How do I grade an assignment?

Video Guide

Step-by-Step Instructions

Go to Assignments.

Go to Assignments.

Select the Assignments tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Select the assignment to grade.

Click the Grade link for the assignment you would like to grade.

Select a student to grade.

You will see a list of all the students in the class, along with the submission date, status, grade, and release columns for each student. You may sort by any of these columns by clicking on the title of the column if desired.

Click on the student's name to grade their submission.  

Grading Navigation Bar

Navigate Submissions allows you to navigate between the students' submission for the assignment.  Options are:

  • Previous - will take you to the previous student's grade page.
  • Previous Ungraded - will take you to the previous ungraded student's submission.
  • Next Ungraded - will advance you to the next ungraded student's submission.
  • Next - will take you to the next student's grade page.

Note - clicking any of the options above will save changes you have made on the current student's grade page.

  • Return to List - will take you to the list of all students.
  • Navigate between students with submissions only -  allows you to navigate between only the students who have submitted.

View student submission.

The student submission will be displayed as follows:   

  1. The student's name, username, submission date, and graded status.
  2. Next, under Assignment Submission, the student's inline submission text (if applicable) is shown.  
  3. Under Submitted Attachments, any attached files will appear.  The filename as well as the the file size and submission date are also shown.  

Note: To view student file attachments, you will need to click on the filename to download and open the file.

Enter grade.

Enter grade.

Enter the score for the student's assignment in the grade entry text box provided.

Enter instructor comments.

If you would like to include additional comments along with the grade, you may enter them into the Rich-Text Editor under the Instructor Summary Comments section.

Return an attachment.

Return an attachment.

If you would like to return a file attachment to the student with additional feedback, click on the Add Attachments button to browse for and select a file.

Allow resubmissions.

Allow resubmissions.

If you would like to allow the student to resubmit the assignment, you may check the Allow Resubmission box and specify the number of resubmissions allowed and the date until which they will be accepted.

Note: If you allowed resubmissions on the assignment when you created it, this information will be pre-populated with the default resubmission information for this assignment. However, you may override the default resubmission settings for an individual student by changing the information shown here.

Save grade.

Save grade.

If you are finished grading and would like to release the information to the student, click the Save and Release to Student button.

Note: If you have allowed resubmissions, Save and Release to Student should be clicked in order for the student(s) to access the assignment and resubmit their work.    

Alternatively, if you would like to save the grade but wait and release it to the student at a later date, you may select the Save and Don't Release to Student button.

Tip: Some faculty prefer to release all of the grades at one time when they have finished entering grades for the whole class.  

Go to the next submission.

If you have more student submissions to grade and would like to go directly to the next submission in the list, click the Navigate between students with submissions only and then the Next button at the bottom of the page.  Any changes made on the grading screen will be saved but NOT released to the student.