Creating and Sharing Assignments

The biggest change to the new Hallway is our new "assignment" feature. Instead of downloading and sending PDF files to students, you can now create "assignments" that are generated by a custom url. These assignments show only the case content that you want to provide to your students, and can be updated quickly and easily without students needing to sign up for an account on the Hallway.

Create an "Assigned Case"

To create an Assigned Case, navigate to the case study you are interested in using for your class. Above the abstract you will see a gray button labeled "Add to Assigned Cases":

Add to Assigned Cases Button



Click that button and your case will be added to your assigned cases page. You can navigate there by using the top menu:

Hallway Menu

Once you are in your assigned cases page, you will see a list of all the assigned cases you have created that you can share with your students: 

Assigned Cases Table

Set Visibility

Now that you have an assigned case, the next step is to set visibility. This allows you to set which assets within the case will be visible to your students. Begin by clicking the "Set Visibility Button".

You should now see a pop-up window with each of the case assets available to share with your class:

Visibility Window

In this case, we have access to four different case parts, as well as a teaching note. For this example, I will assume that I want my class to read case parts A and B. To set those as visible, I'll toggle parts A and B in the window.

Visibility Window Toggled

Click save, and now your assigned case will only show parts A and B. The next step is to share your custom assignment link with your students.


Share the Link

Now that you have created your assignment and set the visibility of the case parts you'd like to share, the final step is to share the link with your class. In your "assigned cases" page, find the assigned case you'd like to share and click the "Copy URL" button:

Copy URL

You can now paste this link into your class' canvas page, and email to students, or any other avenue to give students access to the case study. When they visit the link, they will only see the parts of the case that you have given them permission to see:

Assignment Page with Parts A and B visible

You may make changes to visibility of the assignment even after you have shared the link, and the link will remain unchanged and active, so you will not need to send follow-up emails or make changes to the link on your course page.

Example: let's say my classroom has completed the exercises using parts A and B and I am now ready to show part C. All I need to do is go in and change the visibility settings to toggle part C:

Visibility Window with A, B, and C toggled

Click "Save" and now your students' assignment page will show part C of the case:

Assignment Page with Parts A, B, and C


You are now ready to make use of our entire library of case studies to enrich your public policy classrooms!

Check out these Case Teaching Resources for guidelines on case teaching methods.