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How do I add feedback and evaluations to assignment submissions?

The Assignments tool allows instructors to set up a space where students can submit their files. Did you know that this tool also provides instructors a way to keep those files organized, to grade, and to leave feedback for submissions in a variety of ways? 

On the NavBar, under Activities & Assessments, click Assignments.

Create your Assignment folder and have students submit their assignment there.

(Note: If you have collected physical papers instead of accepting digital files, you can still use the Assignment tool. Follow the instructions in this guide for creating your assignment.)

Click on the link to the assignment you have created. You will see a list of all the students who have submitted their assignments along with the date and time of their submissions. You have several options for how to provide feedback on student work.

If you have time to experiment and try a few different grading methods out, we recommend it! You might find that one of these methods fits your style better than the rest. On the other hand, if you are in a hurry and want to start grading now, just use the first option–the evaluation screen–and you will have access to a variety of useful tools

Evaluation Screen

Click on one of the submitted files, or click “Evaluate” to the right of any student’s name.

In the evaluation screen you have many options for how to provide feedback.

On the right hand side you will see the feedback panel. This panel will allow you to privately communicate FERPA-sensitive grade information with your student. You can:

  • Assign a grade
  • Add and use a rubric.
  • Add text, images, Kaltura media, links, insert stuff and more into the feedback text box.
  • Upload a feedback file. This can be a graded copy of the submission, instructor notes, or another file. 
  • Add video or audio feedback. This feature is useful when you want to communicate more personally with your students or accurately convey tone. You can record one minute of audio or three minutes of video, but you can also add multiple audio or video files if you need to!

After leaving feedback and assigning a grade, you can publish feedback immediately or save your feedback as a draft and release it at a later time. This enables you to revise and review evaluations and publish your feedback to multiple users at the same time. You also have the option to retract published feedback if you want to provide an update to past evaluations but only want learners to access your most recent feedback. 

 

Download files

It is also possible to download all user submissions in a .zip file, leave feedback within the files using the Word or PDF track changes and comment features, then upload the files back to the appropriate assignment submission folder so they appear as attachments.

  • To download all student work from the Assignment screen, click the box next to each student’s name, or check the box at the top of the column that will check every student. Then click download.
  • Open the Zip file that is downloaded to your computer. Enter feedback one by one, save and close the files. Do not rename the files. Just add your feedback, save, close. 
  • To return feedback on all downloaded submissions at once, click Add Feedback Files. Upload your compressed .zip file using the same format that it was downloaded with, then click Add.

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  • To add the file to students one at a time as you enter grades and possibly even other kinds of feedback like video or audio, click on each student and use the “Attach file” button underneath the feedback text box. 

Use Turnitin

Turnitin is an originality checker (sometimes also called a plagiarism detector, although that term stretches what the tool is actually capable of). However, it is possible NOT to use the originality tools, and instead use Turnitin’s robust grading and evaluation tools which include rubrics, Quickmarks, and an e-rater that assigns student essays with typical feedback for surface-level writing issues that is then fully editable by the instructor. Here are our guides for using Turnitin:

Video Introduction to TurnitIn’s Quickmarks

Grader app for iPad

Brightspace’s iPad app allows faculty to write directly on student assignments using a stylus. However, if you use this app, it is important that you only use the app for grading any particular assignment as it does not play nicely with other tools. 

Here is D2L’s instructor guide for the iPad Grader App.