Supersite 3.0 HELP TOPIC: Grades - Grading Instructor-graded Assignments

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Grading

In the Grading area, you can review the grading needs for past, present, and future assignments, as well as unassigned items. The Grading tools are designed to make more efficient use of the time you have to grade student work.

If you have an especially busy schedule, you may find the "Spotcheck" feature useful. It allows you to select a portion of the students from the roster to grade per assignment. Remaining student assignment submissions may be quick graded. 

If you are teaching an online course, you may devote more time to grading. The question-by-question or student-by-student grading options may be better options because they allow you to review and individually grade each student response.  

Grade an Assignment

To select an assignment to grade:

  1. On the Grading page, click on the name of a grading group in the menu on the left (“Already graded,” “Needs grading,” “Upcoming grading,” or “Unassigned activities”). Note: Be sure you are focused on the desired course or section (check the course/section drop-down menu).
  2. In the right-hand menu, click on the name of the assignment you wish to grade.
  3. After selecting an assignment to grade, select a method (“Student by student,” “Question by question,” or “Spotcheck Student Work”) to use to grade the assignment.
  4. To review auto-graded questions, be sure to click the “Show auto-graded questions?” checkbox. Note: For auto-graded questions, you may overwrite the points earned by manually adjusting the awarded points or by selecting the 100% or 0% quick grade buttons.
  5. Click “start grading.”  See “Student By Student Grading,” “Question By Question Grading,” or “Spotcheck Student Work” for instructions.

Use the following tools while grading: 

  • Grading set icons: These icons represent the individual student or question submissions in the grading set. Roll your cursor over the icons in the grading set for more information, or click an icon to access the item.
  • Editing tools: Enter comments or corrections within a student response. Click the respective buttons on the tool bar to activate the tools.
  • Accent bar: Use the accent bar to enter diacritical characters and special punctuation within comments or while editing a student response.
  • Show/Hide comment fields: This setting activates the comments text field and recording tools so you can provide feedback.
  • Show/Hide student name: Activate this setting to obscure student names in the grading set; items in the grading set will be numbered consecutively beginning at 1.
  • Show/Hide question: Available in Question by question grading, this tool allows you to view the question and sample answer while grading.
  • Quick grade buttons: Set grades to 0% or 100% with one click. 

Student By Student Grading

  1. Grade the student submission by entering a grade or by clicking the 0% or 100% quick grade buttons for each instructor-graded question in the assignment. Note: Manually-entered grades must be equal to or less than the possible points for the question.
  2. When appropriate, use the editing tools to enter comments or corrections.
  3. Click “next.”
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to grade each subsequent submission in the set. Note: A previous button is available to navigate to previous submissions.
  5. Click “done” after grading the last student in the set.

Question By Question Grading

  1. Grade the question response for each student by entering a grade or by clicking the 0% or 100% quick grade buttons. Note: Manually-entered grades must be equal to or less than the possible points for the question.
  1. When appropriate, use the editing tools to enter comments or corrections.
  1. Click “next” to grade student responses for the next question.
  1. Repeat steps 1-3 to grade each subsequent set of question responses. Note: A previous button is available to navigate to previous question responses.
  1. Click “done” after grading student responses for the last question in the grading set.

Spotcheck Student Work

  1. Select a “Spotcheck” method. (You may review the submission statistics for each student to determine which Spotcheck method is most appropriate.)
    • Random: Randomly ordered and selected list of student submissions.
    • Outliers: Ordered list of student submissions based on submission statistics; time is the priority statistic, followed by length of response.
    • Manual: Select the students you wish to include.
  2. Select students to spotcheck. For Random and Outliers, use the drop-down menu to select the number of students to include. For Manual, check the box beside a student name to include the student.
  3. Click spotcheck. Note: Spotcheck opens the grading set in student by student mode.
  4. Grade the student submission by entering a grade or by clicking the 0% or 100% quick grade buttons. Note: Manually-entered grades must be equal to or less than the possible points for the question.
  5. When appropriate, use the editing tools to enter comments or corrections.
  6. Click “next.”
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 to grade each subsequent submission in the set. Note: A “previous” button is available to navigate to previous submissions.
  8. Click “done” after grading the last student in the set.
  9. If other student submissions for this assignment still need grading, a "finish spotchecking..." popup will prompt you to quick grade the remaining submissions to 100%. Check the box if you would like to award 100% to all remaining submissions. Note: A comment is required.
  10. Click “finish spotchecking.”