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Including Comments With a Grade Entry

You can include comments with a grade to give additional feedback to students on their performances. You can also use comments to expand on grading decisions, take notes for future reference, or to share with other instructors, Teaching Assistants, or Graders.

You can include comments with any grade entry. Provide comments during grading, after grading, or while working offline with a downloaded column. To learn more, see Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items for Working Offline.

Comments provided in the Feedback to User section are visible to students when a grade is made available.

Comments provided in the Grading Notes section cannot be accessed by students or observers.

How to Provide or Edit an Attempt Comment from the Grade Center

Attempt comments relate to individual attempts and you can provide them without including a grade. If you have permitted multiple attempts, you can provide a comment to share feedback with a student before assigning a grade to the assessment.

  1. To see the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> Action Link <end definition>. ( Action Link icon ) for a cell in the grid, move your mouse pointer over the cell.
  2. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  3. Select Attempt.
  4. Type comments in the Feedback to User or Grading Notes sections. Use the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> Text Editor <end definition>. functions to format the text and include files, images, links, multimedia, and Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> Mashups <end definition>..
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the Grade Center or use the Save and Next and View Previous functions to navigate through the attempts in the queue.

Note:  You can also provide comments on the Grade Details page by clicking View Attempt or Edit Grade.

How to Provide or Edit a Grade Comment from the Grade Center

A grade comment is provided after the item has been graded or while the grade is being manually overwritten, and relates to the assessment grade, rather than an attempt grade.

  1. To see the Action Link for a cell in the grid, move your mouse pointer over the cell.
  2. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  3. Select Quick Comment.
  4. In the pop-up window, type text-only comments in the Feedback to User or Grading Notes sections -OR- click the Text Editor function to access all the features of the Text Editor.
  5. Click Submit.

Note:  You can also provide comments on the Manually Override tab on the Grade Details page.