How do I grade an assignment?

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?

Go to Assignments.

Select the Assignments tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Select the assignment to 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 next to Use new Grader to grade submissions.

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

Tip: If the new Grader interface does not appear, try deselecting and then reselecting the option to use the new Grader.

Select a student to grade.

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 the student name to grade their submission.

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

Customize grader view.

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
  • Please select a group

View student submission.

  1. The student submission will be previewed on one side of the screen.
  2. 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 filename of an item under Submitted Attachments to preview that item on the other side of the screen.
  3. To download a copy of the student file, select the filename above the preview area.

Enter a grade.

Enter the score for the assignment in the grade entry text box provided.

Rubric grading.

If the assignment has a rubric associated with it, you will see a rubric icon next to the grade.

  1. Select the icon to open the rubric.
  2. The rubric will open in a pop-up window where the desired rating for each criteria can be inputted. 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.

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 pop-up window to enter written comment feedback. This window may be moved around or resized as needed.
  3. Select the Done button to save the feedback comment.

Once you have saved a feedback comment, a green circle next to the button will indicate that there is an existing comment.

Return an attachment.

If you would like to return a file attachment to the student with additional feedback, click on the Add Attachments button to browse for and select a file.

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 pop-up window where to enter the desired feedback. This window may be moved around or resized as needed.
  3. Select the Done button to save the Private Note.

Once you have saved a Private Note, a green circle next to the button will indicate that there is an existing comment.

Allow resubmissions.

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

Note: If  resubmissions were allowed on the assignment when you created it, this information will be prepopulated 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.

Save grade.

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, 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.