Assignments: Grading Submitted Files and Inline Grading
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Graded assignments are sent back to students individually.
Grades for Assignments are entered in the Grade Detail page or in the corresponding Column and row in the Grade Center.
- Go to Control Panel, select Grade Center.
- In the Full Grade Center, scroll horizontally to the column with the assignment's name.
NOTE: If you are using a Mac and are unable to see the horizontal scrollbar, go to System Preferences > General > Show Scroll and set the option to Always.
- If submissions have been made, you will see yellow exclamation mark icons throughout the column. This icon indicates that a submission requiring manual grading has been made.
- Click on the arrow action link beside an exclamation mark icon.
- From the drop-down menu select View Grade Details.
- From the Grade Details page, you can see the current grade for the assignment or an exclamation mark if no grade has been assigned. You can also see the:
a. Attempts submitted by the student for the assessment, if applicable
b. Grade History tab for information on previous submissions and grades for this assessment
- Click the View Attempts button to view the submission(s).
- In the Grade Assignment page, under Submission you will see all of the files submitted by this student. Click the file names to download the submitted files.
- If the submitted file type is supported, you will be able to use inline grading to view, comment, and grade the submitted files directly in your browser. Please see the Inline Grading section below for more information. If the submitted file type is not supported, you will be prompted to download the file to your computer instead.
- In the grading panel on the right, enter a numeric value for the student's grade to the right of the current Attempt.
- You may choose to provide feedback in the Feedback to Learner field. If you do not see this field, click on the current Attempt in the grading panel.
- You can attach an individual marking scheme or any other file to the work you are marking by clicking the paper clip icon in the bottom left of the Feedback to Learner box.
NOTE: Any files that you upload must not contain spaces or special characters in the file name. Only numbers, letters, hyphens (-), and underscores (_) are permitted.
- You may optionally add any notes in the Grading Notes textbox, which will not be visible to the student.
- When you are finished click Submit to share the grade with the student. If you still want to review the assignment, click on Save Draft to save your changes to the attempt. Click on Cancel if you would like to quit without saving.
NOTE: Each attempt can receive a grade but the final grade delivered to the student is entered in the Grade Center.
Instructors can choose to grade multiple attempts in the Grade Center with the following Score Attempts options. Score attempts options are available in the grade column menu item called Edit Column Information for the Assignment in the Grade Center.
- Grade of Last Attempt
- Grade of First Attempt
- Highest Grade
- Lowest Grade
- Average of Attempt Grades
Blackboard will return you to the Grade Details page. To enter the grade for the next user, locate the navigation feature at the very top, right-hand corner of the web page and click on the arrow. You will see the Grade Details page for the next student in your course. Repeat steps 1 through 7 above to record student grades and upload commented files for each additional student in your course.
If the Multiple Attempts option has been selected, each attempt will be logged in Grade Details.
When you have finished, scroll down to the bottom of a Grade Details page and click OK to return to the Grade Center.
Inline grading allows course staff to view, comment, and grade student submissions directly within the browser.
Supported file types include Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx), and Adobe PDF (.pdf). Files that are not supported by inline grading can still be downloaded locally.
NOTE: Inline Grading is available in Portal courses as of August 15, 2016.
Annotation sessions expire after one hour. You will be prompted with a notification to save your current edits and refresh the page in order to continue.
Course staff can only change or edit their own annotations and comments.
The batch download for inline graded assignments will not include annotations and comments, therefore, it is recommended that you individually download the Annotated PDF version (NOT the original version) of the inline annotated student submission so that you have a copy of all comments made.
Use a filename that includes identifying information for the student when downloading a student submission that has annotations and comments using the inline grading interface. The default downloaded filename includes no identifying information.
Using the appropriate icons in the menu bar at the top, course staff can add comments or annotations to student submissions. Annotations are saved instantly, however the grade needs to be submitted in order for the annotated assignment and grade to be published to the Grade Center and student (if applicable).