments, and assignments that require manual
grading. On the right-hand side of the Home page are customizable
Quick Links that provide shortcuts to those areas of CengageNOW you
use most often.
From this page and most pages in CengageNOW, you will see a series of
tabs, which provide access to all the main pages in CengageNOW, such
as Assignments, Users, Courses, Study Tools, and Gradebook. A
PowerSearch tab may also be available, if your school uses the
PowerSearch service.
The CengageNOW Instructor Home Page
Note: To conserve system resources, the Home page is updated only
when you first sign in. If you perform an action that may affect your
course or assignment status, you should click Refresh to see those
changes updated in the Actions table.
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Using the Home Page
Using the Actions Table
The Actions table of assignments is the focal point of the Home page.
It is a reference for changes in any of your assignments’ status and
provides quick access to actions for tasks such as grading assignments
that require manual grading, sending reminders to students about late
assignments, and reviewing recently graded assignments.
You can customize the number of options displayed on your Home page
by clicking the Change Information Displayed on This Page link at
the bottom of the Quick Links box. From the Display Preferences
page that opens, you can select which links you would like to appear. For
more details see “Setting Up Quick Links” on page 10.
The Actions Table
Note: When several assignments appear in one of your Actions tables,
a Show First 4 toggle is displayed. Clicking this option allows you to
limit the number of assignments listed.
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Actions Table Columns
Course | Assignment
This column displays the course and assignment names.
Unavailable Date
The assignment’s Unavailable Date determines when the
assignment is closed for all students in the course. “Closed”
means that no student in the course is able to open a new take
or previously-unfinished take of the assignment.
Action
The Action column provides you with quick access to frequently
used commands. Click View to open the Assignment Details
page. For late assignments, you can click Remind to send
students a reminder email message.
Note: You can specify the specific options you would like to appear in
the Actions table. On the Home page, click Change Information
Displayed on This Page. The Display Preferences page opens and
allows you to choose which Actions you want displayed. For more
details see “Setting Up Quick Links” on page 10.
PowerSearch
If your university subscribes to the PowerSearch service, you may see a
PowerSearch tab on your Home page.
By using PowerSearch, students and instructors can search and manage
a wide range of periodical, reference, primary source, and multimedia
information. Searches can cover multiple databases simultaneously, and
provide refined features for marking sources and generating citations.
Note: At this time, not all schools are able to offer PowerSearch access
through CengageNOW.
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Setting Up Quick Links
Quick Links are shortcuts on your Home page that can take you to
common tasks such as creating a new assignment or course, viewing
your Gradebook, managing Assignment Templates, or viewing your
Archived Materials.
The Quick Links
You can specify the options and appearance of your Home page by
clicking the Change Information Displayed on This Page link at the
bottom of the Quick Links list. This opens the Display Preferences
page, where you can select from the various Quick Links to determine
which ones will appear on your Home page. You can set display
preferences for the information appearing in the Actions table.
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Using the Header Links
The global navigation area at the top (header) of most pages in
CengageNOW provides a convenient menu of links to helpful tools and
options for instructors.
The Header Links (Tools menu expanded)
You can use the Help drop-down menu to access links to either the
Textual Help or Training Videos. Training Videos opens a new
browser window where you can choose from providing step-by-step
instructions for key procedures. The Textual Help link opens the online
Help from its introduction, with the Table of Contents, Search, and Index
displayed.
Clicking the Technical Support button opens the Cengage Technical
Support Knowledgebase in a new browser window. This site contains
helpful links to downloads, tutorials, and articles for both instructors and
students. See “Accessing Technical Support” on page 219 for additional
details.
Use the Tools drop-down menu to access utilities for setting
preferences, uploading files, accessing a basic calculator, using math
tools, accessing administrative controls, and performing a system check.
These options are described further in this section.
You can use the Change to Student View toggle to log into the current
course and see a student version of the CengageNOW interface. Once
you are switched over, you can view the assignments list, take
assignments, see the student online Help system, and the Grades page
as a student user.
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Preferences
The Preferences link, available from the Tools drop-down menu in the
page header, opens a window that allows you to control the general
appearance of your CengageNOW pages and determine access to certain
advanced features. When you are finished changing your preferences,
click Save These Changes to keep them, or Cancel to discard them
and exit the Preferences window.
The Preferences Window
Setting display options
This setting lets you control the default appearance of all
CengageNOW pages with Show All Options/Hide All Options
links. To show all options by default on all pages, select Show All
Options. To hide any additional or expert options by default on
all pages, select Hide All Options.
Selecting Hide All Options will keep additional or expert options
out of the way until you need them. If you use the expert options
a lot, you may wish to have your CengageNOW pages show them
by default. You can always change this setting manually on any
page.
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Table length
This setting allows you to set “lengths” of 20, 50, or 100 items.
For example, you can use this setting to display a list of 100
students as one page of 100 students, two pages of 50 students
each, or five pages of 20 students each. The default setting is 50
items.
To divide long lists of information, select the check box for Break
up a table into separate pages when it contains more than
the following number of entries. You can then select the
number of entries per page from the adjacent drop-down menu.
To display long lists without using pages, clear the check box.
Order of assignments in drop-down menus
This setting lets you select the default sorting method for
assignment lists throughout CengageNOW, such as those in the
Assignments and Gradebook pages.
Courses that I see
Selecting this option limits the display of course folders to only
those that contain courses you are teaching or enrolled in. This
option affects which folders are available on the Courses page
and those listed in the Course or Section drop-down menus on
the Assignments, Users, and Gradebook pages. By default,
Courses that I see is set so all public folders in your institution
are shown.
Printing Options
Click View/Select Print Options to specify how your
assignments will be printed. You can also access Printing
Options from the Assignments and Assignment Templates
pages. See “Printing Assignments” on page 128 for details.
Note: Some printing options won't be available unless you have
an assignment selected.
Account Information
Click View/Change Account Information to update contact
details, language preferences, password, account settings,
email, and other information associated with your user profile.
(This option is not available to all accounts.)
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Upload Files
The Upload Files link, available from the Tools drop-down menu,
opens a page where you can upload copies of image, text, ZIP,
PowerPoint®, or other files from your local computer onto the
CengageNOW server for use in several areas of CengageNOW. For
example, you can upload JPG graphics to insert in a self-authored
question.
Although you can upload almost any file type to the CengageNOW
server, the CengageNOW editor can accept and display only file types
that can by displayed by your browser.
Note: The easiest way to get text into CengageNOW is to cut and paste
it directly from your word processor document (TXT, RTF, and DOC
format) into the appropriate field. If you plan on using that entire file in
many places, however, it’s best to have it uploaded into the server.
The Upload Files Page
¾ To upload a file onto the CengageNOW server
1. In your Home page header, open the Tools drop-down menu
and click Upload Files.
The Upload Files page opens. At the top of the page, you can
see the name of the selected Upload Directory and the Upload
Space, which is the amount of storage space remaining.
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2. (Optional) In the Folder options area, select the directory
where you want to store your file (or click the New Folder button
to create a new one).
3. In the Choose Files to Upload area, click the Choose File
button.
4. Find the file you want to upload, select it, and the file name will
appear adjacent to the Choose File button.
5. Click Upload and the file is added to the selected folder.
Note: The total number and size of files that you can upload
depends on your CengageNOW user account Upload Quota
setting. This setting can be changed by your CengageNOW
system administrator if you need more room.
¾ To insert an uploaded image file
Once you have uploaded a JPG, PNG, or GIF image file to your
CengageNOW server, the image is available for you to insert into a selfauthored question.
1. Navigate to the field in which you want to insert the image (the
question field on the Problem Editor, for example).
2. Click the HTML editor button to open the CengageNOW
WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get).
3. Click the Insert file based image button
Image editor dialog box will open.
in the toolbar. The
4. If necessary, browser through the folders to find the file you want
to insert in the panel to the right, and double-click it. (You will
see a preview of the image in the pane to the right.)
5. Click Open and the Image editor will present you with options to
set the dimensions and positioning of the selected image.
6. Adjust the image properties as needed, and click OK.
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7. When you are done with all your edits, click save and close in
the HTML editor.
Note: Some problem types may allow you to insert an image
without using the HTML editor. You will click a Select Image
button to open a similar dialog box, and browse through folders
to select the appropriate image.
¾ To view the contents of an uploaded file
1. Click the file name on the Upload Files page.
2. Click the View button under File options.
Note: Some file types can be opened and viewed only with
specific applications. You will need to download and open those
files in the appropriate applications to view them.
¾ To delete an uploaded file
1. Click the file name on the Upload Files page.
2. Click the Delete button next to the Clipboard heading.
Caution: Before deleting a file, be sure that it is not currently in
use (referenced) in an existing course, assignment, or problem.
Otherwise, deleting it will create a “broken link” and cause errors
in your work. If you cannot verify that the file is not referenced,
consider keeping it.
¾ To rename an uploaded file
1. Click the file name on the Upload Files page.
2. Click the Rename button next to the File and folder options
heading.
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3. Enter a new name in the dialog box that pops up, and click OK.
Caution: Before changing a file name, be sure that it is not
referenced from somewhere in CengageNOW. If you cannot
verify that the file name is not referenced, consider uploading a
duplicate version of the file with the new name instead.
¾ To add or edit an uploaded file description
You can add a description to remind you of the characteristics or usage
of a particular file. This text can be seen only in the Upload Files page.
1. Select the file name on the Upload Files page.
2. Click the Change Description button.
3. Enter or edit the description in the dialog box and click OK.
¾ To download a file from CengageNOW to your computer
1. Click the file name on the Upload Files page.
2. Click the Download button and your browser’s File Download
dialog box will open.
3. Select your browser’s Save or Save to Disk option, and then
select the folder on your local system to which you want to save
the file (use the Choose File button as needed to change
folders). Click OK or Save to save the exported file to the
selected folder.
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Math/Graphing Tools
Clicking this link in the Tools drop-down menu opens the CengageNOW
Math/Graphing Tools. This window offers tools to assist users with
authoring questions, completing assignments. and taking tests.
€ Calculator. A scientific calculator.
€ 2D Grapher. Enter expressions to create two-dimensional
graphs that include circles, arcs, parabolas and other shapes.
€ 3D Grapher. Enhanced to include a graphing toolbar, the 3D
Grapher is scalable on 3 axes. Customizable number of grid
spots allows greater flexibility in creating graphs. Graphs can be
rotated, and the screen offers zoom capability.
€ Math Glossary. A list of math terms.
€ Math Syntax. This reference lists common math terms,
describes them and provides examples of correct syntax.
€ Shapes Library. Create and modify basic shapes in your
graphs without writing complex expressions.
€ Units Translation. This tool easily converts a wide range of
units, from Activity to Work and Energy.
.
Math/Graphing Tools
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Basic Calculator
Clicking this link in the Tools drop-down menu opens CengageNOW’s
Basic Calculator in a pop-up window. This provides you with quick
access to a simple calculator that does not include scientific notation,
logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions. For advanced
calculations, use the scientific Calculator which is located in Tools >
Math/Graphing Tools.
Note: Students are also provided with an additional link to the Basic
Calculator when taking a Homework assignment,.
Admin Tools
Clicking this link in the Tools drop-down menu opens a page offering
various tools to help you manage your CengageNOW books and courses
in which you are enrolled as a student. You may have other Admin Tools
available, depending on your account permissions.
Bug Reporter for Testers
Use the bug reporter to prepare and send a CengageNOW bug
report auto-filled with your system details. This information is
used by Technical Support when addressing your issue.
Make Changes to Your Account
Use this page to update contact details, language preferences,
password, account settings, email, and other information
associated with your CengageNOW account.
Register for a New Course
Use this page to register for your own courses as a student or for
other instructors’ courses.
Register to Use New Books
Use this page to register for access to the online content of a new
Cengage book, eBook, or other Personalized Study product using
its Content Access Code.
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Run System Check
Clicking this link in the Tools drop-down menu will run the
CengageNOW System Check. This is a test used to confirm that your
system and browser settings meet the CengageNOW System
Requirements.
CengageNOW System Check
If you should need to make changes to your browser settings or update
any software, the System Check’s Results pane will provide you with a
link
that opens a specific page in the CengageNOW Help system
containing the appropriate instructions or download links.
Note: Also see the “CengageNOW System Requirements” on page 221
for additional details on updating your system.
¾ To run a System Check
1. Open the Tools drop-down menu at the top of the page and click
the Run System Check link.
The CengageNOW System Check will open in a new browser
window.
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2. When the process is finished, check the Results pane for links to
downloads or help topics you may need. See the “CengageNOW
System Requirements” on page 221 for more information.
Click the Contact Tech Support link if you need further
assistance with updating your system.
3. Click the Close Window link at the top of the window to exit.
Help
While using CengageNOW, you can get online help by clicking the Help
link in the header of almost any page. Clicking this link opens a dropdown menu where you can select between accessing the Textual Help
or a series of Training Videos.
Clicking the link for Training Videos opens the Cengage Learning
Engagement Services page in a new browser window. From this page
you can choose to watch videos providing step-by-step instructions for
key procedures in CengageNOW. These videos include topics such as
creating courses, creating assignments, and account management for
both instructors and students. In the Engagement Services page
heading there are links for a Calendar of Events, a Post Training
Survey, and a Contact Us link which opens a page of helpful
information for further support.
Clicking the Textual Help link opens the entire CengageNOW Help
System from its introduction, with the associated Table of Contents,
Search, and Index tabs displayed.
On most CengageNOW pages, you can get help for specific features by
clicking an adjacent help icon
or an adjacent “Get help with...” link.
When you open the CengageNOW Help System by clicking one these
controls, the Contents, Search, and Index tabs are hidden.
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Sign Out
Use this link to close your current session. This officially logs you out and
informs the system that you are done. If you simply close the browser
window without signing out, there is a chance that you may lose unsaved
work, or that your session will not terminate successfully.
Your log-in session expires automatically after 2 hours of inactivity,
however, a warning overlay will pop up to inform you when 10 minutes
remain. If you are using your account normally you do not need to worry
about your session expiring. Each time you click to load a new page or
save an entry, your session timer resets. Be sure to sign out by clicking
the Sign Out link if you need to leave your computer for an extended
period.
Note: Always use the provided CengageNOW buttons and links to close
assignments or go to another page. If you use your browser’s Close
button or Back/Forward buttons instead, you may unintentionally lose
work from your current session.
Using the Student View/Instructor View Toggle
To switch to a student’s view of the current course, click the Change to
Student View link in the page header. This process automatically
enrolls you in the selected course as a student so you can see your
assignments, messages, grading, and so forth as your students do. In
addition, you can use this view to access the student online Help system.
To switch back to your instructor account from the student view, click the
Return to Instructor View link.
Before toggling between types of accounts, you must have a course set
up and selected to see a student view. Also, keep in mind that you
cannot be enrolled as a student in more than one section of a particular
course. If you do switch to a different course section and enroll (i.e., click
Student View), this automatically unenrolls you from the previous
section and you will lose any student-view assignments and grades.
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MANAGING COURSES
In CengageNOW your courses serve as containers you use to manage
and organize the assignments, grades, and other activities and
information you provide for your students online.
You can use the features on the Courses page to create or copy new
courses and sections, use a CengageNOW template to create a course
with prebuilt assignments, control course access, and archive courses
and course folders.
The Courses Page
Once you have one or more courses in place, you can begin creating
your own assignments, enrolling students, and managing the entire
class.
Note: On the Courses page, courses are indicated by a red icon that
appears at the end of their name. Sections are not marked.
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You can find descriptions and procedures for CengageNOW’s primary
course-management features in the following sections:
€ To create courses, see “Setting Up Courses” on page 24.
€ To set up course access and control enrollment, see “User
Enrollment Options” on page 61.
€ To manage and adapt existing courses for changing
circumstances or new purposes, see “Modifying Courses” on
page 52.
Setting Up Courses
This section covers how to set up and organize a course, along with any
sections or folders that might be required. Before you can create a
course, be sure to have at least one current Cengage Learning eBook
registered to your instructor account. You can then create a new course
in minutes, or quickly copy or import an existing course (and most of its
contents) for re-use. You have three basic processes to choose from
when creating a course:
€ Build a Course Manually. Use this option to create a new
course shell. For details, see “Building a Course Manually” on
page 32.
€ Copy an Existing Course. Use this option to either create a
course from a copy of an existing course or by using one of your
textbook’s template courses. During this process you can modify
the course’s basic information and dates. After the course is
created you can add additional assignments. For details, see
“Copying an Existing Course” on page 36.
€ Import a Course via a File Previously Exported from
CengageNOW. Use this process to import and adapt a
previously exported course from another CengageNOW account
or institution. For details, see “Importing a Course” on page 42.
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The Choose Process Page
At some schools, courses may be set up by an administrator or lead
instructor, particularly for large classes with multiple sections such as
discussion groups or labs. With course sections grouped under the
parent course, the lead instructor can control assignment lists and
grading across all of the sections. For details, see “Creating Course
Sections” on page 48.
Creating and Managing Course Folders
Creating and managing your own course folders is a simple and effective
way to help keep your courses and sections well organized. You can
rename folders and change their file-sharing settings to suit your needs.
By organizing your courses in folders and sub-folders, you can sort your
courses and sections by class, department, and term.
When working with courses and folders you should plan the organization
of your folders in advance so you can avoid moving courses around
during the term. You can create folders in which to file your courses at
any time, but when copying and pasting courses enrollment and syllabus
information is lost.
Note: It is possible to limit your view of course folders to only those that
contain courses you are teaching or in which you are enrolled. See
“Preferences” on page 12 for more details.
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¾ To navigate Folders
• Click Expand All or Collapse All to fully open and close all
the folders in the Folders window.
• Use the + or - icons next to specific folders to open and close
them individually.
• Click on the folder names to view the contents. Private folders
labeled limited access may not be viewable.
• To use advanced options, you may need to click the Show All
Options link to display the Folders drop-down menu.
¾ To archive a folder
Archiving a course folder moves it and its contents to the Archived
Materials page. You can continue to manage archived materials or
return them at any time to their original working area in CengageNOW.
See “Using the Archived Materials Page” on page 141 for details.
1. On the Courses page click Show All Options, if necessary, to
display the options for Folders.
2. Select a folder in the Folders window.
3. In the Folders drop-down menu, select Archive Folder, and
click Go.
4. When asked to confirm the archival, click OK.
¾ To create a subfolder
1. On the Courses page click Show All Options, if necessary, to
display the options for Folders.
2. Open the main Courses folder and the subfolder (if any) in which
you want to place your new subfolder.
3. In the Folders drop-down menu, select Create Subfolder and
click Go.
4. Enter a name for the new subfolder, and click OK.
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Your new subfolder should appear inside the folder you selected.
You can now use the options in the Folders drop-down menu to
rename the subfolder or change its privacy setting.
Note: If the main folder is private, you will not have the option
to share its subfolders. Once the main folder is shared, you can
go through and share the subfolders as well.
¾ To delete a folder
You can permanently delete a folder and all of the courses it contains.
(To retain the contents for future use, it is recommended you archive the
folder instead.)
1. On the Courses page, select the folder in the Folders window.
2. If necessary, click the Show All Options link to display the
Folders options.
3. In the Folders drop-down menu, select Delete Folder, and click
Go.
4. When asked to confirm the deletion, click OK.
¾ To import a course
By using the Import Course option in the Folders drop-down menu,
you can quickly import a CengageNOW course directly into one of your
folders.
1. On the Courses page click Show All Options, if necessary.
2. In the Folders drop-down menu select Import Course.
3. Click Go and the Choose File page will open.
4. Click the Choose File button and locate the course export file
(.ECX file) you want to import, select it, and then click Open.
5. Confirm that the correct filename appears for File to Import,
and then click the Continue button.
The Course Information page opens.
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6. If available, the Textbook field will display the textbook
associated with the imported course. If there is no associated
book, the field will display Textbook drop-down menu. You can
then select the book you want to use from the menu and any
associated IAC title.
Note: Your textbook will not be on the menu if you have not yet
registered it, or if it has been retired by Cengage Learning. In this
case, you can Cancel the new course and register the
appropriate book before proceeding.
7. Update the imported Course Name.
This can match the name of the new course as it appears in your
department or institution catalog. (Required)
8. Update or confirm the imported Course Number.
This can be the number of the course as it appears in your
department or institution catalog.
9. Use the calendar widget to select the appropriate date and time
for the Course starts on and Course ends on fields. (Required)
10. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on moving the start
date of the first assignment to:, and then using the calendar
widget to select a new date and time. Click Done when you are
finished.
All assignment dates in the course should now be changed
relative to the new Start Date you selected for the first
assignment.
11. (Optional) If you have an updated Syllabus you want to provide
for the student’s Courses page, you can link this course to an
existing web page or external document.
• Select Link to This URL to display an existing web page
syllabus. Enter the entire web address, including the protocol
such as http:// or https://.
• Select Link to This File to display an existing syllabus
document. Then click Choose File to navigate to the file, and
click Open to enter the path to the file automatically.
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Note: The file must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format,
and no larger than 10 megabytes.
• Select None if you do not intend to provide an on-line
syllabus by either of the preceding methods.
12. When the Course Information is complete, click Create
Course.
The new course is displayed on the Course Created page. This
page displays the basic course information, the Course Key for
students to enroll themselves, and several links for a Likely
Next Step. See “Using Your Course/Section Created Page” on
page 46 for more information.
Note: You can enable student self-registration by clicking the
Registration Instructions for Students link, which opens a
printable document containing the Course Key. You can choose
distribute this information either via email or as a printout. The
Registration Instructions for Students page is also available
from the Courses overview page when you click either the Email
or Print links.
Depending on the enrollment procedure at your school, you may
also be able to enroll students manually,. For more details on
enrollment, see “Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment” on
page 62.
13. At this point, all of the course assignments are using options
settings from the imported course. If you need to update these
options, you can go to the Assignments page and click Edit and
select between editing assignment information, options, or
content.
14. If you have no further actions to take at this time, click Return
to Course List.
Once the course file is imported, you can select the course or
section for editing from the Courses page.
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¾ To paste a course
1. On the Courses page, select the checkbox next to the course or
section you want to copy in the Courses and Sections table.
2. If necessary, click the Show All Options link to display the
Folders options.
3. Select either Cut or Copy from the Courses and Sections dropdown menu and click Go.
Cut will remove the course from its current location, while Copy
will simply make a copy of the course on the CengageNOW
Clipboard.
4. On the Courses page, select the folder in the Folders window.
5. In the Folders drop-down menu, select Paste Course and click
Go. The CengageNOW Clipboard will open in a new window.
6. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on moving the start
date of the first assignment to:, and then using the calendar
widget to select a new date and time. Click Done when you are
finished.
All assignment dates in the course should now be changed
relative to the new Start Date you selected for the first
assignment.
7. (Optional) Delete items from the clipboard after pasting by
selecting the check box to Remove copied items from the
clipboard when pasted.
8. Determine you have the correct items selected and click the
Paste Selected Items button.
Note: When pasting a course into a new folder, the new course
will include its name, information, assignments, and sections. It
will not include its old Course Key, enrollment, grades, or
syllabus (if any).
9. Click Cancel or Close This Window to close the Clipboard and
return to CengageNOW without performing any actions.
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¾ To rename a folder
1. On the Courses page, select the folder.
2. If necessary, click the Show All Options link to display the
Folders options.
3. In the Folders drop-down menu, select Rename Folder and
click Go.
4. Enter a new name for the folder and click OK.
Caution: To move courses between folders, you must copy and paste
them into the new folder, rather than cutting and pasting them. Also
note that copied courses do not retain their syllabus information or
enrollment information. For details, see “Using the CengageNOW
Clipboard” on page 59.
¾ To change the folder privacy setting
All new folders you create are designated as “private” by default, which
means that only you can view or change the contents.
If the main folder is private, you do not have the option to share its
subfolders. Once the main folder is shared, you can go through and
share the subfolders as well. You can make your folders public so that
others can view the contents, or make a public folder private again.
Shared folders are marked with a hand icon
.
1. On the Courses page, select the folder you want to change from
private to public (or public to private).
2. If necessary, click the Show All Options link to display the
Folders options.
3. In the Folders drop-down menu, select Make public or
private.
4. Click GO and the folder’s sharing status will change.
Note: When working with collaborative instructors, you will need
to reset the course folder to “public” and then manually enroll the
additional instructor(s) to your course. See “Managing User
Enrollment” on page 198for more details.
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Building a Course Manually
You can quickly build your own course from scratch when using the
CengageNOW course creation wizard. Once you create the course shell,
you can add assignments to the course manually and enroll students
afterwards (depending on the procedure at your school).
¾ To build a new course manually
1. On the Courses page, select the folder where you would like to
place your new course.
2. Click the Create a New Course button.
The Choose Process page opens.
3. Select Build a Course Manually and click the Continue button.
The Course Information page opens.
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The Course Information Page
4. Use the Textbook drop-down menu to select the book you
registered for this course and any related digital products. No
selection is necessary, however, if there is only one book
available. (Required)
This selection determines the materials from which you can
choose content for course assignments.
5. When available, make a selection from the IAC titles that may be
listed adjacent to Digital product student will buy. (Required)
Note: If you have not yet registered your textbook or if it is
retired by Cengage Learning, it may not appear in the menu. In
this case, you can Cancel and do the registration process before
proceeding. See “Adding Titles to Your Resource Center” on
page 5 for more details.
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6. Enter the Course Name. This can be the name of the course as
it appears in your department or institution catalog. (Required)
7. Enter the Course Number. This can be the number of the course
as it appears in your department or institution catalog.
8. Click on the date field to use the calendar widget to select the
appropriate dates for the Course starts on and Course ends
on input boxes. (Required)
Note: The Course starts on and Course ends on dates are
used by default if you later create copies of the course or its
sections.
9. If you want to provide a Syllabus for the student’s Courses
page, you can link an existing web page or document.
• Select Link to This URL to display an existing web page
syllabus. Enter the entire web address, including the protocol
such as http:// or https://.
• Select Link to This File to display an existing syllabus
document. Then click Choose File to navigate to the file, and
click Open to enter the path to the file automatically.
Note: The file you use for your syllabus must be in Microsoft®
Word .DOC or Adobe® Acrobat .PDF format, and no larger than
10 megabytes.
• Select None if you do not intend to provide an on-line
syllabus by either of the preceding methods.
10. (Optional) Select or deselect the option to Allow student to
send emails to the instructor while taking assignments.
By selecting this option, you can receive emails from students to
your account registered with Cengage Learning. These emails will
contain the student’s message and a link to the content they are
questioning.
Note: This option only appears for specific chemistry titles.
11. To proceed, click Create Course. The information for your new
course is displayed on the Course Created page.
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Your new course is ready to go, however, at this point it does not
contain any assignments. Under the Likely Next Step heading
are helpful suggestions for additional tasks. You can add
assignments to it with Create an Assignment, Export or Copy
the course, or Create a Section. You can also Edit Course
Information or simply Return to Course List. See “Using Your
Course/Section Created Page” on page 46 for more details.
Note: You can enable student self-registration by clicking the
Registration Instructions for Students link, which opens a
printable document containing the Course Key. You can choose
distribute this information either via email or as a printout. The
Registration Instructions for Students page is also available
from the Courses overview page when you click either the Email
or Print links. For more details, see “Setting Up Student SelfEnrollment” on page 62.
It is possible for you to enroll students manually, depending on
the enrollment procedure at your school. For more details on
enrollment, see “Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students” on
page 199.
The Course Created Page
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At this point, your new course is ready to go. You can add assignments
to it with Create an Assignment, you can use the Create a Section
to add a section. You can opt to reuse this course by selecting either the
Copy Course or Export Course options. You can also make changes to
Course Information by clicking Edit Course Information, or simply
Return to Course List.
Copying an Existing Course
By selecting the option to Copy an Existing Course, you can quickly
copy one of your current courses or a Cengage Learning template course
as a way to reuse assignments, sections, and settings. If you use one of
your pre-existing courses, the copy will not include data such as student
takes, grades, and enrollment. After your new course is created, you can
update basic course information, dates, syllabus (if any), and enroll your
new students.
Once you have selected Copy an Existing Course from the Choose
Process page, you can choose between the options to Start with a
course already in your account or Modify a template course
designed by Cengage Learning.
Note: Depending on the type of content in your textbook, the option to
Modify a template course designed by Cengage Learning may be
disabled. For more details, see “Modifying a Template Course Designed
by Cengage Learning” on page 39.
Starting with a Course Already in Your Account
The option to Start with a course already in your account is
available to any instructor who has a pre-existing course in their
CengageNOW account.
¾ To copy one of your existing courses
1. On the Courses page, select the folder where you would like to
place your new course.
2. Click the Create a New Course button.
The Choose Process page opens.
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3. Select Copy an Existing Course, and then select Start with a
course already in your account.
4. Click the Continue button to open the Choose Course page.
The Choose Course Page
5. Select a course from the Available Courses pane on the
Choose Course page. (Required)
When you highlight a course name, basic information on that
course is displayed to the right of the Available Courses pane.
6. (Optional) If your account includes inactive courses you can
choose to have them displayed by deselecting Show only active
courses.
7. Click the Continue button when you have the appropriate course
selected. This opens the Course Information page.
8. Enter a new Course Name to replace the default “Copy of”
naming convention. (Required)
9. (Optional) Enter a new Course Number. You can use the course
number as it appears in your department or institution catalog.
10. Use the calendar widget to enter new Course starts on and
Course ends on dates. (Required)
Note: The dates you select now are also used to set the default
Course starts on and Course ends on dates for any copies of
the course or sections that are created later.
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11. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on moving the start
date of the first assignment to:, and then using the calendar
widget to select a new date and time. Click Done when you are
finished and all assignment dates in the course are adjusted
relative to the new Start Date selected for the first assignment.
If you choose not to adjust the assignment dates, all assignments
are automatically given the same start and due/unavailable dates
as the course start and end date, respectively.
12. If you want to change or provide a Syllabus for the student’s
Courses page, you can link this course to an existing web page
or document.
• Select Link to This URL to display an existing web page
syllabus. Enter the entire web address, including the protocol
such as http:// or https://.
• Select Link to This File to display an existing syllabus
document. Then click Choose File to navigate to the file and
click Open to enter the path to the file automatically.
Note: The file must be in a Microsoft Word .DOC or Adobe
Acrobat .PDF file format, and no larger than 10 megabytes.
• Select None if you do not intend to provide an on-line
syllabus by either of the preceding methods.
13. (Optional) Select or deselect the option to Allow student to
send emails to the instructor while taking assignments.
By selecting this option, you can receive emails from students to
your account registered with Cengage Learning. These emails will
contain the student’s message and a link to the content they are
questioning.
Note: This option only appears for specific chemistry titles.
14. Click Create Course when the Course Information is
complete. The information for your new course is now displayed
on the Course Created page
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Under the Likely Next Step heading are helpful suggestions for
additional tasks based on the make-up of this specific course. You
can add assignments to it with Create an Assignment, Export
or Copy the course, Modify Dates, or Create a Section. You
can also Edit Course Information or simply Return to Course
List. For more details, see “Using Your Course/Section Created
Page” on page 46.
Note: You can enable student self-registration by clicking the
Registration Instructions for Students link, which opens a
printable document containing the Course Key. You can choose
distribute this information either via email or as a printout. The
Registration Instructions for Students page is also available
from the Courses overview page when you click either the Email
or Print links. For more details, see “Setting Up Student SelfEnrollment” on page 62.
It is possible for you to enroll students manually, depending on
the enrollment procedure at your school. For more details on
enrollment, see “Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students” on
page 199.
At this point, your new course is ready to go. You can add assignments
to it with Create an Assignment or you can add sections to it with
Create a Section. You can opt to reuse this course by selecting either
the Copy or Export options. You can also make changes with Edit
Course Information, or simply Return to Course List.
Modifying a Template Course Designed by Cengage Learning
Depending on the type of textbook you are using, you may have a course
template provided by Cengage Learning. You can use these templates to
create new courses already containing prebuilt assignments, which are
designed to work with that textbook’s content. Later, however, you can
edit these assignments or create your own assignments to include
additional questions and content from any of your other registered
materials.
¾ To modify a template course
1. On the Courses page, select the folder where you would like to
place your new course.
2. Click the Create a New Course button.
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The Choose Process page opens.
3. Select Copy an Existing Course, and then select Modify a
template course designed by Cengage Learning.
4. Click the Continue button and the Choose Template page will
open.
5. If your textbook contains multiple templates, select one from the
Template drop-down menu that appears. (Required)
6. Enter a new Course Name. (Required)
You can use the name of the course as it appears in your
department or institution catalog.
7. Enter the Course Number.
This can be the number of the course as it appears in your
department or institution catalog.
8. Select the appropriate dates for both the Course starts on and
Course ends on date fields. (Required)
You can click on the date field or calendar icon to open the
calendar tool for the date field.
Note: The dates you select now are also used to set the default
Course starts on and Course ends on dates for any copies of
the course or sections that are created later.
9. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on moving the start
date of the first assignment to:, and then using the calendar
widget to select a new date and time. Click Done when you are
finished and all assignment dates in the course are adjusted
relative to the new Start Date selected for the first assignment.
If you choose not to adjust the assignment dates, all assignments
are automatically given the same start and due/unavailable dates
as the course start and end date, respectively.
10. If you want to provide a Syllabus for the student’s Courses
page, you can link this course to an existing web page or
document (Word .DOC or .PDF).
• Select Link to This URL to display an existing web page
syllabus. Enter the entire web address, including the protocol
such as http:// or https://.
Managing Courses
• Select Link to This File to display an existing syllabus
document. Then click Choose File to navigate to the file and
click Open to enter the path to the file automatically.
Note: The file must be a Microsoft Word .DOC or Adobe .PDF file
format, and no larger than 10 megabytes.
• Select None if you do not intend to provide an on-line
syllabus by either of the preceding methods.
11. (Optional) Select or deselect the option to Allow student to
send emails to the instructor while taking assignments.
By selecting this option, you can receive emails from students to
your account registered with Cengage Learning. These emails
contain the student’s message and a link to the content they are
questioning.
Note: This option only appears for specific chemistry titles.
12. Click Create Course when the Course Information is
complete. The information for your new course is now displayed
on the Course Created page.
Under the Likely Next Step heading are helpful suggestions for
additional tasks based on the make-up of this specific course. You
can add assignments to it with Create an Assignment, Export
or Copy the course, Modify Dates, or Create a Section. You
can also Edit Course Information or simply Return to Course
List. For more details, see “Using Your Course/Section Created
Page” on page 46.
Since all assignments start and due dates are set to match the
course start and end dates, you may want to use the Modify
Dates option where you can bulk edit the dates for all
assignments in your course.
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Note: You can enable student self-registration by clicking the
Registration Instructions for Students link, which opens a
new page as a printable document containing the Course Key.
You can choose distribute this information either via email or as
a printout. The Registration Instructions for Students page
is also available from the Courses overview page when you click
either the Email or Print links. For more details, see “Setting Up
Student Self-Enrollment” on page 62.
It is possible for you to enroll students manually, depending on
the enrollment procedure at your school. For more details, see
“Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students” on page 199.
At this point, your new course is ready to go. You can add assignments
to it with Create an Assignment or you can add sections to it with
Create a Section. You can opt to reuse this course by selecting either
the Copy or Export options. You can also make changes with Edit
Course Information, or simply Return to Course List.
Importing a Course
If you have access to a course or section previously exported from
CengageNOW, you can quickly import and modify it to create a new
course. This allows you to recreate the entire course with less effort than
rebuilding it from scratch, and can ensure consistency with the original
version.
An exported course includes its sections (if any), course assignments,
and other general course information in an encrypted XML file. It does
not include the specific Course Key, students, instructors, and grades.
For details on exporting courses, see “To export a course” on page 56.
These instructions are for importing a course as part of the course
creation process. For information on importing a course directly into one
of your course folders see “Creating and Managing Course Folders” on
page 25.
¾ To import a previously exported course
1. On the Courses page, select the folder where you would like to
place your new course.
2. Click the Create a New Course button.
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The Choose Process page opens.
3. To import a course, choose Import a Course via a File
Previously Exported from CengageNOW.
4. Click Continue.
The Choose File page opens.
5. Click the Choose File button. Locate the course export file (.ECX
format) you want to import, select it, and then click the Open
button.
The Choose File Page
6. Confirm that the correct filename appears to the right of File to
Import, and then click the Continue button.
The Course Information page opens with information from the
imported course as default entries.
7. If necessary, use the drop-down menu listing your registered
textbooks to select the primary Textbook for this course.
(Required)
The Textbook drop-down menu displays the core textbook or
Personalized Study book previously associated with the imported
course. This selection determines the default materials from
which you can create course assignments.
If there is no designated core book, the field will display Select
a textbook.... You can then select the registered book you want
to use for this course from the drop-down menu.
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Note: The course textbook will not appear on the menu if you
have not yet registered it. In this case, you can cancel the import
and register for the book now before proceeding.
8. Update or confirm the imported Course Name. This can match
the name of the new course as it appears in your department or
institution catalog. (Required)
9. Update or confirm the imported Course Number. This can be
the number of the course as it appears in your department or
institution catalog.
10. Enter the appropriate dates in the Course starts on and Course
ends on text boxes for the course information. (Required)
You can click the date field or calendar icon to open the calendar
tool for the date field.
Note: These dates are also used to set the default Course starts
on and Course ends on dates for any copies of the course or
sections created for this course later.
11. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on moving the start
date of the first assignment to:, and then using the calendar
widget to select a new date and time. Click Done when you are
finished and all assignment dates in the course are adjusted
relative to the new Start Date selected for the first assignment.
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12. If you choose not to adjust the assignment dates, all assignments
are automatically given the same start and due/unavailable dates
as the course start and end date, respectively.
13. If you have an updated Syllabus you want to provide for the
student’s Courses page, you can link this course to an existing
web page or external document.
• Select Link to this URL to display an existing web page
syllabus. Enter the entire web address, including the protocol
such as http:// or https://.
• Select Link to This File to display an existing syllabus
document. Then click Choose File to navigate to the file, and
click Open to enter the path to the file automatically.
Note: The file must be in Microsoft Word .DOC or Adobe Acrobat
.PDF format, and no larger than 10 megabytes.
• Select None if you do not intend to provide an on-line
syllabus by either of the preceding methods.
14. (Optional) Select or deselect the option to Allow student to
send emails to the instructor while taking assignments.
By selecting this option, you can receive emails from students to
your account registered with Cengage Learning. These emails
contain the student’s message and a link to the content they are
questioning.
Note: This option only appears for specific chemistry titles.
15. When the Course Information is complete, click Create
Course.The new course is displayed on the Course Created
page. At this point, all of the course assignments are using
options settings from the imported course.
16. If you have no further actions to take at this time, click Return
to Course List. You also can add new assignments to it with
Create an Assignment, click Modify Dates to adjust the dates
of the assignments imported with the course, or you can use the
Create a Section to add a section. You can opt to reuse this
course by selecting either the Copy Course or Export Course
options. You can also make changes to Course Information by
clicking Edit Course Information. See “Using Your
Course/Section Created Page” on page 46 for more details.
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Note: You can enable student self-registration by clicking the
Registration Instructions for Students link, which opens a
document you can distribute by email or printout. This document
contains the Course Key as well as step-by-step instructions on
self-registration. See “Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment” on
page 62 for more details.
It is also possible for you to enroll students manually, depending
on the enrollment procedure at your school. For more details on
manual enrollment, see “Manually Enrolling Instructors or
Students” on page 199.
Using Your Course/Section Created Page
You are directed to the Course/Section Created page when you
complete the process of creating either a course or section. You can use
this page as a way to review the general information for your newly
created course or section and use the provided links for a Likely Next
Step.
The Course Created Page
On the left side of the page, the Course Created page displays the
course or section information highlights:
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€ Course Key. A key code, which is needed by students for selfregistration.
€ Registration Instructions for Students. This link opens a
page of self-registration information for students in a new
browser window. Use options to Print, Email, Copy, or
Download so you can distribute this information to your
students. See “Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment” on page 62
for more details.
€ Course Name
€ Course Number
€ Course Starts On and Course Ends On dates
€ Syllabus link (if any). Click to view the current syllabus.
€ Sections (if any). Click the section name link to see the
Section Summary page for that section.
On the right side, this page also contains links under the Likely Next
Step heading which provide easy access to additional tasks associated
with creating a new course or section.
€ Create an Assignment. This link starts the assignment
creation process where you can create one or more new
assignments for the course. For more information, see “Creating
Assignments” on page 71.
€ Modify Dates. For courses that are already populated with
assignments, you can access the Modify Dates page. From this
page you can edit the assignment Available, Unavailable, and
Due dates. You can also determine the display of assignment
details, responses, and scores.
€ Edit Assignments. For a course with assignments, or a section
with its own uninherited assignments, this link takes you to the
Edit Assignments page where you can modify the dates for
several assignments at once. For details, see “Editing
Assignments” on page 121.
€ Create a Section. From the Course Created page, this link
starts the process for creating a new section for the current
course. For details, see “Creating Course Sections” on page 48.
€ Copy Course. From the Course Created page, this link starts
the process of making a copy of the current course. For details,
see “To copy one of your existing courses” on page 36. (Start
with step 7, editing Course Information.)
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€ Export Course. From the Course Created page, this link
starts the process to export the current course. For details, see
“To export a course” on page 56.
€ Edit Course Information. This link opens the Course
Information page, where you can change the course’s name,
dates, syllabus links, and so on. For details, see “To edit course
information” on page 53.
€ Return to Course List. This link takes you back to the main
Courses page.
Note: If you are creating a section, you will instead see links labeled
Edit Section Information, Create Another Section, etc.
Creating Course Sections
If you need to set up several classes with similar curricula and
schedules, you have two options. You can create multiple copies of a
course, or create multiple sections from a “parent” course.
€ Several copies of a course. This method allows you to modify
each course’s assignments and due dates independently.
However, making any global changes later will require you to
edit every course separately.
€ Multiple sections of the same “parent” course. This method
allows you to create sections with a separate gradebook, but the
textbook, assignments, options, and due dates are inherited
from the parent course. Any subsequent changes or
assignments made in the parent course will cascade through
and update in all of its sections automatically.
One common use for sections is setting up a main lecture course with
several lab sections taught by adjunct instructors. Each instructor can
manage the gradebook for his or her own section, but cannot alter the
content, options, or overall due dates assigned in the parent course.
If you have adjuncts who are teaching their own courses, you can also
create a course export file to distribute to fellow instructors or adjuncts
to import into their own account. See “To export a course” on page 56
for more details.
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Sections can also be useful to a single instructor who teaches several
identical classes. This allows the instructor to maintain separate grade
books for each section while managing content and assignment dates
across all sections from the parent course.
You can create unique assignments for specific sections, but in general,
sections are most useful where the class assignments and due dates are
very similar if not identical.
Additional Section Features
€ The parent course instructor is enrolled as an instructor in all
sections. To delegate section grading and assignment creation to
another instructor, simply enroll that instructor into the section
and have them manage the gradebook.
€ Only the parent course instructor can edit the assignment
content or main options of the parent course. The section
instructor can view but cannot change parent course content
and settings.
€ Sections can include both parent assignments and section
assignments. Parent assignments cannot be edited at the
section level.
Note: On the Assignments page, you will see an icon
in the
Status column that indicates which assignments are Assigned
to Parent Course.
€ Both the parent course instructor and section instructor can
review and edit grades for a particular section, or create and
edit additional assignments.
€ The section instructor can customize the due dates and number
of assignment takes for specific students on the parent
assignments, if needed.
¾ To create a course section
To create a course section, you will first need to create your parent
course. You can then create the section beginning on the Course List
page (described below), or from the parent course’s Course Created or
Course Summary page.
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1. On the Courses page, click the Create section link in the
Actions column for the appropriate course.
The Section Information page opens.
The Section Information Page
2. Enter the Section Name following the format used at your
school and enter the appropriate Section Number.
3. To enter new dates for this section, enter the dates you want in
the Section starts on and Section ends on fields using the
calendar tool.
4. You can use the parent course’s syllabus, if any, or link to a new
or revised Syllabus link if appropriate for the section.
5. Click the Create Section button to save and create your new
section.
The Section Created page will open.
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From the Section Created page, you can Create an Assignment for
this section, Create Another Section or Export Section, further Edit
Section Information, or simply return to the course list.
The Section Created Page
The rest of the process for creating a course section is the same as for
creating a course (other than some fields being labeled “section” instead
of “course”). For more information, see “To build a new course manually”
on page 32.
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Modifying Courses
Over time, you may find it convenient to reuse most or all of an existing
course. The Courses page includes functions for reviewing course
content, archiving courses and folders, and an advanced clipboard
interface that makes it easy to copy and paste entire courses for a new
term.
Please remember these points when working with controls on the
Courses page:
€ By using the CengageNOW system Clipboard you can reuse
existing courses. Simply select and copy a course, and then
update the basic information and dates to use it again.
Caution: Courses can be moved from one folder to another, but
you will lose enrollment information. Do not move courses
around during the term.
€ When moving a course from one folder to another, you must
copy and paste it into the new folder (rather than cutting and
pasting it) to retain syllabus information. Enrollment information
will not be carried over to the new folder.
€ A section that is moved from one folder to another becomes a
course (rather than a section) in the new folder. The course
created from moving a section will not contain any assignments.
Note: As a way to copy a section, you can create the new section
and then copy/paste the assignments from the existing section
into the new section. This enables you to select which
assignments to include in the new section.
€ Archiving a course or a course folder moves it and its contents
to the Archived Materials page for storage. You can continue
to manage archived items or return them at any time to their
original working area in CengageNOW.
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Editing Course Information
After you have created a course or section, you have the option to edit
its name, number, syllabus, and other information as needed.
¾ To edit course information
1. On the Courses page, click the Edit link in the Actions column
for the course you want to edit.
The Course Information page for that course opens.
2. Depending on your course content, you can edit the selected
course or section’s name, number, start and end dates, syllabus
links, or email options as needed.
Note: You cannot edit the Start Date, if your course has
students enrolled.
3. When your changes are complete, click the Save button to save
your changes. The Course Summary page will open, where you
can review your changes.
Using the Courses and Sections Manager
The Courses and Sections drop-down menu provides you with easy
access to commonly performed course-related tasks:
€ Archive. To remove items for storage in the Archived
Materials page. You can continue to manage archived materials
or return them at any time to their original working area in
CengageNOW.
€ Copy. To make a copy of a course or section which can be
pasted into the current location or moved into a different folder.
€ Cut. To remove a course or section from its current location in
order to move it to a new folder. (When cut and pasted, a course
will lose its syllabus information.)
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€ Delete. To permanently remove a course or section. A copy is
not placed on the system clipboard.
€ Export. To save a file version of your course or section to your
local system that can be imported into another institution or
shared with another instructor.
Note: You may need to click the Show All Options link for the
Courses and Sections manager to be displayed.
¾ To archive courses
Archiving courses works much the same way as archiving folders and
assignments. You can continue to manage archived materials and they
can be returned at any time to their original working area in
CengageNOW.
1. On the Courses and Sections browser, click the check box for
the course whose grades you want to view.
2. (If necessary) Click Show All Options to display the drop-down
menu.
3. In the Courses and Sections drop-down menu, select Archive,
and click Go.
4. You can go to the Archived Materials page to manage archived
items or return them to their original working area in
CengageNOW.
For additional details on using archived courses, folders, and
assignments, see “Archiving Courses and Assignments” on
page 139
¾ To copy a course
1. Create a folder in which to copy your course. See “Creating and
Managing Course Folders” on page 25 for details.
2. On the Courses page, in the Course list, select the box next to
the course to be copied.
You can also select multiple courses for copying.
3. (If necessary) Click Show All Options to expand the page.
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4. Click Copy from the Courses and Sections drop-down menu
and click Go.
5. Use the Folders browser to navigate to the destination folder,
and then click to highlight the folder.
6. Select Paste Course from the Folders drop-down menu and
click Go.
The CengageNOW Clipboard opens.
7. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on the start date of the
first assignment to:, and then using the calendar widget to
select a new date and time. Click Done when you are finished.
All assignment dates in the course should be updated relative to
the new Start Date selected for the first assignment.
8. (Optional) Delete items from the clipboard after pasting by
selecting the check box to Remove copied items from the
clipboard when pasted?.
9. Click Paste Selected Items.
The course information is now copied into the new folder. By
selecting the folder, you will find you now have the course
information, name, syllabus, and assignments available for use
in a new school term.
¾ To cut a course
1. On the Courses page, in the Courses and Sections browser,
select the box next to the course to be moved. You can select
multiple courses.
2. (If necessary) Click Show All Options to expand the page.
3. Select Cut from the Courses and Sections drop-down menu
and click Go.
4. Use the Folders browser to navigate to the destination folder.
5. Select Paste Course from the Folders drop-down menu and
click Go. The CengageNOW Clipboard opens.
6. (Optional) Adjust the assignment dates by selecting the option to
Adjust all assignment dates based on the start date of the
first assignment to:, and then using the calendar widget to
select a new date and time. Click Done when you are finished.
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All assignment dates in the course should now be changed
relative to the new Start Date selected for the first assignment.
7. (Optional) Delete items from the clipboard after pasting by
selecting the check box to Remove copied items from the
clipboard when pasted?.
8. Click Paste Selected Items.
Note: When cutting a course to move it, the course will lose
syllabus information. Use the copy command to retain the
current syllabus.
¾ To delete a course
1. On the Courses page, in the Courses and Sections browser,
select the box next to the course to be deleted.
You can select multiple courses to delete.
2. (If necessary) Click Show All Options to expand the page.
3. Select Delete from the Courses and Sections drop-down menu
and click Go.
4. Click OK to verify permanent deletion of the course.
Note: Archiving your course rather than deleting it, will move the
course to the Archived Materials page where it can be accessed
for later use. Archived items can be returned at any time to their
original working area in CengageNOW.
¾ To export a course
CengageNOW instructors can export a course to import is later at
another school or share it with another instructor. Exporting a course
copies and packages the course sections (if any), assignments, and
other general course information as an encrypted XML file.
Note: A section exported by itself is imported as a course only.
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An exported course file includes the following:
€ The selected section or course (selecting a course selects all of
its sections).
€ Assignments (including option settings, categories, and linked
Cengage content.)
€ Associated books (users need the appropriate access code).
Note: The exported course does not include the specific Course Key,
students, instructors, and grades.
1. From the Courses page select the course or section you want to
export by clicking its check box.
2. If necessary, click Show All Options to see the Courses and
Sections drop-down menu.
3. Select Export from the Courses and Sections drop-down menu
and click Go.
The Course selector window opens, showing your course
folders.
4. Confirm the course or section you want to export is highlighted
in the Course selector window.
5. Choose an Export Format from the drop-down menu.
Note: The .ECX file is the default export option, and this file can
be imported through CengageNOW’s Import a Course option.
The .TCX file, however, needs to be posted to the server
database by a CengageNOW system administrator.
6. Click the Go button once you have made your final selection.
7. Depending on the browser you are using, select the Save or
Save to Disk option, and select the folder on your local system
(use the Browse button as needed to change folders).
8. Click OK or Save to save the exported file to the selected folder.
The exported course file can now be easily emailed or otherwise
transferred to a new user or location. It can then be imported into
a different CengageNOW school or account. This lets you quickly
reconstitute the entire course with far less effort than setting the
course up again from scratch, and ensures consistency with the
original version.
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Setting Courses Page Display Options
You can easily add or remove a variety of information appearing on your
Courses page by clicking the link to Change Information Displayed
Below. As you make changes in the Courses Page Display Options
page, a dynamic Preview window allows you to see your changes as
you make them.
¾ To change information on your Courses page
1. On your Courses page, click the Change Information
Displayed Below link.
The Courses Page Display Options page will open.
2. Select or deselect from the information categories for your
Courses and Sections.
You can choose from the following options:
• Course/Section Number
• Course/Section Key
• Start Date
• End Date
• Instructors
• # of Students Enrolled
Note: The columns for Actions and the course or section Name
will always appear by default.
3. Use the Preview window to see how your updates will affect your
Courses page.
4. Click Save at the bottom of the page when you are done or click
Cancel to quit without saving.
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Using the CengageNOW Clipboard
The CengageNOW system Clipboard gives you a way to copy, move, or
delete a wide variety of items in CengageNOW.
The CengageNOW Clipboard
Depending on the area you are working in, you can select courses,
uploaded files, assignments, self-authored questions, or archived
materials and place them on the clipboard to be moved to new locations.
From the Clipboard page that appears you can perform the following
functions.
€ Select or deselect items using the check boxes.
€ Select the check box to Remove copied items from the
clipboard when pasted.
€ Click Paste Selected Items to place them in a new location.
€ Click Delete Selected Items to remove them from the
clipboard.
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€ Click Cancel to close the Clipboard page and return to
CengageNOW.
€ (Optional) When copying and pasting courses, you modify the
assignment dates by selecting the option to Adjust all
assignment dates based on moving the start date of the
first assignment to:, and then entering a new date.This
setting adjusts all course assignment dates relative to the new
Start Date you selected for the first assignment.
Viewing Your Course Summary
To view the general information for your course or section, click the
course or section’s name on the Courses page. The Course Summary
page opens (Section Summary for sections).
The Course Summary Page
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The Summary page displays the course or section information
highlights and a link to information needed for student self-enrollment:
€ Course Key. A key code which is needed by students for selfregistration.
€ Registration Instructions for Students. This link opens a
page of self-registration instructions for students in a new
browser window. Use options to Print, Email, Copy, or
Download so you can distribute this information to your
students. For more details, see “Setting Up Student SelfEnrollment” on page 62.
€ Course Name
€ Course Number
€ Course starts on date
€ Course ends on date
€ Syllabus link (if any). Click the link to view the current syllabus
document or web page.
€ Sections (if any). Click the section name link to see the
Section Summary page for that section.
When you are finished reviewing the information on this page, click
Return to Course List to go back to the Courses overview page.
User Enrollment Options
Once your course or section is created, at most institutions you have two
options for determining how students are enrolled. However, this
depends on the procedures in place at your school.
For example, student enrollment is sometimes managed by a
CengageNOW administrator or a lead teacher. Only if you have the
appropriate account permissions, will you have the ability to create user
accounts and enroll those accounts directly.
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€ To allow selected students to register themselves in your course,
you can provide them with the Course Key via a generated
page of instructions you can print from Cengage NOW, email, or
include with your course syllabus. CengageNOW automatically
generates the Course Key when you create the course. See
“Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment” on page 62 for more
details.
€ To maintain the most selective control over enrollment and to
add assistant instructors to your course sections, you can
manually enroll them yourself from the Users page. See
“Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students” on page 199 for
details.
Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment
Course Key provides the most convenient way to manage enrollment
for your class or section. When you first create a course, CengageNOW
automatically generates a unique key code, which you can later
distribute to your students to allow self-registration.
Note: Also see “Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students” on
page 199 for information on manual enrollment and removing enrolled
users.
The Course Key or Section Key can be found on the Courses main
page, and by clicking one of the adjacent Print, Email, or Copy links
you can choose a distribution method. The Course Created/Course
Summary or the Section Created/Section Summary pages will also
display the Course Key.
Students can enroll themselves when you provide them with the Course
Key. You can print or email the Student Registration Information
page, which is a document generated in CengageNOW containing the
course name, the Course Key, and step-by-step instructions of the
registration process. You can also include the key as part of your course
syllabus. Only students who are given this key code are able to selfenroll in the course.
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Cengage Learning now provides students with “grace period” where for
a limited time, students can log into and work in your course without
registering their textbook by submitting its Access Code. Students
simply register using the Course Key only. The grace period is 3 days
per week of course duration, for a maximum of 21 days beginning on the
course start date.
Note: If the grace period deadline should expire before a student has an
opportunity to make their purchase, their work is saved, but they cannot
access their course. Students can resume the course with the purchase
and submission of the course material’s Access Code.
¾ To distribute Student Registration Information
1. From the Courses main page, click the Print link in the
Course/Section Key field and the Student Registration
Information page will open in a new browser window.
2. Next, select one of the following options from the heading links:
• Print. Sends a copy of the Student Registration Information
page to be printed by your printer.
• Email. Opens an email form that you can use to send an
attached PDF of the Student Registration Information.
• Copy. Saves a text version of the Student Registration
Information page on your system clipboard that you can use
to copy and paste.
• Download. Saves a .PDF copy of the Student Registration
Information page to your hard drive.
3. Once you have distributed the registration information, students
can self-enroll in your CengageNOW course.
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Date/Time Formatting
For most fields in which you need to enter a date or time (e.g., Due
Date) you will have the Calendar tool available. If you are working with
a field that does not provide the Calendar tool, please follow these
guidelines to enter or edit dates and times manually.
Date Formatting Guidelines
The following examples are accepted formatting options in
CengageNOW you can use when entering dates:
€ m/d/y (for example: 9/21/14
€ m d y (for example: 11 21 2014)
€ mon d y (for example: November 21 2014)
€ mon d, y (for example: Nov 4, 2014)
€ day month d year (for example: Tue September 21 2014)
€ y mon d (for example: 2014 Nov 4)
For the examples listed above, the following definitions apply:
• y = can be either a two or four-digit year.
• m = a one or two-digit month.
• mon = the name of the month, optionally abbreviated to the
first three letters (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep,
Oct, Nov, Dec). Capitalization is also optional.
• d = a one or two-digit day of the month.
• day = the day of the week, optionally abbreviated to the first
three letters (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat).
Capitalization is also optional.
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Time Formatting Guidelines
If you should need to enter a date without the use of the Calendar
widget, the following are accepted time formatting options in
CengageNOW:
€ h:mm A (for example: 1:05 am or 10:45 pm)
€ h:mm:ss A (for example: 8:15:30 am)
€ hA (for example: 12pm)
€ hh:mm (for example: 18:30)
€ hh:mm:ss (for example: 21:45:30)
For the examples listed above, the following definitions apply:
• h = a one or two-digit hour based on a 12 hour clock.
• hh = a two-digit hour based on a 24 hour clock.
• mm = a two-digit minute.
• ss = a two-digit second.
• A = “am” and “pm,” or “a” and “p” - case-sensitive.
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AND
MANAGING ASSIGNMENTS
You can easily create a variety of assignments in CengageNOW, including
Homework, Tests, Reading, Media Quiz, and Study Tools assignments
(also known as Personalized Study Plans). Depending on your discipline
and text, CengageNOW allows you to adapt assignments bundled with
your book, choose specific questions to build your own assignments, or
even author new questions. In addition, you have an extensive range of
options to customize how each assignment works, and you can update
these settings with ease.
Homework and Test assignments you create are also automatically
saved as Assignment Templates, which provide a pool of assignments
for you to adapt for future use in other courses. To help distinguish
between Assignment Templates and assignments, you can consider:
€ An Assignment Template is a set of questions you have chosen
for an assignment. Think of it as an “unassigned assignment.”
€ An assignment is the set of questions plus the options you
assign to it for use in a specific course instance.
The Assignments Page
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Using the Assignments Page
To work with assignments, click on the Assignments tab to get started.
If you have not yet created a course (or been enrolled in one as an
instructor), you will need to do that first. See “Setting Up Courses” on
page 24 for details.
If you have used the page before, assignments are listed for the last
course you selected. To view assignments for a different course, select
that course from the Course or Section drop-down list, and then click
Go.
Note: Depending on how you’ve set your CengageNOW Preferences,
it may be necessary to click Show All Options to display advanced
controls.
Basic activities you can perform on the Assignments page include the
following:
Create assignments
Click the Create Assignment button to build new assignments
using questions from your CengageNOW Study Tools or other
content sources.
Search assignments
Use the Search Assignment Names field above the
assignments list to find specific assignments quickly. Type in part
or all of an assignment name, and click Go to display only
matching items.
To return to the full assignment list, click the Show all
assignments link which will return you to the complete list of
assignments.
Print assignments
Click Print in the Actions column to create printed copies of your
assignments for in-class use. (Some assignment types do not
have this option.)
Save assignments
Click Save in the Actions column to download a copy of your
assignment in a PDF or RTF format. (Some assignment types do
not have this option.)
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Edit assignments
Click Edit in the Actions column to modify your assignments.
Depending on the assignment type, you can update by adding
new content, editing assignment information, or changing the
assignment options.
Create questions
Click the Self-Authored Questions link to access a page where
you can create or modify questions using CengageNOW’s
authoring editors. You can later use these questions in your
assignments.
Note: It may be necessary to scroll the Assignments page
horizontally if most columns are selected for display.
The Assignments Page Display Options
Advanced Assignment Page Options
The advanced options on the Assignments page can be hidden or
displayed through the use of the Show All Options/Hide All Options
toggle. You may need to click the Show All Options link, if the controls
for the following tasks are hidden.
Assignment Page Advanced Options
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View Archived Materials
Click this link to go to the Archived Materials page, where you
can see the folders, courses, sections, and assignments that are
stored and not currently in use. Archived assignments are
removed from the assignments list but remain available for you
to view, retrieve, delete, or copy. See “Using the Archived
Materials Page” on page 141 for more details.
Self-Authored Questions
Click the Self-Authored Questions link to access a page where
you can create or modify your own questions using
CengageNOW’s authoring editors. You can later use these
questions in addition to drawing assignment questions directly
from your Cengage textbook. See “Authoring in CengageNOW”
on page 208 for details on authoring questions.
Reorder Assignments
Click this link to open the Reorder Assignments page where
you can customize the order of your course assignments list. You
can select an assignment by left-clicking and then change its
location in the list by dragging the assignment into the desired
spot.
Once you are done moving assignments, click the Save &
Return button to save the list and return to the Assignments
page. Click the Cancel button to undo any changes.
Change Information Displayed on This Page
Click this link to open the Assignments Page Display Options
page, where you can specify what information you want
displayed on the Assignments page. As you make changes, you
can view the new layout in the Preview area. This preview
updates dynamically as you change your selections. Click Save
before exiting.
Choose assignments and then select an option below
You can use the controls in this section of the Assignments page
to archive, delete, modify dates, or cut/copy assignments to
different courses. Select one or more assignments that you wish
to work with, and then click the appropriate command:
• Modify Dates. Opens a page where you can edit the
Available, Unavailable, and Due dates for the selected
assignment(s). You can also determine the display of
assignment details, scores, and feedback.
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By clicking the adjacent calendar icon you can quickly choose the
desired date and time. Selecting the Specify Dates for Each
link at the top of the page displays the options for setting an
Unavailable date.
The Modify Dates page also allows you to determine the display
of assignment scores, details, responses, and feedback. Any
changes you make on this page are reflected in the same settings
that are available on the Assignment Options page.
Note: When Never is selected for Show Assignment Score,
the options for Plus Show Details, Responses, Scores and
Plus Solutions and Extra Feedback are automatically disabled
and set to Never; any previously entered dates are also
removed.
When Never is selected for Plus Show Details, Responses,
Scores, the options for Plus Solutions and Extra Feedback
are automatically disabled and set to Never; any previously
entered dates are also removed.
• Cut. Removes the selected assignments from the course and
copies them to the CengageNOW Clipboard.
• Copy. Places a copy of the selected assignments onto the
CengageNOW Clipboard.
• Delete. Permanently removes the selected assignments from
the course without copying them to the Clipboard.
• Archive. Removes the selected assignments from the course
and moves them to the Archived Materials page, where
they are stored for later use. Archived items can be managed
or returned at any time to their original working area in
CengageNOW. See “Archiving Your Materials” on page 141 for
more details.
• Paste. Inserts the assignments currently on the Clipboard
into the assignment list for the course.
Note: You can set your Preferences in CengageNOW so all
pages have their advanced options displayed by default. See
“Preferences” on page 12 for more details.
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Creating Assignments
CengageNOW allows you to create several types of “custom-built”
assignments, including Homework, Tests, Reading, Media Quiz,
External, and Study Tools assignments. You can also use Assignment
Templates to create assignments for new courses quickly. Each type of
assignment offers a distinct set of options you can use to specify what
content is presented to your students, how it is presented, when it is
available, how it is graded, and so forth.
Choosing the Assignment Type
The first tasks when creating most assignments are to choose the type
of assignment, name it, and set its availability dates. The steps and
options available after that depend on the assignment type you are
creating.
1. Click the Assignments tab to open the Assignments page.
2. Make a selection from the Course or Section drop-down menu
and click Go.
3. Click the Create Assignment button. The Choose Type page
opens.
Choose Assignment Type
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Assignment Types
Under Choose Type, you select the type of assignment you want to
create. Once you have selected the appropriate assignment type, click
the Continue button.
€ Homework. This option appears if you have homework
question banks available in your textbook, or have self-authored
questions. The default settings for Homework include unlimited
takes, unlimited time per take, save and resume, and a score
progress display. You can also allow students to print the
assignment and view question feedback and hints a specified
number of times. See “Creating a Homework or Test
Assignment” on page 75 for more details.
€ Test. This option appears if you have test question banks
available in your textbook, or have self-authored questions. The
default settings for Tests include one allowed take, no score
progress display, and no question feedback or hints. You can
change the number of takes, the time allowed per take, and
restrict access with a password, among other options. For more
information about the different options for Homework and Test
assignments, see “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100.
€ Media Quiz (interactive video with questions). The Media
Quiz option provides a pool of several Media Quiz problem types,
which include videos and related questions. This option is only
available if you have media resources available within your
textbook.
During the assignment creation process, you can choose to make
this content into Homework or a Test. The type of assignment you
choose will affect the default assignment options such as takes
allowed and feedback. You can also choose to assign a grade or
not (which makes it a “Not Graded” assignment). See “Creating
Media Quiz Assignments” on page 89 for more details.
€ Reading. This option appears if you have eBook resources
available with your textbook. You can assign one or more
sections to read, choose to assign a grade or not, and set the
number of takes and due date. See “Creating a Reading
Assignment” on page 90 for more details.
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€ Assignable Study Tool (Including Personalized Study
Plans). This option is available if your textbook resources
include Personalized Study assets. Each Personalized Study
learning module provides a diagnostic Pre-Test, Personalized
Study Plan, and Post-Test. These Study Tools allow you to
set up anything from a single assignment to a complete series of
assignments that you then can edit for content or options. See
“Creating an Assignment from Study Tools” on page 92 for more
details.
€ Use a Homework or Test Assignment Already in Your
Account. This option takes you to the Assignment Template
page where you can create an assignment or a WebQuiz from
any of your templates. For more information, see “Using a
Homework or Test Assignment Already in Your Account” on
page 97.
€ External Web Link. This assignment type allows you set up
material from outside CengageNOW as if it were a CengageNOW
assignment. You can also set up External assignments to include
CengageNOW content, by first creating a WebQuiz using an
Assignment Template. For more information, see“Creating an
External Web Link Assignment” on page 98.
Assignment Information
The Assignment Information page is similar for all assignment types.
Assignment Information
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¾ To enter Assignment Information
1. Enter the Assignment Name you want to use. The assignment
name can include special characters, but must be unique and
contain no more than 120 characters. (Required)
If you are creating a number of assignments, planning the
naming scheme in advance can save you some time renaming
them later.
2. Use the calendar widget to select the Assignment Available On
date. This is the date/time on which students can start taking the
assignment. (Required)
3. (Optional) Select the Assignment Due On date. This is the
date/time by which students must have submitted the completed
assignment to avoid any late penalties.
4. (Optional) Uncheck the Same as Due Date option and use the
calendar tool to select enter an Assignment Unavailable On
date that is after the due date. This allows your students to
submit a late assignment (perhaps with a late penalty).
If a student is working on the assignment when the Unavailable
date and time arrives, the assignment is stopped and scored on
progress to that point. Unavailable assignments are marked
“Closed” in the student’s Actions column on their Assignments
page.
To add a Penalty when due or a Subsequent penalty on late
assignments, you can do so from the Assignment Options
page. See “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100 for more
details.
5. When you have entered all of the appropriate assignment
information, click Continue and the Content Selection screen
for your selected assignment type opens. To continue the process
for your selected assignment type, see the following sections:
• “Creating a Homework or Test Assignment” on page 75.
• “Creating Media Quiz Assignments” on page 89
• “Creating a Reading Assignment” on page 90.
• “Creating an Assignment from Study Tools” on page 92.
• “Using a Homework or Test Assignment Already in Your
Account” on page 97
• “Creating an External Web Link Assignment” on page 98
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Creating a Homework or Test Assignment
Homework and Test assignments can use much of the same content and
are built much the same way. These assignments give you the most
control over content selection and behavior. The main difference
between Homework and Tests is their available assignment options and
default settings.
Once you have selected a Homework or Test assignment type and
entered its Assignment Information—name and availability dates—
you can select the content.
Available Questions
You work through the Available Questions page in two steps:
€ Choose Content Source. First you will select the chapters and
sections as the initial selection pool from which you will draw
your assignment questions.
€ Select Number of Available Questions from Each Type. In
this second step, you can use several filters to refine the pool of
available questions drawn from your selected content.
Following the Available Questions page, you will be able to review,
select, and arrange questions individually on the Included Questions
page.
Available Questions - Choose Content Source
Use the Choose Content Source step to select chapters, sections, and
folders from which you want to draw questions or other items for your
assignment.
¾ To choose content sources
1. Select one or more question banks, chapters, or sections from
which you want to draw questions or other items for your
assignment.
• Titles with either a “+” or an Expand all
button contain
additional items. Click on an option to view the hidden items.
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• Folders with either a “-” or a Collapse all
button can be
minimized to hide the currently displayed items. Click on an
option to hide the list of items.
The Available Questions Page - Choose Content Source
2. When you are finished selecting content sources, click the
Continue button (or click Cancel to return to the Assignments
page).
After clicking Continue, the area to Select Number of
Available Questions from Each Type will open below.
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Available Questions - Select Number of Available Questions
The Select Number of Available Questions from Each Type step
allows you to “filter” the questions in the content you have already
selected by the types of available questions and their authored
characteristics.
Note: Regardless of the number of available questions you draw from
initially, please be aware that your finished assignment can have no
more than 200 questions. As you apply filters, note the number of
questions tally. This filtered to number will update each time you
change a filter setting and click the Filter button.
¾ To apply item filters
1. Make your selections on any filters you wish to apply (as
described in the following sections).
Filtering Available Questions
2. To see the result of your current filter settings, click the Filter
button.
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3. After filtering, you can adjust how many of each question type
will be included in your assignment.
4. When you are satisfied with the filtering and size of your set of
questions, click the Continue button.
The Included Questions page will open. See “Select Included
Questions” on page 83 for details.
Filtering by difficulty
This filter allows you to narrow the selection of available questions by
their difficulty rating. The difficulty rating of each question is determined
by the question’s author and can range from Easy to Easy-Moderate,
Moderate, Moderate-Difficult, and Difficult.
¾ To filter by difficulty
1. Deselect the check boxes for any difficulty level(s) you want to
exclude. (You must include at least one.)
2. Make any additional filter selections you want to apply. Click
Filter to apply your current selections.
3. After filtering, you can adjust how many of each question type
will be selected.
4. When you are satisfied with the filtering and size of your set of
questions, click the Continue button.
The Included Questions page will open. See “Select Included
Questions” on page 83 for details.
Filtering by Branching
If there are any Branching questions in the content you have selected,
you will see an option for Questions use branching? with a Yes
checkbox checked by default. Branching is multi-question problem type
in which the server dynamically directs students through a series of
questions according to their previous answers. You can use this filter to
select or eliminate Branching problems from your pool of questions.
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¾ To filter by branching
1. To eliminate Branching problems from the pool of questions for
your assignment, deselect the Yes checkbox.
However, if you want to include Branching questions, leave the
checkbox selected.
2. When you are finished with all the filtering options, click the
Filter button to apply your current selections.
3. After filtering, you can adjust the number of selections for each
question type.
4. Click the Continue button when you are satisfied with the
filtering and size of your set of questions, and the Included
Questions page will open.
See “Select Included Questions” on page 83 for details on
refining your selections further on the next step.
Filtering by gradability
A key feature of CengageNOW is the availability of electronically graded
assignments. You also have the option to include questions that require
manual grading.
€ Questions with electronic gradability can be evaluated
automatically by CengageNOW. The status of a student’s
response can be made available as a feedback option while
taking an assignment, or can be calculated immediately after
the assignment is submitted for grading.
€ Questions with manual gradability require your subsequent
review and grading of every student’s work (essay questions, for
example, require manual grading).
€ Items that are “not gradable” include non-question items such
as reading, illustrations, or comments. (“Not gradable” items
are rare in CengageNOW)
All available gradability ratings are selected by default. If questions you
selected don’t match a filtering option, that option will not appear on the
page. For example: if all the questions you selected can be electronically
graded, manual gradability will not be available as a filtering option.
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¾ To filter by gradability
1. Deselect any gradability types you want to exclude. (You must
include at least one.)
2. Make any additional filter selections you want to apply. Click
Filter to apply your current selections.
3. After filtering, you can adjust how many of each question type
will be selected.
4. When you are satisfied with the filtering and size of your set of
questions, click the Continue button.
The Included Questions page opens. See “Select Included
Questions” on page 83 for details.
Note: Remember, if you intend to use automatic grading only, you need
to clear the selection for Manual gradability. Otherwise, you may be
required to grade any manually graded problems individually before
proceeding with electronic grading for the assignment.
Filtering by question value generation
Questions that are authored using algorithms (typically mathematical
and statistical questions) can regenerate new values and correct
answers each time the question comes up in an online assignment and
each time it is printed (for example as a printed test). This provides
great flexibility and enables you to use the same basic question
repeatedly. Conversely, non-algorithmically generated question values
are identical for each “Take” of the assignment.
If both types of questions are present in the content you selected, both
types are selected by default.
¾ To filter by question value generation
1. Deselect the question generation method you want to exclude.
(You must include at least one).
2. Make any additional filter selections you want to apply. Click
Filter to apply your current selections.
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3. After filtering, you can adjust how many of each question type
will be selected.
4. When you are satisfied with the filtering and size of your set of
questions, click the Continue button.
The Included Questions page will open. See “Select Included
Questions” on page 83 for details.
Filtering by related concepts
This filter allows you to select questions by their “related concepts” as
defined by the question author. All concepts used in the questions you
selected are listed in the Concepts box.
Please note that some questions may be associated with several related
concepts, and that excluding any one associated concept excludes that
question. All available concepts are selected by default.
¾ To filter by related concepts
1. To limit the list to those containing a specific term, type the term
into the Narrow list of concepts to: box and click Go.
If you want to return to the full list, click the Show all concepts
again link.
2. Clear the check boxes to deselect any concepts you want to
exclude.
If you wish to exclude questions that have no associated
concepts, clear the check box for Include questions not
associated with concepts.
3. Make any additional filter selections you want to apply. Click
Filter to apply your current selections and review them.
4. After filtering, you can adjust how many of each question type
will be selected.
5. When you are satisfied with the filtering and size of your set of
questions, click the Continue button.
The Included Questions page will open. See “Select Included
Questions” on page 83 for details.
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Specifying Question Type Quantities
From the Included Questions page, you can specify how many of each
question type are included. The types of questions available depend on
your selected content source. All of the available question types are
displayed by default.
Filtering by Question Type
You can click Select None to clear all fields and then enter new values
for how many of each question/problem type you wish to include. Click
Select All to get all the available questions. For example, if the chapter
you selected has 20 Multiple Choice and 20 Matching questions available
and you click Select All, you will get all 40 questions to review for
inclusion. If you want only the Multiple Choice questions and you want
to see all of them, then enter 20 in the Multiple Choice field and leave
0 in the Matching field.
Note: If you enter a number smaller than the total number available for
a particular question type, the questions are drawn at random.
¾ To specify question type quantities
1. Apply any filter criteria you want to use and click Filter.
2. To specify a certain number of questions of a selected type, enter
the number you want in the box for that type.
3. To exclude a particular question type, enter 0 in the box for that
type.
4. To exclude all but one type of question, you can click Select
None to enter 0 in all question types, and then type in the
desired number for the type you want.
5. When you are satisfied with your set of questions, click Continue
and the Included Questions page opens.
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Select Included Questions
With your content now filtered, you’re ready to review and tailor the
individual questions for your Homework or Test assignment on the
Included Questions page. The simplest way to do so is by selecting
specific questions and moving them from the Available Questions list
on the left to the Organize Included Questions list on the right. You
can also create “question pools” which allow assignments to randomly
select from predetermined sets of questions.
The Included Questions Page
Questions from book content typically are named by the source
textbook’s title, chapter, section, and question name or number. For
example, a file name ending in 01.07.12 corresponds to chapter 1,
section 7, question 12 in your textbook.
Selecting an individual question name will display the question in the
Question Preview window at the bottom of the page. The question in
the preview window will function exactly as it does when students are
taking their assignment.
The Included Questions Page
Once you move the selected question to the Organize Included
Questions list and select a question by highlighting it, the preview
window will offer two additional options:
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€ Edit Question opens the selected question in the problem type
editor. From here, you can re-author the question for this
assignment only.
€ Change Point Value opens a window in which you can change
that question’s current point value. Questions generally have a
default value of 1.0, but you can edit that value to adjust the
impact the score will have on the assignment.
Note: If you want to weight the whole assignment relative to
others, you can edit the Possible score or place the assignment
in a custom grading category.See “Choosing Assignment
Options” on page 100 and “Creating and Editing Custom Grading
Categories” on page 170 for details.
To author a new question for this assignment, you can use the Create
a Question. Please note that questions created via this link are for use
in the current assignment only. To learn more about authoring
questions, see “Authoring in CengageNOW” on page 208.
Once you have the assignment the way you want it, you can assign it to
a course, print it, or save it as an Assignment Template.
¾ To preview and select questions
1. To preview a question, click its Question Name in either list. The
question is then displayed at the bottom of the page exactly as it
appears to your students.
2. Select questions for your assignment by clicking the adjacent
check box(es) and then clicking the Include button. The
questions will move to the Organize Included Questions list.
• To move a specific question from the Available Questions
list to the Organize Included Questions list, select it and
then click the Include button.
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• To choose from additional questions, click the Add More
Questions button at the bottom of the page. You can then
filter and select from a new list of questions from your
registered content to add to your current Available
Questions list.
• To get more questions from which to choose, click the Add
More Questions button at the bottom of the page. You can
then select and filter additional questions from your
registered content to add to your current Available
Questions list, while retaining those already selected.
3. (Optional) You can rearrange questions on the Organize
Included Questions list by dragging and dropping them into a
different order.
4. Click the Delete button
, which appears adjacent to a
question in the Organize Included Questions list, to remove
items individually.
To remove all content from an assignment, you can click the
Delete All button
.
• To complete the assignment options now and put the
assignment on-line for your class, click the Continue button
to go to the Assignment Options page.
5. When all of the questions you want to include are selected and
arranged as you want them, you have two options:
• Set options and assign. If you are ready to put your
assignment online for your class, click the Continue button.
This opens the page where you set the Assignment Options
(e.g. Prerequisites, Time allowed) before assigning it.
See “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100 for details on using
the Assignment Options page.
• Save your assignment as a template. If you are not yet
ready to assign your test or to set Assignment Options,
click the Save Without Assigning button. This saves your
assignment as an Assignment Template.
See “Working with Assignment Templates” on page 146 for details on
using templates to create specific assignments.
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6. On the Assignment Options page, set the options for the
assignment or assignments. Note that default options for
Homework and Test assignments can vary slightly. See “Choosing
Assignment Options” on page 100 for details.
7. Once you have the options set to your liking, click the Create
Assignment button at the bottom of the page (or the Done
button when editing it later).
The Assignment Created page opens. At this point, your
assignment is complete and assigned to the current course.
However, you still have the ability to work with and modify an
assignment using the links on the Assignment Created page.
Note: You can also access the Assignment Created page as the
Assignment Summary page by clicking an assignment’s name
on the Assignments list. For details on these links, see
“Managing and Editing Assignments” on page 118.
8. If you are finished for now, click Return to the Assignments
List.
Creating and Editing Question Pools
You can create one or more Question Pools as a way to randomly
generate assignments from customized sets of questions you assemble.
When initially creating pools, you can select a set of questions, set a
point value per question, and determine the number of questions from
that pool to display during your students’ take. Then during the take, the
assignment will randomly choose the number of questions you designate
from those available in each pool.
When your students resume or retake an assignment created with
Question Pools, these subsequent attempts always use the same
questions selected during their first take. In this case, “same questions”
means the same base questions; question pooling does not affect the
algorithmically generated content in your questions.
¾ To create and manage question pools
With content already selected and filtered on the Choose Content
Source page, you are ready to preview and select the individual
questions to put in a new or preexisting Question Pool.
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Note: The steps in the instructions below begin from the Included
Questions page in the assignment creation wizard. To review the steps
to begin the process of creating an assignment, see “Creating a
Homework or Test Assignment” on page 75.
1. From the Included Questions page, preview individual
questions in the Available Questions list by clicking the
question name. The question is automatically displayed in the
Question Preview window at the bottom of the page.
2. Select questions for a new Question Pool by clicking the
adjacent check box(es) and then choose the option to Create
New Pool from Selected Questions from the Include
Selected Questions drop-down menu.
3. Click the Create button and the Create Question Pool dialog
box will open. Click Cancel to exit without saving.
4. Enter a descriptive Name for your new Question Pool, the
number of Score points for each question, and enter a number
for Select to determine how many questions from the pool are
randomly selected to use in the assignment.
Note: By clicking the adjacent pencil icon
in the Organize
Included Questions list, you can open the Edit Question Pool
dialog box and edit the information described in step 4 in any of
your pools.
5. Click Create and your new Question Pool will appear in the
Organize Included Questions list. (The new pool is also
included in the Create New Pool from Selected Questions
drop-down menu, allowing you to add more questions later.)
6. (Optional) To create more pools, click Add More Questions and
from the Choose Content Source page you can select and filter
additional content. Then continue these steps until you have
populated your assignment with the desired number of questions
and pools.
Note: To add more questions to an existing pool, choose one of
the pools already in the Create New Pool from Selected
Questions drop-down menu and click the Add button.
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7. (Optional) If you are using multiple Question Pools, you can
reorganize your assignment by clicking and dragging pools in the
Organize Included Questions list.
8. Click the Delete button
, which appears adjacent to a
question in the Organize Included Questions list, to remove
items individually.
To remove all content from an assignment, you can click the
Delete All button
.
Note: Clicking Delete All removes Question Pools from both
the Organize Included Questions list and the Question Pool
drop-down menu. However, the questions used in those pools will
continue to appear in the Available Questions list.
9. When you have all of the Question Pools you want to include
populated and arranged as you want them, you have two
options:
• Set options and assign. If you are ready to put your
assignment online for your class, click the Continue button.
This will open the page where you set the Assignment
Options (e.g. Prerequisites, Time allowed) before
assigning it. See “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100
for details on using the Assignment Options page.
• Save your assignment as a template. If you are not yet
ready to assign your test or to set Assignment Options,
click the Save Without Assigning button. This saves your
assignment as an Assignment Template. See “Working with
Assignment Templates” on page 146 for details on using
templates to create specific assignments.
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Creating Media Quiz Assignments
CengageNOW offers you the option to create a Media Quiz assignment
type, which is a prepackaged assignment consisting of interactive, multimedia content which usually features video presentations along with a
set of related questions (a transcript is available for students who are
unable to listen to the video). You create Media Quiz assignments much
as you would a Homework or Test assignment; the main difference is
that the individual items are already selected for you, as part of the
Media Quiz package.
You can create a Media Quiz assignment from the Assignments page,
as long as your course textbook contains this kind of content. Once you
have made the appropriate selections for your assignment, you can
decide on a range of options.
¾ To create a Media Quiz assignment
1. On the Assignments page, select the appropriate course or
section from the Course or Section drop-down list, and click
Go.
2. Click the Create Assignment button and the Choose Type page
opens.
3. Select the Media Quiz (interactive video with questions)
option.
4. Click Continue and the Assignment Information page opens.
5. Enter the assignment name and select the appropriate dates
from the calendar widget. See “Assignment Information” on
page 73 for details.
6. Click Continue and the Assignment Content page opens.
(Clicking Cancel at any point will return you to the
Assignments overview page.)
7. You can also filter the list of selections by choosing one of the
following options:
• Select Only Auto Grading, if you want to the list only
quizzes that require manual grading.
• Enter search terms in the Search Assignment text box and
click the Search icon to narrow the list to that criteria. Click
the Clear icon to return the list to its default state.
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8. Click any assignment name to open a Preview of the content.
Click the Close button on the preview window to return to the
Assignment Content page.
9. Select the button next to the appropriate content for your
assignment.
10. Click Continue when you have finished making your selections
and the Assignment Options page opens.
From this page you can click Preview to see the assignment and
select the Assignment Type to before setting the assignment
options. See “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100 for
details.
11. When you are done setting options, click the Create
Assignment button and the Assignment Created page opens.
At this point, your assignment is complete and assigned to the
current course. However, you still have the ability to work with
and modify an assignment using the links on the Assignment
Created page.
Note: You can also access this page later as the Assignment
Summary page by clicking an assignment’s name on the
Assignments page list. For details, see “Using the Assignment
Created/Summary Pages” on page 119.
12. If you are finished, click Return to the Assignments List.
Creating a Reading Assignment
You can create Reading assignments to track your students’ progress
through course eBook chapters. Although most course reading tends to
be treated as ungraded self-study, you may wish to set up reading
assignments to verify students have looked at the material, assign credit
for each section, and specify a number of takes, among other options.
You can begin creating a Reading assignment by clicking the Create
Assignment button on the Assignments page. When you have
finished creating your new assignment, you have the ability to go back
and edit its contents, student access, and other options.
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¾ To create a Reading assignment
1. On the Assignments page, select the appropriate course from
the drop-down list, and click Go.
2. Click Create Assignment and the Choose Type page opens.
3. Select the Reading option.
4. Click Continue and the Assignment Information page opens.
5. Enter the assignment name and select the appropriate dates
using the calendar widget. For details, see “To enter Assignment
Information” on page 74.
6. Click Continue and the Choose eBook page will open.
7. Find the appropriate chapter or chapters for your assignment(s).
(Click on the + or - icons next to an item to view or hide its
contents.) Select the chapter or chapters you want to use, and
then click Continue.
If you selected multiple chapters, you will be reminded that you
are creating multiple assignments with the same Available On
date, Due date, Unavailable date, and the same initial options.
You can customize the assignments later if you wish.
8. Click OK to open the Assignment Options page
9. On the Assignment Options page, set the options for the
assignment or assignments. Note that reading assignments offer
far fewer options than standard Homework or Test assignments.
See “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100 for details.
10. Once you have the options set to your liking, click the Create
Assignment button at the bottom of the page (or the Done
button when editing it later).
The Assignment Created page opens. At this point, your
assignment or set of assignments is complete and assigned to
the current course. However, you still have the ability to work
with and modify an assignment using the links on the
Assignment Created page.
11. If you are finished for now, click Return to the Assignments
List
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Creating an Assignment from Study Tools
You can create graded or ungraded assignments from your
CengageNOW Assignable Study Tools (also known as Personalized
Study products), which come bundled with your course textbook. These
assignments can include diagnostic Pre-Tests, interactive content, and
Post-Tests (chapter quizzes) to assess your students’ grasp of the
material. Study Tools assignments allow you to assign entire sets of
interactive content quickly, as well as track and grade each student’s
work.
You can easily assign a single Personalized Study chapter, selected
chapters, or all chapters in the book. Many books will allow you to set a
range of additional options:
€ Exclude selected content, such as the Pre-Test or particular
chapter sections.
€ Set late penalties.
€ Limit the number of takes and time allowed.
€ Allow students to save a take in progress and resume it later.
€ Hide assigned Pre-Tests, Post-Tests, or Worksheets from
the student’s Study Tools view.
Note: Students are able to access all of their Study Tools content on
an ungraded self-study basis. If you choose not to hide self-study
chapter materials, students will be able to see the assignment content
on the Study Tools page.
Creating Assignable Study Tool Assignments
Before you can begin creating an assignment or a series of assignments,
you must select a course or section in which to place it.
Note: Be sure students understand that they must complete their Study
Tools assignments from their Assignments page to receive credit for
the assignment.
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¾ To create an assignment from Study Tools content
1. On the Assignments page, select the appropriate course from
the drop-down list, and click Go.
2. Click Create Assignment and the Choose Type page opens.
3. Select the Assignable Study Tool (Including Personalized
Study Plans) option.
4. Click Continue and the Assignment Information page opens.
5. Enter the assignment name and appropriate dates. For details,
see “To enter Assignment Information” on page 74.
6. Click Continue and the Choose/Customize AST page will
open.
7. Find the appropriate chapter or chapters for your assignment(s).
(Click on the + or - icons next to an item to view or hide its
contents.) Select the chapter or chapters you want to use, and
then click Continue.
8. At this point, you will take one of two paths:
• If you selected multiple chapters, you will be reminded that
you are creating multiple assignments with the same
Available, Due, and Unavailable dates, and the same initial
options. Later, you can customize these details and
preferences for hiding sections from your students’ self-study,
if you wish. Click Continue to go to the Assignment
Options page (see step 9 below).
• If you selected just one chapter, the Customize Assignable
Study Tool Options pane will appear at the bottom of the
page.
You can include or exclude specific chapter sections, including the
diagnostic Pre-Test, Post-Test, or Worksheet depending on the
chapter content. See “Customizing Assignable Study Tool Options” on
page 95 for details.
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The Customize Assignable Study Tool Options Page
9. Once you have selected your preferences for the diagnostics and
assets in your assignment, click Continue (or the Done button,
if editing it later) and the Assignment Options page will open
10. On the Assignment Options page, set the options for the
assignment or assignments. See “Choosing Assignment Options”
on page 100 for details.
11. When you are done setting the assignment options, click the
Create Assignment button (or the Done button, if editing it
later).
The Assignment Created page opens. If you created multiple
assignments, you will see them listed on the drop-down menu at
the top.
At this point, your assignment or set of assignments is complete
and assigned to the current course. However, you still have the
ability to work with and modify an assignment using the links on
the Assignment Created page.
Note: If you choose not to hide the Pre- or Post-Tests,
students will see the same content as both Assignments
(graded and ungraded course assignment tracked in the
Gradebook) and Study Tools (ungraded self-study).
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Customizing Assignable Study Tool Options
When you are creating Study Tools assignments from a single
Personalized Study chapter, or editing one later from Edit
Assignments, you can use the Customize Assignable Study Tool
Options pane to choose specific tests or sections to hide or include.
€ Use the Pre- and Post-Test Options to assign only the
chapter diagnostic Pre-Test, the Post-Test, or both. If you
include the Pre-Test, you can then choose whether to record
the score.
€ Use the check boxes to include or exclude specific Learning
Assets or chapter sections from the assignment.
Note: These selections only appear on the Customize
Assignable Study Tool Options page if you have chosen a
content with Pre-Test and Post-Test sections.
€ Note the check boxes to I would like to hide the pre-test
from the self-study view or I would like to hide the posttest from the self-study view. These settings will hide the
tests on the students’ Study Tools tab until the end of the
class.
Similarly, you may also be able to select or deselect the option:
I would like to hide the Worksheet from the self-study
view. (For certain titles, this may be the only option available.)
These options ensure that students access these tests only as
part of the scheduled class assignment, and prevents them from
practicing on the tests independently ahead of time. Once the
course ends, the students are able to access the tests for selfstudy from their Study Tools tab again.
Caution: You don’t have to hide assigned Pre-Tests, PostTests, or Worksheets accessed from the Study Tools page.
However, please be sure your students know to access any
course assignments from their Assignments page. Any work
they complete on chapters accessed from their Study Tools
page is ungraded self-study only.
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€ When creating Self-Assessment assignments you will see a
menu with options for choosing the extent of comparative
feedback generated for your students. Make a selection to
determine what information your students see when comparing
their assignment results with other students in CengageNOW
courses.
• All students in this course.
• All students in any current course for which this current
course’s instructor is an instructor.
• All students in any course (current or past) for which this
current course’s instructor is an instructor.
• All students in any course (current or past) at this institution.
• All students anywhere.
When you have customized the assignment content to your liking, click
Continue to proceed to the Assignment Options page (when creating
a new assignment), or click Done to return to Assignment Summary
page (when editing an existing assignment).
Setting options for multiple Study Tools assignments
When you create Study Tools assignments from multiple chapters, all
of the assignments are created using the same Available, Due, and
Unavailable dates and default grading. After the assignment set is
created, you can access and edit the options for each assignment
individually by clicking the Edit link on the Assignments overview page
or using the editing links on the Assignment Summary page.
Once you have the assignment options set to your liking, click the
Create Assignment button at the bottom right of the page. For details
on the other individual options available for your assignment, see
“Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100.
Note: You can access the Customize Assignable Study Tool Options
and Assignment Options pages once your assignment is created. See
“Creating and Managing Assignments” on page 66 for more details.
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Using a Homework or Test Assignment Already
in Your Account
As part of the assignment creation process, you can create an
assignment from one of your templates by selecting the option to Use a
Homework or Test Assignment Already in Your Account. The
questions are already included, you only need to enter the assignment
information and select the assignment options. The new assignment is
then accessible from the Assignments page. The Assignment
Template will remain and continue to be available for creating
additional assignments.
¾ To use an assignment already in your account
1. From the Assignments overview page, click Create
Assignment and the Choose Type page will open.
2. Select the option to Use a Homework or Test Assignment
Already in Your Account and click Continue.
The Assignment Template page will open.
3. Choose the appropriate template by selecting the check box next
to its name and click the Assign Template button.
Note: If the template you selected is already assigned, a
message will appear explaining that the two assignments will be
linked. Click OK to continue or click Cancel to create an
assignment from a copy instead.
The Select a Course or Section page will open.
4. Use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate course and
click Go. The Choose Type page will open.
5. Select either Homework or Test as the type of assignment. For
more information, see “Choosing the Assignment Type” on
page 71.
6. Click Continue and the Assignment Information page will
open.
7. Enter a name for your assignment and set the date options, and
click the Continue button. See “Assignment Information” on
page 73 for more details.
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8. Click Continue and the Assignment Options page will open.
9. Select your options as needed and click the Create Assignment
button when you are done. See “Choosing Assignment Options”
on page 100 for more information.
The Assignment Created page will open.
At this point, your template-based assignment is complete and
assigned to your course. However, you still have the ability to
work with and modify the assignment using the links on the
Assignment Created page.
Note: You can also access this page later as the Assignment
Summary page by clicking an assignment’s name on the
Assignments page list. For details, see “Using the Assignment
Created/Summary Pages” on page 119.
Creating an External Web Link Assignment
Creating an External Web Link assignment provides you with a way to
make your assignments available to students outside of the
CengageNOW platform. You can also use this assignment type to set up
online material from outside CengageNOW as if it were a CengageNOW
assignment.
For example, by creating a WebQuiz and using the URL to create an
External assignment, your students will be able to take it from the
Assignments page in CengageNOW.
Note: There is an option to create an External Gradebook Column
as a Gradebook “place holder” you can use to manually enter points for
offline assignments that otherwise would not be included in the
CengageNOW course score. See “Using an External Gradebook Column”
on page 169 for more information.
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¾ To create an External assignment
1. Create a WebQuiz using an Assignment Template. See “Creating
a WebQuiz” on page 154 for the procedure.
Before you leave the WebQuiz Properties page, copy the
WebQuiz URL onto your system clipboard.
2. On your Assignments page, use the drop-down menu at the top
to select the course or section for your new assignment, and click
the adjacent Go button.
3. Click Create Assignment.
The Choose Type page opens.
4. Select the External Assignment option.
5. Click Continue.
The Assignment Information page opens.
6. On the Assignment Information page, enter the assignment
name and effective dates you want to use, and click Continue.
7. In the URL box, paste the URL you copied from WebQuiz
Properties for the assignment, and click Continue.
8. On the Assignment Options page, you can set additional
assignment options. For details on options, see “Choosing
Assignment Options” on page 100.
9. Once you have the options set to your liking, click the Create
Assignment button at the bottom of the page (or the Done
button when editing it later).
The Assignment Created page opens. You may now review the
finished assignment to edit the name, dates, or options, change
the URL, or modify print settings. You can also reorder or delete
assignments as needed. See “Managing and Editing
Assignments” on page 118 for details.
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Choosing Assignment Options
The assignment options you select determine the essential behavior and
characteristics of the assignment. You can create different kinds of
assignments customized for the needs of your courses and your
students. You can allow a Homework assignment to be taken an
unlimited number of times, for example, and a Test assignment only
once—or the reverse, if it suits you. In addition to number of takes and
scoring, you can allow or disallow such things as hints, revealed
solutions, and feedback (if available). You can even allow students to
retake those specific questions they miss.
Note: If you do not see a particular option in your assignment, it is not
available to that assignment type.
The default options and settings available for your assignment will
depend on the assignment type. For example, Reading assignments
have only a few options you can set, while a required Test has almost
twenty.
Default Options for Common Assignment Types
Assignment
Option
Homework
Test
Media
Quiz
Reading
AST
This table shows the key differences in the default option settings for each main
assignment type. Cells with an asterisk (*) indicate settings that cannot be changed.
Takes allowed
Unlimited
1
Homework
Unlimited
Unlimited
10
1 if a Test
Time allowed per take
Unlimited*
Unlimited
Unlimited*
Unlimited*
Unlimited
Save assignment and
resume
Yes*
No
No*
Yes*
Yes
Allow printing before
1st take
No
No*
No*
No*
No*
Password to take
assignment
No*
No
No*
No*
No*
Possible score
? Sum
? Sum
? Sum
10
10
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Default Options for Common Assignment Types
Assignment
Option
Homework
Test
Scoring when multiple takes are allowed
Keep 20 results,
merge on each
take
Keep 20
results, use
last one
Numerical tolerance
Exact
Penalty when due
Media
Quiz
Reading
AST
Best Score
Keep 1, overwrite*
Keep 1, overwrite*
Exact
Exact*
No*
No*
No
No
No*
No*
No*
Regenerate algorithmic questions
Yes, first take
only
Yes, first
take only
Yes*
No*
No*
Shuffle questions
No
No
Yes*
No*
No*
Hide question labels
No
No
No*
No*
No*
“Check My Work”
clicks allowed
Unlimited
No*
No*
No*
No*
Use custom feedback
if available
Yes
No*
No*
No*
No*
Question attempts
before hints
1
No*
No*
No*
No*
Show overall assignment score only
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plus, show question
details, student
responses, and question scores
Yes
No
Tests No
No*
Yes
Plus include correct
answers post-submission feedback
No
No*
No*
No*
No*
Enable printing (as
per “Feedback after
Assignment” settings)
Yes (at the
date/time of the
last feedback
after
assignment
event)
No
No*
No*
No*
Homework
Yes
Note: You can set your assignments to have a limit on the number of
takes allowed. If you choose to limit takes, please be sure your students
know that submitting the assignment for grading uses up one of their
assignment takes.
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Option Sets
You can create a customized assignment option set if the default options
for that assignment type do not meet your needs. You also can save your
customized sets as a predefined Option Set that you can save and apply
to other assignments. Applying an option set is faster than re-selecting
your preferred settings every time you create or modify an assignment.
With option sets, you can apply your preferred options quickly and
consistently as you create assignments of any type. For example, you
can configure an option set for Homework that allows multiple attempts,
an unlimited time frame, and feedback hints. You can create another set
for quizzes that allows only one attempt and a limited time frame, etc.
The Assignment Options Page
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Before getting started on the Assignment Options page, use the
Apply Option Set drop-down menu to select from one of your
previously saved Option Sets (if any). Completely scroll through the
page to review and edit all the available options. Once you have finalized
your options’ settings, you can use the controls at the bottom of the
page to either create the assignment, or cancel and completely exit the
assignment creation wizard. If you have edited any options, you will also
be given the choice to save your changes to the current Option Set for
later use.
¾ To create a new Option Set
The default set for each assignment type may be all you need. Creating
your own custom option sets can save you time, however, if you
anticipate customizing the same settings for more than a couple of
assignments.
1. On the Assignment Options page, change the current option
settings to those you wish to have in your new option set.
Note: The settings for Possible score, Not graded, Password
to take assignment, Assignment categories, and
Prerequisite conditions cannot be saved as part of a
customized Options Set.
2. Click the Save As New Set button.
3. When prompted, name your new option set and click OK.
4. The new set is becomes the Current Option Set. It also is added
to the Apply Option Set menu so you can apply it to other
assignments of this type.
5. To save your assignment with this new option set, click the
Create Assignment, Create Test, or Done button at the
bottom of the page.
¾ To apply a different Option Set
Verify that the set you want to apply is listed on the Apply Option Set
menu for this assignment type. If not, you need to create it first.
1. From the Assignment Options page, select the option set you
wish to use in the Apply Option Set drop-down menu.
2. Click Go.
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3. Verify that the Current Option Set label is correctly displaying
the name of the set you want to use.
4. To save your assignment with this new option set, click the
Create Assignment or Done button at the bottom of the page.
¾ To edit an Option Set
1. From the Apply Option Set drop-down menu, select the option
set you wish to change, and click Go.
2. Verify that Current Option Set: displays the correct name of the
set you want to change.
3. Edit the specific options you want to change.
4. Click the Update Set button. When the Update Set message
appears, verifying the update, click OK.
5. To save your current assignment with this updated option set,
click the Create Assignment or Done button at the bottom of
the page.
¾ To rename an Option Set
1. From the Apply Option Set drop-down menu, select the option
set to rename, and click Go. (You can’t rename the Default Set.)
2. Verify that Current Option Set: displays the correct name of the
set you want to rename.
3. Click the Rename Set button and the Rename Set window will
appears.
4. Type in the new name for the set and click OK.
5. Verify that Current Option Set: displays the option set’s new
name.
6. To save your current assignment with this option set, click the
Create Assignment or Done button at the bottom of the page.
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¾ To delete an Option Set
1. From the Apply Option Set drop-down menu, select the option
set you wish to delete, and click Go.
2. Verify that Current Option Set displays the correct name of the
set you want to delete.
3. Click the Delete Set link. When the Delete Set message
appears, confirming the deletion, click Yes to proceed.
The Current Option Set will change to Undefined.
4. Apply a different Option Set you want to use instead of the
deleted set; apply it and click Go.
Assignment Takes
Takes allowed
You can set a limit on how many times students can take an
assignment. To specify a number of allowed takes, choose a
number from the drop-down menu.
The Unlimited option allows the student to complete the
assignment as many times as desired before the Unavailable
Date, if any. However, only the last 20 takes are saved.
When multiple takes are allowed, the scoring method is
determined by the Scoring when multiple takes are allowed
setting.
Note: If you do limit the number of takes for an assignment,
please be sure your students know that submitting the
assignment for grading counts as an assignment take.
Time allowed per take
This option allows you to set a time limit for each time a student
takes the assignment.
• Select Unlimited to allow students unlimited time to
complete the assignment up until the due date and time.
• Select the Minutes option to specify a time limit for each take
of the assignment. Enter the allotted time, in whole minutes,
in the text box.
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When time allowed per take is Unlimited, allow students
to save assignment and resume later
This option, when selected, lets students stop working on an
untimed assignment, save their work, and resume the
assignment later. It requires that the previous option, Time
allowed per take, be set to Unlimited. To require that students
start and finish the assignment in one session (an exam, for
example), clear the check box.
Printing
Before 1st take, allow printing of assignment (questions
only)
Select this check box to allow students to print out the full
assignment, even if they have not yet taken the assignment
online. For example, you may want students to be able to work
on the assignment on paper first, and then use that copy to enter
their answers online.
Note: Selecting this printing option disables the options to
Regenerate algorithmic questions: For each student and
each take and Shuffle questions for each student and take.
Restrictions
Password to take assignment
If you want to set a password for the assignment, enter one in
the text box. Any student trying to start the assignment will be
prompted for the password and will have to enter it correctly to
proceed.
By using this option, you set up assignments (such as final
exams) that can be taken only after you have given students the
password.
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Prerequisite
You can use this option to prevent students from taking an assignment
until a specific condition has been met. The prerequisite you choose
applies to each student in your course.
To work with this option, you will open a series of cascading drop-down
menus that depend on your selected prerequisite. The possible
selections are as follows:
Select a condition:
Use this drop-down list to select a type of prerequisite for your
assignment.
No prerequisite
(Default) Leave this condition selected if you do not require any
specific prerequisite to be met before the assignment is taken.
Assignment score of
Select this condition to base the prerequisite on a score in
another assignment.
1. Select the assignment with the prerequisite score from the dropdown list.
2. Choose the type of score requirement (greater than, equal to,
etc.)
3. In the Score box, enter the appropriate score expressed in
Possible Score points. (To base it on a percentage grade, use
Score percentage of, below.)
Is Assignment Taken
Select this condition to base the prerequisite on completion of
another assignment, regardless of score. From the Assignment
drop-down list, choose the appropriate assignment name.
Score percentage of
Select this condition to base the prerequisite on a certain
percentage score on a different assignment.
1. Select the assignment with the prerequisite score from the
Assignment drop-down list.
2. Choose the type of score requirement (greater than, equal to,
etc.).
3. In the Percentage box, enter the appropriate score percentage
(do not include the “%” symbol).
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Time spent on
Select this condition to base the prerequisite on the amount of
time spent working on another assignment.
1. Select the prerequisite assignment from the Assignment dropdown list.
2. Choose the type of time requirement (greater than, equal to, etc.)
3. In the Minutes box, enter the appropriate time in minutes.
Student has access to
Select this condition to base the prerequisite on access to a
particular book.
1. In the Content Book Search box, enter part of the book author's
name, part of the title, or the book's abbreviation.
2. Titles matching your search entry will appear on the drop-down
list below the search box. Select the appropriate title from the list.
List of conditions
This option lets you base the prerequisite on multiple conditions.
1. Choose whether the prerequisite requires the student to Match
any of the following of the listed conditions, or Match all of the
following.
2. Click the [+] button to add a condition to the list. Select the
condition type, and set its parameters as appropriate.
3. To remove a condition, click its [-] button.
Expression
Advanced users can select this condition to write their own
prerequisite using the custom condition syntax required in
previous versions of CengageNOW. Unless you already have
mastered the syntax for creating such expressions, we
recommend you use the new menu-driven options instead.
If prerequisite is not met
If you set a Prerequisite for this assignment, you must also
choose what to do when the prerequisite tests "false" (that is,
students do not meet the specified condition). You can use these
properties (formerly known as "Condition Mode") to create
customized lesson plans for different students.
• student can see but cannot take assignment. The
assignment is visible to all students, but only those who have
met the condition specified by the Prerequisite property can
take it.
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• assignment is not visible, but counts towards grade.
The assignment is not visible to students who have not met
the prerequisite, but the assignment does count toward their
grades. This setting is for assignments whose details you do
not want students to know in advance (such as most tests).
• assignment does not count towards student's grade.
The assignment is not visible to students and is not counted
in their grades unless they meet the condition specified by the
Prerequisite property. Once they meet the prerequisite, the
assignment becomes visible, must be taken, and counts
towards their grades. This setting is useful if you want
students to demonstrate proficiency before proceeding.
Grading
The Grading settings determine if the assignment will be Required
(graded) or Not Graded. For Required assignments, these settings also
define the scoring rules.
Possible score
The Possible score option must be selected to make the
assignment Required (graded). If selected, it also sets the
number of points a student can earn for the assignment. An
assignment’s default score is typically 1 point per question. For
example, an assignment with 10 questions has a default score of
10 points.
You can also use this option to set a different score. For example,
you might want a possible score of 25 points for the assignment.
This provides a way to change the relative importance, or
weighting, of the assignment in calculating the course grade.
Not graded
Use this setting for assignments you want students to undertake
as ungraded homework or other practice. Ungraded assignments
are not scored and will appear in your Gradebook with a status
of either taken (ungraded), not taken (ungraded), or In
Progress (
). This option, when selected, labels the
assignment as (Not Graded) in the student view.
Note: Any changes you make to the Possible score or Not
graded settings cannot be saved as part of an Options Set.
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Scoring when multiple takes are allowed
You have several options for calculating scores when you allow
students to take an assignment more than once.
• Keep 20 results, merge on each take. This option lets you
save up to 20 of a student’s most recent takes for viewing in
the Edit Grade Details page. Correct answers are
accumulated from each take to determine the assignment
grade, while subsequent takes require students to answer
only the questions he or she missed on previous attempts.
Note: This setting may also affect how you want to use
Regenerate question values and Feedback after
Assignment.
• Keep one result, overwrite on each take. Only the most
recent result for the entire assignment (including questions
not answered) is kept.
• Keep one result, merge on each take. All correctly
answered questions are kept when a student submits the
assignment. On a subsequent take, these correct answers are
pre-populated with the previously-provided value. This allows
students to keep taking the same assignment until they have
answered all questions correctly or until they have reached
the maximum number of takes allowed.
Note: When selecting merge mode, you should consider how it
might work with two other assignment options: Regenerate
question values and Feedback after Assignment.
• Keep 20 results, use best one. All results for all questions
are kept, for up to 20 of the most recent takes per
assignment. The grade is calculated using the assignment
with the best overall grade. The multiple results are displayed
in the Gradebook score details, with the best score used.
• Keep 20 results, use last one. This option allows all results
for all questions to be kept, for up to 20 of the most recent
takes per assignment. The grade is calculated using only the
most recently submitted take. The multiple results are
displayed in the Edit Grade Details page and the
Gradebook score details, with the last score used.
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Assignment Categories
A category allows you to group assignments, in order to weight
them collectively in final grade calculations. For example, you can
create a category containing Homework assignments and weight
the category to equal 30 percent of the course grade. This
weighting will apply whether the category contains 5 or 50
Homework assignments.
In all assignments (with the exception of Media Quiz
assignments), the Assignment Categories selector appears
only when you have already established one or more custom
Grading Categories.
If you do not want to place the assignment in a category, select
Default.
Note: Custom categories are created on the Gradebook
overview page. See “Creating and Editing Custom Grading
Categories” on page 170 for details.
Style
• Curve factor of:. You can give this assignment a value to
increase or decrease the effect of its score on the student’s
overall grade. The assignment grade is multiplied by the
specified value (the default is 100%). So, for example, if you
enter 125% for an assignment that has a possible score of 8
points, a student who answered all questions correctly would
receive 10 points.
• Pass/Fail at:. To grade an assignment as Pass/Fail (or
"pass/no pass") enter the minimum percentage score
required to pass the assignment. For example, on a 10-point
quiz, a Pass/Fail value of 65% would mark any score of 6.5
or more as a Pass and anything less as a Fail. Any Pass
score will receive full credit (100%) for the assignment, and
any Fail score will receive no credit (0%). Using the same
example, a passing student score of 6.5 would receive 100%
credit (10 points) for the assignment, while a failing score of
5.0 would receive 0% credit (0 points) for the assignment.
• Extra credit. You can choose to make this assignment
available for extra credit only. To do so, select the Extra
credit check box.
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Numerical tolerance
You can specify if an answer with a numerical value must be exact to be
correct, or can also be correct if within a specified “tolerance” or range.
To allow a range of answers, you need to select Tolerance is allowed
+/- and enter a value for the amount of tolerance.
Only exact answer is correct
This option can allow for either an exact or an equivalent answer
as correct, depending on the Grading Method selected when the
question was authored. For example, say a question has a correct
answer of 4500:
• If the internal Grading Method option is set by the author to
Only exact tolerance is correct (exact), then the only
correct answer will be 4500, verbatim.
• On the other hand, if the Equivalent answers option is set
by the author to Equivalent formats are correct (equiv),
then any format is accepted as long as the underlying value is
exactly 4500 (9000/2, for example).
Tolerance is allowed
If you deselect the Only exact answer is allowed (exact)
setting, you can specify a tolerance range of correct answers.
Following the example from above, imagine the question with a
10% tolerance allowed:
• If the internal Grading Method option is set to Only exact
tolerance is correct (exact), 10% of 4500 is 450, so the
range of correct answers will be 4050 through 4950.
• On the other hand, if the internal Grading Method option is
set to Equivalent formats are correct (equiv), then any
format is accepted as long as the underlying value is in the
range 4050 through 4950 (9100/2, for example).
Again, the behavior of this setting depends on the internal
authoring of the question. If you did not author the question
yourself, you may want to test the question or assume that the
looser Equivalent formats are correct setting is in use.
Note: See “The Included Questions Page” on page 83 for
information using a problem editor to edit or view properties in
individual questions.
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Late Penalty
Use the Late Penalty feature to create a grade penalty for late
assignments. You can also set a custom penalty as a fixed or
accumulating amount.
To allow for late assignments, you need to provide an Unavailable Date
as part of the assignment information. You can set the Unavailable Date
when you are first creating an assignment, or you can also edit this date
from the Assignments page. See “Assignment Information” on page 73
for more details.
Penalty when due
This option sets a flat penalty for completing the assignment
after the Date Due. When you select this property, the default
percentage is automatically set for 10%. You can also set your
own custom penalty by entering a new percentage.
Example: You’ve set Penalty when due to 25%. A student
scores 8/10, but the submission was after the due date. Your
penalty of 25% is applied which makes the score 6/10.
Subsequent penalty
This option appears only if Penalty when due has been
selected. Check this box to enter a penalty that repeats at an
interval. Enter the penalty as a percentage, and that percentage
will be taken away from the points earned by the student.
Apply subsequent penalty
This option appears only if Penalty when due has been selected
and a Subsequent penalty has been applied. You can choose to
have the penalty applied for every hour, day, or week that the
assignment is overdue.
Example: Imagine you have set the Penalty when due at 10%
and the Subsequent penalty at 5% each Hour. Your student
then scores 8/10 on the assignment, but submits the assignment
2.5 hours late. At due date, this score is reduced to 7.2/10, after
the first hour the score drops to 6.8/10, and after the second
hour the score drops to 6.4/10.
Note: Note that the Subsequent penalty does not begin to
accumulate until the end of the first specified period. To assess
an accumulating penalty that begins immediately, enter the
penalty in the Penalty when due box as well.
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Questions
Regenerate algorithmic questions
Questions can be authored as algorithmic, meaning that they can
be authored to support a range of variable values. When a
question is algorithmic, whether you make use of the
regeneration possibilities depends on other settings you select on
the Assignment Options page.
For each student and each take
Use this option to allow regeneration of variable values every
time your students begin the assignment. Then, if the
Assignment Takes option is set for more than one, each time
the student opens a new “Take,” one of the following will occur:
• If Scoring when multiple takes are allowed is not set to
one of the “merge” options, all algorithmic question values
are regenerated.
• If Scoring when multiple takes are allowed is set to one
of the “merge” options, all algorithmic values in questions
answered incorrectly are regenerated.
For each student on the first take only
Use this option to allow regeneration of algorithmic values only
on the first “Take” of an assignment. Then, if multiple Takes are
allowed, each time the student begins a subsequent Take, the
algorithmic values will not be regenerated— the questions will
look as they did to the student during the first Take.
Never
Use this option to have questions which are the same to all
students taking the assignment, and do not change from Take to
Take.
Shuffle questions for each student and each take
You can choose whether to have the system create a different
order for the items in the assignment each time it is generated.
By default, questions won’t be shuffled.
Shuffling items is useful if you are concerned about students
copying answers from each other without bothering to read the
questions or handing out answers to specific question numbers.
Note: If you create an assignment in which items build on
previous items, do not shuffle your questions.
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Hide question labels
Use this option to remove the name or label of individual
questions when students are taking assignments and when they
are looking at the View Assignment Results page.
Selecting this option can be useful if you are concerned about
students passing the content of assignments and tests to each
other.
Replace Smart Entry fields in Accounting problems with
drop-down menus
Use this option to provide students with a drop-down menu of
reserved words from which they can select their answers. The
order of entries in the menu helps to control student responses
when it is important that their answers appear in a specific order.
You will see this option only for assignments that contain
Accounting problem types.
It is also possible to set this option at the item level, when
authoring a correct from the Problem Type Editor's items tab.
Feedback during Assignment
Use these options to edit settings for default and custom feedback. The
options available in this section will depend on the type of assignment
you are editing.
“Check My Work” clicks before feedback is disabled
Questions offering feedback will display a Check My Work link
that students can use to check the current answer and see the
feedback. This option lets you limit how many times the student
can click Check My Work for each question on each take of the
assignment.
• Select a number from the drop-down menu to specify how
many times students can use the Check My Work link.
• Select Unlimited to allow students to check their work an
unlimited number of times.
• Select Never Show Feedback to disable the Check My
Work link.
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Use custom feedback when available (rather than generic
feedback)
The default feedback message simply informs the student if an
answer is correct or incorrect. More specific feedback is provided
only if the question’s preferences in the authoring editor allow for
it.
Question attempts before hints (when hints are available)
If hints are available for questions in this assignment, you can
specify how many times students can attempt to answer a
question before each hint appears.
• Select an appropriate number from the drop-down menu to
specify a number of attempts before the hints are available.
• Select No hints to make hints unavailable.
• Select Before first attempt to allow students to see hints
before submitting their first response.
Note: The value you select for Question attempts before
hints must not be greater than the value selected in the “Check
My Work” clicks before feedback is disabled option.
Feedback after Assignment
Show overall assignment score only
Select this check box to allow students to see only the overall
assignment score.
If you select this option, you then specify whether you want the
student to see these details immediately after the assignment
take, or starting at some other time.
Plus, show question details, student responses, and
question scores
Select this check box to allow students to also see all additional
details about each question except the correct answer. (To show
the correct answer, you must also select Plus, include correct
answers.)
If you select this option, you then specify whether you want the
student to see these details immediately after the assignment
take, or starting at some other time.
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Plus, include the correct answers and post-submission
feedback
Select this check box if, in addition to the rest of the question
details, you want the students to see the correct answer for each
question.
If you select this option, you are then asked to specify whether
you want the student to see these details immediately after the
assignment take, or starting at some other time.
Note: You can also edit options for Feedback after
Assignment from the Modify Dates page.
Enable printing (as per “Feedback after Assignment”
settings)
Select an option to set permissions for whether to allow students
to print an already-taken assignment, with feedback. If either of
the Feedback after Assignment options are unchecked, the
Enable printing option will not appear.
The available options are as follows:
€ Never. The assignment is not to be printed, regardless of your
feedback settings.
€ At the same date and time as assignment unavailable
date. Allows students to review their previous results before
attempting the assignment again once the Unavailable Date is
in affect (generally, with a penalty). Students can see the Print
and View printable version buttons once the Unavailable Date
is past.
€ At the date/time of the last “Feedback after Assignment”
event. Allows students to review their previous results before
attempting the assignment again, without a penalty. The
availability of the printing options is determined by the date and
time of the latest feedback.
Once a printing option is enabled, the rules that govern it are as
follows:
• If you have enabled Show overall assignment score only,
then the printout will include only the overall score and the
time spent in the take.
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• If you have enabled Plus, show assignment score,
question details, student responses, and question
scores, then the printout will add all of these things to the
report described in the bullet above, not including the correct
answer to each question.
• If you have also enabled Plus, include correct answers,
then the correct answers for each question are added to the
printout.
When you are done editing the Assignment Options, click Save
Changes. At this point the Save Changes? window may appear, asking
if you want to save any changes you made to the current option set.
€ Select Don’t update the set to save your changes to the
assignment only.
€ Select Update the set to save your changes to the current set.
€ Click Continue to save your selections and complete your
assignment, or click Cancel to leave the page without saving to
either the assignment or the set.
Managing and Editing Assignments
You can print, save, and edit any of your assignments listed on the
Assignments page. Simply use the links for common options on the
Assignment Created page, the Assignments overview page Edit link,
or click on the assignment name to go to its Assignment Summary
page, where you can modify almost every aspect of its content,
appearance, or behavior.
For example, on Homework and Test assignments, you can add
questions, reorder items, change the due dates, scoring, or other
options, or even re-author current questions. In many cases, you may
find yourself copying a proven assignment and editing parts of it to suit
a new class.
The Assignment Created page is the last page that appears when you
have completed the assignment creation process. You can also access
this page later as the Assignment Summary page by clicking an
assignment’s name on the Assignments page list. For details, see
“Using the Assignment Created/Summary Pages” on page 119. The
Assignment Summary/Assignment Created pages provide you with
several links for modifying and managing your assignment.
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The Assignment Summary Page
Using the Assignment Created/Summary Pages
As Student
Loads the current assignment so you can review it and/or take it
as a student would. This lets you verify that the assignment
content, hints, scoring, and so on, all work as intended.
Note: This option provides only a single assignment preview:
neither the take nor the score will be recorded in the
Gradebook. See “To enroll yourself as a student” on page 202
or “Using the Student View/Instructor View Toggle” on page 22
for more information on making your own functional student
account.
Print Assignment
Opens the Printing Options page for the assignment, allowing you
to set a wide range of printing options before printing or saving
the assignment. See “Printing Assignments” on page 128 for
details.
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Save Assignment As PDF or RTF
Opens the Printing Options page for the assignment, allowing you
to set a wide range of printing options before saving or printing
the assignment. See “Printing Assignments” on page 128 for
details.
Edit Assignment Information
Opens the Assignment Information page for the assignment,
allowing you to change the assignment name and dates. See “To
enter Assignment Information” on page 74 for details.
Edit Assignment Content
For Homework and Test assignments, this option opens the
Included Questions page, allowing you to remove items, add
new book items, edit questions in place, or add new selfauthored questions. See “Editing Assignments” on page 121 for
details.
For Study Tools assignments, this opens the
Choose/Customize AST content page, from which you can
change Pre- and Post-Test options.
Edit Assignment Options
Opens the Assignment Options page for the assignment,
allowing you to change assignment scoring, grading, and other
overall assignment behavior. See “Choosing Assignment Options”
on page 100 for details.
Customize Assignment Options for Specific Students
Lets you customize the assignment dates, times, number of
takes, and time allowed for particular students. This feature
helps you make exceptions and accommodate the special
circumstances of certain students without having to change the
assignment options for the whole class. See “Customizing
Assignment Options for Specific Students” on page 126 for
details.
Take This Assignment Offline/ Online
Makes this assignment temporarily unavailable to your students,
or makes an unavailable assignment available.
Create Another Assignment
Restart the assignment creation process from the beginning.
Return to Assignment List
Returns you to the main Assignments page.
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Editing Assignments
After you create an assignment, you still have the option to go back and
change the assignment’s information, options, and included questions or
other content.
Note: If the assignment’s current status is Assigned, not yet due, you
may want to take it offline while you are working on it. In addition, you
should consider whether changes to the assignment will affect students
who have already taken it, or affect overall class grading.
You can access the Options for Editing window by clicking the Edit link
in the Actions column on the Assignments main page. From this
window, you can choose from one of three options for editing
assignments
€ Edit Assignment Information. Selecting this option will take
you to the Assignment Information page where you can
adjust the Name, Date Available, Date Due, and Date
Unavailable for the selected assignment. For more details, see
“Assignment Information” on page 73.
€ Edit Assignment Options. Selecting this option takes you to
the Assignment Options page where you can redefine the
characteristics and behavior of your assignment. See “Choosing
Assignment Options” on page 100 for more information.
€ Edit Assignment Content. Selecting this option takes you to
the Included Questions page where you can add, remove, or
even create new self-authored questions for that particular
assignment. See “Editing Content in Assignments” on page 122
for more details.
Whenever possible, finish editing your questions before making the
assignments available to students. If you edit questions in an active
assignment, you may create grading inconsistencies between those
students who take the assignment before you make your changes and
those who take it after.
Also, please keep in mind that questions created or edited from within
an assignment are available only from that assignment.
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Editing Content in Assignments
Once you have created an assignment, you still have the option to edit
its content. Depending on the assignment type, you can remove
questions, add additional questions, customize the questions or other
content in place, or create and insert new self-authored questions of
your own.
¾ To remove Homework/Test questions
1. On your Assignments page, select the course containing the
assignment you want to edit from the Course or Section dropdown menu, and click Go.
2. Click the Edit link in the Actions column for the assignment you
want to edit.
The Options for Editing window will popup.
3. Select Edit Assignment Content and click Continue.
The Included Questions page will open.
4. Select the question(s) you want to remove, and then click
Exclude Selected.
5. When you have finished your edits, click Done to save your
changes and return to the Assignments page.
¾ To add Homework/Test questions
1. On your Assignments page, select the course containing the
assignment you want to edit from the Course or Section dropdown menu, and click Go.
2. Click the Edit link in the Actions column for the assignment you
want to edit.
The Options for Editing window will popup.
3. Select Edit Assignment Content and click Continue.
The Included Questions page will open.
4. Click the Add More Questions button at the bottom left of the
page.
The Choose Content Source page will open.
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5. Use the Choose Content tools to select and filter additional
questions from the designated course textbook and your selfauthored questions. See “Available Questions - Choose Content
Source” on page 75 for more details.
6. When you finish filtering the new questions, click Continue.
The Included Questions page will open with your new set of
filtered questions in the Available Questions list. You can now
include new questions or exclude others as you wish.
7. When you have finished editing the assignment questions, click
Done to save your changes and return to the Assignments
page.
¾ To edit content in Homework/Test questions
1. On your Assignments page, select the course containing the
assignment you want to edit from the drop-down menu, and click
Go.
2. Click the Edit link in the Actions column for the assignment you
want to edit.
The Options for Editing window will popup.
3. Select Edit Assignment Content and click Continue.
The Included Questions page will open.
4. Click the name of the question you want to edit so that it displays
in the Question Preview pane at the bottom.
5. Click the adjacent Edit Question link (some assignments do not
allow the editing of content).
The Problem Editor opens with your copy of the current
question available for editing (your edits do not affect the book
original). For an introduction to the Problem Editor, see
“Authoring in CengageNOW” on page 208.
6. When you have completed editing the question, click save or
save as to save it, and then click Done to return to the
Included Questions page.
The edited question will appear in your Included Questions list.
7. When you have finished your edits, click Done to save your
changes and return to the Assignments overview page.
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¾ To author and insert a new Homework/Test question
1. On your Assignments page, select the course containing the
assignment you want to edit from the Course or Section dropdown menu, and click Go.
2. Click the name of the assignment.
3. On the Assignment Summary page, click Edit Assignment
Content.
4. In the introductory text at the top, click the Create a Question
link.
The Self-Authored Questions page opens.
5. Select the type of question you want to create and type in a name
in the Question name input box.
6. Select where you want to insert your new question by using the
Insert After drop-down menu.
7. Click the Create new question button.
The Problem Editor page opens. For an introduction to the
Problem Editor, see “Authoring in CengageNOW” on page 208.
8. When you have created the question, click save or save as to
save it, and then click Done to return to the Included
Questions page.
The edited question is added to your Included Questions list in
the position you selected.
9. When you are finished, click Done to save your changes and
return to the Assignments overview page.
Note: If you want your self-authored question to be available for
other assignments, don’t create it from within an assignment as
described above. Rather, create it independently from the SelfAuthored questions page. The question is then selectable as an
Available Question for any assignment you create.
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¾ To edit content in Assignable Study Tool assignments
As opposed to Homework and Test assignments, Assignable Study
Tool assignments can consist of several integrated, ready-made
segments. While you cannot edit individual questions or content in these
segments, you can change Pre- and Post-Test options.
1. On your Assignments page, select the course containing the
assignment you want to edit in the drop-down menu, and click
Go.
2. Click the Edit link next to the name of the assignment and the
Options for Editing window will open.
3. Select Edit Assignment Content and click Continue.
4. On the Choose/Customize AST page, you can modify which
sections are assigned, which learning assets are included, and
whether to hide the Pre or Post-Tests.
5. When you have completed your selections, click Done to save
your changes and return to the Assignments overview page.
¾ To edit content in External Web Link assignments
1. On your Assignments tab, select the course containing the
assignment you want to edit in the drop-down menu, and click
Go.
2. Click the Edit link next to the name of the assignment and the
Options for Editing window will open.
3. Select Edit Assignment Content and click Continue. The
Assignment Content page will open.
4. Edit the URL leading to the site where the assignment content is
located.
5. When you have finished your edits, click Done to save your
changes and return to the Assignments overview page.
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Customizing Assignment Options for Specific
Students
You can customize the assignment dates, times, number of takes, and
time allowed for particular students. This feature helps you make
exceptions and accommodate the special circumstances of certain
students without having to change the assignment options for the whole
class.
¾ To customize assignment options for specific students
1. On Gradebook overview page open the Perform student and
assignment actions drop-down menu and select Customize
Assignment Options for Specific Students.
The Select Assignment and Students for Custom Options
and Dates page will open.
2. If necessary, select the appropriate assignment from the dropdown menu.
3. Select the students that require the customized assignment
settings. To select all of the students, choose the check box at the
top of the list.
Note: If you have many students, you can use the Find
Students search fields to locate a specific student quickly. Enter
your search criteria and click Find student.
4. Once you have both the correct assignment and student(s)
selected, click the Continue button. The Customize
Assignment Options for Specific Students will open.
5. The Customize Assignment Options for Specific Students
page lists your selected student(s).
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Customize Assignment Options for Specific Students
6. If needed, use the Change Selected Students link to return to
the previous page where you can select different students.
Note: Before you opt to Change Selected Students, first click
Save Changes and Continue Editing.
Each student’s initial settings match the settings for the
assignment. You can make the following changes to the
assignment’s settings for the selected students:
• Status. Select whether the assignment is specifically
Assigned or Not Assigned to the student.
• Available. Set the date and time when the student can begin
the assignment. Select Use Default to use the assignment’s
settings, select Any Time to allow the student to begin the
assignment whenever he or she likes, or enter a specific date
and time when the student can begin the assignment.
• Due. Select Use Default to use the assignment’s settings for
due date and time, select Not Specified to remove the
deadline for the student, or enter a different date and time by
which the student must complete the assignment.
• Unavailable. Select Use Default to use the assignment’s
settings, select Not Specified to make the assignment
always available, or enter a different date and time when the
assignment will become unavailable to the student.
• Maximum Takes Allowed. Select Use Default to use the
assignment’s settings, select Unlimited to let the student
take the assignment as many times as he or she likes, or
enter a different number of takes that the selected student
may have.
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Note: If you want to modify an option for all the students listed
on the current page, you can edit the settings in the row labeled
Apply to All.
7. When you are done customizing assignment options for students,
click Save to save your changes and exit. Click Cancel to exit
without saving.
Printing Assignments
CengageNOW provides a wide range of options for creating printed
versions of your CengageNOW Homework and Test assignments and
Assignment Templates. You can shuffle problems and regenerate values
so that students get a unique version of the test every time you print it.
This option increases your ability to easily retest and reinforce learning
and helps reduce the potential for cheating. You can also print copies of
an assignment for a specific course and particular students.
You have the option to print assignments from the Assignments page,
Assignment Created page, Assignment Summary page, and the
Assignment Templates page.
¾ To print an assignment from the Assignments page
1. If the assignment you want to print is not in the current course,
use the Course or Section drop-down list to select the
appropriate course.
2. Click the adjacent Go button.
3. Find the assignment you want to print, and click the Print link in
the Actions column. (Some assignment types do not have a
print or save option.)
4. In the Printing Options window, make any desired changes and
click Print.
Your browser’s Print dialog box opens in front of a preview of the
printed assignment.
5. Click OK in the Print dialog box to send the file to your printer,
or you can use the Save option to export he assignment as a PDF
or RTF document and work on it in another program.
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Setting Printing Options
You can customize almost every aspect of your current assignment’s
print layout in the Printing Options window and save your settings for
use on other assignments. You can access the Printing Options window
in any of the following ways:
€ Click Preferences in the Tools menu in the header, and then
click View/Select Print Options in the Preferences window.
€ On the Assignments page and click Print in the Actions
column. (Some assignment types cannot be printed.)
€ On the Assignment Templates page, select the check box for
an Assignment Template and then click the Print button. (Click
Show All Options to display the button, if necessary.)
€ On the Assignment Created and Assignment Summary
page, click the Print Assignment link.
Make the changes you want, and click Save These Changes to save
your settings as the defaults for all subsequent assignments, or click
Print to print the selected assignment or Assignment Template (without
saving the settings).
Output Format (PDF/RTF)
You can create PDF (Portable Document Format) files or RTF (Rich Text
Format) files of some assignment types. You can then print these files
from outside CengageNOW with the appropriate application.
PDF
This file format preserves your document’s appearance,
regardless of how it was created. To view or print PDF files, you
need the free Adobe Reader software, available at
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html (To
edit PDF files, you need Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Pro.)
RTF
RTF is supported by many word processors, including Microsoft
Word (Word 2000 or later recommended) and OpenOffice.org.
Note: If you work with an RTF file in Windows® WordPad and
then open it in Word, use the “Web View” option to display it
properly.
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Save Paper
Click the Save Paper button to switch your print options to settings that
use the least amount of paper. (This is the CengageNOW default layout.)
Choosing this option automatically sets values that will help you to save
paper, but it also overrides all your previous print settings. A
confirmation pop-up window will appear to verify your decision. Click OK
to proceed, or click Cancel to return to the Print Options page.
The Save Paper settings are as follows:
€ Output Format: PDF
€ What to Print: Assignment with Keys
€ Versions: No regeneration or shuffling; 1 version
€ Fonts: 12 pt. Helvetica
€ Layout: One-column; answer fields not included; no lines
between choices or problems; Multiple Choice answers fit page
width; horizontal true/false choice position.
€ Header and Footer: For the selected assignment, page
numbering for both questions and answers starts at 1.
€ Print Style: Standard
€ Copy Selection: Not enabled
€ Sorting Options: Keep in current order
€ Advanced Layout: Embed all fonts used; Show commas in
numbers; Minimize blank space.
€ Image/Graph Size: Image height or width limited to 2 inches
€ Section Breaks: Hidden
€ Paper: Medium quality, 100% scaling, 8.5 x 11
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What to Print
These settings determine what is included in the print file.
Assignment Only
Select this option to print assignment questions without answers.
Assignment with Keys
Select this option to print assignment questions with an answer
key on a separate sheet.
Assignment with Problem Codes
Select this option to print assignment questions labeled with each
source problem’s CengageNOW name or code (for example,
gfia.08.02.4.53). This helps you identify questions even if they
have been shuffled or had their values regenerated.
Full Form
Select this option to print everything—questions, answer keys,
and problem codes.
Keys Only
Select this option to print only the answer keys for the
assignment.
Versions
These options let you create distinct test versions from a single set of
questions. By shuffling sequences and regenerating algorithmic values,
you can create as many unique versions of the assignment as you want.
These options help you reinforce learning and reduce the potential for
cheating.
You may choose one or more of the following options:
Regenerate Algorithm Values
Select this option to regenerate the values of all questions in the
assignment that were created using algorithmic values. This
option will have no effect on questions authored with constant
(non algorithmic) values.
Shuffle Order of Choices
Select this option to reorder the answer choices randomly within
each question.
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Shuffle Order of Problems
Select this option to reorder questions randomly in each section
of the assignment.
Note: If you select this option, you can’t use a custom sort order
for the questions in the assignment. If you use a custom sort
order, you cannot select this option.
Number of Versions
Enter the number of different versions of the assignment that you
want to print. The default value is 1.
Fonts
These settings determine the typeface and size for the assignment.
Font type
Select the typeface to use for printing the assignment from the
drop-down menu.
Font size
Use the drop-down menu to select the size of the type. (A font
size of 10 or 12 is typical for printed material.)
Layout
These options control how questions and answers are arranged on the
page.
One-column
Select this option to produce a document printed with all items in
a single column.
Two-column
Select this option to produce a document printed with two
columns. (This option is not available for RTF output.)
Include Answer Fields
Check this box to print a short answer line for each question:
____ 1, ____ 2, etc.
Lines between choices
Use the drop-down menu to set the number of blank lines (0, 1,
or 2) between answer choices.
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Lines between problems
Enter the number of blank lines between problems.
Make Multiple Choice answers fit page width
Select this option to arrange Multiple Choice answers to take full
advantage of each line’s available width.
Make Multiple Choice answers display in two columns
Select this option to arrange Multiple Choice answers in two
columns.
Always place Multiple Choice answers one per line
Select this option to print Multiple Choice answers in a single
column.
True/False choice position
Choose whether True/False answers are to be displayed vertically
(on separate lines) or horizontally (on the same line).
Header and Footer
These settings determine how the headers and footers you create in the
Edit Headers and Footers window will be applied. See “Editing
Headers and Footers” on page 137 for information about the window.
For All Assignments
Select this option to apply your header and footer settings to all
of your assignments.
For Selected Assignment
Select this option to change the header or footer for the selected
assignment only. (Select the assignment before you open the
Printing Options window.)
Start page numbering for questions from
Select the check box and enter the beginning page number for
questions.
Start page numbering for answers from
Select the check box and enter the page number for the first page
of answers.
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View/Select
Click this button to open the Edit Headers and Footers window.
(The button is displayed only if you select the For all
assignments option or if you selected an assignment before
opening the Printing Options window. See “Editing Headers and
Footers” on page 137 for information about the window.
Note: If the following options are not displayed in the window, click
Show All Options to access them.
Print Style
These settings determine how to translate elements from an online
assignment to the printed version.
eStyle
Select this option to make the printout resemble an on-screen
assignment. For example, the assignment will print with option
buttons next to each Multiple Choice or True/False answer for the
student to mark.
Standard
Select this option if you don’t want to include on-screen elements
on the printout.
Put grid lines around column multiple choice questions
Select this option to apply grid lines around Multiple Choice
questions and answers. Grid lines make the choices and pairings
more visually distinct.
Copy Selection
These selections give you the option to print assignments for particular
courses or students.
Select Course
Select this option to print or quick-view the assignment for a
particular course at print time. You’ll select the course from a
dialog box that appears whenever you print the assignment.
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Print Assignments for selected students
This option is available if you have selected an assignment before
opening the Printing Options window. Select this option to print
or quick-view the assignment for a selected student or group of
students at print time. If you also choose Select course (see
above), the list of students will be limited to those in that course.
When you print the assignment, a dialog box will appear with a
drop-down menu to let you select the course and students.
Sorting Options
These options let you put the assignment questions in a specific order.
Note: You won’t be able to select a sorting option if you selected to
shuffle the order of problems under Versions.
Keep in current order
Select this option to keep questions in their original order.
Sort by problem code
Select this option to organize questions in each section in
ascending order by CengageNOW problem code (for example,
gfia.08.02.4.53, ...54,...55, etc.).
Sort by problem type
Select this option to organize questions in each section by
problem type (Multiple Choice, True/False, etc.).
Sort by difficulty
Select this option to organize questions by difficulty.
Advanced Layout
These options determine specialized effects in the formatting of your
printed assignment.
Print formulae in italics
Select this option to make formulae stand out from the plain body
text.
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Embed all fonts used
Select this option to embed fonts in the print file. Embedding
fonts ensures that the text will be printed in the original fonts,
even if the printing software or printer doesn’t have that font
installed. This option will increase file size.
Show commas in numbers
Select this option to show commas in numbers larger than 999.
Clear this option for graphs, as they are usually easier to read
without commas.
Keep questions and answers on the same page
Select this option to keep each answer on the same page with its
question, even if much of an adjacent page must be left blank to
do it.
Minimize blank space
Select this option to allow a question to be printed at the bottom
of one page with its answer printed at the top of the next page.
Image/Graph Size
Limit image height or width to 2 inches
Select this option to limit the size of printed images and graphs
to a maximum of 2 inches by 2 inches. (This size is usually
adequate for graphs and can save paper.)
Original size
Select this option to print images and graphs at their original
dimensions.
Section Breaks
Hidden
Select this option to start each section of the assignment
immediately after the preceding section.
New page
Select this option to start each section of the assignment on a
new page.
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Paper
Quality
Select a print quality of Low, Medium, or High from the dropdown menu. (Print resolution depends on the capabilities of your
computer, the printer driver used, and your printer. You normally
do not need to use High except for complex graphics.)
Scale content to
Enter a percentage by which to scale text on the printed page,
relative to the right margin. For example, a line of text that
reaches the right margin at 100% will reach only halfway at 50%.
Page width
Sets the width of the page. The default is 8.5 inches.
Page height
Sets the height of the page. The default is 11 inches.
Editing Headers and Footers
The header and footer of an assignment are at the top and bottom,
respectively, of each page. Headers and footers can include page
numbers, the date, the assignment title, the student’s name, and other
information pertinent to the assignment.
You can specify different information for the first (title) page of the
assignment and the subsequent pages.
Access the Edit Headers and Footers window by clicking the
View/Select button in the Header and Footer controls. (The button
is displayed only if you select the For All Assignments option or if you
selected an assignment before opening the Printing Options window.)
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Using the Edit Headers and Footers window
This window lets you view the current header and footer, choose a
different header or footer, or create a custom header or footer by
modifying any of the ready-made templates.
When you access the window, the current headers and footers are
displayed in the four editing windows. The top two windows are for the
first-page header and footer. The bottom two are for the header and
footer that appear on the subsequent pages.
Click Save to save your modified headers and footers as part of the print
setup.
Header/Footer Templates
You have several ready-made header/footer templates available.
To choose a template, select it from the Templates drop-down
menu at the bottom of the window.
• Use blank if you want to start completely from scratch.
• Select Custom Option #1 or #2 for basic workable layouts.
• Use #1 using tables or #2 using tables as your starting
point if you want more control over the header/footer spacing
and layout. You’ll use the CengageNOW HTML Table Editor
if you customize one of these. See “Advanced Header/Footer
Layout” on page 139.
Macros
You can customize any of the header and footer templates by
typing in text or by selecting header and footer macros from the
Insert macro drop-down menu at the bottom of the window.
These macros insert the variable text you want to appear in a
certain spot, such as the page number or the assignment name.
Try not to insert more macros or text than you really need, or the
headers and footers may appear crowded or off-center.
Macro options include the following:
• Page number
• Current date
• Version number
• Assignment name
• Number of answerable questions
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• Total possible points
• Student name
• Student ID
• Instructor name
• Course name
Advanced Header/Footer Layout
If you want a fine degree of layout control over your assignment
headers and footers, you can lay out each header and footer as
an inserted table. This provides you better control over element
spacing, word wrap, and justification.
The easiest way to start is to select #1 using tables or #2
using tables from the Templates drop-down menu. You can
then view the header and footer layout in the table editor and
make adjustments.
• The easiest way to start is to select #1 using tables or #2
using tables from the Templates drop-down menu. You can
then view the header and footer layout in the table editor and
make adjustments.
• To start from scratch, select the blank template, and lay it
out using the HTML toolbar’s Insert Table drop-down menu.
Archiving Courses and Assignments
CengageNOW’s archiving feature lets you store folders, courses,
sections, and assignments you are not currently using on the Archived
Materials page. Archived items are readily available for you to retrieve,
copy into a new folder, course, or section, or delete permanently.
You can access your archived materials by clicking the View Archived
Materials link available on your Home page Quick Link list, Courses
or Assignments pages. You may need to click the link to Show All
Options on the Assignments page, if the link is hidden.
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The Archived Materials Page
Your Archived Materials page is automatically organized according to
the hierarchical structure of your folders, courses, sections, and
assignments. This means that if you archive, for example, a course, any
sections and assignments it contains are filed with it. If you want to
archive only assignments, you must select and archive them at the
assignment level, without selecting their associated sections or courses.
If you archive a course section, only section-level assignments, not
course-level assignments, will be archived with that section, and so on.
Archived items can be returned at any time to their original working area
in CengageNOW. To retrieve an assignment that was archived with its
associated section or course, you are prompted to retrieve the relevant
section or course as well. To retrieve a section of an archived course, you
are also prompted to retrieve its course-level assignments. And if you
are a section-level instructor, you must have the course-level instructor
retrieve your course-level items for you.
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Using the Archived Materials Page
The Archived Materials page shows the organization of your archived
items, including icons for folders, courses, sections, and assignments.
The archived items themselves display a “file cabinet” icon.
€ Click the + or - icon on each branch of the hierarchy tree to
view or hide its contents.
€ Use the Expand All and Collapse All links to either open or
close the entire hierarchy tree.
€ Use the check boxes to select items and item groups for
retrieval, copying, or deletion.
€ Use a search filter to find a particular course or to limit the list.
Enter the appropriate information in the box, and click the
Search button. Click the Clear button to return the list to its
original state.
€ Some items will “auto-select” according to your selections,
showing that the items were archived or organized as a group.
Similarly, items with a “dashed” check box have one or more
dependent items selected (an assignment in a course, for
example).
€ If an item displays a lock icon, you need the necessary system
permissions to retrieve, copy, or delete that item.
Archiving Your Materials
¾ To archive selected folders, courses, and sections
Archiving will move the selected content to Archived Materials page.
You can retrieve archived materials at any time.
1. On the Courses tab, click Show All Options to display the
additional options if they are hidden.
2. From the Folders window or the Courses and Sections list,
select the folder, course, or section containing the assignments
you wish to archive.
3. Select Archive from the Courses and Sections drop-down
menu, if you have selected a course.
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4. Or, select Archive Folder from the Folders drop-down menu, if
you have selected a folder.
5. Click the Go button adjacent to the drop-down menu.
6. Click OK in the Archive verification window and your selected
course or folder is moved to the Archived Materials page.
¾ To archive specific assignments within a course
1. On the Assignments page, first select the appropriate course
from the Course or Section drop-down menu.
2. Click the Show All Options link, if the additional options are not
already displayed.
3. Select one or more assignments to archive.
4. Under Choose assignments and then select an option
below, click the Archive button.
5. Click OK in the Archive verification window, and the selected
assignment(s) will be moved to the Archived Materials page.
Retrieving Archived Items
Retrieving an item from Archived Materials moves it back to its
original location in the Courses or Assignments page.
¾ To retrieve archived folders, courses, and sections
1. Open the Archived Materials page.
2. Select the folders, courses, or sections you want to retrieve, and
click the Retrieve Selected Items button.
3. In the Archived Materials - Confirm Item Retrieval page,
review your selections.
4. Click the Retrieve selected items button to finalize the
retrieval, if your selections are correct.
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If necessary, you can use the Change current selections
button to return to the Archived Materials page where you can
make new selections.
You can also click Cancel to quit and return to the Archived
Materials page where you can make new selections, if
necessary.
¾ To retrieve specific assignments
1. Open the Archived Materials page.
2. Select the assignments you want to retrieve, and click the
Retrieve Selected Items button.
3. In the Archived Materials - Confirm Item Retrieval window,
review your selections.
4. Click the Retrieve selected items button to finalize the
retrieval, if your selections are correct.
If necessary, you can use the Change current selections
button to return to the Archived Materials page where you can
make new selections.
You can also click Cancel to quit and return to the Archived
Materials page where you can make new selections, if
necessary.
Copying Items from Archived Materials
You can copy folders, courses, or assignments from Archived Materials
to the CengageNOW clipboard and then paste the items directly into a
new folder, course, or section. This shortcut makes it easy to retrieve
and update an archived item for a new use and saves you the work of
creating it from scratch each time.
¾ To copy archived folders, courses, and sections
1. Open the Archived Materials page.
2. Select the folders, courses, and/or sections you want to copy,
and click the Copy Selected Items button. A verification
message will appear below.
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3. Click the Go to Courses link.
4. On the Courses page, select the folder into which you want to
paste the archived items.
5. Click the Show All Options link, if necessary, to display the
Folders menu.
6. From the Folders drop-down menu, select Paste Course, and
click the adjacent Go button. The CengageNOW Clipboard will
open.
7. Click the Paste Selected Items button and your copied items
should now appear in the selected folder. Click the Close This
Window button to exit the clipboard when you are done.
You can also click the Cancel button to quit and return to the
Archived Materials page without making any changes.
¾ To copy archived assignments
1. On the Assignments page, use the Course or Section dropdown menu to select the course that originally contained the
archived assignments you want to copy.
2. Click the adjacent Go button.
3. Click Show All Options to display all options, if they are hidden.
4. Click the View Archived Materials link.
5. On the Archived Materials page, select the assignments you
want to copy, and click the Copy Selected Items button.
Note: To return the archived assignments to the original course,
use Retrieve Selected Items instead.
6. Click the Return to Assignments link near the top left of the
page.
7. On the Assignments page, select the course or section into
which you want to paste the copied assignments, and click Show
All Options (if they are hidden).
8. Click Paste to open the CengageNOW Clipboard window.
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9. Click the Paste Selected Items button and your copied
assignments should now appear in the selected course or section.
Click the Close This Window button to exit the clipboard when
you are done.
You can also click the Cancel button to quit and return to the
Archived Materials page without making any changes.
Deleting Archived Items
You can delete items permanently from your archive if you feel you need
to reduce clutter or save disk space. Keep in mind that deleted items are
gone for good. If there is any chance you may need to access that
assignment, course, or student grade again, it’s best to keep it in
archived materials.
Caution: It’s strongly recommended that you adhere to the system
default selections and prompts when deleting items. For example, say
you archive an entire course but later delete some of its assignments. If
you later retrieve that course, its Gradebook records will reflect only
the remaining assignments and won’t match other course records you
might have. Delete only those items you are certain you will never need
again.
¾ To delete specific archived assignments
1. Open the Archived Materials page.
2. Select the assignments you want to delete, and click the Delete
Selected Items button.
3. In the Archived Materials - Confirm Item Delete page,
review your selections, and click the Delete button, or you can
click the Cancel button to return to the Archived Materials
page without making any changes.
To change your selections, click the Change current selections
button and edit your selections as needed before deleting them.
Note: If your selected archived assignment is assigned to a
course or section, it cannot be deleted.
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¾ To delete archived folders, courses, and sections
1. Open the Archived Materials page.
2. Select the folders, courses, and/or sections you want to delete in
the Assignment Template Folders window, and click the
Delete Selected Items button.
3. In the Archived Materials - Confirm Item Delete page,
review your selections, and click the Delete button, or you can
click the Cancel button to return to the Archived Materials
page without making any changes.
To change your selections, click the Change current selections
button and edit your selections as needed before deleting them.
Working with Assignment Templates
An Assignment Template is a by-product of creating an assignment.
It is essentially just the set of questions you’ve selected from your
source materials—a generic “unassigned assignment.” The Assignment
Template is a convenient resource for creating new assignments.
The Assignment Templates Page
The Assignment Templates page lets you accumulate a personal store
of assignment materials and question banks to be mixed and matched
according to your course needs. Use the Assignment Templates page
to manage, modify, and assign the templates you build or to publish
them as WebQuizzes or online tutorials.
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Assignment Template Page
¾ To access the Assignment Templates page
1. Click the Home tab.
2. In the Quick Links area, click the Go to Assignment
Templates link.
The Assignment Templates page will open.
Note: You may need to use the option to Change Information
Displayed on This Page to set your Home page preferences so
the Assignment Templates link is displayed.
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Managing Assignment Templates
The Assignment Templates page is your storehouse for assignment
content that you use repeatedly. Its features help you find the
Assignment Templates you want quickly.
Assignment Template Folders
You will start with a My Assignment Templates folder to store
the assignments you create. If you wish, you can click its create
sub-folder icon to create additional folders for organizing and
storing your templates. You can delete or rename these
subfolders as necessary.
Sorting the Assignment Templates list
Click the column headings for Assignment Template Name, Size
(number of questions), and Modified date to sort them in
ascending order. Click the same heading again to reverse the
order.
Status
A blue clock status icon in the Status column indicates that the
template is available as a WebQuiz. You can click the icon to
check the URL, or to “unpublish” the WebQuiz.
An orange clock status icon in the Status column indicates that
the Assignment Template has been assigned to one or more
courses. You can click the icon to see the courses to which it has
been assigned.
Advanced Assignment Template Options
To see these additional Assignment Template page options, click
Show All Options. To conceal them, click Hide all options.
Go to a content source
Use this drop-down menu to go to the Assignments page, the
Self-Authored Questions page, and the Archived Materials
page. This gives you quick access to areas where you may have
content related to your Assignment Templates.
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Assignment Template Manager
This drop-down menu lists additional actions you can perform on
your Assignment Templates. For most of them, you select an
Assignment Template, select the action from the Assignment
Template Manager menu, and then click the adjacent Go
button.
• Publish as a WebQuiz. Posts your Assignment Template as
a quiz at a Web address (URL) so it can be accessed outside
of CengageNOW. See “Creating a WebQuiz” on page 154 for
details.
• Rename. Provides a quick way to rename the Assignment
Template.
• Export Exports your CengageNOW Assignment Templates to
other CengageNOW users or to several other educational
software packages. See “Importing and Exporting Assignment
Templates” on page 156 for details.
• Import Imports CengageNOW Assignment Templates, Test
banks, and other assignment source files. See “Importing and
Exporting Assignment Templates” on page 156 for details.
• Check for errors. Analyzes the HTML code in the selected
Assignment Template for common spelling, technical, and
structural errors and lists the results with links to problem
areas. This is an important step in checking Assignment
Templates that contain questions you have authored or edited
yourself.
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Print
Use this button to print the selected template using your current
printing options.
Save
Use this button to open the Printing Options page, where you
can save the selected template in either a PDF or RTF format.
Edit
Use this button to open the Template Summary page, where
you can save the select between editing the information or
content of the selected template.
Quick view
Use this button to preview the selected template rendered in
HTML (Web page format). This view gives you an idea of how the
assignment will appear when printed out or viewed online.
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Assign Template.
Click this button to place the selected template into a course as
a assigned assignment. See “Assigning an Assignment Template”
on page 151 for more details.
Create Assignment
Click this button to start the process of creating a new
assignment to be saved on your Assignment Templates page.
See “Using a Homework or Test Assignment Already in Your
Account” on page 97 for more details.
Note: The buttons for Print, Save, Edit, and Quick view are disabled
when more than one assignment template is selected.
Assigning an Assignment Template
You can create a new assignment from one or your existing Assignment
Templates by assigning it to a different class and adapting the options
as needed. The new assignment will then be accessible from the
Assignments page. The template remains intact and is available for
creating additional assignments.
¾ To assign an Assignment Template
1. On the Assignment Templates page, select the Assignment
Template you want to assign, and then click the Assign link.
The Select a Course or Section page opens.
2. From the drop-down menu, select the course or section in which
you want to use the assignment, and click Go.
The Choose Type page opens.
3. Select the type of assignment you want to create from the
template, and click Continue. See “Choosing the Assignment
Type” on page 71 for more information about the assignment
types.
The Assignment Information page opens.
4. Enter the new name and dates you want to use for this
application of the assignment, and click Continue. See
“Assignment Information” on page 73 for details on editing
assignment information.
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The Assignment Options page opens.
5. Change any of the options as needed for this particular usage of
the assignment. When finished, click the Create Assignment
button to assign this new usage of this assignment to the
selected course. See “Choosing Assignment Options” on
page 100 for information about setting assignment options.
The Assignment Created page opens with your new
assignment ready and assigned to the selected course.
At this point, your template-based assignment is complete and assigned
to your course. However, you still have the ability to work with and
modify the assignment using the links on the Assignment Created
page. You can also access this page later as the Assignment Summary
page by clicking an assignment’s name on the Assignments List. For
details on these links, see “Using the Assignment Created/Summary
Pages” on page 119.
Renaming an Assignment Template
You can change the name of an Assignment Template to account for a
change in its content or purpose. (If you want to retain a copy of the
Assignment Template with its original name, copy the template first,
paste it, and then rename the copy.)
¾ To rename an Assignment Template
1. Go to your Home page and under Quick Links click Go to
Assignment Templates. The Assignment Template page will
open.
Note: If the Go to Assignment Templates link is not available,
you will need to click Change Information Displayed on This
Page and select the option to have the link displayed.
2. From the Assignment Templates Manager drop-down menu,
select Rename, and then click the adjacent Go button.
3. On the Rename Assignment Template page, type the new
name for the Assignment Template into the New template
name text field, and click the Rename button.
The Assignment Template will now appear on the Assignment
Templates page with its new name.
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Editing an Assignment Template
You can edit an Assignment Template to rename it, add new items,
remove items, or change the item order. You can also change the
internal authoring for questions (for advanced users only).
The Template Summary Page
¾ To edit an Assignment Template
1. Go to your Home page and under Quick Links click Go to
Assignment Templates. The Assignment Template page will
open.
Note: If the Go to Assignment Templates link is not available,
you will need to click Change Information Displayed on This
Page and select the option to have the link displayed.
2. On the Assignment Templates page, click on the name of the
template you want to edit. (You may get a warning, if the
template is being used in an assignment.)
3. The Template Summary page opens. This page offers links to
Edit Template Information, Edit Template Content, and other
options much like those available on the Assignment Summary
page. For details on how to use the tools on these pages, see
“Using the Assignment Created/Summary Pages” on page 119
and “To preview and select questions” on page 84.
4. After you are done, click Return to Assignment Templates to
save your changes and exit the page.
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Creating a WebQuiz
You can easily publish your Assignment Template as a WebQuiz, which
will make it available from a Web address (URL). By creating a WebQuiz
you can provide access to the assignment by anyone using just a
browser, with or without CengageNOW. Users go to the appropriate URL
generated by CengageNOW to take the WebQuiz. The WebQuiz results
are then reported to you via e-mail.
WebQuizzes offer an important tool for online assessment. You can post
an accessible, customized WebQuiz from any CengageNOW Assignment
Template to an entire class in a matter of minutes.
You also have the option of setting up the WebQuiz as an External
Assignment. This allows you to create a different assignment name and
set several assignment options that aren’t available for a regular
WebQuiz. In addition, students can see the External assignment on their
Assignments page and can start it with the Take button (rather than
having to use the URL you send them).
The WebQuiz Properties Page
Note: You may want to inform your students that WebQuiz sessions
expire after 60 minutes of inactivity. After the session expires, students
will lose their current answers (but may be able to re-take the
assignment, depending on its settings).
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¾ To create a WebQuiz
1. Go to your Home page and under Quick Links click Go to
Assignment Templates. The Assignment Template page will
open.
Note: If the Go to Assignment Templates link is not available,
you will need to click Change Information Displayed on This
Page and select the option to have the link displayed.
2. From the Assignment Templates page, click Show All
Options if you have not already done so.
3. Select the checkbox for the Assignment Template you want to
post on the Web.
4. From the Assignment Template Manager drop-down menu,
select Publish as a WebQuiz, and then click the adjacent Go
button.
5. On the WebQuiz Properties page, select Publish as a
WebQuiz, and then click the Save my changes button.
CengageNOW will display the generated URL (Web address) for
your WebQuiz.
6. At this point, the WebQuiz is complete. Click the Return to
Assignment Templates link to exit.
You may copy and paste the URL into an email or text document
to distribute to your students. To access the WebQuiz again, find
it on your Assignments page, marked with the blue clock status
icon. By clicking the blue clock icon you can retrieve the
assignment’s URL.
Note: To learn how to set up the WebQuiz as an External
assignment so that the quiz can be accessed from the student’s
Assignments page, see “Creating an External Web Link
Assignment” on page 98.
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Importing and Exporting Assignment Templates
You can choose Import from the Assignment Template Manager to
import CengageNOW Assignment Templates, Test banks, and other
assignment source files. Any valid file saved using the CengageNOW
Export as XML option can be imported into your system. If these files
have been exported with all necessary linked content, you can import
and use them without access to the parent Test bank.
Importing Assignment Templates
¾ To import an Assignment Template
1. From the Assignment Template Manager drop-down menu,
select Import and click the adjacent Go button.
2. Click the Browse button and navigate through the folders on
your system to locate the file(s) you want to import.
3. If you want to give the imported file a new name, type the name
in the New File Name box. However if you have several files to
import, use the Add more files link to add more files to the list.
4. Click the Import button to import the selected files.
Once the file has been imported, it will be available on the Assignment
Templates page for you to view, edit, or assign.
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Exporting Assignment Templates in XML format
You can export the Assignment Templates you create in CengageNOW to
many different formats. These formats include CengageNOW’s native
XML format, as well as WebCT® (Blackboard-CE), Blackboard®, or
ExamView®, among others. This lets you share your CengageNOW
Assignment Templates with colleagues or use them in other software
packages.
Export to other CengageNOW users
Select Export as XML. This is CengageNOW’s native format and
ensures full support for all problem types. The XML option lets
you export an Assignment Template from the CengageNOW
database as an XML file that can be loaded (imported) onto any
CengageNOW server. This means you can move or share the test
you created on your personal (local) server to your school’s LAN
or to your account on the CengageNOW server at
http://academic.cengage.com/now
Note: You can export Assignment Templates individually to XML
in the BCA format. You can also export multiple files as a single
compressed ZIP file, allowing them to be stored or emailed more
conveniently.
Include CengageNOW problem content
When you build an assignment from CengageNOW content, you
are creating a set of dynamic XML links to the items in your
CengageNOW book and forms. If you are exporting an
Assignment Template to someone who may not have access to
the same CengageNOW book you used to build the Assignment
Template, you can select Include CengageNOW problem
content. Including the content in the export file results in a
larger file but ensures that the assignment will work correctly
whether or not the user has access to the same book.
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Exporting an Assignment Template as XML
Note: Including problem content for CengageNOW problems “de-links”
the exported problems from the source book. This means that if the
problems are subsequently updated in the CengageNOW source book,
the exported, de-linked problems will not be dynamically updated. On
the other hand, self-authored questions and CengageNOW book
problems that you have copied and modified are already “de-linked” and
will always include problem content when exported.
¾ To export Assignment Templates as XML
1. On the Assignment Templates page, select the files you want
to export. (Multiple files are exported in a single compressed ZIP
format file.)
2. From the Assignment Template Manager drop-down menu
(click Show All Options if necessary), select Export and click
the adjacent Go button.
3. Select the check box for Include CengageNOW problem
content if you want to ensure that the assignment will work
correctly whether or not the user has access to the same book.
4. Click Export as XML. Depending on your system you may need
to click Save, confirm the file name and location, and then click
Save again to complete the export.
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Exporting Assignment Templates to other software
You can export CengageNOW Assignment Templates to several other
educational software packages and classroom response systems,
including Blackboard, WebCT (Blackboard CE), and TurningPoint®.
Note: CengageNOW supports a large number of problem types that are
not available in or supported by other software packages. As a result,
the export format you select determines the type of questions you can
export from CengageNOW.
¾ To export Assignment Templates to other software
1. On the Assignment Templates page, select the file you want to
export.
Note: Files exported to non-CengageNOW software must be
exported one file at a time.
2. From the Assignment Template Manager drop-down menu
(click Show All Options if necessary), select Export and click
the adjacent Go button.
3. Click the link for the desired export format and follow the onscreen instructions to finish the export
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MANAGING GRADES
CengageNOW automatically grades everything it can grade
electronically, marks items that must be manually graded, and
calculates a student’s final grade or “grade to date.”
Once a student finishes an assignment, you can use tools found in your
Gradebook to review the answers and score any items requiring
manual grading. If necessary, you can adjust scoring for any item,
student, or assignment.
CengageNOW also offers a wide range of grade-reporting options to help
you summarize and analyze individual and class performance. You can
review these reports online or print them out in a variety of formats.
Gradebook Terminology
There are many ways to customize and weight grades. Familiarize
yourself with the following Gradebook terms to understand how the
course grade is calculated:
Total Score
The Total Score for student progress is the sum of each
assignment’s score multiplied by the assignment’s weight. You
can also find the Total Score for the course displayed (in
parenthesis) in the Total Score column heading. This is the total
possible points for the course, including any hidden assignments.
Most problems have a default score of 1.0 for a correct answer,
and so an assignment score equals the number of correct
answers. However, CengageNOW offers many ways to set up and
score problems to adjust or weight this value:
• You can allow for partial credit for some responses.
• You can the possible score for individual questions from the
Included Questions page. See “The Included Questions
Page” on page 83 for details.
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• You can alter the possible score of the entire assignment with
the Possible score and Curve factor of options. See
“Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100 for details.
• You can adjust the scores of groups of assignments by placing
them in a custom category and weighting the category. See
Creating and Editing Custom Grading Categories on page 170
for details.
Note: Only assignments that are past due or have already been
taken are included in the student’s total score. Any points from
extra-credit assignments are then added to the total.
Possible Score
This is the number of points a student could earn for an
assignment, if he or she achieved a perfect score. The student’s
actual gradebook score can be modified by other factors such as
category weighting and curve factor.
Extra Credit
Assignments can be assigned as extra credit by creating a
custom grading category. Points earned as extra credit are added
to the points earned, but not to the total points possible, when
calculating the total grade (Total Score / Possible Score = Overall
Grade).
For example, suppose you set up a class with nine regular
assignments and one extra-credit assignment. If each
assignment is worth 10 points, the possible score for the course
is 90. But a student who scored 100 percent on everything,
including the extra-credit assignment, would score 111 percent
for the course (100/90 = 1.11).
Category Score
Category Score represents a student’s grade for each category
of assignments in the course. Grading categories are optional;
you create them on the Gradebook page as a means to adjust
score weighting for a whole group of similar assignments. If you
have not created any assignment categories beyond the initial
default category, the default category score is the final score for
the course. See “Creating and Editing Custom Grading
Categories” on page 170.
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An assignment’s category score is calculated as follows:
Category Score = (Total Score/Possible Score) x Category Weight
(if any).
The category weight is a value that you determine. Only
categories containing at least one assignment that has been
taken or is past due are counted.
Final Score
The final score is the sum of the category scores and reflects the
student’s grade for the course. If a category is empty (i.e., the
assignments have not yet been taken), that category’s score is
excluded.
Using the Gradebook Overview Page
The Gradebook overview page displays the names of all students
enrolled in a course and their individual scores for assignments. A
gradebook shading feature highlights which student assignments are
falling into a specific percentile. See Gradebook Preferences on page 166
for more details.
The Gradebook Overview Page
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Once a student finishes an assignment, you can use tools found in your
Gradebook to review the answers and score any items requiring
manual grading. If necessary, you can adjust scoring for any item,
student, or assignment.
Expand the Perform student and assignment actions or Manage
Columns menus to access links to additional tools. Clicking the Show
All Options link will reveal options for setting preferences for the
appearance of your Gradebook page; clicking Hide All Options will
simplify your page.
Note: Assignments that your students have saved to resume later will
display an In Progress icon and their current score.
Basic Options
These tools are always available from your Gradebook overview page.
Report Creator
CengageNOW grade reports give you a quick way to view overall
or cumulative course grades, grades for particular assignments,
individual student responses, or export the entire Gradebook.
These reports are generated in file formats that can be printed,
viewed onscreen, or exported to other software (i.e. spreadsheet
applications) for further editing.
Select a report type from the drop-down menu, and click Go. The
Report Creator opens. For more information, see “Creating
Grade Reports” on page 190.
Export Course Gradebook
Use this option to export the information from the current course
as a file format that can be imported into an alternate course
management system or edited in a spreadsheet or database
application. See “Exporting a Course Gradebook” on page 197 for
more information.
Course or Section
Select a different course from the drop-down menu, and click Go.
Edit Grading Categories
Click this link to edit current categories and create new
categories. See “Creating and Editing Custom Grading
Categories” on page 170 for details.
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Show All Options/Hide All Options
Use this link to determine whether the Gradebook Preferences
are displayed. See “Preferences” on page 12 for information on
setting this option for all your pages in CengageNOW.
Gradebook Sorting Options
To limit the names listed in a course with many students, you can
select an alphabetical range from a drop-down menu located to
the right on the green “show all options” bar. Select the
appropriate alphabetical grouping (i.e. An-Run) and click Go to
refresh the list. You can also use the Previous and Next links to
browse pages of student names in sequence.
By clicking an active column heading you can organize the
information in the Gradebook table by ascending or descending
order. The columns for Student name, Student ID, Email,
Total Score, and Total Time Spent also have an “x” button that
allows you to hide individual columns. You can return hidden
columns by selecting them in the Manage Columns menu.
Find Student
To search for a specific student’s information, enter part of the
student’s name, and click the Find button. When you would like
to return to the full list of students, click Show all students.
Student and Assignment Actions
Open the Perform student and assignment actions dropdown menu to select one of the following management tools:
€ Adjust Multiple Scores. This link opens the Adjust Multiple
Scores page, where you can adjust students’ scores for multiple
assignments in a course. You can adjust scores up or down by a
designated amount (percent or points) or reset scores to a
specific value. See “Adjusting Multiple Assignment Scores” on
page 179 for details.
€ Send Email to Users. This link opens the Send Email dialog
box, where you can compose an email to one or more of your
students. This feature allows you to communicate with students
quickly without leaving the Gradebook overview page.
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€ Query Student Data. This link opens the Gradebook Search
page, where you can use different criteria to find student grades
for a course or assignment. This page is a handy reference for
viewing student performance in their courses or in individual
assignments. See “Querying Student Data” on page 187 for
more information.
€ Customize Assignment Options for Specific Students. This
link opens the Select Assignment and Students for Custom
Options and Dates page, where you can modify assignment
availability, dates, and other options for individual students. Use
this feature to accommodate special circumstances for specific
students without having to adjust options for the entire class.
See “Customizing Assignment Options for Specific Students” on
page 126 for more details.
Create External Gradebook Column
An External Gradebook Column is a “place holder” in your
Gradebook you can use to manually record grades for offline
paper assignments or labs done outside of CengageNOW. As your
students complete their assignments, you enter their grades
which are then calculated into their course score. This
information is also included on your students’ Assignments and
Grades pages.
You can create an External Gradebook Column by clicking the
Create External Gradebook Column button on the Gradebook
page and entering the Assignment Name, Possible Points,
and Student Note. Once the column is in place you can click the
pencil icon to perform edits or click the trash icon to delete the
column. Deleting the assignment from the Assignments page
will remove the column from the Gradebook page as well. See
“Using an External Gradebook Column” on page 169 for more
details.
Manage Columns
Use the Manage Columns drop-down menu to choose whether
to display or hide specific gradebook columns or see any hidden
assignments by clicking View Hidden Assignments. You can
also quickly hide columns and assignments from the Gradebook
page by clicking the “X” icon in the column headings.
Fields displaying the Student Name, Student ID, Student
Email, Total Score, and Total Time Spent are available by
default.
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Note: Establishing student IDs is useful for large courses or
when you have students with similar names. This information is
also part of the output when exporting your Gradebook. If you
want to use Student IDs in your course it is helpful to send an
email to your students asking them to enter their Student ID by
clicking the Tools menu in CengageNOW.
Gradebook Status Icons
At the bottom of the Gradebook table you will see a row of icons
that may appear as labels for assignments or students that have
special conditions. You can mouse over an icon appearing in a
column to see the related tool-tip.
Gradebook Preferences
Use the Gradebook Preferences to control what kind of information is
included on your Gradebook page. To display this feature, click the link
to Show All Options; you can also click Hide All Options to simplify
your view of the page.
Gradebook Preferences
Check the box next to an item to include the information on the page or
to use it as part of the score calculation. Use the radio buttons to select
between display styles.
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Assignments
Choose to sort the list assignments by your pre-defined
assignment Categories or the Due Date, in either an ascending
or descending order. The default setting is Categories.
Grades
You can choose to display your Gradebook’s course score either
as a Percentage or as Total points (raw score only, does not
factor in category weighting), or simply display the assignments
as either Taken/Not Taken. An assignment can contribute its
earned and possible points to the course score by one of two
methods:
• In method 1, the assignment has reached its unavailable
date.
• In method 2, the assignment has not yet reached its
unavailable date, but the student has submitted the most
recent take.
Include missing assignments in totals. Select this check box
to include the possible points (but not the earned points) for
those assignments that are not reporting points to the course
score. Selecting this option affects how assignments and scores
are displayed on the Student Grade Details page.
Enable Shading. Select this check box to allow color coded
shading of your students’ scores. Using this option can make it
easy to quickly review and scan scores. If your preference is to
display scores as Total Points rather than as a Percentage,
Enable Shading will continue to color-code your Gradebook
scores as described.
• Lowest (pink). 25% or less.
• 3rd Quarter (orange). above 25%, but below or equal to
50%.
• 2nd Quarter (yellow). above 50%, but below or equal to
75%.
• Top (green). 76% or above.
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Drop Lowest Scores
The Drop Lowest Scores option allows you to determine the
number of low-scoring assignments to drop from the course
score calculations. Making a selection from the drop-down menu
determines how the assignments are selected.
When an assignment score is dropped, the assignment
information continues to appear throughout CengageNOW. The
dropped score, however, is indicated by the Low score
assignment dropped icon; clicking this icon takes you to the
Edit Grade Details page.
• Respecting grading categories. This option allows you to
enter a number of assignments to exclude from individual
grading categories (if any).
• Ignoring grading categories. This option allows you to
enter a number of assignments to exclude from the course
overall and ignores grading categories (if any).
Note: When Gradebook Preferences are set to display scores
as either Total points or Taken/Not Taken, Ignoring
grading categories is the only available option.
Once your selections are complete, click Apply Changes to refresh the
Gradebook page and see your changes. Click Hide All Options if you
prefer to keep the Gradebook Preferences hidden.
Tie Breaking When Dropping Lowest Scores
When comparing assignment scores to determine which to drop,
CengageNOW uses an earned / possible quotient. Resolving a tie
between two assignment scores (e.g. two assignments at 50%) is as
follows:
€ First, the greatest level of precision is used. For example, if 50%
from two assignments is actually 49.94 and 49.95, then 49.94 is
lowest.
€ Next, in cases where there is a tie at this level of precision, the
assignment with the least number of possible points is dropped.
€ Lastly, if the first two methods cannot determine which
assignment to drop, one of the tied assignments is chosen at
random.
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Using an External Gradebook Column
You can create an External Gradebook Column to serve as a “place
holder” for assignments that your students take outside of
CengageNOW. In this way, you can reserve a place in your Gradebook
to manually enter points for paper assignments or lab projects that
otherwise would not be included in your students’ CengageNOW course
score.
Once the results for the offline assignment can be determined, you can
enter the grades manually. The grade for this assignment is calculated
in the course score along with the electronically graded CengageNOW
assignments. Your students can see information for the assignment from
their Assignments and Grades page.
¾ To create an External Gradebook Column
1. From your Gradebook page, use the Course or Section dropdown menu to select the course in which you want to create the
external column and click the adjacent Go button.
2. Click the Create External Gradebook Column button to open
the Create External Gradebook Column dialog box.
3. Enter the appropriate information for the Assignment Name,
Possible Score, and Student Note.
Note: Your Student Note will appear as a pop-up comment on
the student Assignments page. Please keep your message to
less than 60 characters.
4. Click Create and the Gradebook will refresh, showing your new
assignment column. A corresponding column will also appear in
your Assignments page.
As the offline assignment is completed, you can enter the grades
for individual students from your Gradebook page. You can also
edit the assignment information by clicking the “pencil” icon in
the column header or delete the column entirely by clicking the
“trash can” icon.
Your students will see details for their offline assignments from
the CengageNOW Grades and Assignments pages. Information
for the Due Date, Date & Time Submitted, # of
Submissions, and Time Spent/Allowed are not available.
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Creating and Editing Custom Grading Categories
By using custom grading categories you can group assignments into
types (i.e., “Homework,” “Extra Credit,” or “Quiz”) so that they can be
weighted collectively in final grade calculations. For example, you can
create a category containing homework assignments and weight them
to be 30 percent of the course grade.
The Edit Grading Categories Page
Once you have created one or more grading categories, you can assign
individual assignments to them by using the drop-down menus on the
Edit Grading Categories page. You also have the ability to change an
assignment’s category from the Assignment Options page.
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When an assignment is assigned to a category, a color-coded bar will
appear at the top of their column on the Gradebook page. This enables
you to tell at a glance which category an assignment belongs to. The
Edit Grading Categories page provides a color code key for the
categories in use.
Category color codes are assigned in the order they are created,
however, you can drag and drop individual category rows to reorganize
the order in which they appear on the Gradebook page. To have the
same category colors for all of your courses, note the order in which you
created them, and repeat that order for all your courses.
Note: Using categories is optional. If you do not create any custom
categories, all assignments remain in the Default category.
¾ To create custom categories
1. From the Gradebook overview page, select a course or section
in the drop-down menu and click Go.
2. Click Edit Grading Categories.
The Edit Grading Categories page opens.
3. In the box next to the Add button, enter a name for your
category (for example, “Homework,” “Practice,” or “Final Exam”).
4. Click Add and your new category will appear in the Category
Name list.
5. Enter a value in the % of Grade column to determine the
percentage of the total course grade that this category will
represent.
6. (Optional) Add a comment about the category.
7. Add any additional categories you want.
8. (Optional) Adjust your category percentages to total 100
percent.
Any portion not allocated to a custom category will remain in the
default category.
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9. Click Save to save your changes and stay on the page, or click
Save & Return to return to the Gradebook overview page.
Click Cancel if you want to exit without saving.
Note: You can also weigh assignments individually using the
Possible score and Curve factor of which are available on the
Assignment Options page.
You can use these options regardless of whether the assignments
have been put in a custom category. See “Choosing Assignment
Options” on page 100 for more details.
¾ To place assignments in categories
1. From the Gradebook overview page, select the appropriate
course or section in the drop-down menu.
2. Click Go.
3. Click the Edit Grading Categories link.
The Edit Grading Categories page opens.
4. Locate the Category column in the Assignments table in the
lower half of the page.
5. Use the Category drop-down menu to select the appropriate
category for each assignment.
6. Click Save to save your work or click Save & Return to save and
return to the Gradebook overview page. Click Cancel if you
want to exit without saving.
Note: You can also assign grading categories from the Assignment
Options page. See “Choosing Assignment Options” on page 100 for
more details.
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Editing Grade Details
The Edit Grade Details page lets you view and edit individual student
scores, delete selected takes, edit the time spent on a take, and make
editing notes in a Comment field for later viewing. The lower half of the
page contains a preview area where you can see question details and
your student’s responses for each take of the assignment.
The Edit Grade Details Page
You can get to the Edit Grade Details page from the Gradebook page
by clicking the score you wish to view or edit. You can also edit
assignments marked “not taken.”
Note: Assignments created with Personalized Study Tools or Media Quiz
content will not have the option to edit the scores of individual questions.
You can, however, see question details and your student’s responses.
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To edit grade details for a different assignment for the current student,
select the assignment from the drop-down menu under View a
different assignment, and click Go.
You can email the student from this page by clicking the Email Student
button.
To edit the score for another student, select the student’s name in the
drop-down menu under View the grades for a different student, and
click Go.
Editing Assignment Scores
The middle section of the Edit Grade Details page allows you to edit
aspects of the overall assignment score. To access these fields, select
the Grade by assignment score option.
Editing Assignment Scores
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Depending on the type of assignment and content, the Edit Grade
Details page will provide the following controls.
View a different assignment
Allows you to select a different assignment for editing without
leaving the page. Choose an assignment from the drop-down
menu, and click Go.
View the grades for a different student
Allows you to see work by different student without leaving the
page. Choose an student name from the drop-down menu, and
click Go.
Save and Return
Saves your work, adds one take to the student’s assignment if
there were none previously, and returns you to the Gradebook
overview page.
Save Changes and Continue Editing
Saves your changes in progress while you continue editing
without leaving the Edit Grade Details page. It also can add one
take to the student’s assignment, if there were none previously.
Return Without Saving
Allows you to exit and return to the Gradebook overview page
without saving your changes. However, any deleted takes or edits
that were saved in progress will remain.
Email Student
Allows you to email students from the Edit Grade Details page.
Clicking the Email Student button opens the Send Email page
in a new window.
Grade by item scores
Selecting this option enables the ability to edit the scores of
individual questions.
Grade by assignment score
Selecting this option enables the ability to edit the overall
assignment score.
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Assignment Score
Allows you to view and edit the student’s overall assignment
score by entering the number of correct answers. (This yields the
same result as changing it on the Assignment Details page).
Any late penalty previously assigned will still apply. When you
save the grade change, the score is marked on the Assignment
Details page as manually graded.
When you edit and save the score, an option to Reset to
Electronic Grade will appear; you can select the checkbox and
save to return the score to its original, electronic grade.
Adjusted Score
Displays the value of penalty applied, and the assignment’s score
after the penalty is subtracted.
Gradability
Any time you view an assignment on this page and click one of
the save buttons, the Your Evaluation column on the
Assignment Details page shows the assignment as
“Evaluated,” along with the date. When you manually change a
grade and save your changes, that item is marked as “Graded.”
To mark an item as “Graded” that you have not manually
adjusted, check My grading is complete.
# of Attempts
When available, this field shows the number of times the student
has taken the assignment and the maximum takes allowed (for
assignments set up to allow multiple takes).
For some assignments, you can edit the number of attempts. If
the assignment option for grading is set up as either Keep one
result, overwrite on each take or Keep one result, merge
on each take, you will see an input box that allows you to edit
the number of attempts. You can use this box to increment the
number of attempts to account for an offline (paper) take of the
assignment, for example, or to roll back the number of attempts
to allow a student another take.
Time Spent
Use this field to modify the recorded amount of time the student
has spent on this assignment. The assignment Time Spent is the
total of the time spent answering each question and any time the
student spent at dialog boxes, reading messages, or loading
items during the assignment.
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Date Completed
Displays the submission date and time for the assignment.
Take
In assignments that allow multiple takes, you can use the Take
check boxes to select a specific take to view or delete. The take
with the best score is selected by default.
Re-Open Most Recent, Submitted Take
Use this feature when you want to allow a student to continue
working on a previously submitted assignment. Your student can
then click the Resume button on the Assignments page to
proceed with the submitted take (the student’s Assignments
page may need to be refreshed for the button to display).
The Re-Open Most Recent, Submitted Take button may be
disabled under the following conditions:
• The most recent take is not yet submitted.
• The assignment status is not takable (offline).
• The condition you set for the Prerequisite assignment option
is not met (if any).
• The assignment is not resumable (e.g. timed Tests are not
resumable).
• The Unavailable Date has passed or the Start Date has not
yet arrived.
• The student is no longer enrolled in the course or the student
account no longer exists.
• The student cannot get a higher score if the take is reopened
(e.g. if the late penalty will cause the highest score the
student can get to be lower than their score in the last take).
Comment
Use this field to enter a short note tracking your changes. The
comment is also visible from the Notes column of your Student
Grade Details page.
Delete Selected Take
After a student has taken an assignment, you can delete one or
more specific takes. For example, if the student has an extended
computer failure during a test, you may want to delete that take
altogether.
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The takes are displayed with sequential numbers and results. To
delete a take, click the check box next to any take to select it,
and click the Delete Selected Take button.
Once you have clicked delete, the selected take and all of the
associated responses are reset, and the student can attempt the
take again. Use caution when deleting a student take; this action
cannot be undone and it is automatically saved by the
CengageNOW server.
You generally cannot delete takes with scores that you have
previously edited manually. Exceptions are: assignments that
allow multiple takes, have takes remaining, and are set to
“Overwrite on each take.”
Note: After deleting a take, do not click Save and Return as
doing so automatically adds a take. In this situation, to exit the
Edit Grade Details page, use Return Without Saving.
Reset to Electronic Grade
(Optional) To return your edited score back to its original value,
select the check box for Reset to Electronic Grade and click
Save and Return or Save Changes and Continue Editing.
Editing Problem Scores
The lower half of the Edit Grade Details page allows you to view and
edit the results of individual problems in Homework and Test
assignments. To access these fields, select the Grade by item scores
option.
¾ To edit individual problem scores
1. On the Edit Grade Details page, click on an item name in the
Items list.
The screen on the lower right refreshes, displaying the item
name and the content of the question. Below that is the correct
answer (if different from the student’s answer).
2. (Optional) You can click the Open Item in New Window link to
see the question content in a larger window.
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Editing Question Scores
3. Enter a new score in the Score input box.
4. To save all your changes, click Save and Return or Save
changes and continue editing.
Note: Individual item scores cannot be edited in Study Tools and
Media Quiz assignments, but you will be able to edit the overall
assignment score. Details for individual questions are displayed,
and can be viewed but not edited.
Adjusting Multiple Assignment Scores
In addition to editing assignment scores one at a time from the Edit
Grade Details page, you can edit students’ scores for multiple
assignments in a course. This powerful feature lets you adjust scores up
or down by a designated amount (percentage or points) or reset scores
to a specific value.
In addition to allowing you to modify assignment scores, this page can
indicate incomplete assignments, offline assignments, and assignment
scores that have already been modified by late or custom penalties.
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Adjusting Multiple Assignment Scores
¾ To adjust all scores
1. Select the appropriate course from the Course or Section dropdown menu and click Go.
2. Select Adjust Multiple Scores link from the Perform student
and assignment actions drop-down menu and Adjust
Multiple Scores page will open.
3. Select the scores you want to modify.
• To select all scores for the course, click the Select All link. To
deselect all scores, click the Select None link.
• To select all scores for a specific assignment, select the check
box next to the assignment name. You can select multiple
assignments.
• To select all scores for a particular student, select the check
box next to the student’s name. You can select multiple
students.
• To select individual assignment scores for specific students,
select the check box for each score. You can select multiple
individual scores.
4. Under Choose an adjustment option, select an option for
adjusting the selected scores.
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• To raise the scores by a specified percentage or number of
points, select Add.
• To reduce the scores by a specified percentage or number of
points, select Subtract.
• To set all selected scores to a particular value, select Set To.
5. Enter the value of the score adjustment in the adjacent box. For
example, to adjust the value by 15 percent or 15 points enter 15.
6. Select Percent or Points, as appropriate, for the adjustment
value.
7. Under Settings, you can choose to allow negative scores or extra
credit for adjusted scores, or enable the Automatic Preview
selection.
8. Click Update Preview to see the effect of your settings on the
selected scores. If the results are not what you expected, you can
make additional changes and click Update Preview again.
Select the Automatic Preview setting to enable automatic
updates of the scores. (If this option is selected, the Update
Preview button will not be displayed.) If the results are not what
you expected, change your settings and click Update Preview
again.
9. Choose one of the following actions:
• Click Save Changes and Return to Gradebook to accept
your grade adjustments and return to the Gradebook
overview page.
• Click Save Changes and Continue Editing to keep working
on this page.
• Click Return Without Saving to discard your modifications
and return to the Gradebook overview page.
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Using the Student Grade Details Page
From the Gradebook overview page, click a student name to go to the
Student Grade Details page. This page displays all assignment grades
for an individual student in a particular course. Assignments are
organized by category (if custom categories are used).
The Student Grade Details Page
When you have created and assigned your own custom grading
categories, the assignments are grouped into tables by category. You
can simplify the appearance of the page by clicking an assignment
category heading to expand or minimize the list. See “Creating and
Editing Custom Grading Categories” on page 170 for more information.
The Student Grade Details page offers the following tools:
Overall Grade
Overall Grade displays the score as a percentage with the
weighing of the grading categories factored in (when custom
categories are used). This score is calculated as (points
earned/points possible) x category weight. If the
Gradebook Preferences are set to display Total Points, the
Overall Grade is not shown, as the influence of any categories
is not included.
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View the grades for a different student
Select a name from this drop-down menu, which contains all
students enrolled in the course, and click Go.
Send Email to Users
Clicking this button opens a popup window that lets you quickly
send an email without leaving the page.
Enter a heading in the Subject text box and your message in the
text box below. When you are done, click the Send Email button.
Go Back to the Gradebook
Clicking this button returns you to the Gradebook overview
page.
Sorting the Assignment Display
Clicking a heading expands or collapses the assignment
information for that grading category in the table. Assignments
are organized by category (if any).
In Progress
An In Progress status icon indicates any assignment(s) the
student has saved to resume later.
The following Gradebook settings affect the page display and score
calculations on the Edit Student Grade Details page:
When Include missing assignments in totals is unchecked in
Gradebook Preferences, CengageNOW will not include assignments
that are not-yet submitted, not-yet due, and in-progress as part of the
score calculation. On the Student Grade Details page these
assignments are displayed in the table for Assignments not currently
counting towards grade.
When Include missing assignments in totals is checked in
Gradebook Preferences, CengageNOW will include not-yet-submitted,
not-yet-due, and in-progress assignments in the score calculation.
These assignments are then organized in tables by their category (if
any).
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The overall course score is calculated as follows:
€ When the Gradebook Preferences are set to Total points,
any assigned categories will not impact the score and the
percent correct is calculated as points earned/points
possible.
€ When the Gradebook Preferences are set to Percentage, if
categories are used they will impact the score and the percent
correct is calculated as (points earned/points possible) x
category weight.
If categories are not being used, the percent correct uses the
standard calculation where points earned/points possible.
Note: To see detailed information on the student’s responses and edit
scores for a particular assignment, click the score in the % column to
open the Edit Grade Details page. See “Editing Grade Details” on
page 173 for more information.
Editing Assignment Details
The Assignment Details page displays all student scores and details
for a single assignment for you to review and edit.
For questions in most CengageNOW assignments, CengageNOW
automatically evaluates the student's answers and then enters grades,
scores, and other information as soon as the student completes the
assignment.
At some time, you may find it necessary use the Assignment Details
page to manually edit assignment results. By turning on the score
editing mode, you can edit scores at the assignment level for any of the
students in your course. You can also click an active score link to go to
the Edit Grade Details page where you can view and edit scores for an
individual student and their responses. You can also edit scores by
clicking an active link in the Assignment Score column and opening the
Edit Grade Details page. From this page you can edit the score at
either the assignment or question level.
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The Assignment Details Page
To get to this page from the Gradebook overview page, click on an
assignment name. (To go to the Student Grade Details page instead,
click on the student’s name.)
Assignment Details Page Basic Options
These options are always available from the Assignment Details page.
See “Assignment Details Page Advanced Options” on page 186 for
information on the options available when you click the Show All
Options link.
Report Creator
Select a report type from the drop-down menu, and click Go. The
Report Creator opens. For more information, see “Creating
Grade Reports” on page 190 for more details.
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Export Course Gradebook
Select this option to export a file containing the contents of the
current Gradebook page. You can then take this exported file
and import it into a database or spreadsheet application. See
“Exporting a Course Gradebook” on page 197 for more
information.
Go Back to the Gradebook
Click this button to return to the Gradebook overview page.
In Course or Section
Use this drop-down menu to select a different course or section
to view, and click Go.
Name
Select a different assignment to view from the drop-down list,
and click Go.
Enter Student
To search for a specific student’s information, enter the student’s
name, and click the Find button.
Change Category
Click Change Category to go to the Edit Grading Categories
page, where you can create and manage custom grading
categories, and place assignments to weight their grade in your
course. See “Creating and Editing Custom Grading Categories”
on page 170 for more details.
Assignment Details Page Advanced Options
You may need to click Show All Options to access these options. Please
note that some of these controls can be hidden if there are no students
enrolled.
Edit All Scores on This Page
This command causes the Assignment Details page to refresh,
allowing you to edit the score and custom penalty values for a
student without navigating to the Edit Grade Details page.
Student Actions
Click this icon to open a drop-down list of gradebook
management tools. You can then select one of the options
described below.
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€ Customize Assignment Options for Specific Students
This feature lets you modify assignment availability, dates, and
other options for individual students. See “Customizing
Assignment Options for Specific Students” on page 126 for
details.
€ Adjust Multiple Scores
This feature lets you adjust students’ scores for multiple
assignments in a course. You can adjust scores up or down by a
designated amount (percent or points) or reset scores to a
specific value. See “Adjusting Multiple Assignment Scores” on
page 179 for details.
€ Send Email to Users
This link allows you communicate with students quickly without
leaving this page.
€ Query Student Data
This command takes you to the Gradebook Search page, where
you can use different criteria to find student grades for a course
or assignment.
Querying Student Data
Select the Query Student Data option in the Perform student and
assignment actions drop-down menu to open the Gradebook Search
page. This page helps you view details on student performance by
course or assignment.
The filters you select determine what additional options are available.
You can use more than one search parameter at a time. Click the Add
Criteria button to bring up another row of filter boxes, or remove rows
by clicking the Remove Criteria button.
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The Gradebook Search Page
Note: In situations where you are selecting multiple options for your
search criteria, your search is performed in an "AND" fashion rather than
an "OR" fashion.
When you are done selecting filters, click the Search button to view the
Search Results page with all possible matches displayed according to
the search criteria you set.
If you want to reset your search criteria before performing a search, click
Clear to return the Gradebook Search page back to its original state.
To start another search you can click Search Again from the Search
Results page.
To begin a search, make a selection to Search Within either a Course
or Assignment, and then define your search parameters using the
following criteria:
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Search criteria with Course selected:
€ Adjusted Score (as a percent or points)
€ Unadjusted Score (as a percent or points)
€ Student Ranking
Search criteria with Assignment selected:
€ Content Name (assignment name)
€ Taken at
€ Time Spent
€ Times Taken
€ Has Taken
€ Is Manually Graded
€ Can Take Assignment
€ Adjusted Score (as a percent or points)
€ Unadjusted Score (as a percent or points)
Note: The Adjusted Score reflects any manually edited grades,
custom grading categories, late penalties, or the pass/fail setting when
the student is able to receive full points for the assignment. (If you
selected Total points in Grading Preferences, category weighting is
not factored in to the Adjusted Score.)
The Unadjusted Score takes into account only the grades you have
edited manually. The other adjustments listed above do not have an
impact.
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Sending a Search Results Email
You can send an email message to a selected number of students who
match the entered search criteria (and who have a valid email address).
¾ To send an email
1. From the Gradebook Search Results page, perform a search
for a list of student names.
2. Select the students to receive the message.
3. Click the Email button on the right of the page to open the Email
Message page.
4. Enter a Subject
5. Enter the text of your message. You can use either a visual
editing tool or HTML. Click Send.
(Optional) To attach a file, click Browse, find the desired file,
select it, and click Upload. If you want to delete an attachment,
click Remove. You also have the option to select Send me a
copy of this email
Creating Grade Reports
The CengageNOW Grade Reports feature gives you a quick way to view
overall or cumulative course grades, grades for particular assignments,
or individual student responses. These reports are generated in file
formats that can be printed, viewed on-screen, or exported to other
software (for example, a spreadsheet application) for further editing.
You can select between several types of reports from the Report
Creator drop-down list. Most reports offer basic options which are very
similar, while the Custom Report has a wide variety of filters and types
of information to choose from.
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Generally, Gradebook reports require that you select basic display
options only, such as the following:
€ Which assignments and students to include
€ How to identify students (by name, sign-in ID, or student ID)
€ How to display scores
€ Page layout and formatting
Student Responses Report
The Student Responses Report displays student performance results
based on the response associated with specific questions. This report
can be filtered to display results for more than one student.
The Student Response Report
If the assignment was taken, the individual student responses, the
question content, and any feedback can be displayed. Click the
appropriate link in the report and the question content will appear in a
new browser window.
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¾ To create a Student Responses Report
1. In the Report Creator drop-down list, select the Student
Responses report type, and click Go.
The Set Up Report page opens.
2. Click Create Report when your filtering and display selections
are complete.
3. Click Print Report to send a copy of the report, as it appears on
your screen, to the printer.
For more on print options, see “Setting Printing Options” on
page 129.
4. To save the report in another format to edit or print, select the
format you want, and click Export Report.
• .pdf reports can be viewed in Adobe® Reader.®
• .rtf reports can be viewed, edited, and printed in Microsoft®
Word 2000 (or above) and similar word processor
applications.
• .txt reports are tab-delimited text files that can be viewed in
a text editor or opened for viewing in a spreadsheet
application (such as Microsoft Excel®).
• .csv - comma-separated files that can be viewed, edited, and
printed in Microsoft ® Excel or a similar spreadsheet
applications.
5. Click Exit Report Creator to return to the Gradebook page.
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Learning Outcomes Report
By selecting Learning Outcomes you can create a report displaying a
summary scores for students you have selected as well as the associated
Concept for each question in the selected assignment(s).
The Learning Outcomes Report
Concepts are tags that content authors can apply to a question to
indicate the ideas or learning objectives measured by the question.
Concepts are typically used to demonstrate student achievement on
benchmarks specified by various accreditation bodies. As needed, a
question can have many concept tags, just one, or none at all.
The information in this report is sortable in ascending or descending
order by clicking the heading in the Student column. You can email
students by selecting the box next to their name and clicking the Email
link.
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Student Response Statistics Report
This report provides response statistics for each question in the selected
assignment(s), including Students Who Answered, Students Who
Earned Full Credit, Possible Score, Average Score, Maximum
Score, Standard Deviation, and Time Spent.
The Student Response Statistics Report
The information in the Student Response Statistics report is sortable in
ascending or descending order by clicking the column headings. You can
view the content of any question by clicking the adjacent magnifying
lens icon.
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VPL Report
The VPL report displays performance results for the assignment
matching the selected lab. The VPL report generates a printable class
report with data for every student in your class who has taken the
assignment. The information displayed includes summary data for
participants and standard deviations for proportions correct and reaction
times. At least two enrolled students will need to have taken the VPL
assignment in order for the report to be generated.
¾ To create a VPL Report
1. In the Report Creator drop-down list select VPL, and click Go.
The Report Creator: VPL Report page opens.
2. Select the appropriate lab from the drop-down menu and click
the Create Report button and your report will be displayed.
Note: You can go back to change your report by clicking the
Change Setup button. This will close the current report and
reopen the Set Up Report options
3. (Optional) Click the Print link to create a printable copy of the
report and open your system’s Print dialog box. Click Print to
send the report to your printer as it appears on your screen.
Note: In addition to setting the number of columns in the Wide
Reports option, you can also set the page orientation to
Landscape in your system’s printing Preferences.
4. (Optional) Click the Export to Spreadsheet link to save the
report as a .csv file that can be viewed, edited, and printed in
Microsoft Excel and similar spreadsheet application files for
further editing or printing.
5. When you are finished managing your report, click the Exit
Report Creator button to return to the Gradebook overview
page.
Note: This type of report can only be created when the course textbook
contains compatible content.
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VBL4 Report
The VBL4 report displays performance results for the assignment
matching the selected lab. The VBL4 report generates a class report
displaying scores as a percentage for every student in your class who
has taken the assignment. At least one enrolled student will need to
have taken the VBL4 assignment in order for the report to be generated.
Note: This type of report can only be created when the course textbook
contains compatible content.
¾ To create a VBL4 Report
1. If necessary, click on the Gradebook tab.
2. In the Report Creator drop-down list select VBL4, and click Go.
The Report Creator: VBL4 Report page opens and your report
will be displayed.
3. Click the Exit Report Creator button to return to the
Gradebook overview page once you are done.
Custom Report
This report allows for the selection of several information categories
which give you a broad overview of the selected assignment(s). You are
able to choose from filters determining details such as Assignment
Scores data, Assignment Takes data, Total Time Spent, Student
Participation. These various categories are course-level data on scores
and student ranking.
Note: For specific information on creating Custom Reports, see the
CengageNOW online Help.
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Exporting a Course Gradebook
The Export Course Gradebook link allows you to create a file
containing the data in your current Gradebook overview page.
Information is organized automatically so that student last names are
sorted alphabetically. Once you make your selections, you can save the
file to your computer for editing in as spreadsheet or to import into
another course.
¾ To Export a Course Gradebook
1. Click the Gradebook tab and confirm that you have the
appropriate course selected.
2. Click the Export Course Gradebook link, which is located just
below the Report Creator drop-down menu. The Export
Course Gradebook dialog box will open.
3. From the Format to Export: drop-down menu, select a file
format (your choice depends on if you need to use the file in a
spreadsheet or as an import into another system).
Gradebook: Formats to Export
4. Click Export and the File Download dialog box for your system
opens.
5. Choose a location on your computer to Save the file (or select
Open to view the file in an application).
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MANAGING USER ENROLLMENT
As an instructor, you can use the features on the CengageNOW Users
tab to manually enroll or withdraw students and instructors in your
courses and sections. For example, you might want to manually add a
student who comes to your office requesting to add the course. Or you
might want to maintain rigorous control over course enrollment for an
advanced seminar.
The Users Page
There are several ways to enroll students in your courses and sections.
Many instructors use the Course Key, which is automatically generated
when the course is created. By including the Course Key in printed class
materials or emailing it to students, you can let students enroll
themselves. For details on working with Course Keys and other open
enrollment options, see “User Enrollment Options” on page 61.
Student enrollment is sometimes managed by a CengageNOW
administrator or a lead teacher. If you have the appropriate account
permissions, however, you can enroll those students directly.
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Manually Enrolling Instructors or Students
The manual enrollment features on the Users page let you search for
and add specific students and instructors to your courses or sections.
You must use the enrollment functions if you are creating a course with
sections you want to assign to teaching assistants or other instructors.
To assign the sections, you enroll those instructors as instructors in their
sections of the course.
The Enroll Instructors Page
In addition to enrolling students manually, you can also choose to allow
self-enrollment. Many instructors opt for self-enrollment by using the
Course Key which is automatically generated as part of the course
creation process. When you include the Course Key in printed class
materials or send it out in an email, students can log in to CengageNOW
and enroll themselves. For more details, see “Setting Up Student SelfEnrollment” on page 62.
Note: The users you wish to manually enroll will first need to acquire
access rights and log-in to CengageNOW. Once this is done, you can
enroll them from the Users page.
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¾ To enroll instructors in a course
1. Click the Users tab, select a course from the Course or Section
drop-down menu, and click Go.
The page lists those currently enrolled in the course or section.
Long lists are broken into pages. Use the alphabetical drop-down
menu to select a page based on users’ last names, then click Go.
You can also use the Previous and Next controls to look at the
list sequentially.
2. Click the Enroll User(s) button and the Options for Enrolling
Users window will open.
Options for Enrolling Users
3. Select Enroll or Unenroll Instructors from the list of options
and click the Continue button.
4. Under Available Instructors, select the check box next to any
instructors you wish to include.
Note: The names of instructors who are eligible for enrollment
will appear on the left side of the page, those who are already
enrolled are listed on the right.
5. (Optional) To limit the list further, use the search filters. Enter the
appropriate information in the boxes, and click the Search
button.
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6. When you see the users you want to enroll, select the check
boxes next to each name and then click the Enroll button. The
names will be listed on the right side under Enrolled
Instructors.
7. Click the link to Return to the Previous Page to return to the
Users overview page.
¾ To enroll students in a course
1. Click the Users tab, make a selection from the Course or
Section: drop-down menu, and click Go.
2. Click the Enroll User(s) button and the Options for Enrolling
Users window will appear.
3. Select Enroll or Unenroll Users As Students from the list of
options and click the Continue button.
The Enroll Users As Students page will open.
The Enroll Users as Students Page
4. Under Available Users, select the check box next to any
students you want to include.
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Note: The names of eligible students will appear on the left side
of the page, those who are already enrolled are listed on the
right.
5. (Optional) To find a particular person or to limit the list, use the
search filters. Enter the appropriate information in the boxes,
and click the Search button. You can also use the alphabetical
drop-down menu to select a page based on users’ last names.
6. When you find the student(s) you want to enroll, select the check
box next to each name and then click the Enroll button (or click
Un-enroll, if you want to remove a student).
The names of enrolled students will move to the right side of the
page, under the Enrolled As Students heading. Your enrollment
selections are saved automatically.
7. Click the link to Return to the Previous Page to return to the
Users overview page.
Note: You can also unenroll students from the Users page by
selecting their name and clicking the Unenroll User(s) button.
¾ To enroll yourself as a student
By enrolling yourself as a student, you are able to view and take all of
your course assignments just like your students do. In addition, you will
see your attempts tracked, and your results graded and recorded in your
course gradebook under your name. This provides a useful means of
reviewing and testing your assignments and grading options.
Note: Clicking the Change to Student View link in the page header
enrolls you in the current course automatically, if you are not enrolled
already. For details, see “Using the Student View/Instructor View Toggle”
on page 22.
1. From the Users page, use the Course or Section drop-down
menu to select the course in which you want to enroll yourself
and click Go.
2. Click the Enroll User(s) button and the Options for Enrolling
Users window will appear.
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3. Select the option to Enroll Yourself As Student and click the
Continue button.
4. The Options for Enrolling Users window will automatically
close and your name will appear on the right, under the Enrolled
Students heading.
Caution: You can only be enrolled as a student in either a course
or one of its sections. Also, you cannot be enrolled in more than
one section in the same course. If you happen to create
conflicting enrollments, you will lose your enrollment,
assignments, and grades in the first course or section.
Emailing Users
Use this procedure to send an email to specific students and instructors
from the Users page.
¾ To send an email message
1. Click the Users tab, make a selection from the Course or
Section drop-down menu, and click Go.
2. Click the Email User(s) button and the CengageNOW Send
Email window will open.
3. From under the Available Recipients heading, select the users
you want to email.
4. Enter a heading in the Subject text box and your message in the
text box below.
5. When you are done, click the Send Email button.
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Removing Users from a Course or Section
Use the following procedures to remove specific students or instructors
from a course or section.
Note: When you unenroll an account, all records/grades to date are also
removed. Be sure you have no future need for those records.
¾ To remove students from a course or section
1. Click the Users tab, make a selection from the Course or
Section drop-down menu, and click Go.
2. In the Enrolled Students column, select the check box for each
student you want to remove from the course or section. (To
select all students, click the check box at the top of the list.)
3. Click the Unenroll User(s) button and the page will refresh with
the selected name(s) removed.
Note: You can also unenroll students on the Enroll Users As
Students page by selecting their name and clicking the
Unenroll button.
¾ To remove instructors from a course or section
1. Click the Users tab, make a selection from the Course or
Section drop-down menu, and click Go.
2. Click the Enroll User(s) button and the Options for Enrolling
Users window will open.
3. Select Enroll or Unenroll Instructors and click the Continue
button. The Enroll Instructors page will open.
4. Select the names of the instructors you want to unenroll from the
Enrolled Instructors column.
5. Click the Unenroll button and the selected names will be
removed from the list.
6. Click the link to Return to the Previous Page to go back to the
Users overview page.
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USING
THE
STUDY TOOLS PAGE
The Study Tools page allows you to select and display the Cengage
Learning eBooks, Personalized Study Books, Tutorials, and interactive
learning tools that you can access and assign in CengageNOW. To see a
book on the Study Tools page, you must have previously registered
that book or product. You typically register for your book(s) during your
initial CengageNOW registration.
The Study Tools Page
Your students are able to access all of their textbook’s Personalized
Study products directly from this page, unless you have specified to hide
section(s) that are part of a graded assignment. Work that students
access and complete from the Study Tools page is for ungraded selfstudy only and is separate from any graded course assignments you
have created.
Caution: Please be sure your students know to access their graded
course assignments from their Assignments page. Any work they
complete on chapters accessed from their Study Tools page is for
ungraded self-study only.
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Using the Study Tools Page
Working with Study Tools
Depending on your book’s content, you can select from the following
types of study materials while on the Study Tools page:
€ eBooks are online versions of the textbook, usually in Flash or
FlashPaper format.
€ Personalized Study Plans feature personalized study
materials. The student takes a diagnostic quiz (Pre-Test) at the
beginning of each section and receives a Personalized Study
Plan based on the quiz results. The Post-Test at the end of
each section demonstrates the student’s learning. Each section
can be assigned in its entirety.
€ Tutorials can include a wide range of supplemental activities
and readings to complement the core text.
Note: The appearance of your Study Tools page can vary, depending
on the type of book you are accessing. Some books may immediately
open to the first chapter and display a wide range of study options.
Others, however, will display links for Tutorials, eBooks, and
Personalized Study Plans only.
¾ To access Study Tools content
1. Click the Study Tools tab.
2. Select the desired book or product link from the Textbook dropdown menu and click Go.
Note: Some books may open immediately to the first chapter.
3. Choose the content you would like to access.
The page will refresh, displaying the Study Tools content for the
book you selected.
Depending on your book’s content, each chapter may consist of
a Personalized Study Plan only, while other books may have
chapters with a wide array of learning assets, objectives, and
interactive content from which to choose.
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Using the Study Tools Page
Specifically, you can hide or show diagnostic Pre-Test and Post-Test
when assigning a Personalized Study Plan. These options are
available while creating the assignment, or afterwards you can edit your
settings from the Edit link on the Assignments page. For more
information, see “Customizing Assignable Study Tool Options” on
page 95.
Depending on the book, your students may be able to do the following
tasks:
€ Reading. Some or all of the textbook reading matter will be
available for access and reading online. Some eBooks may have
chapters with a wide array of interactive content from which to
choose.
€ Diagnostics. Some books offer online study plans with
diagnostic Pre-Tests that assess your students’ initial grasp of
the subject content and highlight areas where students need
more work.
€ Tutorials. Most books provide tutorial supplements that expand
on the subject matter with practice problems, walkthroughs,
and interactive demonstrations or simulations.
€ Exercises and Practice Tests. Students may be able to take
practice homework and tests online to help reinforce learning
and prepare for class assignments and tests.
€ Interactive Study Tools. Students may have access to
chapter specific multimedia content such as flash cards, games,
and videos. The selection of assets available may vary slightly
from chapter to chapter
Even though the work your students perform on the Study Tools page
is ungraded, they are able to track their progress by clicking the Study
Tools link on their Grades page. From this alternate view of the Grades
page, they can see the following details:
€ Book
€ Study Tool
€ Chapter
€ Score
€ Date & Time Last Visited
€ # of Visits
€ Time Spent (Most Recent Visit)
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AUTHORING
IN
CENGAGENOW
Electronic assignments and test banks offer thousands of ready-made
questions that can be continually refreshed with options such as
automatic shuffling, question pooling, and algorithmic regeneration. By
using these robust features you can build assignments that remain fresh
indefinitely. As an added benefit, CengageNOW’s authoring system also
allows you to create and edit questions yourself.
The Self-Authored Questions Page
Note: This section introduces the features of the Self-Authored
Questions page and the CengageNOW Problem Editor. For detailed
instructions on authoring specific problem types, please refer to the
CengageNOW online Help system.
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Working with Self-Authored Questions
You can create and organize new questions, edit questions in your
assignments, and store edited questions for future assignments using
the Self-Authored Questions page. You can also organize your
questions in your Self-Authored Questions folder(s).
You have three ways to access the self-authoring features in
CengageNOW.
€ From your Home page, click the Author New Questions Quick
Link. If you don’t see this Quick Link, it has probably been
hidden using the option to Change Information Displayed on
This Page. For more details see “Setting Up Quick Links” on
page 10.
€ When editing assignment content on the Included Questions
page, you can click the Create a Question link. This allows you
to create a question for the current assignment only. For more
details see “The Included Questions Page” on page 83.
€ From your Assignments page, click the Self-Authored
Questions link. (You may need to click Show All Options for
this link to be displayed.)
With CengageNOW, you can edit questions within existing assignments—
even questions drawn from Cengage content. When you create or edit a
question within a particular assignment via the Included Questions
page, your new or modified question will be saved in that assignment
only. For a description on how to modify questions within your
assignments, see “Editing Assignments” on page 121.
A better approach for authoring your own questions is to create them
directly from the Self-Authored Questions page. The features on this
page allow you to easily arrange the order questions appear, organize
the questions into folders, and reuse stored questions by adding them
to other assignments, not just the current one. See “Creating New
Questions” on page 211 for more details.
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Creating Folders for Self-Authored Questions
On the left side of the Self-Authored Questions page, you can create
folders and subfolders you can use to organize your questions by type,
difficulty, course, or any other categories that suit your needs.
¾ To create a folder
You can create a new folder either as a subfolder or as a primary folder.
1. If necessary, select a folder where you would like to place your
new folder by clicking its name under Self-Authored
Questions.
2. Click the Create sub-folder icon
that appears.
The new folder appears at the bottom of the folder list.
3. Use the adjacent icons to Rename the folder, Delete the folder,
or Create another nested sub-folder within it.
¾ To rename a folder
Once you’ve created a folder, you can change its name at any time.
1. Select the folder you want to rename, and then click the adjacent
Rename icon
.
2. In the text box that appears, replace the displayed folder name
by typing in a new one.
3. Click the adjacent Save icon
.
¾ To delete a folder
If necessary, you can delete a Self-Authored Questions folder after
you have removed all of the questions and subfolders it contains.
Deleting the original questions will not delete or otherwise affect any
copies of these questions that are in assignments.
1. Open the folder you want to delete.
2. Select any questions inside the main folder or any subfolders,
and then click the Delete button.
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You can also use the Clipboard to Cut and Paste selected
questions into a different folder.
3. If necessary, click the adjacent Delete icon
to delete any
subfolders, then click Delete again to remove the final folder.
4. Click OK in the confirmation box that appears and the folder(s)
should no longer appear in the Self-Authored Questions window.
Creating New Questions
Click the Create New Item button on the Self-Authored Questions
page to open the Author a new question page. From here you can
select which type of question (item) to create, and to give the item a
unique name. The remainder of the authoring process is completed in
the Problem Type Editor.
The Author a New Question Page
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¾ To create a new question
1. From the Self-Authored Questions page, click the Create
New Item button. The Author a new question page will open.
2. Choose the type of question you would like to create.
3. Enter a unique name for the question in the Question name
field.
4. Click the Create new question button.
5. The Problem Editor will open with your new item. See “Working
with the Problem Editor” on page 214 for more details.
Creating a True/False Question
True/False questions present a statement and elicits a simple response
of True or False, or Yes or No. Beyond the response, the question can be
made as elaborate as needed. Using the HTML Editor, you can include
text formatting, images, equations, and tables in your statement.
True/False questions offer you a simple, versatile way of evaluating
student knowledge in virtually any discipline.
This example shows how to create a simple True/False problem and
specify whether True or False is correct for it. You can also offer feedback
text to your students for either or both options. You can even include
hints for your students. You will create a rejoinder for the correct answer
and another for the incorrect answer.
¾ To create a True/False problem
Create and name the problem
1. Open the Self-Authored Questions folder in which you want to
store the problem.
2. Click Create New Item to open the Author a new question
page.
3. In the name box, type a name for the problem (such as
Marketing101_TF001).
4. In the list of question types, select True/False.
5. Click Create new question and the Problem Editor will open.
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Create the question content
1. Click the question tab if it isn’t already open.
2. In the question text field, enter the text for your question, such
as Marketing consists of all activities designed to facilitate
exchanges to satisfy needs or wants.
3. (Optional) Enter an alternate name (one that will appear in your
students’ assignment) in the displayname field.
Specify the answer settings
1. Click the settings tab.
2. In the customanswer input field, type True.
3. In the correctchoice drop-down menu, select True is correct.
4. In the choicelabels drop-down menu, select True/False.
Create the rejoinders
1. Click the choices tab.
Rejoinder1 is the feedback students will see when they select
True. Rejoinder2 is the feedback students will see when they
select False.
2. In the rejoinder1 text field, type This is a broad definition of
marketing.
3. In the rejoinder2 text field, type The statement is true.
Save the new problem
1. Click save to save the problem.
2. Use the preview pane at the right to confirm the appearance and
behavior of your new question.
3. When satisfied with the results, click Done to leave the Problem
Editor.
The True/False question you just created is now available to
insert into any of your homework or test bank assignments.
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Working with the Problem Editor
The Problem Editor offers editing capabilities for a wide range of problem
types, from the simple to the complex. Many of the panes for entering
content have a default view that lets you type HTML coding, but you can
also use the HTML Editor to create portions of the questions. If you are
unfamiliar with coding HTML, the HTML Editor can help tremendously
with formatting text and entering graphs, images, tables, and equations.
The CengageNOW Problem Type Editor
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¾ To open the Problem Editor
1. From the Assignments page, click the Self-Authored
Questions link (If you don’t see this link, you may need to click
Show All Options for it to be displayed.).
2. From the Self-Authored Questions page, click Create New
Item.
Note: You can also open the Self-Authored Question page
from the Quick Links available on your Home page.
The Author a new question page opens, displaying the list of
problem types available for you to create or edit.
3. Select the desired problem type from the list, enter a question
name, and click Create new question to open the Problem
Editor.
Note: Advanced users can use the Author a new question
page to write or import XML code for a problem.
The Problem Editor Toolbar
The Problem Editor toolbar contains the following options:
Save
Click save to save your work on the current question.
Note: It’s a good idea to save as you go so that a computer glitch
or mistake doesn’t cost you significant work or time.
Save a copy under a different name
Click save as... to create a copy of the current question. This
feature lets you create variations of a question.
Revert
Click revert to remove any changes you made to the problem
since the last time you saved it.
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Regenerate algorithmic values
For mathematical questions that include algorithmic variables,
click save & regenerate alg values to regenerate the variable
values. This feature helps you preview and test the question
thoroughly and ensure the variables are working as intended.
Analyze/check for errors
Click save & analyze to review your finished question and to
check for common errors and potential conflicts.
In New Window
Select this tab to see your question in a new window, as it would
appear in an assignment.
Note: Users with higher-level authoring permissions will have
more features available. For details, see the online Help in
CengageNOW.
The HTML Editor
To help you create your questions, the Problem Editor provides the
CengageNOW HTML Editor interface. This “What You See Is What You
Get” (WYSIWYG) working environment makes it easy to edit and format
text in your questions, answers, hints, and rejoinders. Depending on the
problem type you are working on, you can also use this editor to insert
tables, graphs, algorithmic variables, formulas, images, and simulations
created in other parts of the program. Some of these specialized options
are introduced below.
The HTML Editor Toolbar
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Algorithm
Use to identify variables in the text of your questions, answers,
hints, or rejoinders. Typically, you enter the text, use your mouse
cursor to highlight the character that represents a variable, and
then click this button. This assigns a yellow highlight to the
selected text in the Problem Editor and inserts the XML necessary
to identify it as a variable to CengageNOW.
Note: Any variable you identify with this button must also be
defined on the Problem Type Editor’s Variables tab. The order in
which you define and identify your variables doesn’t matter, as
long as you remember to perform both steps. See the online
Textual Help in CengageNOW for more information.
Conditional text
Use to show or hide selected text depending on the presentation
mode of the question (electronic/online, printed, editing, or
testing). This feature is most often used to build conditional
instructions or examples into a question that differs between the
print and online versions.
Insert image
Use to place selected images in your questions, hints, or
rejoinders. You must have already uploaded these images into
CengageNOW before putting them into the question. Images can
be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format. See “Upload Files” on page 14 for
more information.
Note: You can also cut and paste images directly between
questions. This makes it easy to use the same image in a series
of related questions.
Create table
Use to insert and format complex tables of information for display
in a question, hint, or rejoinder. This is a good way to present a
sample data set for use in a question.
Insert equation
Use to insert complex equations correctly formatted in
mathematical notation. The equation can include variables and
the full range of mathematical symbols.
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Insert graphing applet
Use to open the Graph Wizard so that you can select from
CengageNOW’s extensive libraries of graphs and shapes. The
menus help you draw, scale, label, and color graphs. Graphs also
can be set up with formula-driven variables that change values
each time they are regenerated.
Insert input field
Use to insert an input field into which the student will enter a Fill
in the Blank (FITB) answer. You can specify the type of data to be
input (text/string, number, equation, etc.) and the answer-field
size.
Note: It is possible to set up a Fill in the Blank question that gives
students the ability to create their answers using the student
Equation Editor.
Insert template. . .
Use this dropdown menu to select table templates with options
for preformatted borders or a heading row. After creating one of
these simple tables, you can use the Create table button to do
additional editing such as adding rows, columns, or shading.
Insert simulation applet
Use to open the Simulation parameters pop-up box. You can
then select a simulation from dropdown menus of simulation
categories, subcategories, and names.
Insert chemical formula
Use this button to insert a chemical formula. A pop-up window
opens, where you can choose from an extensive database of
formulas.
Create hints
Use these buttons to create and edit a series of hints in questions
that support them. These controls allow you to Switch to
previous hint, Create new hint, Remove hint, and Switch to
next hint.
Note: You will see the Create hints buttons only when working
with the HTML Editor for the hints text field.
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ACCESSING TECHNICAL SUPPORT
If you have trouble using CengageNOW, you can access the Cengage
support site by clicking the Cengage Technical Support link at the
bottom or the button in header of most pages. To open the support site
for Canada click the Nelson Technical Support link in the footer. These
sites contain links to downloads, tutorials, and articles for both
instructors and students.
¾ To access Cengage Technical Support
1. Click the Cengage Technical Support link available in the footer
or the button in the header of most pages. This opens the
Technical Support Knowledgebase in a new browser window.
When you are not logged into CengageNOW, you can also direct
your browser to
http://support.cengage.com/Magellan/TechSupport/Login.aspx.
2. (Optional) Log in with the Email Address and Password you
use for Cengage Learning. Logging in will allow you to track your
open tech support cases or create a new case.
3. (Optional) If you have no open cases, click Select Product or
Learning Tool and use the Select a product drop-down menu
to choose your version of CengageNOW. (You can also search by
using the Search for product option.)
The Knowledgebase page with the appropriate tutorials,
downloads, and FAQs will open.
4. From the support site, you can use the following methods to
receive technical support:
• Review the Critical Issues bulletin to see if there are any
system-wide problems.
• Enter key words in the Search CengageNOW option to find
specific information in the Technical Support
Knowledgebase.
• Use the Results pane to filter your search results by
information suitable for Instructors-only, Students, or All.
• View Articles or access documentation Downloads that
contain specific instructions for managing your courses and
assignments.
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• Access Tutorials that can help you through the process of
accessing CengageNOW, creating assignments, creating or
copying a course.
• If you are otherwise unable to find the information you need,
click Case Creation or No, please create a new case to
log-in and submit your specific issue.
Contacting Nelson Technical Support
If you access CengageNOW through Nelson Education, you can click
the Nelson Technical Support link in the footer of most pages. When
you are not logged into CengageNOW, you can also direct your browser
to the page at: http://www.nelson.com/support .
Once you are at the site, you can use the Chose a product... drop-down
menu to select the specific Cengage Learning product you are using.
Click Go and the Cengage Canada Support page will open in separate
browser window. From this page you can access links to PDF user
guides, an email response form (Webform), and an online chat system.
Note: When using the Webform, support requests are usually responded
to within 48 hours.
Phone
Please be aware that during back to school and other busy
periods, you may experience extended hold times.
1-800-268-2222 or 416-752-9448
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST
Fax: 1-800-430-4445 or 416-752-8101
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CengageNOW System Requirements
Windows®
€ Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, or Windows Vista
€ Intel® or AMD CPU at 1.8 GHz or better
€ 1 GB RAM or more
€ Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or greater; Google
Chrome 30.0 or greater; Mozilla™ Firefox® 25.0 or greater
€ Java JRE 1.5/5.0 - 1.6/6.0. (download from http://java.com)
Macintosh®
€ Mac OS® X 10.6 or greater
€ Mac® computer with an Intel® processor
€ 1 GB RAM or more
€ Web browsers: Google Chrome 30.0 or greater; Safari™ 5.1 or
greater; Mozilla™ Firefox® 25.0 or greater
€ Java JRE 1.5/5.0 - 1.6/6.0. (download from http://java.com)
Additional Requirements
€ Adobe® Flash® Player (download from
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer)
€ Adobe® Reader® (download from
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)
€ Pop-up blocking software turned off or set to allow
http://*.cengagenow.com to display pop-up windows
€ Apple® QuickTime® player, RealPlayer®, and Adobe
Shockwave® Player (These free browser plug-ins are used to
display multimedia components in some products.)
€ Browser set to check for newer versions of cached pages and
refresh automatically.
€ Screen Resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater, and color quality of
16-bit or greater (see Control Panel > Display settings).
Sound capability for audio content.
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INDEX
A
account
adding a new title 5
changing personal information 13
registering as a new user 3
signing in as a returning user 4
Actions Table (Home Page)
illus. 8
Actions table (Home page) 8
Adjusting Multiple Assignment
Scores
illus. 180
administration tools 19
affects to the student grade details
page 183
algorithmic values
filtering questions for assignments 80
regenerating 131
regenerating for new takes 114
answers, shuffling 131
archived materials
copying 143
course archiving 141
folder archiving 141
retrieving 142
section archiving 141
Archived Materials Page
illus. 140
archiving 139–146
assignment 73
assignment categories 170–172
Assignment Created page 118
Assignment Details Page
illus. 185
Assignment Details page 184–187
Assignment Information Page
illus. 73
Assignment Options 100–118
assignment categories 111
assignment takes 105
curve factor of 111
enable printing as per "Feedback
after Assignment"
enable printing when more
takes are remaining
117
extra credit 111
feedback after assignment 116
grading 109
late penalty 113
merging assignment takes 110
numerical tolerance 112
option sets 102
pass/fail 111
possible score 109
prerequisites 107
restrictions 106
Assignment Options Page
illus. 102
Assignment Summary Page
illus. 119
Assignment Summary page 118
Assignment takes
re-opening submitted 177
Assignment Template
definition 66
Assignment Template page
illus. 147
Assignment Templates 146–159
assigning 151
editing 153
exporting 156–159
importing 156
list of 148
posting as WebQuizzes 154
renaming 152
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Template Summary page 153
assignments 66–159
archiving 139–146
authoring questions for 208–218
choosing questions for 83–88
choosing type 71
creating 71–74
creating an External Web Link assignment 98
creating from an assignment already in your account 97
creating from Homework or Test
content 75
creating from Media Quiz content
89
creating from Reading content 90
creating from Study Tools content 92
customizing options 126
customizing Study Tools 95
definition 66
editing grades for 184–187
editing questions 121
filtering questions for 75
late penalty 113
options 100
passwords for 106
prerequisites 107
printing 128
reordering 69
saving 129
setting number of takes 105
sorting 13
takes 105
taking from student view 119
ungraded practice 109
writing questions for 208–218
Assignments Page
illus. 66
Assignments page 67–70
Assignments Page Advanced Options
illus. 68
Assignments Page Display Options
223
illus. 68
Author a New Question Page
illus. 211
authoring
editor 214
questions 208–218
tools 215
authoring assignment questions
208–218
B
Bookshelf
adding new books 5
bug reporter 19
C
categories (assignment) 170–172
category score 161
Cengage Learning Instructor
Resource Center
illus. 4
CengageNOW
getting a new account 2
getting started 1–6
registering 2
signing in 4
system check 20
system requirements 221
CengageNOW Clipboard
illus. 59
CengageNOW Home page
illus. 1
CengageNOW Problem Type Editor
illus. 214
CengageNOW Tools link 18, 19
Choose Assignment Type
illus. 71
Choose Content Source Page
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illus. 76
Choose Course Page
illus. 37
Choose Course Type
illus. 25
choosing assignment questions
83–88
clipboard
for assignments 69
using in CengageNOW 59
Contact Technical Support form 219
copying
archived materials 143
Course Created Page
illus. 35, 46
Course Created page 46
course folders
browser 26
creating a subfolder 26
deleting 27
importing a course 27
managing 25–31
pasting courses 30
privacy settings 31
renaming 31
Course Information Page
illus. 33
Course Key
printing 63
course keys 198
Course Summary Page
illus. 60
courses 31
archiving 139–146
browser 26
course summary page 60
creating 32–36
creating a course from a template 39–42
creating a new course from an
existing course 36–39
creating a new course from an
import 42–46
deleting folders 27
editing information 53
enrollment 61–63, 198–204
exporting 56
filtering the folders list 13
grace period 63
importing into a folder 27
keys 62, 198
managing 23–65
managing courses and sections
53
modifying 52–61
pasting into a folder 30
renaming folders 31
sections, creating 48–51
selecting display options 58
student registration Information
62
Courses Page
illus. 23
creating
a course from a template 39–42
a new course from an existing
course 36–39
assignment categories 170–172
assignments 71–74
course sections 48–51
courses 32–36
importing a new course 42–46
Self-Authored Questions folders
210
creating an External Gradebook
column 165
creating assignments
External Web Link assignment 98
Homework assignments 75
Media Quiz assignments 89
Reading 90
Study Tools assignments 92
Test assignments 75
Using an assignment already in
your account 97
custom assignment options 126
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Customize Assignment Options for
Specific Students
illus. 127
Customize AST Content Page
illus. 94
D
date
formatting 64
dates, formatting 64
deleting
archived materials 145
files 16
deleting course folders 27
descriptions, file 17
disabling hints for questions 115
display options
Assignments page 69
limiting the list of course folders
13
display preferences
Gradebook page 166
displaying
feedback for assignment questions 115
options 12
downloading files 17
dropping low scores 168
tie breaking 168
E
Edit Grade Details Page
illus. 173
Edit Grade Details page 173–181
Edit Grading Categories Page
illus. 170
editing
assignment categories 170–172
225
assignment questions 121
Assignment Templates 153
headers and footers 137
Editing Assignment Scores
illus. 174
Editing Question Scores
illus. 179
editor
HTML 216
Problem Editor 214
emailing students
from the Edit Grade Details page
175
emailing students and instructors
from the Users page 203
enable shading 167
Enroll Instructors Page
illus. 199
Enroll Users as Students Page
illus. 201
enrolling
instructors 200
students 201
yourself as a student 202
enrollment 61–63, 198–204
manual 199
self-enrollment for students 62
unenrolling students 204
entering 73
exporting
courses 56
Exporting an Assignment Template
illus. 158
exporting Assignment Templates
156–159
in XML format 157
to other software 159
External Gradebook Columns
as a grade place holder 169
creating 165
External Web Link assignments
creating 98
creating a WebQuiz 154
OWLv2
extra credit 161
extra credit, assignment options 111
F
feedback
providing after assignment 116
providing during assignment 115
files
deleting 16
descriptions 17
downloading 17
renaming 16
uploading 14
Filtering Available Questions
illus. 77
filtering questions 77–82
final score 162
folder privacy settings 31
folders 13
managing 25–31
renaming 26, 27
Self-Authored Questions 210
footers
editing 137
layout 139
macros 138
templates 138
formats for grade reports 192
formatting
dates and times 64
save paper print options 130
forms
Contact Technical Support 219
for submitting bug reports 19
G
grace period 63
grade reports 190–197
saving 192
Gradebook 160–197
display options 166
entering scores from outside
CengageNOW 169
exporting 197
External Gradebook Columns 165
overview page 162–172
reports 190–197
searching 187
terminology 160–162
Gradebook Page
illus. 162
Gradebook page
include missing assignments 167
shading 167
Gradebook Preferences 166, 167,
183
drop lowest scores 168
illus. 166
tie breaking when dropping lowest scores 168
Gradebook Reports
VBL4 196
VPL 195
Gradebook Search Page
illus. 188
grading
pass/fail 111
grading on a curve 111
H
Header
Change to Student View 22
header and footer
print options 133
Header Links
illus. 11
header links 11–22
headers and footers
editing 137
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layout 139
macros 138
templates 138
Help link 21
hide pre-test 96
hiding and showing advanced
options 12
hiding question labels 115
Home Page
illus. 7
Home page 7–10
HTML Editor 216
illus. 216
I
iLrn see CengageNOW
Import Course Page
illus. 43
Importing Assignment Templates
illus. 156
importing Assignment Templates
156
include missing assignments in
Gradebook 167
include missing assignments in totals
167
Included Questions Page
illus. 83
information
assignment information 73
instructor account
Change to Student View toggle
22
Instructor Resource Center Sign In
illus. 2
instructors
emailing from Users page 203
enrolling 200
unenrolling 204
items see questions
227
K
keeping scores 110
keys, for courses 62
L
late penalty for assignments 113
layout
headers and footers 139
print options for 132
Learning Outcomes Report
illus. 193
limiting the list of course folders 13
links
Admin Tools 19
CengageNOW Tools 18, 19
in header 11–22
Help, online 21
Preferences 12
Quick Links 10
Sign Out 22
to syllabus 38, 40
Upload Files 14
M
Macintosh
system requirements 221
macros, headers and footers 138
Manage Columns 165
manage columns 165
managing
assignments 66–159
course folders 25–31
courses 23–65
enrollment 61–63, 198–204
enrollment (from the Courses
page) 62
grades 160–197
OWLv2
manual enrollment 199
Math Graphing Tools
illus. 18
math/graphing tools 18, 19
Media Quiz assignments
creating 89
merging assignment takes 110
multiple takes, scores for 110
N
numerical tolerance 112
O
online Help 21
option sets 102
options
assignment 100
Assignments page display 69
Course page display 58
Gradebook page display 166
limiting the list of course folders
13
printing 13
showing and hiding advanced options 12
Options for Enrolling Users
illus. 200
options, customizing 126
overview page, Gradebook 162–172
P
passwords for assignments 106
PDF format
for assignments 129
for grade reports 192
place holders 169
possible score 161
PowerSearch 9
practice assignments
ungraded assignments 109
Preferences
Account Information 13
Courses that I see 13
Preferences link 12
Preferences Window
illus. 12
preferences, setting 12–13
prerequisites to take assignments
107
pre-test, hide 96
print options
advanced layout 135
copy selection 134
fonts 132
header and footer 133
image/graph size 136
layout 132
paper 137
print style 134
save paper 130
section breaks 136
setting 13
sorting options 135
versions 131
what to print 131
print style 134
printing
before 1st take 106
printing assignments 128
privacy settings 31
Problem Editor 214
Problem Editor toolbar 215
problem scores, editing 178–181
Q
Query Student Data 187
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emailing student 190
question filters 77–82
question sources, choosing 75
questions
attempts before disabling hints
115
filtering 77–82
hiding labels 115
regenerating values for 131
regenerating values for new
takes 114
replace smart entry fields in accounting problems 115
selecting 75
selecting for assignments 83–88
shuffling 132
shuffling for different takes 114
writing 208–218
Quick Links 10
illus. 10
Quick Start Guide iii
quiz (WebQuiz) 154
accounting problems 115
report types (Gradebook)
Custom Report 196
Learning Outcomes 193
Student Response Statistics 194
Student Responses Report 191
report, creating 190–197
reporter, bug 19
reports (Gradebook) 190–197
saving 192
reports, grade
VBL4 report 196
VPL report 195
restrictions on assignments 106
retrieving
archived materials 142
reviewing grades
by assignment 184–187
by student 182–184
.RTF format
for grade reports 192
RTF format
for assignments 129
for grade reports 192
R
Reading assignments
creating 90
regenerating question values 131
for new takes 114
registering a new account 2
relative weighting, question score 84
removing students from a course
204
renaming
Assignment Templates 152
course folders 31
files 16
folders 26, 27
renaming course folders 31
re-opening a submitted take 177
reordering assignments 69
replace smart entry fields in
229
S
scores
category score 161
editing 178–181
extra credit 161
final score 162
for multiple takes 110
possible score 161
total score 160
searching
the Gradebook 187
Section Created Page
illus. 51
Section Created page 46
Section Information Page
illus. 50
OWLv2
sections, course
creating 48–51
Select Your Institution Page
illus. 3
Self-Authored Questions folders 210
Self-Authored Questions Page
illus. 208
self-enrollment for students 62
setting Gradebook Preferences 183
settings
preferences 12–13
printing options 13
table length 13
showing and hiding advanced
options 12
shuffling questions 132
for different takes 114
Sign Out link 22
signing in to CengageNOW 4
sorting assignments 13
sources, question 75
Status column (on Home page) 9
student grade details 183
Student Grade Details Page
illus. 182
Student Grade Details page 182–184
student ID 166
Student Registration Information
printing 63
student registration information 62
Student Response Statistics Report
illus. 191, 194
Student View 22
students
emailing from Users page 203
enrolling 61–63, 201
enrolling from the Courses page
62
unenrolling 204
Study Tools 205–207
customizing assignments 95
hiding pre and post-test 96
Study Tools page illus. 205
support, technical iii, 219
syllabus
linking to 38, 40
retaining when moving courses
52
System Check
illus. 20
system check 20
system requirements 221
system setup for CengageNOW 2
T
table length, setting 13
take assignment from student view
119
Technical Support iii, 219
Template Summary Page
illus. 153
Template Summary page 153
templates
assignment 146–159
headers and footers 138
terminology, Gradebook 160–162
Test assignments
creating 75
test versions 131
time
formatting 65
time, formatting 64
TLE 93
toolbar, Problem Editor 215
Tools menu 11–22
total score 160
True/False question
creating 212
.TXT format for grade reports 192
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U
unenrolling
instructors 204
students 204
Upload Files page
illus. 14
uploading files 14
Users Page
illus. 198
using External Gradebook Columns
169
V
values
algorithmic 114
regenerating for new takes 114
regenerating for questions 131
VBL4 report 196
versions, test 131
VPL report 195
W
WebQuiz Properties Page
illus. 154
WebQuiz, creating 154
Windows
system requirements 221
writing assignment questions
208–218
231
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