Assignment Grader App

About Assignment Grader

D2L/Brightspace Assignment Grader is a mobile app that makes grading dropbox submissions faster and more effective. It gives you on-the-go access to submitted assignments and tools for providing detailed feedback in any format you want.

Instructors you can use the Assignment Grader app to download and evaluate assignment submissions from eLearn's dropbox tool. You can view submissions and add grades and feedback while connected to the Internet or offline. While connected to the Internet, the application automatically synchronizes grades and feedback with eLearn, but you have the option to release the information to learners at a later time. You can apply feedback in a variety of formats including text, audio, or video. You can access rubrics and make inline comments and annotations directly to submissions to provide contextualized feedback to learners.

Supported devices and platform versions:

The following are the minimum requirements to use Brightspace Assignment Grader:

  • Android 4.1 or later
  • For Brightspace Assignment Grader 2.8 (latest version), iPad tablet running iOS 8.1 or later
  • For previous versions of Brightspace Assignment Grader, iPad tablets running iOS 6.0.x, 7.0.x, and 8.0.x

Notes: Brightspace Assignment Grader for iOS is optimized for iPad and Android tablets. It is not available on Android phones.

How to log in:

Log in using the same credentials you use for your Vol State accounts.

iOS

  1. Click Log into D2L Online Courses.
  2. Enter the following URL: https://elearn.volstate.edu.
  3. Tap Connect.
  4. On the eLearn welcome screen, enter your Vol State account credentials.
  5. Tap Log In.
  6. Tap Start using Assignment Grader. The assignment information within eLearn will automatically synchronize with and display in Brightspace Assignment Grader.

Android

  1. On the login screen, enter the following URL: https://elearn.volstate.edu.
  2. Deselect the Use https to connect with the strongest possible security configurations check box, if required (by default, it is selected).
  3. Tap Log into D2L Online Courses.
  4. On the Brightspace welcome screen, enter your Vol State account credentials.
  5. Tap Log In.

Note: EduDentity is an account management service to provide a secure and seamless login across D2L apps. Using an EduDentity account is optional and requires additional steps should you choose to use it. The login steps listed above provide a secure, efficient way to login.

Synchronizing the App with eLearn:

When you first log in to the Assignment Grader app, assignment information in your eLearn courses automatically synchronizes with the app. When you evaluate a submission by applying feedback or assigning a grade using the app, the grading status of the submission is set to In Draft. Grades and feedback for submissions with an In Draft status are periodically and automatically synchronized with eLearn but are not released to learners. You must explicitly release the evaluation information to learners by tapping Publish All in the submission list view or Publish in the individual submission view. When the grades and feedback you have applied are released to learners, the grading status of the submissions changes to Published.

To refresh the assignment information in the app, you can pull from top to bottom in any list view. Upon refresh, if there are any submissions with an In Draft grading status, the information does not get released to students in eLearn; the app just receives any updates from eLearn and In Draft grades and feedback are maintained within Brightspace Assignment Grader.

Note: Synchronization can only take place when the mobile device is connected to the Internet. If the device is not connected to the Internet, the changes are queued and stored within the application until a connection is made, and at that time an automatic synchronization or the receiving of updates can occur.

Annotating an assignment submission:

You can provide feedback directly in submitted assignments using annotation tools.

  1. Tap the assignment you want to evaluate.
  2. Inside the assignment, tap a submission to open it.
  3. Android:
    1. For text files, if you long press a location where there is no text, do any of the following:
      • Tap Note. Enter your text. Tap Save.
      • Tap Drawing. Draw with your finger. With the drawing selected, tap Style to change the properties of the pencil.
      • Tap Eraser to erase existing annotations.
    2. For text files, if you long press a location where there is text, do any of the following:
      • Tap Copy to copy the text to your clipboard.
      • Tap Highlight. With the annotated text selected, select any of the corresponding options to attach a note, change the style, copy to clipboard, change the type of annotation or delete.
      • Tap Strikeout. With the annotated text selected, select any of the corresponding options to attach a note, change the style, copy to clipboard, change the type of annotation or delete.
      • Tap Underline. With the annotated text selected, select any of the corresponding options to attach a note, change the style, copy to clipboard, change the type of annotation or delete.
    3. In image documents, the only annotation actions available are Note, Drawing, and Eraser.

  4. iOS:
    1. On the Scoring and Feedback drawer, do any of the following:
      • Tap Draw. Draw with your finger. Tap the color selector to change the color of your pencil, color opacity, and line thickness. Tap Done.
      • Tap Highlight. Drag your finger over the text you want to highlight. Tap the color selector to change the highlighter color. Tap Done.
      • Tap Create Note. Tap the document to add a note. Enter your text. Tap Done.
      • Tap Underline. Drag your finger over the text you want to underline. Tap the color selector to change the underline color. Tap Done.
      • Tap Strikethrough. Drag your finger over the text you want to strikeout. Tap the color selector to change the strikeout color. Tap Done.
    2. In image documents, the only annotation actions available are Create Note and Draw.

Grade an assignment submission

Before grading assignment submissions, ensure you synchronize Brightspace Assignment Grader with the assignments in your eLearn course(s) to get the most up-to-date information. To do this, you can pull from top to bottom in any list view.

  1. Inside the course, tap an assignment.
  2. Inside the folder, all of the learner (or group) submissions display in a list. Each submission displays the date and time it was submitted and the amount of time it was late by, if applicable. To open a submission, tap it.
  3. Android:
    1. To open the Evaluate panel on the right of the screen, tap it. Then do any of the following:
      • To set a final score for the submission, in the Total section, enter a score.
      • To use an associated rubric, in the Rubric section, tap the rubric. Select the appropriate performance level for each criterion. Set the number of points each criterion is worth, or set the Overall Score manually, by entering it in the corresponding field in the Score column. Add feedback to a specific rubric section by tapping +Feedback. If you want the score of the rubric to display in the Total section for the submission and generate text feedback from the feedback in the rubric, tap Save and Record. If you want to enter a total score and text feedback manually, tap Save.
      • To give written feedback, in the Overall Feedback section, enter your feedback. Format your feedback using the options in the text box.
      • To give audio feedback, tap the icon. In the dialog window, tap the red circle. Speak your feedback. When you are done recording, tap the blue square. Tap Attach Feedback to include as submission feedback.
      • To give video feedback, tap the icon. In the recording view, tap the red circle. Present your feedback. To end the recording, tap the red circle again. Tap the check mark to include it as submission feedback.
      • To annotate the file with feedback in context, long press the location on the submission where you want to annotate.
    2. To publish the grades and feedback to eLearn, do any of the following:
      • To release just that submission's grade and feedback to the learner in eLearn, in the individual submission view, tap Publish and then OK in the confirmation dialog box.
      • To release all In Draft grades and feedback in an assignment to learners in eLearn, navigate to the assignments list view, tap Publish All, and then OK in the confirmation dialog box.
  4. iOS:
    1. To view when the assignment was submitted and any notes that accompanied the submission, tap the panel on the left of the screen.
    2. To open the Scoring and Feedback drawer on the right of the screen, tap it. Then do any of the following:
      • To set a final score for the assignment, in the Score section, enter a score.
      • To use an associated rubric, in the Rubrics section, tap the rubric. Select the appropriate performance level for each criterion. If you want the rubric to automatically assign a score in the Total section, tap Save and Record. If you want to enter a total score manually, tap Save.
      • To give written feedback, in the Feedback section, enter your feedback. Format your feedback using the options in the text box.
      • To give audio feedback, in the Record section, tap Audio. Tap the gray circle. Speak your feedback. When you are done recording, tap the gray circle again. Tap Attach Feedback to include as submission feedback.
      • To give video feedback, in the Record section, tap Video. Tap the gray circle. In recording mode, tap the red circle. Present your feedback. To end the recording, tap the red square. Tap Use Video to include as submission feedback.
      • To annotate the file with feedback in context, tap the applicable icon and annotate the desired text or area. To confirm your annotation, tap Done.
    3. To publish the grades and feedback to Brightspace Learning Environment, do any of the following:
      • To release just that submission's grade and feedback to the learner in Brightspace Learning Environment, in the individual submission view, tap Publish.
      • To release all In Draft grades and feedback in an assignment to learners in Brightspace Learning Environment, navigate to the assignment and then tap Publish All.

Update or retract published grades and feedback

After you release grades and feedback to learners, you can change the information by doing any of the following:

  • In a submission view with a grading status of Published, tap Retract to remove the grade and feedback from the learner's view in eLearn. The status changes to In Draft and the grade and feedback are maintained for the submission but are only visible to you.
  • In a submission view with a grading status of Published, modify the grade or feedback and the status in the submission list view changes to Published! to indicate that there are changes that have not yet been released to learners. Release the changes to the learner by opening the submission and tapping Update.
  • In an assignment with multiple submissions with a status of Published!, tap Publish All to release all of the updates in that folder to learners in eLearn.

Download assignment submissions

You can download assignments and the submissions within them directly to your Android or iOS device to work offline.

  1. Android:
    1. On the Brightspace Assignment Grader course tile page, select a course.
    2. On the course assignments page, tap the Download icon beside any assignment. A check mark displays beside any folder that is downloaded.
  2. iOS:
    1. On the All Folders page, tap the Download icon beside any assignment.
    2. Within a folder, on the navigation bar, tap the Download icon.

Assignment Grader for iOS - Instructor Overview

Assignment Grader for Android - Instructor Overview

 

 

Details

Article ID: 71408
Created
Mon 2/4/19 2:03 PM
Modified
Mon 2/4/19 4:07 PM

Related Articles (1)