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Creating an Assignment

On the platform, projects can be used as spaces to share or collaborate on a particular assignment. For more details on the differences between projects and datasets, see the documentation on resources.

To create a new assignment within your classroom:

  1. Click on the +New button located on the header bar right beside your profile picture.

  2. Select "Create a new Project"

  3. Give your project a name. This should be "human readable", meaning that it doesn't have to match the URL or omit spaces. Name your project something descriptive so that other users know what it's about, particularly if you plan to share this openly on the platform.

  4. Set the Owner of the project to your classroom organization.

  5. Decide who you would like to share this assignment with:

    1. If you don't want to share this resource with anyone, select "No One"

    2. If you only want to share this resource with the students in your classroom, make sure the classroom is the owner of the resource and select "All of ____" (where the ___ is the name of your classroom)

    3. If you want to share your project with the larger community, click "Make public to community"

  6. Click "Create Project"

  7. Add a brief description of your project. What is the overall goal? Maybe add the due date here for easy reference.

  8. Next, you can connect data to this project. You can also connect data later, if you don't know which resources you want to connect yet. There are a few ways you can do this:

    1. Connect to a dataset that's already on Click "add data" and then select "Link a dataset". Find the dataset you want to link either by searching, looking at your resources, or looking through your personal bookmarks. Once you find the dataset you want to add, click "Connect".

    2. Upload your own dataset. See the Uploading Data documentation for more information.

  9. Tip

    When you connect to an existing dataset, rather than upload files directly into a project, the dataset can be reused for other projects. If the dataset and associated projects are public, you can also find queries that have been run and other projects that have used a dataset on that dataset's profile page.

  10. When you're finished, click "Done"

  11. Click "Project summary" to add additional information about this project. For assignments, include any information your students would find helpful or relevant to completing the assignment.

If you have finished creating your assignment and want to connect more datasets, you can:

  • Click on "Home" in the project directory and then click "Upload files or connect to data source". Refer to Steps 8-10 in the above section to continue.

If you've found a dataset and want to add it to a project:

  1. In the top right of the dataset overview page, you can click the arrow next to "Explore this dataset".

  2. If the project for your assignment has already been created, click "Connect to existing projects" and then search for a project that you have access to. Select the assignment you are looking for and click "Save".

  3. If the project for your assignment hasn't been created yet, select "Create a new project". This will walk you through the process of creating a new project with the dataset you've selected already added. See the Creating an Assignment section for more information.