Grading Student Assignments
Article Last Updated May 2022
In eClass, there are two ways in which an Instructor or TA can assign grades and feedback to a student’s assignment submission: (1) through the Assignment itself via the 'View all submissions' table or online 'Grade' area; or (2) through the Gradebook Grader report view. Grading in the assignment itself is the recommended option.
Using the Assignment activity grading page
Grading via the Assignment itself provides instructors with the greatest flexibility in terms of providing students with feedback and it is the only method by which instructors can upload response files individually to the student - a valuable feature to those who wish to upload offline grading rubrics for students performance breakdown.
To grade items using this method:
- Click on the name of the assignment in the course page to launch the Grading summary view.
- This view shows the status of student submissions and provides buttons at the bottom to show the entire grading table or the single student grading interface:
- The Assignment grading table shows all details of student assignments: identifiers, submission time, last edit, submission files or text, previously entered grades, feedback files, and feedback comments.
With Quick grading on, there are also text entry boxes for grades and comments as well as buttons to launch the individual grading interface. This page also allows for several bulk grading actions and other features discussed further in Advanced Use of eClass Assignments. Any filters or sorting applied to the 'View all submissions' table will be reflected in the annotated grading view (#4. below) and vice-versa. If you are missing students in either view, confirm that no filters are preventing the visibility.
Any columns you hide in the table above to conserve space using the + and minus icons in the header row will remain saved as a user preference for this table.
- Clicking on the Grade button from the assignment summary page (or from an individual student row in the Assignment grading table) will launch a single user grading interface. This view maximizes screen real estate for grading functions by removing the top navigation and side bars, offering the option to switch between 3 different grading views via the bottom right button:
- The default grading view when you enter the interface has standard features for grading individual students: viewing the status, submission time, a link to the uploaded file, and entry areas for the grade, comments, and for uploading response files. There are links at the top left that link back to the course main page, the assignment summary page, to the assignment settings, and a link to View all submissions. The top right features buttons to go to the previous or next student as well as a dropdown box to select particular students (note that due to poor performance, this dropdown list has been capped to show a maximum of 30 students - if a course has more than this, the assignments grading table view in #3. above can be used to launch particular students 'grade' view.) The bottom right buttons switch between the 3 grader interface panels.
- Paging back and forth in documents sends you to the top of the navigated page to avoid needing to scroll up frequently.
- The second panel of the new grading interface will be of great value for instructors working with file submissions assignments. The new navigation features in the top portion are the same; below that the panel automatically converts most text file formats (.docx, .doc, .txt, .odt, .rtf) as well as online text submissions to PDF, displays them in the centre panel allowing them to be marked up with comments, and has compact grade and feedback boxes on the right side. The available PDF annotations are the same as previously available - see Grading PDF Assignments for more information. It is possible to rotate student submissions that have been uploaded in the wrong orientation.
- The third panel is the same as the second except that the right hand column is removed. This view would be used for extensive PDF annotations where grades and additional comments are not required. This view also maximizes the space available to the PDF annotation tools (if the toolbar is missing icons they may have been forced onto a new line - switching to this view and/or collapsing the left nav column will widen the display and reveal the missing icons by making more space.)
Note: Only one grader should be grading an assignment. Multiple users grading the same assignment may result in data loss.
Using the Gradebook to grade student assignments
Grading assignment submissions via the Grader report offers instructors similar functionality but limits the options for providing student feedback. Instructors do not have the option to upload a response file as part of their feedback to a student when grading is done directly via the Grader report.
To access the grader report:
- Go to the Grade administration page by clicking on Grades in the navigation panel, near the top left corner of the page.
- Alternatively, to access the Grade administration page, you can also click on the gear icon on your course main page, then select Gradebook setup.
- Once you are on the Grade administration page, make sure you are in the Grader report tab, under the View tab.
- Click on Turn Editing On in the top right corner and enter the grades directly in the grader report. Make sure to click Save changes to save your grades once you have entered them. Note: When grades have been entered directly through the gradebook, any previously entered grades and feedback entered through the assignment itself become unavailable. These are saved but no longer visible to students.