Add Feedback and Evaluate Assignment Submissions

When accessing the Assignments tool, each assignment displays information on the assignment name, the number of students who have Completed the assignment, the number of students who have been Evaluated, the number of students who have had Feedback Published, and the Due Date. This allows instructors to quickly determine what assignments they need to evaluate, how far along they are with their evaluations, and if they have published the evaluations.

Instructor Assignments list

Students can see the assignment name, the Completion Status (Not Submitted, Submitted, Completed), their Score, the Evaluation status (Not yet evaluated, Feedback: unread, Feedback: read), and the Due Date. This allows students to easily locate unfinished assignments, as well as access their scores and view instructor feedback on their work.

Student Assignments list

About Evaluating Individual and Group Submissions

The Evaluate Submission page enables you to evaluate and leave feedback on individual and group assignment submissions. It contains two main sections: The Submissions List panel and the Evaluation panel. Use the Evaluation panel to grade and provide feedback comments on submissions.

If you make evaluations directly on the Evaluate Submission page, you can publish evaluation feedback immediately, or save your feedback as a draft and release it at a later time. This enables you to revise and review evaluation feedback prior to publishing it, and then publish feedback in bulk. 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. You can also annotate students’ web and plain text file submissions with the HTML Editor and attach those annotations as part of feedback.

When evaluating group assignment submissions, the published score and feedback will be available to all the members of the group.The scores of individual group members can be adjusted as needed to account for individual contributions.

If you are using the Rubrics tool to evaluate individual or group submissions, you can transfer the overall rubric score to the Submission Score field. This field also transfers to Grades if the assignment is associated with a grade item. For more information for evaluating assignments with rubrics, see Evaluate an Assignment Submission with a Rubric.

If you download student submissions and leave feedback within the files, you can upload them back to the appropriate assignment so they appear as attachments to each student’s submission evaluation. To ensure successful feedback upload and distribution back to learners, do not rename the downloaded files’ names after you enter feedback and save changes.

Watch how to Grade Submissions in Assignments

  1. On the nav bar, select the Activities menu, then click Assignments.
    Assignments on Nav Bar
  2. On the Assignments page, from the context menu of the folder you want to evaluate, click View Submissions.
    Note: The Assignments page provides a summary of the Total Files, Unread Files, Flagged Files and Due Date for each assignments folder. Click on an assignment to navigate to its Assignment Submission page and view submitted files.
    Assignments View Submissions
  3. On the Submissions page, do one of the following:
    • If you want to return feedback on multiple 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.
      Assignments Add Feedback FilesAdd Feedback Files Assignments
    • If you want to evaluate an individual student:
      1. Click the Evaluate link for their submission or select the student’s name.
        Assignments Evaluate Submission
      2. To view the submission, select the filename on the Evaluate page. The inline viewer will display, depending on the file type, or download the file. Learn which types of files can be viewed inline in Assignments.
        Assignments Evaluate First View
      3. The inline viewer will allow the submission to be viewed on the Evaluate Submission page.  From this page, the instructor can do the following:
        • To download a submission, instructors now click on the submission’s file name.
        • Click Launch Turnitin link for assignments that have Turnitin enabled. This will launch Turnitin’s Feedback Studio which includes OriginalityCheck and GradeMark.
          Assignment Evaluate Submissions
      4. To add evaluations:
        • Using an attached rubric, on the Evaluate Submission page, in the Evaluation panel, click the Assess All Rubrics icon or select the title of the rubric you wish to use to assess. Assignment rubrics open as pop-up windows, rather than as modal dialog windows, to improve the assessment experience. Learn more about Evaluating an Assignment Submission with a Rubric.
          Assignments Evaluate Rubric
        • Add a Score for the submission, and any additional Feedback, including text, audio, or video files.
          Assignments Evaluate Score Feedback
        • Add TurnItIn GradeMark feedback and score. See Use GradeMark to create inline feedback, annotate and assign a grade to assignment submissions for more information.
          • When you leave feedback in TurnItIn, the feedback icon TurnItIn Feedback Icondisplays on the assignment submission page, in the Turnitin GradeMark column.
          • If you added a GradeMark score, the score displays on the assignment submission page, in the Turnitin GradeMark column.
      5. When your evaluation is complete, click Save Draft or Publish located on the bottom right of the screen. Note: if you choose Save Draft, you can publish all feedback for all students later from the View Submissions page. See Step 7 for more information.
      6. Click Next Student to Evaluate the next student’s submission, or click Back to Submissions to return to the View Submissions page.Assignments Evaluate Next Student
      7. If you saved your evaluations as Draft, and are ready to publish feedback, from the View Submissions page, check the box next on the table header row to select students who you want to publish feedback for. Then click the link for Publish Feedback.
        Assignments Publish Feedback
      8. If you are publishing feedback for All Students you can click on the Publish All Feedback button for all students to receive the feedback at the same time.
        Publish All Feedback