Submitted documents don't appear in Waypoint exactly as they do in Word
Waypoint converts submitted documents to PDF, so they can be read and marked up. However, assessors can always easily open the original document, in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Upon entering the document for the first time, Waypoint displays the below message to alert faculty of the conversion. Following the arrow takes you to the document link. Simply click on the link to download the original document and ensure fidelity.
We have put considerable effort into representing submissions to Waypoint as they appeared to their creator, including margins and other document formatting issues that are crucially important to college-level writing (MLA, APA etc).
However, a number of factors can affect the conversion of a submission. These include:the use of templating or automation tools, that help create a properly formatted APA or MLA document. These tools, like Eazypaper (http://www.eazypaper.com/index.cfm), insert a lot of code and other non-essential (and invisible) information into a Word document.
What can students do?
- The easiest way to guarantee your document appears accurately to a teacher is to submit a PDF. This is always true - it's why PDF was invented. And there are some great, free ways that you can print, right from Microsoft Office, to the PDF format. For Word 2007 and Word 2010 users, it couldn't be easier. In Word, simply:
- Microsoft Word 2010:
- Word 2007:
- Download the FREE 'save as PDF' add-in from Microsoft
- Office for Mac (2008 and 2011 versions)
What can assessors and course designers do?
- Encourage students to learn how to publish to PDFs, which is a useful workplace skill, and submit PDFs rather than native Word files.
- Double-check the student's original submission file, which is easily accessible from Waypoint's grading screen, if you have questions about correct formatting. Faculty and graders will see a link to the student's original submission, located just to the right of the rubric and at the top of the display of student's work in Waypoint.