This article provides insight and instructions on assigning formatives that students can take at their own pace. If you are looking to assign via a Teacher-Paced mode, where you will control the pace of the assignment, please check out this article for instructions.

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To assign a formative with Student-Paced mode:

1. While in the Formative you'd like to assign, click on "Assign" and choose "Student-Paced" from the drop-down menu

2. Select a class(es) to assign the formative to, or create a new one.

3. Click on "Additional settings" to edit after submission settings, return scores or return correct answers to students. Silver/Gold users get more options when assigning, including assign to individuals/groups, and schedule open/close times. Gold users can randomize questions order, and those whose school or district have purchased the add-on will also have access to a secure exam browser mode.

If you're a Gold user, and you have students with accommodations, you will also be able to adjust their accommodation for this formative by clicking the dropdown.

4. Click on "Assign" (see below for assigning and posting directly to Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams)

When you assign a formative, a "Join Instructions" modal will pop up where you can find and copy the student assignment link:

Forgot to copy this link? You can find it again by clicking on the triple dots at the top right corner of your formative and selecting "Join Instructions:"

You can post this link in an assignment in Seesaw, in Class Dojo, on your class website - or any other place!

Note: if you are at a Gold school/district, you may be able to use Formative directly in your Learning Management System (e.g. Canvas, Blackbaud, Schoology). See this article about LTI integration for more information!


Assigning & Posting your assignment directly into Google Classroom

** If you selected a class that you've imported from Google Classroom in step 2, you'll have slightly different options: "Assign & Post to Google" or "Assign Only." If you choose the first option, your assignment will be automatically posted to your Google Classroom stream!

A new window will launch asking you to sign in with your Google account. Choose the correct account, and the formative will be posted to your Google Classroom Classwork page as an assignment!

If you have defined topics within your Google Classroom, Formative will also give you the option to choose which topic to post the assignment to. You can choose the topic from the dropdown list and then click "Post to Topic(s)", or if you'd rather not post the assignment to any specific topic you can click "Skip & Finish Posting"

Tip: make sure that you have pop-ups enabled in your browser, so that the new tab can open and you can confirm your Google account.

If you'd prefer not to post the assignment to Google Classroom, you can choose the "Assign only" option. This can be useful if you are re-assigning a formative to a small group of students. When the students log in to Formative with their Google accounts, they will see the assignment on their dashboard.

Note: Formative is now an official Google Classroom Add-on! See this article to learn how to install Formative into your Google Classroom and take your Formative-Google integration to the next level!

Assigning & Posting your assignment directly into Microsoft Teams

** If you selected a Microsoft Teams class in step 2, after clicking the "Assign" button, the "join instructions" window will include the option to share the assignment to Microsoft Teams:

Clicking the "Share to Microsoft Teams" button will launch a new window asking you to sign in with your Microsoft account. Choose the correct account, and a new window will open up where you will be prompted to choose between the following two options:


Option 1: Share to person, group, or channel

Choosing this option will prompt you to choose the person, group, or channel you would like to share the link of the formative with. A link to the formative will appear as a stand-alone item where you've chosen to post it.

Option 2: Create an assignment

Choosing this option will prompt you to enter the full details of the assignment such as title, instructions, due date/time as well as set a point value for the assignment and choose the group or channel to post the assignment in. The assignment you create will be posted to your Microsoft Teams space, and your students will need to click into the assignment to find the link to the formative.

Please note: at this time a grade pass back to Microsoft Teams is not optional. You will need to manually grade the assignment on Microsoft Teams.

Tip: make sure that you have pop-ups enabled in your browser, so that the new tab can open and you can confirm your Microsoft account.

The student experience

Students in the class you've assigned to will automatically have access to the formative in their account, or you can share the direct link from your Join Instructions window that pops up:

By default, your students will be unable to edit their responses after submitting the formative, will not receive scores and/or correct answers, and will not be able to see the formative anymore after they submit. You can update these settings at any time from the Assign page - even if the formative is already assigned. If you are a Silver/Gold user, you can also update your default assign settings on your Settings page.

Adjust your student information from the Assign page:

When assigning to students, the student count icon is now clickable. This loads a popup that includes vital student info (like last login, reset password, student email address, etc), and allows teachers to add students on the fly!

To assign your formative to guest students:

Students not in your class can access a formative through a temporary guest account.

Please note: Guest accounts are temporary, single-use accounts that students may use to take a formative. Students will be unable to log back into those accounts to see their scores, etc, and their scores will not appear on the Tracker (although they will in View Responses). We highly recommend to not use Guest Codes with students who have a proper Formative account!

  1. From the Assign page, select "Guest Students"

2. Click "Additional Settings" to adjust optional assign settings

3. Click "Assign"

A Join instructions modal will pop-up, with separate instructions for students in a class and guest students. Make sure to provide the correct instructions to each group.

Please be mindful, if a student in your class uses the guest code instead of the instructions for students in a class - their responses will be logged as a guest student. If this happens, they must log out completely and then log back in with their login credentials to avoid the risk of accessing other assignments as guests.

Update assign settings for a formative you already assigned

From your dashboard / Formatives Page:

1. Find the assigned formative on your dashboard.

2. Find the class and click on the green lightning bolt icon:

2. Adjust the desired settings.

3. Click "Update"!

Note: if the class you assigned the formative to is a Google Classroom class, you'll see different options: "Update & Post to Google" and "Update Only." If you click the "Update & Post to Google" option, this will update the assignment in your Google Classroom stream.

From within a formative:

1. Open the assigned Formative

2. Click on "Assign"

3. Click on the green lightning bolt icon next to the class

4. Click on "Additional settings" just above the "Assign" button

5. Make the desired changes

6. Click "Update"!

Note: You must update/change these settings for each class and guest students separately.

Note: if the class you assigned the formative to is a Google Classroom class, you'll see different options: "Update & Post to Google" and "Update Only." If you click the "Update & Post to Google" option, this will update the assignment in your Google Classroom stream.

Un-assigning a formative

There are three ways to un-assign a formative from your class or guest students*:

From within the formative's Edit tab:

  1. Go to "Assign" and click "Student-Paced"

  2. Click on the icon next to the class you want to un-assign

  3. Next click on the trashcan icon at the bottom of the modal window

  4. Confirm you want to un-assign from this class

From within the formative's Responses tab:

  1. Click the icon next to the class you want to un-assign

  2. Next click on the trashcan icon at the bottom of the modal window

  3. Confirm you want to un-assign from this class

From your Formatives Page:

  1. Locate the formative on the list

  2. Click on the icon in the appropriate grid cell for the class you want to un-assign

  3. Next click on the trashcan icon at the bottom of the modal window

  4. Confirm you want to un-assign from this class

NOTE: Un-assigning a formative from students in a class will cause their responses to disappear from your View Responses page and Tracker.

You can re-assign to the same class and their data will re-populate.


*Please note: un-assigning a formative from Guest Students will cause their data to disappear from your View Responses and since those accounts are temporary and students can't log back in, you cannot re-assign to them.

If you want to hide formatives from your students while keeping data in your account, you can do this in your After Submission settings.

What's next?

Learn how to close a formative so students can't edit their responses!

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