Cadmus makes it easy to create flexible, authentic assessments. Use this guide to set up your first Cadmus Assignment.
You might have an existing assignment you’d like to put in Cadmus, or an idea for something brand new - either way, you can follow these steps to create, write and release a Cadmus Assignment. You’ll also find some tips on how to set up your assignment for success.
Cadmus isn’t available on mobiles or tablets yet — you’ll have to use a computer or laptop to create your assignment. For the best experience, we’d recommend using the latest version of Chrome as your internet browser. You can also use the latest versions of Firefox and Safari.
Create a Cadmus Assignment link
To begin using Cadmus, you’ll need to set up an assessment in your LMS unit page.
To create a new assignment link, choose Assessment > Cadmus Assignment on the LMS page where you’d like students to access the assignment . Add a title and description for the assignment. The description is a give students a quick introduction to Cadmus.
Sample Assignment Description
This assignment is a Cadmus Assignment. Cadmus is an online environment where students complete written assessments.
Here are some important things to remember:
- All the assignment instructions and resources can be found in Cadmus
- You must complete all your work in Cadmus
- For the best experience, use the latest version of Chrome to access Cadmus
Watch this short video for an introduction to the Cadmus Student Environment.
You’ll then need to set the following settings for the assessment:
- In the Grading section:
- check enable evaluations.
- set points possible. This is the % the assignment is worth.
- check visible to students, if you want students to see their grades in grade book.
- In the Options section:
- set permit users to view this content, depending on whether or not you want hide the Cadmus Assignment link from students for now.
NOTE: Can’t see Cadmus Assignment in the assessment dropdown menu? From the left-hand-side menu of your unit page, go to Control Panel → Customisation → Tool Availability. Check the box next to Cadmus Assignment to make it Available in Content Area.
Write your Assignment Instructions
Now that your assignment link is set up, it’s time to get into the Cadmus Teacher Environment - click on the link you’ve just created, and then click Go to my assessment. A new window will open, taking you to the Teacher Environment. From here, you’ll write your assignment instructions and release it to your class.
Begin by setting the Requirements of your assignment. You’ll need to specify the:
- due date
- draft due date (select no draft if you’re not using drafting)
- return date (this is the date that grades and feedback will be available for students in Cadmus)
- word limit
- marks (this sets the points the assignment will be marked out of in Turnitin Feedback Studio)
- referencing style
Below the requirements, type or copy in your Instructions. You can use the toolbar to format the instructions as you like. Once you’re happy with your instructions, add in any Resources by uploading them from your computer or linking external URLs. To reorder the resources list, click and drag a resource to the left of its name. All changes you make save automatically.
TIP! If you’re copying over instructions from a previous assignment, use this opportunity to refine them. Keep them simple and ensure students are able to meet all the requirements in Cadmus. Take a look at formatting options in Cadmus to see what’s possible.
Release your Assignment
You’re now ready to release your assignment to students. Click the Release button in the top-right corner, and then confirm by clicking Release again.
Once your assignment has been released, you’ll be able to update it at any time. While on the Instructions page, click on Edit Instructions in the top-right corner.
TIP! You can update your assessment instructions at any point during an assignment. Use this to scaffold students through a task by progressively adding instructions as students work through stages of an assignment.
Preview your Assignment as a Student
It’s helpful to look at your assignment in the Student Environment to understand what students will experience.
Back in the LMS, turn on Student Preview mode. Click on the Cadmus Assignment link, and then click Go to my assessment to be taken to the Cadmus Student Environment.
While you’re in the Student Environment, play around in the editor and check that your instructions are clear. If you’re not completely happy with how your assignment looks, you can always edit it back in the Teacher Environment.
TIP! The best outcomes in Cadmus are a result of students completing all their work in the Student Environment. It’s important to set these expectations with students from the beginning. Refer to our Introducing Students to Cadmus guide for some helpful ideas.
There are a few final things to check before teaching begins and students access the LMS or Cadmus.
Update your LMS and Unit Plan to avoid any conflicting information about your assessment. We recommend having all the assessment instructions and resources only available in Cadmus, to ensure students always have the latest information and complete their work in Cadmus.
From the Unit Plan and LMS, remove things like:
- assignment instructions
- formatting instructions that aren’t aligned with Cadmus preset formatting (e.g. Times New Roman, size 12 font, page numbers, double spacing)
- asking students to include a coversheet
- conflicting submission information (e.g. submit through Turnitin)
Instead, direct students to Cadmus for all the assessment information.
Well done! You’ve successfully set up your first Cadmus Assignment.
If you ever need help using Cadmus, the Teacher Guides and Student Guides are a great place to start. If you’re still unable to find what you’re looking for, you can always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you enjoy using Cadmus!