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Grading an assignment 2.9

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Grading an assignment

How to grade assignments

You can get to an assignment to do grading by:

  • clicking on it's name in the Gradebook
  • clicking on the Assignment activity on the course page
  • clicking on the hyper-link in the notification email alerting you to a student's submission (if Notify graders about submissions is set to yes in the assignment settings)
  • clicking on the Assignment name in the Grade Me block on your dashboard

In all cases you will be directed to the Assignment submission page. e.g.

View/grade an assignment

  1. Select View/grade all submissions
  2. A new screen appears showing all students and their current submission status. See below for an example.

View/grade an assignment screen

  1. Scroll horizontally to see the actual work submitted. Depending on the way you set the assignment up there may be Online text, uploaded files and submission comments.
    NOTE: If you are using groups to separate classes, you can select the specific group you want to grade, removing others from the display, from the 'Separate groups' droplist at the top.

    See below for an example.

View/grade an assignment screen

To actually mark the submission you have two options:

Option 1. Turn on Quick grading which lets you select a value in the Grade column for each student on the current screen.
Option 2. Go to the Grade screen where you can concentrate on individually marking one student at a time, including entering Feedback.

See the sub-chapter for explanations of both.

Download submissionsNOTE: You can download all file submissions so that you can view and mark submitted work 'off-line'. i.e. from your computer or tablet rather than online across the Internet.

To do this use the Download all submissions option from the Assignment Administration block shown on the left side of screen. You will be prompted to open or save a ZIP file. You can save this to a hard drive or USB, where you can then extract all the submissions and mark independently of eCampus.

Individual or quick grading

Grading options 1 & 2

Option 1.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the grading table and choose "Quick grading" from the options.
  2. A box appears alongside each 'Grade pencil' in the Grade column.
  3. Enter required grades.

Quick grading option

Note the warnings.

Option 2.

  1. Click the pencil under the Grade heading in the appropriate row. If you pick the first student listed who has submitted, you will have the option to grade and [Save and show next] to move to marking the next student submission.

Grade option

  1. The Grade screen is displayed. See the image at the end of this page for an example. You are able to:
    1. Enter the grade
    2. Provide feedback comments
    3. Add feedback files (e.g. marked-up report) if you have selected this option when setting up the assignment.
    4. Enable a further attempt if required by changing "Allow another attempt" to Yes.
    5. Request to Notify the student so they are messaged to say the assignment has been graded. Feedback will be included with the notification.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and choose from the available options to save, save and move to next, or move back and forward through submitted assignments to find the one you are wishing to grade next.

ImportantNOTE: The example below was an assignment set up to be graded using the VET Assessment Scale, with Feedback comments and Feedback files enabled. The student was permitted to have two attempts, with the reattempt to be manually opened by the lecturer. If you have used different settings the Grade screen will be contextualised for them.

Grading screen

Incorrect submissions

Sometimes students accidentally submit their work before they are ready for it to be marked. This is the advice you can give them to allow them to save work but not submit as well as instructions on what to do if you want to "cancel" an incorrect submission.

How students can keep working on a submisson

To save their uploaded work but NOT submit they should only use the [Save Changes] button displayed below their submission. This option appears as soon as they upload / enter information for an Assignment.

save changes in an assignment

Once they have pressed [Save Changes] they will see a summary of their attempt together with options to continue editing or to submit, similar to below:

Submisison status for an assignment

Pressing [Edit submission] puts them back to the screen to enter information and/or alter file submissions.

Pressing [Submit assignment] will display the Submission statement shown below, which does clearly indicate that continuing will prevent them from doing any more work but which some students still accidentally do.

Assignment submission statement

Reversing an incorrect submission

If you have a student that has accidentally submitted an assignment and you are prepared to allow them to continue working regardless of them having submitted (e.g. allow them to do more work without using up one of their attempts) you need to follow these steps.

  1. Select the assignment that the student accidentally submitted to.
  2. Select View/grade all submissions
  3. Locate the accidental submission in the grading screen.
  4. Click EDIT and choose Revert the submission to draft

In the below example Astro Boy's submission which was accidentally submitted for grading is being reverted back to draft status where he can continue to work on his assignment.

Revert assignment to draft

Feedback for assignments

It is an important part of a student's learning experience that they receive an appropriate level of feedback for any work that they submit. Assignments provide a range of options for you to do this:

  • Alert (message) student when you have graded their work if 'Notify students' is set to Yes
  • Provide online feedback comments they can view on eCampus
  • Upload a feedback file, which may be their original submission with your comments (and/or markup from Tracked Changes)
  • Use an offline grading worksheet

Feedback options are set up when you create an assignment.

Feedback type options

Feedback comments enables a column in the Grading sheet for you to type in comments. If using the Grading sheet an input box is supplied where you can format the text.

Feedback files, as the help explains, lets you upload files with feedback (which could even be audio or video feedback).

Offline Grading worksheet if ticked does not have to be used. However, it optionally allows you to download a CSV (Excel) worksheet that contains details of all students, their submission status (No submission, Submitted for grading, Graded), the Grade if awarded, Date/time stamps for submission and grade and Feedback comments. You can then use this to grade off-line and upload to update the results and feedback when finished grading.

To download the "offline grading worksheet" you need to be viewing the Grading screen and select the appropriate Grading action at the top of screen, as shown below. As soon as selected you will be prompted to open or save a CSV file called Grades-<coursename>-<assignment name>-<date>.csv

Grading action

Options on Grading sheet

See below for an example of the grading sheet, which makes it easy for you to provide written feedback comments, upload feedback files, and optionally notify the student when you have completed grading.

This has been displayed by picking on the Grade column 'pencil' icon next to the students name, in the Grading screen.

Grade icon to enable grading

Grade sheet for an assignment

Turnitin submissions

Grading using Turnitin

If Turnitin has been enabled for the Assignment you can view an originality report for the student's submission. These are shown as a coloured box with a % value below the actual file submission.

NB: You can not use Turnitin with online Assignment text. The student work must be submitted as a file for a report to be generated.

Assignments with Turnitin enabled

In the image above a Turnitin submission is shown as "Pending". This is the standard display when a file has been submitted but the report not yet generated. In some cases (particularly resubmissions) it may take up to a day for the report to generate.

WarningSometimes a submission will become "stuck" in pending. You have a couple of choices in this situation:
* mark the submission without the benefit of the report
* if the file has been "Submitted for grading" use the Edit option to revert to draft. Then ask either the student or eLearning to resubmit it for you
* if in Draft mode ask either the student or eLearning to Submit for grading.

In all cases, if this occurs, notify eLearning as they may need to get Turnitin Support to resolve the issue.

While Turnitin has a grading area when you view a report in the current eCampus configuration you must grade the assignment within the Assignment activity as shown in the previous pages.

For further information please see the Creating assignments (inc. Turnitin) Help document.