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Make the Most of Your Reading Assignments 

Prepare your students

Talk to them about intentional reading, guide them on how to scan the text to find passages relevant to the questions.  

Ask the right number of questions

One is too little, five might be a lot, try to stay somewhere in the middle to keep your students focused and engaged. 

Ask the right kind of questions

produce questions anchored in the text, which means students can find relevant passages when reading it.


Keep the reading material focused 

Try to avoid uploading entire books or lengthy readings, an average journal paper or short chapter should produce the best results on weekly assignments. 

Use Alethea to elevate class discussions

Ask about elements, concepts, issues, and arguments you would like to discuss in the next class. 

Give your students a sense of success

Try to ask a question to which the ‘answer’ appears at the beginning of the text; this will help students get a hold of the process. 

Adding a New Task

Step 1: Readings

Step 2: Questions

In this step you will create the actual task.  Each task can include multiple questions.

Task Title, Type, and Description

Once you’re done, you can continue to input the questions

Task title, type and description

Open-Ended Question

Students will submit essays or answer in their own words. You can choose whether their answers must include citations.

Open ended question

Optional Advanced Settings

Optional: select relevant citations and define key concepts

Find in Text Question

This type of question requires the student to highlight relevant passages within the text. You will be asked to highlight the relevant passage in the text, and Alethea will compare the student's highlights to yours. 

Find in text - mark relevant passages to compare with student answers

Multiple Choice Question

This type of question requires students to choose the correct answer from a number of possible answers.  

Multiple choice question

Deleting and Duplicating Questions

*** Note that the task must include at least one question. You will not be able to delete a question if it is the only one remaining in the task. 

Deleting and duplicating question

Saving a Task Draft

At any point during your work on the task, you may use the "Save Draft" button to save the task’s current state and exit the task creation flow

The task will be labeled as 'Draft' in the list of tasks for this class. 

Save a draft

Step 3: Publish

To publish the task, you must set a deadline. Once done, click on the "Publish task" button.

Publish task

Edit Published Tasks

You can edit a task even after it was published, and change its title, questions, instructions etc. 

Tasks Submitted by Students

Task status

Navigate to the task manager by clicking on 'Tasks' in the top navigation bar. You will see the tasks you have created, each can be expanded to view the students' submission status.

Once a student has turned in a task, you will receive a notification. You will be able to click on a submitted task to view the students’ work.

Task status on the task manager

Marking tasks and sending feedback

Click on a submitted task to add your feedback.

Question feedback

Navigate between the questions using the left side panel and review the student's work. You can add feedback to every question, but you don't have to. That's up to you.

Overall evaluation

Once you finish reviewing the questions, you will be asked to provide overall evaluation about the student's work. This evaluation will be presented to students upon opening the task

Task Statistics