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Hi. Created a new channel under General. But i dont see the assignments tab. Only conversations, files and notes. The Allow external apps is already turned on in O365 settings. Anybody knows where im going wrong?
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The built in assignments app in Teams for EDU is team wide, you have no option to add the tab to other channels. There are however third party tools available in the store that does this, but they use their own custom assignments apps and require you to subscribe to their service. Hopefully Microsoft will let us do this in an updated version of the assignments app in the future.
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Thanks. Hopefully this function can be added as then it better seperates out the different channel if they can have their assignments. For the moment, Ive asked staff to put the channel name in the title of the assignment so they know which one it refers to. Can get quite confusing if all channels assignments are on one tab!

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Here si the User Voice please if you would like this feature, vote for it. Thanks.

 

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053-schools-and-universities/suggestions/31116910-i-w...

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Hi there. Our thinking is that adding Assignments to channels could be confusing. If your goal is to have assignments for a subset of students, this capability is now available in the Assignments app.

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No. THIS is confusing: Entering a new chapter of my lessons (and therefore opening a new channel), I have to tell my students to look for their assignment in the General Tab, and then go back to the new Tab, where they find their assets. These are all related to the topics in the new channel. And sorry: what is the "Assignments App"? Maybe I simply missed something. Thanks!

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Hi Bartels. Thank you for the feedback. The Assignments App is a place Students can go to view their assignments across all of their classes. From the same app, Educators can view all of their assignments across all of their classes.

 

Regarding your feedback that assignments are only available in the general channel - thank you. Our thinking goes like this...some conversations and resources are appropriate throughout an entire class. And some conversations and resources are unit or topic specific. Some educators organize their classes by setting up channels for each unit or topic. Rather than presenting a partial list of assignments under each unit, we decided that having a central place for students to go to review all of their assignments (past, present and future) would be more intuitive.

 

Please do keep your feedback coming. 

Jim

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From a teacher's prospective, I would like to be able to create channels where I will go to find specific class assignments.  I do not like that I have to fish through a horde of assignments in a "General" Area.  I want to go to the specific subset for different classes that I teach to certain students and find only what I need.  For instance.  I have the same students all year, but the second half of the year I teach that same group of students an entirely different class.  I would like to not have to start all over by creating an entirely new class and have to input all the names again.  I would simply like to add a channel and go there to create and find all the assignments for this term.  It will be easier for my students to find what they need quicker as well.  Listen to the teachers in the field and stop worrying about what  you were thinking.  :)

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New to teams and just setting up my classes etc, and I reiterate what's been said here. I've set up my classes and creating channels for different parts of the course. Each part of the course has assignments, it makes so much sense to allow the creation of assignments in the corresponding channel, not in the general channel. This will just be an excuse for students, who will say they couldn't find the assignment ;)
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I agree with you...our best 'thinking' actually looks a lot like applying the great thinking by our users. Thanks for the feedback.

Thank you for the feedback - similar to the ideas above. One idea for you to try - we recently introduced a notion of categories and you can use these to visually link an assignment to a unit of study. Here is a support article that explains how this works. 

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/add-a-category-to-an-assignment-0badfcfb-51f8-4dec-b278-358...

@Justin Chando 

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I get the point of having one assignments app - that lets students, and teachers, see what the workload for the class is. It is very handy that I can plan my turn in dates to make sure students don't have five exams in one day and so forth.

However if I'm in my English Literature channel i would probably like to see the assignments for English Literature. So could some sort of filter system work? So I can have my cookie and eat it to...

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We want to provide you with the best cookies anywhere!

 

A few questions so I can better understand how you are using Teams:
Are you using Channels to organize classes or units within a single class?

Have you used the capability that allows you to schedule an assignment so it shows up later? This article explains the process: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-an-assignment-in-Microsoft-Teams-23C128D0-EC34-4691-...

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@Jim Federico 

My school is about to transition to Teams, and after playing around for a while we have discovered that we, too, miss being able to assign assignments to channels. Our preferred structure/work flow would be:

1. Create one "team" for each subject and group, e.g "9A English", "9A Swedish" etc.

2. Create a new channel in the team for each unit, e.g "Poetry"

3. Add assignments to the channel, e.g "Poetry assignment 1", "Poetry assignment 2" and so on.

 

This will achieve a couple of things:

  • Give the students a way of seeing only assignments relevant to the current unit
  • We can leave old assignments open, in case students/teachers want to go back later during the semester, without having a long list of assignments that we have to dig through
  • No need to give assignments long and confusing names, but rather we can just find the right assignment by navigating to the right channel

I understand that you have made the decision that it's easier to access all assignments from the same place. This might be true if you have only a few assignments, but any more than that will make the long list of assignments appear cluttered and hard to sort through. And besides, students can still access all assignments in one place from the Assignments App.

 

Thank you for taking the time to reading our feedback!

 

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Our training institution is having the same issue.

To get around this you basically have to segregate a team into more teams unnecessarily which seems counter-intuitive

Our teams list is turning into a mess and fast becoming too difficult to manage, being able to branch groups into channels with independent assignments would be a great option.

It's a small change that would make a powerful difference

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Same point of view. Our school is migrating to Office 365 and Teams but what Teams provides is much less adapted to our educational needs than our current plateform (Webweaver) that has been conceived for teachers by teachers. Teams is a tool that has been designed for commercial companies with now a few ajustements to enter into the market of education for commercial purposes...

 

Moodle seems to be fare more responding to educational world and needs: designed by teachers for teachers, opensource, independant and free. If MS really wants school to use teams, they need real teachers in their development... teams. Assignments of tasks is fare easier and relevant in Moodle.

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Our School has just moved to MS Team. Each class is one team, each chanel is one subject.
like
Year4 > General
Math
English
Need improve in Math
it is so wierd if there is no assigment for each channel. More over If some students need to special educating like "Need improve in Math" this "group" small than whole class, how can I assign for this group ?
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Thank you for the clear feedback @Anh_Hien_Nguyen. Our goal has been to provide students and educators with one place to go to see all of their assignments across all subjects or units. This is why the assignments tag is only available in the General channel. One suggestion for you, consider using Categories to indicate subjects. This may help you as the educator and students understands assignments by subjects. Please do keep the feedback coming. 
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-an-assignment-in-Microsoft-Teams-23C128D0-EC34-4691-...

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@Jim Federico Thank you for quick reply. I understand that when creating an assignment just add a category. But I mean here, in "assign to" section 

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Just allows to assign to whole class or individual, there is no assign to channel. what should I do if there are just some students needing "additional educational needs", it is small than class or all student ? I must create a new TEAM, is this right?

 

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@Anh_Hien_Nguyen  I suggest you simply create an assignment that contains one or more students instead of creating a new team or even a new channel. You can do this by selecting the students after clicking the box that shows "All students". Of course this assumes that all the students you want to participate in a specific assignment are enrolled in this class.

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Dear @Jim Federico

"Rather than presenting a partial list of assignments under each unit, we decided that having a central place for students to go to review all of their assignments (past, present and future) would be more intuitive."

I understand that it would be intuitive for you but you guys are not the end-users. Is there any app you can recommend we can add assignments to channels?

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There may be 3rd party solutions that have Teams integrations that work the way you described above. If there are, they would be available via the Teams app gallery.
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@Jim Federico Hi Jim - is it possible please for assignments to be set for a group of tagged students, rather than selecting them individually?  This would help with the no assignments in channels issue.

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Fantastic feedback @KatyS . Thank you!

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@Jim Federico Do you think that might be a possibility? 

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It is very disappointing to see the same response trotted out each time 'we thought it would be better', when so many of us are clearly saying it isn't better. I'm comparig with googleclassroom at the moment and that allows assignments anywhere. This is a significant issue. The third party tool offered in channels looks cumbersome and requires me to hand over permission to a lot of things I would prefer not to, so not a solution. I presume there is some design issue that makes it tricky? Sort it out please.

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I have three different groups with three different assignments. How do I post it so that each group only gets their assignments?
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hello, could you please tell me some add-on apps that i can give assignments in my private channel. thank you

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If you have MS Teams for EDU, Assignment and Grade tabs are embedded only under General Teams. They're not available under channels because of its classification.
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Hi @Jim Federico, Hello Everyone; 

Our school moved from Google Classroom to MS Teams. Our teachers quickly echoed the above sentiments where "assignments can only be created in the general classroom. And it is not clear how assignments can be associated with a particular class."

Could the issue be that (at a minimum):
1) As an educator: I do not mind creating a New Assignment under the General Tab
2) As an educator: When a New Assignment is created, I would like for MS-Teams to please 'Announce' this on both:
 2.a) The General Stream/Tab and on
 2.b) The Tab for the particular class (.e.g if the assignment pertains to math class, it is announced in that math class' stream).
3) As a student, I would like to see all assignments pertaining to me, that are due etc...
4) As a student, I would like to see the order in which my assignments are due
4) As a student, I would like to see to which each assignment pertains 

As a student, I may be in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and not necessarily in the higher grades. This means my User-Experience and User-Interface needs are different from students at higher grade levels. It further means that as a student my UI and UX needs are different than those of an adult in the corporate world.

I see that categories were a suggested solution. I will give this a try. In the interim would you know off the top of your head which additional complement of tools/features would be able to help achieve the above. And at the same time what changes does Microsoft have in mind for improving the UX here. 

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Hi @Jim Federico and everyone else.

 

My school has app. 100 boarding students of the same age, who are cross-mixed into different classes and activities according to their needs and wishes. Our ambition is to add them all to one team and create private channels for each class or activity. This is only feasible if it is possible to tag a channel in  assignments. We cant pick out the specific names for every assignment, and we can't give all assignments to all students. 

 

I would suggest simply adding a 'channel' search just like the name search, or perhaps the ability to add channels as well as names, when chossing to whom to assign the assignment.

 

This solution is related to former suggestion of tagging a subset of students, but is simpler and would solve the problem.

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Dear Jim, my guess is that you are an IT Professional not a Teacher. I have the good fortune of been both, particularly the former for the majority of my career including as a software development consultant.

Your users are telling you how they work - you are telling them they are wrong. WHen you get so many users bothered to let you know guess what. Maybe they are right. The institance that your methodology is correct, when you don't have experience in their shoes is naive - this is a chance for MS to do a land grab on a territory Google have been whipping you in. Show some flexibility and give the users what they want. Teams is great. A bit more work and it could be fabulous.
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@stedmana  I absolutely concur with your experience. I call it "Team sprawl" and in a school of only 770 students and 90 teachers we have already ended up with over 1500 teams. Very quickly becoming unmanageable.

 

I can reduce 50 or more teams into 3 if MS would facilitate assignments in channels. In a team with over 200 students it is time consuming for the teachers to set assignments to specific sets of pupils. We can't even speed the process up by using tags or better still groups. 

 

Its creating lots of stress at a stressful time for what looks to be a relatively trivial change..

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Hi Jim,
I just want to suggest that if assignments in every channel is not possible why not to link assignments to specific channels. The assignments should be uploaded and managed from the one place i.e. general tab but on the other hand they should have option to to b connected with a channel so that it can be seen in relevant channel.
This will not harm the idea of central management of assignments and also solves the problem of assignments in the channel.
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@Jim Federico  WE have a team who tutor our TY transition year group. Each of us in a Tutor role, but I have tried to make one team with each class group in a channel.

This works in my head in that general announcements can be put in the general channel, but for anything requiring submission to a tutor I was hoping to put into their class channel under an assignments tab. This way the Tutor can keep their class submissions separate and an tick them off against a class list rather than sifting through all 105 students.

 

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Hi Jim, how do I create this subset? This would be extremely handy for staff in terms of multi-level classes. Within 1 class there may be 4 separare levels or even differentiated materials/assignments for some areas/topics of work. If this is possible, it may even be easier to have an entire year group as the 'class' for generic work and the various levels within created as subsets. I'm keen to look into this. Thanks in advance.