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Introducing Classes & Assignments

Matt_ShieldsMatt_Shields Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 36 EDU
Hello instructor community!  As usual, the latest Onshape update is full of awesome improvements and new features.  But today’s update is particularly exciting for educators.  As of today, all Education Enterprise subscribers will see a big new feature called Classes & Assignments.

As a former STEM and CAD teacher, this is the feature I always dreamed of.  The goal is to make distributing and collecting student CAD assignments easier than ever before.  With Classes & Assignments, you can assign work to an entire class of students through Onshape with the push of a button.  And all of their work, as well as helpful analytics, is organized in a slick new interface.  Definitely go check it out!

If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas please reply to this post.  We can’t wait to hear from you.

Comments

  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers, Channel partner Posts: 793 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I assume this is a feature of the educational version only, or is it also included in Onshape Enterprise?

    I would love to see a video on this new features.
    Un saludo,

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  • Matt_ShieldsMatt_Shields Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 36 EDU
    Yes, this feature is for Education Enterprise only.  And for a full video description of the features, please check out this course in our Learning Center:
    https://learn.onshape.com/courses/classes-assignments

  • ed__charlwooded__charlwood Member Posts: 2
    This looks great Matt, it's like Google Classroom has come to Onshape. I am excited to try it once term resumes. 
  • matthew_mueller537matthew_mueller537 Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 20 EDU
    @ed__charlwood we're excited to hear what you think about Classes & Assignments! Please come back here if you have any questions or feedback on what can be improved.

    I just wanted to mention here that this feature is not meant to be a full Learning Management System like Google Classroom, but only to help administer assignments and access student documents in Onshape. You will still need an LMS to keep track of grades and due dates, but you can use C&A in Onshape to provide instructions in a starter document for all of your students.
  • ian_d_gardinerian_d_gardiner Member, User Group Leader Posts: 35 PRO
    Many thanks to Onshape for offering these new features. These will be so helpful to teachers and students. We all want students to have the best possible experience of learning CAD without the distractions of data management, software updates, and lacking a suitable workstations. I've watched many students struggling with crashing computers, upgrading their software, and file management. It is wonderful to focus on CAD and get students excited and confident in their ability to design.
  • sean_rastsmith154sean_rastsmith154 Member Posts: 4 EDU
    edited January 24
    Trying to use this to let students start with a general file and make a copy of it. However, the Publish Assignment button is greyed out when I select a file. What settings do I need on the starter document for this?

    Nevermind, I realized I needed to hit Apply, then Publish...   Long morning already...
  • Domenico_DiMareDomenico_DiMare Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 82
    @sean_rastsmith154 Is the class published? The class has to be published before an assignment can be.

    Also, if you haven't already I recommend taking a look at this short self-paced course on Classes and Assignments.
  • Matt_ShieldsMatt_Shields Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 36 EDU
    As Domenico said, the Publish assignment button will be grayed out until the class is published.  Also, if you make any changes to the assignment, the Publish assignment button will be grayed out until you press the Apply button.  (that one got me).
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