When you create an assignment, a column is added automatically to the Grade Center. An assignment that has been submitted, but not graded, is indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon.
You can access assignments that have been submitted by students and need grading from the:
Depending on your grading style, you can access and grade one assignment attempt, view all the submissions for one assignment, or view all the assignments with submissions that need grading.
For courses with many enrolled students and gradable items, the Needs Grading page can help you determine which assignments need grading first. For example, you can sort by the date submitted to provide feedback to the earliest submitters first.
To access the Needs Grading page:
To filter and sort attempts:
To learn more, see About the Needs Grading Page.
The Grade Center shows all gradable items. The number of items may influence how you organize your time for grading tasks. You may also find it beneficial to view a student's previous grades as you grade.
To access the Grade Center:
To grade a single assignment attempt:
To grade all submissions for an assignment:
You access the Grade Assignment page from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center. You can navigate among users and attempts, view rubrics, grade anonymously, and view information about an assignment.
Inline assignment grading might be available on the Grade Assignment page. If you do not see it, your school has not turned it on. This feature enables you to annotate student submissions in the browser instead of downloading the file and provides grading features in a sidebar next to the submission. To learn more, see Inline Grading For Assignments.
On the action bar, you can:
Expand the Assignment Information link to view the following information:
If an assignment is listed as In Progress, you must submit the assignment to grade it.
Click Save and Next to display the next user, when available. If you assign no grade for the attempt, clicking Save and Next will not change the status of the attempt.
Click Save as Draft to save your comments and feedback for the user and return to grading at a later time. The assignment remains ungraded and an exclamation mark appears in My Grades and in the Grade Center. Students cannot access your draft comments through My Grades. If you type a score, Save as Draft prevents the score from appearing in the Grade Center and My Grades and the score is not saved.
Use the arrows to navigate through or grade the attempts in the queue one at a time.
If you allowed multiple attempts for an assignment, and a student has submitted all attempts, they appear in the grade cell's contextual menu.
After selecting an attempt, type a grade and feedback. Click Save and Next or use the arrows to navigate between attempts. The last attempt's grade appears in the cell by default. If the last of the multiple attempts is ungraded, the exclamation mark remains in the cell.
To change the displayed grade to the first graded attempt, highest grade, lowest grade, or an average of attempts, access the Grade Center column's contextual menu, select Edit Column Information, and select the attempt to score from the Score attempts using drop-down list.
You can grade assignments anonymously to ensure impartial evaluation of student work. For example, an opinion-based assignment that you grade anonymously may offer students a higher level of comfort when expressing themselves.
In anonymous grading, all identifying information is hidden and attempts appear in random order. Each student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.
To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:
To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:
To grade anonymously from the Grade Assignment page:
If a student has submitted the maximum number of attempts for an assignment, but you want to give them another opportunity, you can invite them to submit again.
To allow an additional attempt:
The Allow Additional Attempt function only appears if the student has already submitted the maximum number of attempts allowed for that assignment. You can continue to offer opportunities to resubmit attempts each time the student reaches that maximum number. You do not have to grade previous attempts to allow a student to submit again.
Alternatively, click Ignore Attempt to ignore the attempt’s score in grade calculations and not count it against the maximum number of attempts.
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