1. Configuring an Assignment for Grading
    1. Link an Assignment to a Grade Item
  2. Viewing Student Submissions
    1. View Student Submissions
    2. View Submission Log
    3. Download Assignment Submissions
  3. Grading Assignments
    1. Grade Assignment File Submissions
    2. Grade Text Assignment Submissions
    3. Grade On Paper Submissions or Observed in Person Assignments
  4. Providing Assignment Feedback
    1. Annotate Assignment Submissions
    2. Upload Feedback Files
    3. Grade Offline and Bulk Upload Feedback Files

There are multiple way to grade and provide feedback in the Brightspace assignment tool.

→For instructions on how to create an assignment in Brightspace, see the Creating Assignments page.

Configuring an Assignment for Grading

NOTE: When you create a new assignment in Brightspace, a grade item will automatically be added to your gradebook as long as you enter a score value in your assignment settings. You can adjust your assignment settings at any time to link/unlink a grade item or categorize your assignment grade item in your gradebook.

How can I verify that an assignment is linked to a grade item?

An assignment that is linked to a grade item will be indicated with a Ribbon Icon on your Manage Assignments page (see example below). Hover your cursor over the Ribbon Icon to view the name of the associated grade item. 

→You can also verify that your assignment is associated to a grade item in your gradebook. For instructions, see the Setting up Grades page.

Link an Assignment to a Grade Item

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. Locate an existing assignment or create a new assignment.
    • To edit an existing assignment: Click the arrow next to an existing assignment, then select Edit Assignment.                                                                                               
    • To create a new assignment: Click the New Assignment button.
  7. Enter a score value in the Score out of field. 
  8. You will see an In Grade drop-down menu to the right of the score field. By default, a new grade item will be created in your gradebook once you have entered a score value. You have the option to link your assignment grade item to an existing category in your gradebook.
    • To categorize an assignment grade item: 
      1. Click the In Grades drop-down menu and select Choose from Grades. A Choose from Grades pop-up window will open.
      2. Select a category from the Grade Category drop-down menu.
      3. Click OK.
  9. Add or attach a rubric if you will be using a rubric to grade the discussion.
    • To add or attach a rubric:
      1. Click Evaluation and Feedback on the right side of the page to expand a list of settings options.
      2. Click Add Rubric and select one of the following options:
        • Create New – If you select this option, you will need to configure the settings for your new rubric, then click Attach Rubric. For more instructions on how to set up a rubric, see the Creating Rubrics page.
        • Add Existing – If you select this option, you will need to select an existing rubric in the Add Existing pop-up window, then click Add Selected.
  10. Click Save and Close when you are finished editing your assignment settings.

You will now see a grade item (column) for your assignment in your gradebook.

Viewing Student Submissions

View Student Submissions

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select View Submissions.
  7. Under the Users Tab or Submissions Tab, you can search for a students name or view a table listing all assignment submissions.                                 
  8. Click on the name of a student to view their submission. Alternatively, you can click the submission file or the Evaluate link. You will be taken to the document viewer where you can view and grade the submission.
    TIP: You can filter your search options (i.e. View late submissions, students who have not submitted an assignment) by clicking Show Search Options to the right of the search field.

View Submission Log

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select Submission Log.

You will see a table displaying submission details for all submitted assignments (see example below).

Download Assignment Submissions

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select View Submissions.
  7. Click the checkboxes to select the submissions you want to download. To select all submission, click the top-most checkbox.
  8. Click Download.
  9. You will see a Downloading Files pop-up window. When your zip file is finished loading you will see the message Your file is ready to download. Click Download.

You will now be able to access the downloaded zip file on your computer. 

Grading Assignments

How you grade an assignment will differ depending on the submission type you selected when you created your assignment. All submission types can be graded in Brightspace, including:

  • File Submissions – This submission type requires students to submit a file in Brightspace (e.g. Word document, PDF, or video file)
  • Text Submissions – This submission type requires students to submit a response in a text box in Brightspace (e.g. blog post).
  • On Paper Submission – This submission type does not allow students to submit through Brightspace. Students must submit a paper copy of the assignment (e.g. essay).
  • Observed in Person – This submission type does not allow students to submit through Brightspace. Students must complete an in-person assessment (e.g. presentation).

Grade Assignment File Submissions

NOTE: The instructions below are for grading assignments that have been configured with “File Submission” as the submission type.

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select View Submissions.
  7. Click on the name of the student you want to grade. Alternatively, you can click on the file attachment. You will be taken to the document viewer where you can view and grade the submission.
    NOTE: The following file types are compatible with the document viewer:
    • MS Word (DOC, DOCX)
    • MS PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, PPS)
    • Adobe Acrobat (PDF, PDFS)
    • Web (HTM, HTML)
    • Plain text (TXT)
    • Images (BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG)
  8. Enter a score for the submission in the Overall Grade field.
  9. Enter feedback (optional).
  10. If you want to annotate the submission file, click the annotation (pen) icon in the document viewer toolbar. You can use the annotation toolbar to add comments, highlight text, or mark up the submission. For more information on annotating an assignment submission, see Annotate an Assignment Submission.
  11. When you are finished grading, click Publish to release the grade/feedback to students. You can click Save Draft if you want to release the grade at a later date.

TIP: You can use the arrows in the top-right or lower-right corners of the page to navigate between student submissions.

Grade Text Assignment Submissions

NOTE: The instructions below are for grading assignments that have been configured with “Text Submission” as the submission type.

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select View Submissions.
  7. Click on the name of the student you want to grade. Alternatively, you can click View Submission or Evaluate. You will be taken to an evaluation page with the text submission displayed on the left side of the screen.
  8. Enter a score in the Overall Grade field.
  9. Enter feedback in the Overall Feedback HTML Editor.
    TIP: Click the ellipsis icon to expand the full HTML Editor toolbar. In the HTML Editor, you can format or attach/embed files or media to your feedback using the insert stuff , insert quicklink , and insert image buttons.
  10. When you are finished grading, click Publish to release the grade/feedback to students. You can click Save Draft if you want to release the grade at a later date.

TIP: You can use the arrows in the top-right or lower-right corners of the page to navigate between student submissions.

Grade On Paper Submissions or Observed in Person Assignments

NOTE: The instructions below are for grading assignments that have been configured with “On Paper” or “Observed in Person” as the submission type.

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Click the assignment you want to grade.
  6. Locate the name of the student you want to grade and click Evaluate under the Evaluation and Feedback column.
  7. Enter a score in the Overall Grade field.
  8. Enter feedback in the Overall Feedback HTML Editor
    TIP: Click the ellipsis icon to expand the full HTML Editor toolbar. In the HTML Editor, you can format or attach/embed files or media to your feedback using the insert stuff , insert quicklink , and insert image buttons.
  9. When you are finished grading, click Publish to release the grade/feedback to students. You can click Save Draft if you want to release the grade at a later date.

TIP: You can use the arrows in the top-right or lower-right corners of the page to navigate between student submissions.

Providing Assignment Feedback

Annotate Assignment Submissions

Use the annotation toolbar to add text and markups when providing assignment feedback. Watch the video tutorial below for an overview of how to use annotation tools to provide feedback.

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select View Submissions.
  7. Click on the name of the student you want to grade. Alternatively, you can click on the file attachment. You will be taken to the document viewer where you can view and grade the submission.
    NOTE: The following file types are compatible with the document viewer:

    • MS Word (DOC, DOCX)
    • MS PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, PPS)
    • Adobe Acrobat (PDF, PDFS)
    • Web (HTM, HTML)
    • Plain text (TXT)
    • Images (BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG)
  8. The submission file will now appear in the document view in the left side of the page with a toolbar above the document.                               
    TIP: If you are grading a multi-page document, you can use the navigation tools in the left side of the document viewer toolbar to adjust the page view/layout.

    • The thumbnail icon will toggle a panel that provides an outline and preview of all pages in the document.
    • The page layout (gear) icon allows you to customize the page layout view and adjust the page rotation.
    • The page selection arrows allow you to jump between pages in the document.
    • The pan mode (hand) icon allows you to click on the document and drag it up or down to pan the page.
    • The magnifying glass icons allow you to zoom in or out on the document.
    • The Fit page icon allows you to toggle the document view to either fit the whole page in the frame, or fit it to the width of the frame.
  9. On the right side of the document viewer toolbar, click the Annotation (pen) icon to expand the annotation toolbar options.
  10. You will now see the annotation toolbar icons in the right-hand side of the toolbar.
    Annotation Tool Function
    Drawing   The drawing (pen) button allows you to draw free-hand on the page using your cursor.  Once the Pen button is selected, a toolbar with a toolbar of line type settings options (colour, fill colour, opacity, thickness, blend mode) will appear below the button.                                                         

    To draw freehand:

    1. Click the drawing pen button.
    2. Click and drag to draw on the document.                                                      .
    Note The note button allows you to add notes to the document. Once the Note icon is selected, a toolbar will appear where you can adjust the note settings (colour, icon). The note will appear on the document as a note icon that students can view when they hover their cursor over note.

    To add a note:

    1. Select the note button.
    2. Click the page where you would like the note to be located.
    3. Type your note text.           
    Text The text button allows you to add text to the document. Once the text button is selected, a toolbar of text formatting options (colour, fill colour, opacity, font) will appear below the button.                                 

    To add text:

    1. Select the Text button and click the page where you would like the text to be located.
    2. Type you text as you want it to appear on the document. Use the formatting options to customize the font style and colour.         
    Line The Line button allows you to add a line or arrow to the document.  Once the Line button is selected, a toolbar of line type settings options (colour, fill colour, opacity, thickness, style) will appear below the button.                                                                   

    To add a line:

    1. Select the line button
    2. Customize the line appearance using the options in the expanded toolbar.
    3. Click and drag your cursor to place a line on the page.
  11. When you are finished annotating the document, click Save as Draft. If you are ready to publish your annotations and feedback, click Publish.

Upload Feedback Files

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Locate the assignment  in the Assignments table and click the arrow to expand the assignment actions menu.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select View Submissions.
  7. Click on the name of the student you want to grade. Alternatively, you can click on the file attachment. You will be taken to the document viewer where you can view and grade the submission.
  8. Enter a Score in the Overall Grade field.
  9. Enter Feedback in the Feedback field.
  10. To attach a file, click the Upload File icon
  11. In the Add a File pop-up window, upload your file in one of the following ways:
    • Drag and drop your file into the upload area.
    • Click Upload and select a file from your computer.
  12. Click Add. You will now see your file listed below the Attachments heading.
  13. When you are finished providing feedback, click Publish to release the grade/feedback to students. You can click Save Draft if you want to release the grade/feedback at a later date.

Grade Offline and Bulk Upload Feedback Files

NOTE:  This feature is not compatible with the Anonymous Grading option at this time.

To download the students’ assignments for grading offline: 

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course Navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Click the assignment name.
  6. Adjust the per page value at the bottom of the Assignment Submission page so that all students appear on one page. (Note: The maximum value is 200. For a course with enrolment higher than 200, the steps below will need to be followed for each page of student submissions.)
  7. Select the checkbox at the top of the list to select all students/submissions.
  8. Click the Download button just above the list of students.
  9. A pop-up window will appear on the screen while Brightspace prepares a zip file containing all the students/submissions that have been selected. When the package is ready, click the Download button in the pop-up window to save the zip file to your computer. 

In the zip file, each student is assigned a folder titled with a unique identifier, their name, and their student number. Do not change the title of the folder: when bulk uploading feedback files, the folder’s title is how Brightspace will know which students/assignment submissions to attach them to. The zip file will need to be extracted on your computer in order to save annotations, comments, etc. that are added to the documents. When your grading is complete, select all the students’ folders and add them to a new zip file. 

To upload the feedback package to Brightspace: 

NOTE: Before uploading feedback files, you must re-zip the parent folder that contains all of the student folders. Brightspace will not accept an un-zipped folder if you try to upload it.

  1. Log in to Brightspace using your MyCarletonOne credentials. 
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid , then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Tools in the course Navbar.       
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Assignments.
  5. Click the assignment name.
  6. Click the Add Feedback Files button at the top of the Assignment Submission page. A pop-up window will appear on the screen. 
  7. Drag and drop the zip file into the upload field of the pop-up window. (Or click the “Upload” button to browse your computer for the zip file.) 
  8. Click the Add button at the bottom of the pop-up window.
  9. Once you click the “Add” button, Brightspace will start extracting the contents of the zip file and distributing them across the students’ submissions. This may take some time, depending on the number of files / size of the import. When the process is complete, the pop-up window will close, and a message will appear briefly at the bottom of the screen stating that X number of files were successfully uploaded. 

Bulk Upload Feedback Files Only 

 If you are not annotating the assignments but creating separate feedback files: follow the steps in the Grade Offline/Bulk Upload section above but remove the students’ original submissions from the folders before uploading the feedback package. Otherwise, Brightspace will also attach the students’ original submissions as feedback files. 

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