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How do I grade an assignment?

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This article describes how to grade an assignment using the new grader interface. For instructions on grading using the older interface, please see How do I grade an assignment using the legacy grading interface?

Select Assignments.

Select assignments

In the target Sakai site, select Assignments from the Tool Menu.

Select Grade.

select Grade

Select Grade beneath the assignment name.

Note: If a grading scale has not been applied to an assignment, it will say View Submissions instead of Grade.

Check the box Use Sakai Grader.

Check Use Sakai Grader

Check the box "Use Sakai Grader to grade submissions."

Note: The Sakai Grader interface is the default setting, so this option may already be selected.

Select a student to grade.

Select student's name

A list of all the students in the class will be displayed, along with the submission date, status, grade, and release columns for each student. Sort by any of these columns by selecting the category title of the column.

Select a student name to grade their submission.

Customize grader view. (Optional)

Select Settings cog

Optionally, select the Settings cog icon next to the assignment title to customize the grader view. This will allow selection of the following options:

  • Navigate between students with submissions only
  • Only show ungraded submissions
  • Dock the grader on the left
  • Select a group

View student submission.

View submission

The student submission will be previewed on one side of the screen.

  1. The student name and submission date are listed in the top of the grading pane, along with links to submitted inline text (if applicable) and any file attachments. Select the Submitted Text link or the file name of an item under Submitted Attachments to preview that item on the other side of the screen.
  2. To download a copy of the student file, select the file name above the document previewer.

Enter a score.

Enter a score

Enter the score for the assignment in the "Grade" text field.

Rubric grading. (Optional)

Grade via rubric

If the assignment has a rubric associated with it, the rubric icon will appear next to the Grade text field.

  1. Select the icon to open the rubric.
  2. The rubric will open in a dialog box where the desired rating for each criteria can be selected. This window may be moved around or resized as needed. Notice that the number in the Grade field will update automatically with the points selected in the rubric.
  3. To add comments on rubric criteria, select the speech bubble icon.
  4. Select Done.

Enter feedback comments. (Optional)

Enter feedback comments

To include additional comments along with the grade, use the Rich Text Editor to provide feedback.

  1. Select the Feedback Comment button.
  2. The Rich Text Editor will open in a dialog box to enter written comment feedback. This box may be moved around or resized as needed.
  3. Select the Done button to save the feedback comment.

Saved comment indicator appears.

saved comment indicated by dot

A saved feedback comment is indicated by a dot that appears to the right of the Feedback Comment button.

Return an attachment. (Optional)

Select Add Attachments

To return a file attachment to the student with additional feedback, select the Add Attachments button to browse for and select a file.

Add private notes. (Optional)

Add private notes

To include additional information for other instructors or TAs, use the Rich Text Editor to provide a Private Note. Students will not see these notes. They are only visible to users with grading permissions.

  1. Select the Private Notes button.
  2. The Rich Text Editor will open in a dialog box. This box may be moved around or resized as needed.
  3. Select the Done button to save the Private Note.

Saved note indicator appears.

saved note inidcated by a dot

A saved private note is indicated by a dot that appears to the right of the Private Note button.

Allow resubmissions. (Optional)

Allow resubmissions

To allow the student to resubmit the assignment, check the Allow Resubmission checkbox and specify the number of resubmissions allowed and the date until which they will be accepted.

Note: If  resubmissions were allowed on the assignment at the time of creation, this information will be pre-populated with the default resubmission information for this assignment. However, the default resubmission settings for an individual student can be overriden by changing the information shown here.

Select Save.

Select Save

Select the Save button to save the grade and feedback. (This option does not release the grade to students.)

After completing grading, to release the information to the student (and to send grades to the Gradebook, if configured in the assignment settings), select the Save and Release to Student button.

To discard changes to grades, select Cancel.

Tip: Some faculty prefer to release all of the grades at one time when they have finished entering grades for the whole class.  

Use arrows or menu to navigate submissions

The navigation options at the top right of the page allow instructors to quickly cycle through student submissions. Use the next and previous arrows to move to the next or previous student submission. Use the dropdown menu to jump to any student in the list or select Return to List to return to the full listing of all student submissions.

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