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Grading Options

  • If you do not wish to use the grader to annotate the assignments your students have submitted online, you can use the Batch Download feature to download all assignments at once for you to annotate how you wish (e.g. Microsoft Word). After downloading, you can pull up each assignment individually, grade it, and add annotations. Once the grading is complete, the Batch Upload feature can be used to upload all of the corrected assignments to the Grader at one time. A Batch Upload will automatically associate the correct file with the correct student, allowing him or her to see your corrections and comments.

    To Batch Download:


    Step One:
    In the Grader, select the student name drop down menu and select All Students.

    Step Two:
    Click Batch download. A dialog window will appear. Click Save to download the batch of assignments.

    Step Three:
    The files inside of the .zip file will be formatted with the student’s last name, first name, net ID, and the file name.
    Note: Once you have edited the files, make sure to save the files with the same name format, but in a new location. Otherwise you will not be able to upload the batch back into Learning Suite.

    To Batch Upload:


    Step One:
    Open the folder where the assignments are saved.
    Note: The file names can be edited with the exception of the Net ID and underscores. Those values in the file names must remain unchanged.

    Step Two:
    Select all the assignments. Right click on the selection. A menu will appear.

    Step Three:
    Click Send To… Click Compressed (zipped) folder.

    Step Four:
    Open the Grader in your Learning Suite course, then click Batch Upload. A dialog window will appear.

    Step Five:
    Select the newly created .zip folder. Click Open. A green dialog window will appear confirming the files were uploaded.

    To view the uploaded files, click the Feedback drop down menu.

    Step Six:
    Click the Upload menu. All files that have been uploaded using the batch upload process will be displayed.

  • Instructors can grade exams, change scores, and make comments on students’ exams through Learning Suite Grader.

    Step One:
    There are two ways to open Grader:

    1. Under BYU Grades, click the arrow next to your exam’s name and select Open Grader from the drop-down menu.
    2. Select Assignments and under the Scoring column, click the Score

    Step Two:
    Click Select a student from the drop-down menu to view that student's exam, or choose Grade by Question to view all student responses for each question. Correct responses are marked with green checkmarks. Incorrect responses are marked with red x’s.

    Step Four:
    View the points that were earned for each question. Instructors can manually adjust points for any question. Enter a number in the box or use the arrows to increase or decrease the score. Click anywhere out of the entry box to save the score.

    Notes:

    • Scores entered or changed here may take up to one minute to reflect in BYU Grades. Try refreshing the page if it has been longer than one minute and scores have not updated.
    • Instructors must score open response questions manually.
    • Enter a score in the entry box or use the arrows to increase or decrease the score.
    • Instructors can enter comments in the Comments field. If or when these comments will be are available to students is determined by the preferences selected in the Reporting section of the Scheduling Tab during exam creation.

    Instructor Notes


    Once in the Grader, click the Instructor Notes dropdown to open the text box. Notes can be entered into the provided textbox. As stated, these notes are not visible to students.

    Grading With a Rubric


    Step One:
    Once you open The Grader, the rubric can be found in the left portion of the Grader. By default, the rubric is condensed to the major portions of the rubric. Click Expand full rubric to view all the criteria of the rubric.

    Step Two:
    The full rubric will expand. Points can be assigned for each category by simply clicking the button containing the point value associated with that criteria.

    Step Three:
    The rubric can be collapsed by clicking Collapse full rubric.

    View Multiple File Uploads


    Step One:
    Under BYU Grades, a file icon appears in the gradebook if a student has submitted files online. A single file icon appears for single file uploads. A double file icon appears if multiple files were submitted. Click the file icon to open the Grader [2].

    Step Two:
    The Grader appears. The most recent files submitted are displayed alphabetically in the menu on the left. The date and time files were submitted are displayed above the files. Select Show Submission History to see previous files the student submitted. If no files were previously submitted, No other submissions appears as a notification. If files were previously submitted, all file submissions appear, listed in order of most recently submitted to the oldest.

    Provide Online Feedback


    Under BYU Grades, click the drop down arrow next to the assignment you want to provide feedback for. Click Open Grader.

    Open the Select a student drop down menu and select the student whose assignment you want to provide feedback for.
    Feedback can be given in three methods:

    • direct text
    • uploading a file
    • annotations
       

    Direct Text
    Step One:
    Click Feedback and then click Text. Enter your feedback into the textbox provided. The textbox can be expanded by clicking Expand. The textbox can also be expanded horizontally by clicking Horizontal View. This can be undone by clicking Vertical View.

    Uploading a File
    Step One:
    Click Feedback and then Upload. Click Choose File.

    Step Two:
    Find and open the file in your computer. The file will be uploaded and can be downloaded by clicking on the file name. It can also be deleted by clicking the trash can icon.
    Note: Your students can find the uploaded feedback document in their Assignments tab under the Feedback column. Have them click the View link and from there they can download the uploaded feedback.

    Annotations
    Note: This method requires that the students submitted their assignments to Learning Suite electronically. It is recommended that professors instruct their students to upload assignments as PDF files, as some .docx files have problems displaying correctly in the Grader. Click here for more information about enabling online submissions.

    Step One:
    Near the top right of the page, click + Annotation.

    Step Two:
    Click and drag across the section of the assignment you want to provide feedback for.

    Step Three:
    Upon release, a dialog window will appear. A preview of the section you selected will be available. Title the note and provide feedback in the space provided. Click Save.

    Step Four:
    The note will be added and marked. The note can be edited or deleted by clicking on the note and clicking the pencil or trash can icons.

  • Instructors can score tests in two different ways:

    • Grade by Question
    • Grade by Student 

    Grade by Question
    Step One:
    Under BYU Grades, open your test’s drop-down menu by clicking the arrow next to its name. Select Open Grader to access the grader associated with your specific test.

    Step Two:
    Click the Select a student drop-down menu. Select Grade by Question at the top of the student roster.

    Step Three:
    Click the Question drop-down menu at the top of the page to change which question you are viewing. You can also navigate the questions numerically by clicking the > or < buttons on either side of the question drop-down menu.

    Grade by Student
    Step One:
    Under BYU Grades, open your test’s drop-down menu by clicking the arrow next to its name. Select Open Grader to access the grader associated with your specific test.

    Step Two:
    Click the Select a student drop-down menu. Select the student whose exam answers you want to view.

    Step Three:
    You can navigate through the students by clicking the > or < buttons on either side of the students' names drop-down menu.

  • Instructors have the option to filter exam answers by:

    • Course Section
    • Attempt

    Filter by Course Section

    Once in the Grader, click the Filter By drop-down menu. Uncheck sections you do not want to view by clicking the appropriate checkboxes. The students and questions that appear on the screen will only be for sections that are checked.

    Filter an Exam by Attempt

    Instructors can filter by attempt when grading by question or grading by student.

    • When grading by question:
      Click the Show All Attempts drop-down menu. Select which attempt by the students you want to view.
    • When grading by student:
      Click the Attempts drop-down menu. Select which attempt by the student you wish to view.
  • Instructors scoring tests can filter questions to view only questions not yet graded while in the Grader. Learning Suite allows you to filter by ungraded questions when using both ways to score tests:

    • Grade by Question:
      Check the Show Ungraded Only checkbox at the top of the page to filter the questions and display only ungraded questions.
    • Grade by Student:
      Check the Show Ungraded Only checkbox at the top of the page to filter the questions and display only ungraded questions.
  • Instructors can view all past scores given to each assignment or exam. Average scores given by different graders can also be viewed. This can be useful to monitor TA grading to ensure that the class as a whole is being graded fairly.

    1. Under BYU Grades and on the Scores page, open the drop down menu of the desired assignment by clicking the arrow next to its title. Click Open Score History.

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    2. The Score History dialog window for the specific assignment opens. Next to each student's name, the score given (or deleted) from each user is listed.

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    3. To see the average grade given by each instructor/TA, click Show Grader Averages in the top left corner.

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    3. The graders’ names, their role, the number of scores they graded, and the average score they awarded students will be listed in the table that appears.

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    Notes:

    • For assignment types, the overall grade inputted in the Grader or scores page is recorded by each grader. If using rubric scoring, the history is recorded, but does not contribute to graders' averages.
    • For exam types, the overall grade inputted in the scores page is recorded in score history and average for each grader. However, scores inputted for specific questions in the Grader (such as open response) is recorded under the grader, "Learning Suite user," and does not contribute to grader averages. Learning Suite does not record the grader of individual exam questions.