A five-step guide to the Overleaf teaching tools

With the Overleaf teaching account you can quickly and easily send out assignments to your students, which they can complete online and submit back to you with a single click.

Here we present a visual five-step guide to getting set up with a teaching account and using the integrated tools to create, distribute and collect your course assignments. We finish with a short video demonstration of all the features in action.

1) Enable the teaching tools in your account

To get started, if you haven't already done so you'll need to enable the teaching tools in your Overleaf account, either via your university's portal page or via our plans page if your university does not yet have a subscription to Overleaf.

Once you've upgraded your account, you'll see two new options to 'manage students' and 'manage assignments' on your My Projects dashboard.

WriteLaTeX teaching dashboard

2) Add your students

Simply add students by email address using the box provided. If they've already signed up to Overleaf, their existing account will be upgraded, and if they're new to the service they'll be prompted to create a new account in the usual way.

Manage your students

You can add and remove students at any time, and if you'd like a license for a class of more than 40 students, please contact us.

3) Publish and distribute an assignment

To create an assignment simply visit the document on Overleaf you wish to use as the template - under the 'share' menu you will now see a new option to 'Publish as assignment'.

Teacher publish assignment

This creates a special class of document on the system which can then be distributed to students using the unique assignment link you're given.

Assignment with no submissions

You can create and distribute as many assignments as you like, simply by clicking the 'publish as assignment' button on your documents.

4) Your students each complete and submit their own copy of the assignment

Each time a student who is registered on your course clicks on the assignment link, the system will create a new copy of the assignment based on your template

The student can then complete the assignment and submit to you for feedback & marking, using the 'submit assignment' button (also in the 'share' menu)

Student submit assignment

5) See the submissions you've received, and download for marking

For each assignment, you can see how many submissions you've received, along with details of who has submitted and when (simply head to the 'manage assignments' link on your My Documents dashboard and click on the relevant assignment).

Assignment with one submission

To download all the submissions that were made before a certain date & time (e.g. the assignment deadline), simply use the 'collect submissions' option shown above.

That's all there is to it!

Start teaching with Overleaf today - request a free trial. To see a short video demonstration of the teaching account in action (produced when Overleaf was known as writeLaTeX), click play below.