To create a new task is located under the ‘Tasks’ menu item within the Myshowcase.me admin space.
A task definition comprises multiple definition elements, some mandatory and some optional: ‘Details’, ‘Steps’, ‘Response type’, ‘Grading schemes’, ‘Discretionary badges’, ‘Autocomplete’.
Each Task definition requires a name, short description and full description. These are mandatory details. Every task needs them.
The administrator has the option of attaching multiple files to the Task, possibly to explain the task in more detail or provide supporting materials required to complete or understand the Task.
To further assist working with the Task, the administrator could include a collection of steps, setting out how they think the user should approach the Task.
In the example above, the administrator guides the user through the steps to build the showcase needed on the Task response.
The Task may require a response from the user. This is optional.
The response could be a published Showcase, a completed Myshowcase.me or evidence uploaded from their Myshowcase.me ‘Stuff’ area.
The administrator may want to grade or mark the Task. To do this, they can attach one or more Grading Schemes to the Task. There could be a Grading System to mark the content of a Showcase, a different Grading Scheme for the presentation style, and one for the overall Task grade. These is no limit on the number of Grading Schemes that can be applied.
Again, the inclusion of any Grading Scheme is optional. Some Tasks may not require grading.
As each Grading Scheme is added, the administrator has the option to introduce Open Badges into the Task. Myshowcase.me has an inclusive Open Badge platform for designing and issuing Open Badges. These badges can be associated with values of the included Grading Scheme.
Linking badges to allocated grades is optional.
While the administrator is defining the Task, they can leave it in a ‘Draft’ state, as they iteratively add detail into the Task definition.
When they are happy with the definition they can ‘Publish’ the Task. A published task is available to be shared with the groups and organisations. Users within these groups and organisations will be assigned the Task to work with inside their Myshowcase.me ePortfolio space.