Access the Assignment Grader
- From your course homepage, click on the assignment you want to grade.
- Select the 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.
In the upper left you have links to return to your course homepage, the assignment overview, or click on the gear icon to go into the Assignment settings.
In the upper right you can navigate to the previous user, next user, or select user from the dropdown. Click on the filter icon to filter the dropdown list based on submission status.
Adjust the display of the page using the control buttons at the bottom right.
Annotate, comment, enter score, notify student, and more! The illustration and descriptions below explain the grading tools available in the Assignment Grader.
Note: not all file types can be displayed in the browser.
In the upper left of the viewer, you can move between pages of the submission. To the right, you will see annotation tools. See the table below the image for more information on these icons.
|Perform a keyword search to search already made comments.
Expand / Collapse Comments
|Expand or collapse comments.
|To make a comment on the paper, select the Comment Button. Then, click and drag a square directly on the submission. Type your comment. When you click outside the box, the comment will automatically be saved. Click the icon in the upper right of the comment box to save your comment to a quick-list (to use again for a different student) or delete the comment.
Comment Background Color
|Before adding a comment, select a background color for the comment.
|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 annotations on the submission to move or delete them.
|Use the pen button to hand-write or draw a free form shape.
|Draw a straight line.
|Draw a square to frame an item on the submission.
|Draw a circle to frame an item on the submission.
|Highlight text on the submission.
|Before adding an annotation, use the palette button to select a color for the pen, line, square frame, circle frame, or highlighter.
|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
If the file does not display in the browser, you can download the file by clicking on the link near the top on the right hand panel.
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, which you can then edit/add comments.
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. The email will be sent out around the top of the hour. 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.
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.
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.
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.