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Grading paperless assignments Brightspace

Grading paperless assignments Brightspace

Before starting with this topic, you might be interested in setting up an assignment.
On this page we will be looking at the electronic grading process for lecturers (with instructor role in Brightspace) and Teaching Assistants (TAs). Click on the + to see how to use each feature.

  1. To check the submission progress, click Assignments, click the dropdown arrow next to the title of the Assignment and then click Submission Log. Via the Submission log you can filter the lists of Submitted, Deleted, Restored and Started submissions.Once the due date for the assignment has passed, you can start with grading.
  2. Click on Assignments in the navigation bar. This overview shows the files submitted for each assignment as well as their due dates.
  3. Click on the assignment you wish to start grading. At the bottom of the page, there is a summary of the received submissions. You can filter them to quickly view which assignments have yet to be graded and those that have already been graded.
    Notice that there is an option at the top to e-mail students that have not yet submitted their assignments.
  4. Click Evaluate to start evaluating the submissions.To help with the electronic grading process there are two handy icons to click on:
    • The first is the “Flag”. If there is something unusual about the item you can flag it.
    • The second indicates whether the assignment has been read or not. This can help especially when there are a number of TAs grading, to quickly locate assignments that have yet to be graded.
  5. You can view other student submissions by selecting the forward and backward chevrons.

You can download user submissions and provide comments in their individual files. These folders can be re-zipped up and uploaded back into the specific assignment submission folder. Brightspace will un-zip it and redistribute the files back with all their comments to the students. These files will appear as attachments to each user’s submission evaluation.

Please do not rename the downloaded files’ names after you enter feedback and save changes.
  1. Go to Assignments in the navigation bar, select the assignment you wish to grade and click Evaluate.
  2. Select the first student and view their document shown within the browser. Use this view to read their document. You can add some general feedback to the side box.
  3. If you associated the assignment with an item from the gradebook, then you will be asked to enter in a score as well. That score will be copied to the gradebook automatically once you publish the grades.
  4. After entering in the score, you can choose to save as draft and proceed on to the next student, and the next student and so on, until you have graded everyone. You can then come back, do a fine-tuning of the grades and a fine-tuning of your feedback and then click Publish to share the feedback with the students. The moment you Click Publish the students will receive their feedback and grade.

If you are not yet done and complete the grading later, you can click Back to Submissions.

  • You can click Save and come back to resume your work.


This process also works for multiple graders. You can split up the grading among multiple people, and then you, as the lecturer/instructor, can approve the final grades.

Notice that when we return to this page, these assignments that have been viewed have been marked as read. Instead of clicking Publish for every student, you can return back to submissions; select all students with the checkbox and then click on Publish Feedback.
There is also a submission log where you can carefully track exactly what has happened with the assignment submission process. You can access this from the Edit menu of the assignment folder.

To avoid unconscious bias in the grading and feedback process, lecturers/instructors can now configure assignments to use anonymous learner names. To do so, please follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to Assignments through the navigation bar, select the dropdown next to the relevant assignment and click Edit Assignment. Under Evaluation & Feedback, select the checkbox to Hide student names during assessment.Once anonymous marking is selected for an assignment folder, students will be presented anonymously to all Brightspace roles with permission to provide feedback.
  2. Once the setting of the assignment submission folder has been completed, go back to the assignments list. Attached to the specific assignment, an icon confirms that the anonymous marking has been enabled
    When the feature is turned on, instructors can only see an anonymized learner name on the assignment submission and the user names are revealed to lecturers/instructors once feedback is published.
  3. Due to the anonymous nature of this type of review, feedback and grades can only be released in batches rather than per student. In order to publish feedback to students who have submissions in an Anonymous Marking folder, please select the students for which feedback is ready (or choose All) and select the Publish All Feedback button.
  4. Once selected, a pop-up message will appear, summarising the number of students for which feedback is available. If there are students for which no feedback is available, the total number will also be listed in the same pop-up message.

How to use this to improve your course

For grading you assessments you don’t have to leave the Brightspace environment. Grades can be added while reviewing assessments or through the Manage Grades page directly. An option to grade offline is however also available.

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