Classroom's assignment and submission workflow is designed to make running your classroom as easy and effective as possible with a gentle learning curve (things should be intuitive). Similarly, the student workflow resembles real-world teacher/student interaction so that students can be productive from day 0.

student overview The student overview page showing the different states student submissions can be in

First, there are a couple of concepts to define:

  1. Assignments: the main unit of work that teachers can create and allocate to students.
  2. Submissions: the student's work against the assignment given by the teacher.

The workflow

The submission workflow differ depending on the assignment "correction" type -- whether it's manual or automatic. We currently support two automated correction mechanisms and one manual.


Manual correction workflow

When a student clicks on the assignment allocated by the teacher, a new submission is created. However, it starts out in a draft state.

When the student is ready to submit their work they can hit submit and their submission then goes into an awaiting feedback state. You'll then get a notification about the submission. (Note that students are able to unsubmit their submissions which will remove it from your queue and it goes back to a draft state).

You (teachers) can access student submissions either from the notifications page (accessible from the header) or by going to the assignment name and clicking on the student name (it'll say awaiting feedback).

At this point you have a choice to make:

  1. If you think the submission is satisfactory, you can leave a feedback message like "good job!" and click mark complete. This will put the submission into a completed state and that'll be the end of the submission lifecycle.
  2. If you think it needs more work then you can leave feedback and send it back to your student. The submission will then go into an awaiting resubmission state and your student will then get a notification informing them.

So to sum up here is a diagram showing the lifecycle of a submission:

manual submission

Automatic correction workflow

This is very similar to the manual workflow but it differs in two major ways:

  1. Submissions can be automatically marked correct (if it passes the automatic tests).
  2. Students that fail automated tests but choose to submit anyways will put their submission in an awaiting help state.

Here is the updated diagram:

automatic submission

Note that at any point teachers can override the automatic behavior. For example, if a submission was automatically marked correct but you see something you don't like -- e.g. the test case didn't cover a certain condition -- then they can send the submission back.

If you have any questions please email us [email protected] and we'll be happy to assist.