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Grading Group Assignments

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16:59, 6 Mar 2013

When you create a group assignment, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center. You can assign grades to group assignments through the Needs Grading page or through the Grade Center.

After accessing the Grade Group Attempt page by either method, the grading process is the same.

How to Access a Group Assignment From the Needs Grading Page

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Needs Grading. The total number of items to grade appears on the Needs Grading page.
  3. Use the Filter drop-down lists to narrow the list of items to grade by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. For example, you can filter the list by Category and display only assignments and by User to select a specific group.
  4. Click Go. The filtered items appear on the Needs Grading page. Click a column heading or the caret to sort the items.

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  5. Access the Grade Group Attempt page by clicking an item's contextual menu and selecting Grade All Users.

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    Access the Grade Group Attempt page by clicking a group name in the User Attempt column.

  6. The Grade Group Attempt page appears and you can proceed with grading.

How to Access a Group Assignment From the Grade Center

In the Grade Center, group assignments that have been submitted, but not graded, are indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon. All group members’ cells display the exclamation mark, regardless of who submitted the group assignment.

If a group submits an incorrect file—and only one submission is allowed—you must clear that attempt so the group can resubmit.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section and select Assignments or Full Grade Center.
  2. In the Grade Center, access the group assignment column’s contextual menu and select Grade Attempts.

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    Locate any group member’s cell for the group assignment containing an exclamation mark. Point to the cell to access the contextual menu. Select the Group Attempt.

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  3. The Grade Group Attempt page appears and you can proceed with grading.

How to Grade on the Group Attempt Page

  1. On the Grade Group Attempt page, you can collapse or expand the Assignment Information.
  2. View who submitted the assignment for the group.
  3. In the Submission History section, all attempts appear.
  4. Download assignment files.
  5. Type a Group Grade and optional Feedback to the Group and Instructor Notes. Optionally, use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, external links, multimedia, and mashups to your feedback or notes.
  6. If this is the only item to grade, click Submit to complete grading. Click Save as Draft to complete grading at another time. If more than one group has submitted this assignment or if more than one attempt from this group exists, you can click Save and Exit to complete the grading of this attempt only -OR- Save and Next to grade the next group attempt.

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The group grade you assigned is added automatically to each group member’s cell in the Grade Center, even if a member did not contribute. Students can view the group grade on the Review Submission History page accessed by clicking the assignment link on the group homepage, in the course area where the assignment is linked, or on their My Grades pages.

About Multiple Attempts

If more than one attempt is submitted by a group, all attempts appear in the contextual menu for the grade's cell.

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After selecting an attempt, type a grade and feedback. View the next attempt by the group or click Save and Exit. Click the arrows on the action bar to navigate to other groups’ attempts.

If the last of the multiple attempts is ungraded, the exclamation mark remains in the cell.

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The last attempt’s grade appears in the group members' cells by default. If two attempts exist and you grade only the last attempt, that grade appears in the grade column.

To change the displayed grade to the first attempt, highest grade, lowest grade, or an average of attempts, use the Grade Center column's contextual menu to select Edit Column Information. On the Edit Column Information page, select from the Score attempts using drop-down list.

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Editing a Group Grade

Follow the same steps for adding a group grade to change a group’s grade. Edit the Group Grade and Feedback to Group, and click Save and Exit.

Grading Group Assignments Anonymously

You can grade items without viewing student information. The attempts will be displayed in a random order, without system identifying information, to you (or your designated grader) for grading. Anonymous grading is helpful to reduce potential bias from the instructor, grader, or teaching assistant when grading. Anonymous grading may also be appropriate when having students grade each other's work.

Grade Anonymously is available from the column header's contextual menu in the Grade Center. This action will open a new attempt with all system user identification removed. Any unsaved changes to the current attempt will be lost.

How to Change an Individual Member’s Group Grade

You can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group by editing the grade for the member in the Grade Center. If a group member’s grade is changed and a new group grade is given, the new group grade does not affect the individual’s new grade. The individual’s new grade does not appear to the other group members.

  1. In the Grade Center, access the member’s Grade Details page.
  2. On the Grade Details page, click Edit User Grade. Click Grade Group Attempt to review the submission before changing the grade.
    • Click Allow Additional Group Attempt so you can add a grade and feedback and allow the group to refine and improve their grade with another attempt.
    • Click Delete User Attempt to remove that attempt from the current member’s cell.
    • Ignore Attempt will not include the attempt’s score in that student’s grade calculations and will not count the submission against the maximum number of attempts. Ignoring an attempt applies only to an individual student, not to the entire group.
  3. On the group member’s Grade Details page, type a new grade in the Current Grade Value text box.
  4. Type optional Feedback to User. Optionally, use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, external links, multimedia, and mashups to your feedback.
  5. Type optional Grading Notes, only available to you.
  6. Click Save.

The new grade for the group member appears on the member’s Grade Details page and in the member’s cell in the Grade Center. The member’s grade is designated as an overridden grade.

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How to Revert a Member’s Edited Grade

You can revert a member’s edited grade to the original group grade that all group members received.

  1. In the Grade Center, access the member’s Grade Details page.
  2. After you edit a member’s group grade, you can access the Revert To Group Grade function.
  3. Click OK. The member’s grade is changed to the original group grade.
  4. Click Return to Grade Center to return to the Grade Center page and view the grades.

Adding and Deleting Group Members

If you add a member to a group after you assign a grade for a group assignment, the new member does not receive a grade, as they were not part of the process. Even if you update the group grade, the new member does not receive a grade. You can assign a grade for the new member from the member’s Grade Details page, but there is no submission available to view when grading.

If you remove a member of a group and you have assigned a grade for a group assignment, any grading updates are applied to that group member’s cell. To remove a score for a member removed from a group, click Delete User Attempt on the member’s Grade Details page. You are asked if you are sure you want to delete the attempt. The group assignment grade is deleted from the member’s cell in the Grade Center.

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