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Melanie Marshall
 Melanie Marshall
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So, I only allow a certain file type of submission for my students projects, ie; Photoshop (psd), Illustrator (ai), ect... 

I have a few students who are having problems submitting those file types because the files are too big and their computers/internet can't handle that. 

I want to give them access to upload a png, or a pdf file, but just for those students. When I change the file type and just assign to that student, then it appears to NOT allow other students to submit how I originally had them submit their assignment? 

How can I have both?

Thanks, Melanie

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2020 12:32 pm
Robert Rennicks
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Hi, Melanie,

As far as I know, you cannot allow certain file types for a few students.

A simple work-around that occurs to me is to keep the restrictions for the majority, and for those who you wish to make an exception, have them ATTACH a file to the “Add a Comment” box that appears to the right of the assignment.

This isn’t great—because without an actual file submission, it won’t show that the student has made a submission.

 

BETTER: You could make TWO assignments—one assigned the students who will have the restricted options, and the other for the few who have a less restricted file type.  Each student will only see ONE assignment…

When you create the assignment, in the BOX at the bottom—where it says “Assign To”—you would have to enter ALL the appropriate names into the box for each assignment. So in the regular assignment, you'd put in all the names EXCEPT for the students who would get to have more options; for the second assignment, you'd only put the names of those who would get to have more options. I don’t know how big your class is, but this is an option.

To be honest, I’m not POSITIVE how the Gradebook will handle the doubled assignment.

 

Perhaps other faculty will have better suggestions…

Good luck!

--Bob

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Posted : April 11, 2020 1:02 pm
Melanie Marshall
 Melanie Marshall
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@robert-rennicks

I think your "Better option" might work. It's just more work for me, LOL. I'm going to try that.

The other option I thought of is to have the student send me the work in an email, then I can add a grade manually into the gradebook. But again, there will not be a submission in the gradebook. 

Thanks! Melanie

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2020 1:16 pm
Aaron Garner
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Bob, you are correct.  You definitely cannot assign different file types to individual students.

I was a thinking of the same method you described - great workaround.

I would make an assignment for everyone with the restricted file types - "Everyone" is the default so nothing to do.  On the second assignment delete "Everyone" and type the few students who have unrestricted file types.

In the grade book you can type "ex" for the unrestricted students.  This will take the assignment out of the grade book so it doesn't count against them.

If you're willing to manually type in student names for each assignment you could even restrict the view so that each group would only see one assignment.

Aaron

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Posted : April 11, 2020 1:20 pm
Aaron Garner
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I just realized that Bob's "Better" method is best if you don't mind typing more.  The problem with my method of making one assignment with"Everyone" is that the smaller group would see both assignments even although it wouldn't count using "ex" - excused for the small group.  It is less typing, but it could be confusing to students.  It's a bit tidier having students only see what's assigned to them.

Learned something new today!!

Aaron

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Posted : April 11, 2020 1:53 pm
Melanie Marshall
 Melanie Marshall
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Thanks everyone!

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2020 2:09 pm

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