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Assignment Grader

Access the Assignment Grader

  1. In your course, click on the assignment you want to grade.
  1. Select the Grade button.

 assignment grade button

Navigation, Filters, and Display Controls

Prior to grading, it is useful to establish the lay of the land. The image below illustrates navigation, filters, and display controls built into the Assignment Grader. 

 assignment grader navigation

Navigate back to the course homepage or the assignment overview page if needed. Use filters to focus on students who submitted, have not submitted, require grading, or were granted an extension. Adjust the display of the page using the control buttons at the bottom right. 

Grading Tools

Annotate, comment, enter score, notify student, and more! The illustration and descriptions below explain the grading tools available in the Assignment Grader.

assignment grader annotation

Annotation Tools

 search comments button
 Search Comments
 Perform a keyword search to find a comment after making comments.
 expand comments button
 Expand / Collapse Comments
 Expand or collapse comments after making comments.
comment button
Select the Comment Button. Then, click and drag a square onto the display of the submssion. Type a comment. Optionally, save your comment to a quick-list or delete the comment.
Comment Background Color
Comment Background Color 
 Before adding a comment, select a background color for the comment.
 move button
 Use the drag button to move the display of the submission left to right and up to down. This comes in handy when the submission is wider than the display on the screen.
 select button
 Select annotations on the submission to move or delete them. 
free write button 
 Use the pen button to hand-write or draw a free form shape.
 straight line button
 Straight Line
 Draw a straight line.
 square frame button
 Square Frame
 Draw a square to frame an item on the submission.
 circle frame button
 Circle Frame
 Draw a circle to frame an item on the submission.
 highlighter button
 Highlight text on the submission.
 color palette button
 Color Palette
 Before adding an annotation, use the palette button to select a color for the pen, line, square frame, circle frame, or highlighter. 
stamp buttons
 Stamping tools allow you to choose an icon  and stamp it onto the paper. Icons include a red X, blue sad face, yellow happy face, and green checkmark. 

Download Original File

Assignment Grader displays a preview of most file types including Word Documents, PDFs, PowerPoints, .pages, and small Excel sheets.  Images files and other file types not displayed on the screen need to be downloaded for review.

Feedback Comments

Type general comments into the Feedback comments. If the assignment is set to accept online text submissions and is also set to allow inline commenting, the student's text will be displayed within the Feedback comments. This  allows you to add your feedback inline with the student's text.

Notify Students and Save

Check the box to Notify students if you would like students to receive an email notification stating their assignment has been graded. If a notification is not desired, ensure the box is not checked. You must save your annotations, feedback, and scoring before moving on to grade the next student.

Advanced Grading Tools

 Optionally, you may add other grading features to the Assignment Grader through the assignment settings. The illustration and descriptions below discuss Rubrics, Feedback Files, and Feedback PoodLL.

Advanced Grading Tools


You can integrate a rubric or grading form into Assignments. Rubrics can be set to generate a total grade based on  rubric scoring or used in a more flexible manner. Students can reference the rubric criteria on the submission page prior to submitting the assignment, which can help clarify expectations.

Refer to the guide on Assignment Rubrics for details and instructions for setup.

Feedback Files

This feature is frequently used by instructors who prefer to use track changes in Microsoft Word to give students feedback. You can upload or drag and drop in a feedback file for each student. If you use this feature, you might consider taking advantage of the annotation features offered in the Assignment Grader as an efficient alternative that encourages students to take ownership in the revision process.

Feedback PoodLL

Record short (under 3 min) audio or video feedback for students. Some instructors find it speedier to narrate rather than type comments. Audio can convey a tone that might be lost or misunderstood in text.

If you are interested in using an offline grading worksheet or quick grading, please see the guide on Managing Assignment Submissions.