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Technology Manual for Law Faculty and Staff

Grade Center Basics

Access the Grade Center:

You access the Grade Center from the Control Panel. Expand the Grade Center section to display the links to the Needs Grading page and the Full Grade Center

On the Needs Grading page, you can begin grading assignments, group assignments, tests, blog and journal entries, wiki page saves, and discussion posts. More on the Needs Grading page can be found here.

The Full Grade Center link displays all columns and rows in the Grade Center and is the default view of the Grade Center.

Assign grades in the Grade Center:

Grades are assigned automatically for online tests and surveys that have no questions that require manual grading. You can manually edit these grades.

You can assign grades in the Grade Center in these ways:

  • Access items to grade from the Grade Center or the Needs Grading page. For some items, such as gradable blogs or discussions, you're taken to the tool where you assign the grade.
  • Manually assign grades in the Grade Center.
  • Upload grades from an external source, such as a comma-separated values (CSV) file or an Excel spreadsheet. You can work offline and then upload grades into the Grade Center.

More information on assigning grades can be found here.

Grading Tests

Using the Grade Test Page

You access the Grade Test page from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center.

If you allowed multiple attempts for a test, a student’s grade is not released until you have graded all of the attempts.

  1. On the Grade Test page, type a score for each question. You can overwrite scoresImage of Grade Test page for questions graded automatically.
  2. Optionally, if you associated a rubric with Essay, Short Answer, or File Response questions, click View Rubric to grade the question using the rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  3. You may add Response Feedback specific to the individual question for certain subjective question types, such as Essays or Short Answers.
  4. You can leave comments regarding the entire test in the Feedback to User box that appears at the bottom of the Grade Test page. There is also a box for Grading Notes–his text is not seen by the student and is for instructors or TAs to leave private notes on the test.
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the Full Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Grade Details page, depending on where grading began, or click Save and Next to display the next user, when available. The arrows on either side of the student’s name also will display the previous or next user’s test, where applicable.


Grading Tests With User Names Hidden

You can choose to grade tests with user names hidden. Grading in this way allows you to remain objective and not unduly influenced by a student’s behavior or previous performance. This practice can also contribute to the student-instructor relationship because students are assured that grading was unbiased.

When grading anonymously, all identifying information is hidden and assessment attempts appear in random order. Each student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.

To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:

  1. Access a test attempt’s contextual menu.
  2. Click Grade with User Names Hidden.
    Image of Needs Grading context menu


To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:

  1. Access the test column heading’s contextual menu.
  2. Click Grade with User Names Hidden.
    Image of Grade Center context menu

To grade anonymously from the Grade Test page:

  1. On the action bar, click Hide User Names.
  2. Click OK. If grading was in progress, any unsaved changes to the open attempt are lost. The Grade Test page refreshes and all identifying information is hidden.

Image of Grade Test action bar


Create a Rubric

You can create multiple rubrics in your course. Rubrics consist of rows and columns. The rows correspond to the criteria. The columns correspond to the level of achievement that describes each criterion. New rubrics have three rows and three columns.

After you create rubrics, you can associate them with content.

Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics

  1. On the Rubrics page, select Create Rubric. Type a title and optional description.
  2. Select Add Row to add a new criterion to the bottom of the grid.
  3. Select Add Column to add a new level of achievement to the grid.
  4. Choose a Rubric Type from the menu:
    • No Points: Provide feedback only.
    • Points: Each level of achievement has a single point value.
    • Point Range: Each level of achievement has a range of values.
    • Percent: Each item's possible points determines the percentage.
    • Percent Range: Each level of achievement has a range of values. When you grade, you select the appropriate percentage level for a particular level of achievement. The system calculates the points earned by multiplying the weight x achievement percentage x item points.
  5. To change a row or column's title, access a heading's menu and select Edit. Type the new title and select Save.
  6. Type a point or percentage value for each row and column.
  7. Type a description for the criterion and the associated level of achievement. Each cell has a 1,000-character limit.
  8. Select Submit.

You can reorder rows and columns. Select the Criteria or Levels of Achievement heading, which opens a reorder panel.

After you use a rubric for grading, you can't edit it. You can copy the rubric to create a duplicate rubric you can edit.