Knowledgebase: Online Assessment
Marking Student Submissions in Assign2

Article Last Updated June 2021

This article describes how instructors can use the marking interface in Assign2 Online Assessments. See Creating Online Assignments Using Assign2 for details on setting up these assignments and an overview of the tool. Please note that Assign2 was released in Fall 2020 so instructors should contact eClass support if they wish to provide any feedback.


Marking Student Submissions

Once students have completed assignments, work can be graded by clicking the Exam Marking option from the navigation dropdown at top left. The grading interface allows multiple graders to score and markup either specific questions across all student submissions or entire student assignments at a time. Grades are entered at the top left either on a keyboard or with a mobile/tablet friendly keypad:


New in September 2020: Instructors can rotate any student submissions that have been uploaded in the wrong orientation:


Using the Markup Tools

The markup tools allow graders to annotate directly onto students’ submissions. These tools available include the options to draw lines, highlight areas, and add correct or incorrect flags to students’ submissions. It is also possible to add reusable comments with the option of designated scores that can be shared across graders. 

New in September 2020: The following new keyboard shortcuts have been added to streamline marking tasks using the toolbar:

  • [Shift + t] for text comment
  • [Shift + l] for LaTeX comment
  • [Shift + r] for rotate image
  • [Shift + q] for select question mark
  • [Shift + x] for select  cross X icon
  • [Shift + y] for select tick right icon
  • [Shift + b] for select brush in paint mode
  • [Shift + p] for select pencil in paint mode
  • [Shift + u] for unselect current tool
  • [Shift + f] for toggle flag/unflag selected question  

Specific features of the overlay toolbar are:  

  • Navigate to Dashboard:

Graders can navigate to the Dashboard page using the back arrow button.

  • Color Picker:

Graders can change the color of the Marker and the Highlighter tools by selecting from color picker.


  • Marker Tool:


  • Highlighter Tool:


  • Correct and Incorrect Flags:

Graders can mark the submissions by placing a checkmark to denote a correct answer or a cross symbol for the wrong answer.


  • Grade Commenting Tools: 

Adding Comments allows instructors to re-use common assignment feedback items and scores on common questions across student submissions. New in April 2021, both text and TeX formatted comments are added through the same icon:    


  • Saving & Sharing Comments:

By checking Save, graders can reuse comments. Checking Share will allow any other other graders in the assignment to also reuse the comment for this question. Giving the comment a meaningful title is important for ease of re-use and by entering a score in the Marks field, it is possible to automatically add that score to a question when the comment gets re-used. 

New in April 2021, comments can have negative scores added.

Saved comments are added below the scoring keypad on the left side. To add a comment (and associated grade), click the + icon, position the mouse cursor (which switches into a comment icon) over the submission in the desired spot, the click again to enter it. 

New in April 2021, the text or score on a comment can be edited after creation by clicking the edit icon beside the comment name. Comments can also be deleted. Note: editing the score of a comment after it has already been used to score assessments will update all grades already entered. (It may be necessary to refresh your screen to see these change.)

  • Delete Tool

Graders can remove markings, symbols and comments by selecting the item to delete then clicking on the delete icon.

Grading Workflow tools

The right hand column lists all the submissions for an assessment. New in September 2020, instructors can download completed exam marks including a per question breakdown by clicking the icon at the top right of the exam list: 

The exams can be sorted using the filters:

Note: Marking is always blind unless Show student name is selected.

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