Writing assessment instructions

You can write your assessment instructions while in Edit mode on the Instructions page. You’ll see the Task section on the right-hand side. Use this space to write or paste in the instructions for the task — you can even start with one of our templates. The formatting toolbar up the top gives you everything you need to style and structure your writing. You can even add images or screenshots of graphs and tables to your instructions.

 

Tips for writing instructions

1. Check that students are able to meet all the requirements in Cadmus

When students complete their assessment in Cadmus, they have access to the same preset formatting options you have when you write your instructions. You don’t need to include instructions about things like font sizes, spacing, or page numbers. Remember: The Student Environment doesn't have pages! 

2. Set details like word limits and referencing styles as Requirements

To avoid having any conflicting information in your assessment, use the Requirements section to communicate details about the word limit, referencing style and weighting, and use the Instructions section for explaining the task.

3. Try to keep your instructions direct and concise

If you’re copying in information from a previous assessment, take this opportunity to refine your instructions. If you feel like your task description is getting too long, try to keep the key information in the instructions, and add more detailed information as a file in the Resources section

4. Provide students with instruction for adding graphs or tables to their assignments

If the assignment asks students to include graphs or tables, remind them that these need to be created outside of Cadmus (e.g. in Excel), saved as an image, and uploaded to their work using the  image icon in the formatting toolbar.