Welcome to the Practice Assignment FAQ!
This article answers frequently asked questions about the practice assignment. Click on a question to jump to its answer:
This looks like a lot... Could you break it down for me?
Of course! Like most of our students, it's very likely that this is new to you. Orientation is the perfect time to practice and get some experience with it. It can certainly take some getting-used-to!
Here are some quick notes that sum it up:
- Each week of class, you'll have an assignment to prepare.
- Every assignment will have:
- A list of pictures your instructor needs to see: pictures of different steps of what you're preparing.
- A reflection sheet that you will also submit with your pictures.
- You'll be putting your pictures and your narrative sheet into a folder on your Google Drive to keep them together and organized.
- When it's time to submit an assignment, you'll submit a link that lets your instructor see your folder and your work inside.
That's the long-and-short of it! I know it's new, and it can be overwhelming at first, but give it a few tries and by the first week of class you'll be smooth sailing! Details about all the steps involved can be found in this article. Scroll back to the top and click on a question to jump to some helpful info!
What's Google Drive?
Google Drive is an online storage space that's connected to your Google account and Gmail. You can go there online at https://drive.google.com/, or by using the Drive app on your mobile device. You'll be using Google Drive in your classes to store work and submit assignments.
Why are we doing this?
The Practice Assignment is meant to help you get familiar with submitting your work using Google Drive. We strongly encourage that you focus on this practice assignment until you have submitted it correctly. Getting familiar now will help you have a smooth first week of class!
Do I need to set up my Escoffier folders first?
No! The course folders are so you have an organized place to keep your assignments, and we do recommend setting them up by the time classes begin, but for the practice assignment you can also just make your own folder to use. On Google Drive, hit the New button and create a new folder, and use that for your practice assignment!
How do I put my pictures in my folders?
We recommend doing this from your phone since you'll probably be using it to take pictures of your work:
Open Google Drive on your phone and go into the folder you want to put the pictures into. Tap the Plus button at the bottom right and then Upload:
This will take you to your photos that you have on the phone, and you can choose which ones you want to put into your folder. Show me in a video!
What if my pictures won't upload?
If your pictures won't upload, or if they say they're "waiting for wifi," you might not be in range of a strong enough wifi signal to upload them. By default, Drive won't use your data to upload files unless you tell it that's alright. You can change this at the bottom of the Settings menu, by turning off a setting that says "transfer files only over wifi." After that, go back to your uploads and you should be able to finish them. Show me in a video!
What's this Narrative sheet and how do I use it?
The Practice Narrative Reflection Sheet in your practice assignment is an example of a sheet that you'll turn in with your cooking assignments. Whenever one of these sheets is required with an assignment, you'll find a link to it in the assignment's instructions below the list of required pictures.
Click the red link on your assignment page and make a copy of the template:
This makes a copy to your Google Drive. Before you fill it out, you can also click the little gray folder at the top of your document to choose a folder to put it into:
In this window you'll be choosing a folder to put your document into. Make sure you're moving into the folder for the current week of class, and then click Move Here.
Now your document is in your folder with your photos. Show me in a video!
What's a "sharing link?"
Specifically for your assignments, a shareable link or sharing link is what you'll submit to your instructor each week. Everything you put on your Google Drive is private until you give someone a link to look at it, so every time you prepare an assignment you will also submit your link, and this lets your instructor see your work. The next question, Where do I get my sharing link? goes over where and how to get your sharing links for your folders.
Where do I get my sharing link? / What do I do with it?
When you're ready to submit an assignment, you can get your sharing link from your folder on Google Drive. Open the folder that you want to submit, then click on the title of your folder, and then Get shareable link:
This copies a link to your folder, and the link is what you'll be turning in for your assignment.
Note: make sure Link sharing is on:
Now that you have the link copied, click the Add Submission button on your assignment page, and paste your link into the text box:
Once you click on Save Changes, your assignment is submitted! Show me in a video!
What's required? / What does a correct submission look like?
When you've uploaded your two photos into your folder and have your narrative inside as well, you'll see all of those items in your folder on Google Drive:
After that is Where do I get my sharing link / What do I do with it? from the instructions above - submitting a link to your assignment. Follow the instructions to copy a link to your folder, and submit that link for your practice assignment!