We just need something which notifies students that they have (non-digital) homework due.
Is there any 'assignment' activity plugin which results just a simple calendar notification?
We stopped using the default assignment plugin because:
If the student does not upload a file, the assignment notification never 'expires'.
In the 'course overview' the student always sees a 'you have assignments pending' message, even when they don't.
The list of past homeworks in the course overview also grows too long.
We hid the 'course overview' for this reason, so they could only see these assignments in the calendar.
But also then when viewing an assignment, there is a whole bunch of confusing information there...
The top is fine, except you have to look at the 'grading summary' section to see the due date.
The 'grading summary' section is confusing because it has stats for 'submitted' and 'needs grading', which is not relevant to us.
Likewise the 'submission status' section is also confusing, because it contains labels like 'no attempt'.
The worst is the label 'not graded', because the homework *is* usually graded.
The red 'assignment overdue' message is very misleading; the child may have done this homework, but their parent may think they haven't.
At the moment, we are just entering homework as a calendar event, but this is not ideal either; it would be great to have an 'entry' on the course page (like the default 'assignment' plugin provides), as a record of homework given and also so that notifications could be simply hidden and re-enabled when the course runs again next year. Using the calendar, the teachers will have to search in the calendar in the previous year for the correct homework, instead of it being handily listed on the course page.