You can download assignment submissions to review them offline. Choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. Unzip or expand the file to view the contents. Each submission is saved as a separate file.

Windows and Mac computers have built-in capabilities to view and extract compressed ZIP file packages. To learn more, see the help available for your computer's operating system.

Download assignments

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  1. In the Grade Center, access the assignment column's menu and select Assignment File Download.
  2. On the Download Assignment page, select the student submissions to download -OR- select the check box in the header bar to choose all available submissions.
  3. Select Submit.
  4. On the next Download Assignment page, select the Download assignments now link. A pop-up window displays instructions for what to do with the file.
  5. In the pop-up window, select Save File and select OK.
  6. Browse to the location where you want to download the file and select Save.
  7. To return to the Grade Center, select OK on the Download Assignment page.

When you use the download function, usernames are included automatically in the file names for easy identification. But, files you download one by one from the Grade Assignment page won't include usernames. To avoid confusion, you can specify that students use a detailed file name that includes their last names or their usernames when they submit assignments.

If a student added an attachment, the downloaded ZIP file may contain two files for each student: the attached file and a TXT file produced by the Grade Center. The TXT file contains information about the submission and student comments. Both files have the student's username included in the file name for easy identification.

The Assignment File Cleanup function allows you to select students and delete files associated with their submissions. This function is available from the assignment column's menu in the Grade Center.


Grade downloaded assignments

After you review submissions offline and assign grades, you can provide grades and comments in the Grade Center. Access the assignment cell's menu and select View Grade Details. On the Grade Details page, select Edit Grade. You can use the Insert File function in the editor to add files. Or, select View Attempt to see the student's work in the Submission and Comments sections as you add a grade, comments, and files.

Alternatively, you can type grades directly in the Grade Center cells. If you type a grade for the first attempt for an assignment that you have allowed two attempts for, this grade is called an override grade. If you go on to grade the second attempt from the Grade Assignment page, the override grade still supersedes the second attempt grade you assign. So, consider the ramifications before you assign grades directly in Grade Center cells for assignments.

More on override grades

Video: Download Assessment Submissions


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Video: Download assessment submissions explains how to download assessment submissions and what you can and cannot download in the Ultra course view.


ULTRA: Download assessments

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To accelerate your grading process, you can download students' assessment submissions and view them offline. You can download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. Unzip or expand the file to view the contents. Each submission is saved as a separate file with each student's username.

Your TAs, Facilitators, and Graders are also allowed to download assessment submissions.

You can download the content and files that students create and attach in the editor for their submissions.

You can't download content and files attached to assessment questions. For example, if an assessment has only Essay questions, students' answers aren't downloaded. You also can't download discussions, group work, or anonymous submissions.

Select the download option from these areas in the gradebook:

  • List view: Item's Submissions page > menu in the header row
  • Grid view: Item's menu

Download Assessment Files page

On the Download Assessment Files page, select the Name or Date column header to sort the submissions.

  1. Select the check box next to the Name column to select all submissions or select submissions individually. If you select all, only submissions with files and text provided by students in the editor are included in the ZIP file.

    If you allowed multiple attempts, the files for all attempts for each student are included.

  2. Select Create ZIP File to start the process.
  3. In the pop-up box, select Send. The file is created in the background and you automatically return to the Submissions list page or grid view. The process takes a few moments based on the size of the file.

You receive an email and a course message when the ZIP file is ready to download to your computer. On your course's Messages page or in your email, select the Download now link.

If you delete the email and course message with the link to download the file, you have to rerun the download. The ZIP file remains in the system until a routine system cleanup is performed—every 90 days or longer—or until an administrator manually deletes it. Contact your administrator for more information.


ULTRA: View ZIP file contents

Windows and Mac computers have built-in capabilities to view and extract compressed ZIP file packages. To learn more, see the help available for your computer's operating system.

After you unzip the file, a folder appears with files for each submission. Usernames are included automatically in the file names for easy identification.

Files included in the ZIP file

TXT file: If a student used the editor to complete the assessment, the submission text appears in a TXT file. You'll also find information about the submission, such as date submitted. Reminder: Content and files attached to assessment questions aren't downloaded.

Submission files: If the student uploaded one or more files as the submission, they appear together in the list. For example, a student's submission might include a Word doc, an image file, and a slide presentation. Reminder: If you allowed multiple attempts, the files for all attempts for each student are included.

Combination: A student can provide text and attach files in the editor to complete the submission.