Whether you grade online or offline, the improved Assignment activity will save you time clicks. The new interface and features added in July will make grading not only efficient but also engaging for both instructors and students.
The most notable change in the Assignment activity is the ability to grade students’ submissions easily online. The Assignment activity accepts a variety of file types as submissions, and some file types (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt and online text entry) can be viewed and annotated directly inside the CLE without having to download them. This new feature is called PDF Annotation and it is one of my favorites in the CLE.
Comment, annotate, and grade all in one place!
So what can we do with PDF Annotation? Here’s a quick overview of the workspace. Please visit our Knowledge Base article (see the Grading tab) for more information and instructions.
① View submissions
② Annotate submissions with annotation tools
③ Switch student to grade
④ Give grades (point scale or rubric)
⑤ Leave feedback comments
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Busy instructors like yourself may not always have access to the internet when grading needs to happen. The Assignment activity still allows you to download the students’ submissions so that you can grade offline. You can either download a single submission or download all the submissions as a .zip file.
Grading Worksheet is a spreadsheet that you can download from the grading page in an Assignment activity. You can fill out this spreadsheet and upload back to the Assignment to update the grade. Please visit our Knowledge Base article (see the Grading tab) for more information and instructions.