Generate course assignments using Notebook Templates

Notebook Templates are a great way to pre-populate entries with information and are especially useful for student assignments. From worksheets on biology techniques to embedded datasets for students to analyze, Templates can be fully customized to the course you’re teaching. Best of all, you can gradually add new assignments and have students complete them on their own time.

To get started, make a Template Collection and set access permissions similar to Projects in Benchling. You should set “READ” access for your class but “WRITE” or “ADMIN” permissions for co-instructors and TAs. Afterwards, begin adding new templates to that collection to be shared with students.

Format assignments to simulate various exercises

The Template editor functions identically as formatting and editing a Notebook entry. Once you’ve completed your template, test out how this assignment will appear to your students. Navigate to the appropriate Project or Folder you’d like to store the assignment in and create an entry from a template. Encourage students to append their name or initials to the Notebook entry to identify it more easily. Simulate thoughtful exercises and activities for your course using the capabilities of Benchling:

Embed information or activities through hyperlinks or file attachments
If there are more activities you’d like students to view outside of class time, include them as a file attachment or hyperlink. Benchling Notebook can open and preview Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDF files alongside your other work. If you'd like for these files to appear to your students as a tab within your assignment, use "Add Protocol"

Use code blocks for Q&A or free response assessment:
Neatly call out and organize answers by inserting code blocks within your assignments. You can leave specific instructions inside the text box about how you want students to respond and what they should pay attention to.

What's next?

Now that you’ve created materials for your course, learn how to review and evaluate your students’ assignments.

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