Grade or return an assignment (using Classic Grader)

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Returning to Classic Grader

New Grader is enabled by default, but if you would like to switch back to Classic Grader, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your Isidore course site.
  2. Navigate to the Assignments tool.
  3. Click on the Grade link beneath the title of the assignment you wish to grade.
  4. Ensure that the box next to "Use new Grader to grade submissions" is unchecked. This check box is located in the upper right-hand portion of the screen.
  5. Proceed with grading students' submissions.

Grading within Isidore's Assignments Tool

To review student submissions and grade assignments:

  1. Navigate to the Assignments tool in your Isidore course site.
  2. You will see a list of assignments.
  3. The "In / New" column displays the number of submissions that have come in from students (the "In" value) and the number of new submissions (the "New" value) for each assignment.
  4. Under the name of the assignment you want to grade, click Grade. You will see a table with a list of students' names. Click on an individual student's name to view and grade their submission.
    • If a student has saved an assignment as a draft, you will be able to grade the assignment, but you will be unable to see the text of the student's draft until the due date has passed.
  5. Under "Assignment Submission", you'll see the student's attachment or submitted text.
  6. Next to "Grade", select the grade for the student's assignment, or enter points in the box.
  7. To leave comments, you have the following options:
    • If the submission type is inline or inline and attachments, you can add comments to the student's submitted text by clicking on the Provide Inline Comments button, and then typing into the "Assignment Submission" text box. We recommend enclosing your comments in double curly brackets, for example: {{Cite your sources, please.}} The student will see your comments appear in red.
    • Under "Instructor Comments", you can enter summary comments in the text box (no special formatting is required).
  8. If you would like to add an attachment to give to the student, click Add Attachments.
  9. If you wish to allow the student to resubmit the assignment, check "Allow Resubmission", and use the drop-down menu to set the number of resubmissions allowed. Then, next to "Accept Until", set a resubmission deadline.
  10. When grading is complete, click Save and Release to Student to make the student's assignment grade immediately available, or click Save and Don't Release to Student to return to the submitted assignments list to continue grading.
    • If you choose the "Save and Don't Release to Student" option, you'll need to release all of the grades when you're finished grading. When you are ready to make feedback available to students and/or to send grades to the Gradebook, click on the Release Grades link when viewing the student list for an assignment.

Grading Assignments Offline Using the Bulk Download Feature

  1. From your Isidore course's tool menu, go into the Assignments tool and click the Grade link under the assignment you will be grading.
  2. You are now looking at the submission list for your entire class. You can use the "View" drop‐down menu to select specific groups in your site instead of your whole class, if desired. You can grade each student individually by clicking on the student’s name but that may take a long time in a large site. There is a much simpler way that involves downloading all of the assignment files, viewing and grading the assignments offline, and re‐uploading everything quickly and easily to the site.
  3. Click the link at the top of the page that says Download All. On the next page, check the box next to "All". You will be prompted to save the ZIP file somewhere on your computer. Save it somewhere obvious, such as your Desktop or your Downloads folder.
  4. Once the file is downloaded, right‐click on the file you downloaded and select Extract All…
  5. In the "Files will be extracted to this folder" text box, replace the bulk_download text with something meaningful (i.e. Assignment 7). Then click on the Extract button.
  6. A new window will open with a folder with the title of the Assignment submissions you downloaded. Double click on the folder to open it.
  7. Inside the assignment folder you will notice that each student has their own folder. In each student folder you will find the following items:
    • Submission Attachment(s) folder – If the student submitted their assignment as an attachment (MS Word document) you will find the file(s) in this folder.
    • Feedback Attachment(s) folder –This folder is where you can save marked up files that you want to return to the student through Isidore. Any file that is saved into this folder will be returned to the student with their grade.
    • Comments.txt ‐ This file can be used to type general comments to be returned to the students with their grade. Simply open the file, type in your comments, and save it to its current location before closing.
    • Student Name_submissionText ‐ If the student submitted their assignment inline using the online WYSIWYG HTML editor their submission will be in this file. You can open it by double‐clicking on it but you will need to open it in Microsoft Expression Web or FrontPage if you wish to make edits to it.
    • feedbackText.html ‐ If you open the student’s inline submission file and make changes in it (mentioned above) you will want to do a ‘Save As’ as opposed to a ‘Save’ and overwrite this file. This will allow the students to see their original submission WITH your comments in the file.
  8. In the simplest use, most faculty will look in the folders at the submitted files, possible write some notes in the student’s comments.txt file, and assign a grade as described in the next step.
  9. In the main assignments folder, along with the student folders, you will see a grades.csv file. Double click on it to open it.
  10. In the file you will see a "grade" column where you can record the score for each student. Save and close the grades file when you’re done in the same location.
    • You don’t need to grade every student at once. You can grade half the class, for example, and move on to the uploading steps without causing any problems.
  11. Once you’ve entered the grades and made all of the necessary changes in the student folders you will need to ZIP everything back together so you can upload it back into Isidore.
  12. Right‐click on the main assignment folder and select Send To -> Compressed (zipped) folder from the menu that appears. This process will take a few seconds and you will see a ZIP file appear in the same directory. This is the file you will need to upload into Isidore.
  13. Next, go back into the Assignments tool in your Isidore site and click the Grade link under the assignment title you are grading.
  14. Click the Upload All link towards the top of the window.
  15. On the next page use the Browse or Choose File button to find and upload the ZIP file you created in the steps above.
  16. Next, check the boxes of the elements you want to return to the students and decided whether you want to release the information to the students immediately or not. It is generally safe to click all of the boxes if you’re unsure.
  17. Click the Upload button to complete the process. The upload may take a few minutes. If done correctly, the grades and any uploaded files will be added to your site.

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