Testing your Equities Lab homework assignments – University Series

Tyler McCain
Not all homework assignments are created equal. Courses get more difficult as time goes on, and as you push your students to not only understand the material but also implement what they’ve learned into real-world simulations some homeworks may become too complex for the standard user to successfully complete.
In order to combat this we allow professors, like you, to try the homework assignments before they are assigned. This ensures that the homework assignments can be completed before they are given to the students.
1. Click on the homework you would like to test

As a professor you are given both the ability to create homeworks from scratch as well as test those homeworks out to identify any possible problems your students may have.

2. Click “Take as Stuart Student”

The grade from when you take as a Stuart Student will not be saved, but you will see how well you scored. Hint: For screen based assignments any score less than 100% could be a result of vague instructions.

3. Read the Instructions

In our sample homework assignment we didn’t create any homework instructions. However, a typical homework will include instructions in this area that the student will follow. Without instructions the student isn’t given any directions on what to complete. We go over homework descriptions and instructions here.

4. Go to the “editor” tab

 

5. Complete the assignment as if you were a student

Now you will go through the process of completing the assignment as if you were a student. You will input the required parameters by either typing them into the editor line or searching for them in the tools menu.

6. Adding more parameters

The editor functions the same whether you are completing a homework or building a homework. If you want to add another line to the editor simply press the semicolon key on your keyboard or select the “+” button within the software.

7. Run the homework

Now that we have our parameters we are ready to see how well we did. By clicking the stack of books the system will run the screen over the past 10 years as you indicated in the rules of the assignment and you will receive a grade.

8. Submit the homework

Alright! We got a perfect score, so now it’s time to submit the homework. When your student submits their homework the grade will be placed into your automated gradebook which can then be exported to excel or viewed within the software – we will go over this functionality in more detail in a future article. However, when you click “Submit homework” you will be taken back to the main page where you can then choose to edit the details of the homework or test a new assignment.

About Tyler McCain

A student of finance at Georgia State University, Tyler has had a passion for the world of finance for as long as he can remember. Joining the Equities Lab team in 2015 he attempts to juggle the perfect mix of school, work, and giving back to the community. When he isn't working at Equities Lab he can often be found helping teach programs at the Rosen Family Foundation - a non-profit that teaches financial literacy to middle and high school students.

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