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Grading Assignments

When an assignment is created, a column is added automatically to the Grade Center. An assignment that has been submitted, but not graded, is indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon.

Assignments that need grading can be accessed from the Needs Grading page or from the Grade Center. Instructors have the option to grade assignments anonymously.

How to Access Submitted Assignments from the Needs Grading Page

For Courses with many enrolled Students and gradable items, the Needs Grading page can help you determine which assignments need grading first. For example, you can sort by the date submitted to provide feedback to the earliest submitters first.

To access the Needs Grading page:

  1. In the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Needs Grading. The total number of items to grade appears on the Needs Grading page.

To filter and sort attempts:

  1. Use the Filter drop-down lists to narrow the list of items to grade by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. For example, make selections in both the Category and User drop-down lists to display assignments submitted by a particular user.
  2. Click Go. The filtered items appear on the Needs Grading page.
  3. Click any column heading or the caret to sort the assignments. For example, sort the assignments by Item Name.
  4. Click Grade All on the Action Bar to begin grading the assignment attempts.
  5. The filtered assignment attempts appear on the Grade Assignment page in the order they were sorted and filtered on the Needs Grading page.

How to Access Submitted Assignments from the Grade Center

The Grade Center shows all gradable items and is not limited to tests and assignments like the Needs Grading page. Other items to grade appear with exclamation marks, such as graded Journal entries or Discussion Board posts. The number of items may influence how you organize your time for grading tasks. You may also find it beneficial to view a Student's previous grades as items are graded.

To access the Grade Center:

  1. In the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Full Grade Center or the Assignments Smart View to access assignment attempts.

To grade a single assignment attempt:

  1. Locate the cell for a Student's assignment containing an exclamation mark.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to see the Action Link.
  3. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  4. Select Attempt. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade all submissions for an assignment:

  1. In the assignment's column header, click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Attempts. The Grade Assignment page appears.

About the Grade Assignment Page

The Grade Assignment page is accessed from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center. Instructors can navigate among users and attempts, view rubrics, grade anonymously, and view information about an assignment.

On the Action Bar, the following actions can be performed:

Expand the Assignment Information link to view the following information:

Note:  If an assignment is In Progress, the Instructor must submit the assignment so it can be graded.

How to Grade Assignments from the Grade Assignment Page

The Grade Assignment page is accessed from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center.

  1. On the Grade Assignment page, view the submission text, attached files, and comments.
  2. Type a Grade for the assignment.
  3. Optionally, type comments in Feedback to User box and attach a file. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and add files, images, links, multimedia, and Mashups.
  4. Optionally, type comments in the Instructor Notes box. This text is not seen by Students.
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the Full Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Grade Details page, depending on where grading began.

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    Click Save and Next to display the next user, when available.

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    Click View Previous to display the previous user, when available.

If multiple attempts for an assignment have been allowed, a Student's grade is not released until all of the attempts have been graded.

How to Grade Assignments Anonymously

You may choose to grade assignments anonymously to ensure impartial evaluation of Student work. For example, an opinion-based assignment that is graded anonymously may offer Students a higher level of comfort when expressing themselves.

In anonymous grading, all identifying information is hidden and attempts appear in random order. Each Student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.

To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:

  1. Click an assignment attempt’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:

  1. Click an assignment's Action Link in the column header to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Assignment page:

  1. On the Action Bar, click Hide User Names.
  2. Click OK in the pop-up window to verify the action. If grading was in progress, any unsaved changes to the open attempt are lost. The Grade Assignment page refreshes and all identifying information is hidden.

Next Steps

To learn more about other grading functions in the Grade Center, see these topics:

Grading Group Assignments

Entering Grades

Including Comments With a Grade Entry

Changing Grades

Deleting and Reverting Grades