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7.3 Searching for Class Grades

Search for class grades to show the results of specified assignments. For each assignment, the grade for each student is displayed. You can search for class grades for just the current class or including any child classes.

After performing a search, you can change the options in View Panel and refresh the view without performing another search.

You can export any generated table of grades to a file by clicking Export to CSV. Comma-delimited (CSV) format can be opened in a variety of applications (for example, Microsoft Excel) and can easily be imported into many third-party gradebook programs.

From the Class Grades, you can:

  • View Assignment Grades by clicking on the name of an assignment.
  • View Student Grades by clicking on the name of a student.
  • View Student Assignment Details by clicking on any grade in the search results.
  • View Item Statistics.
  • Change the total points for an assignment.

Viewing Assignment Grades

From the Class Grades, click the name of an assignment to access Assignment Grades.

This lets you view the question-by-question scores. The grade for each question (or question group) for each student is displayed.

Assignment Grades includes a summary of information on the assignment.

Table 7.1: Assignment Summary

Field

Description

Assignment Name

The name of the assignment. Click this link to collapse the details view.

Current Total Points

The total number of points.

Original Total Points

The total number of points originally assigned.

# Active Assignments

The number of assignments that are currently in progress.

Class Average

The average score of all assignments taken.

Last modified

The date and time the assignment was last modified.

# Attempts

The total number of assignments taken by students. This number might be greater than the number of students if the assignment allows for multiple submissions of work.

Average # Attempts

The average number of attempts per student.

Item Statistics

Click this link to view the item statistics for the assignment.

Histogram of Student Assignment Scores

Click this link to view a histogram of the assignment results. The histogram opens in a new window.


From the Assignment Grades, you can:

  • Change the options in View Panel and refresh the view without performing another search.
  • Export any generated table of grades to a file by clicking Export to CSV.
  • Go to the Item Statistics for the assignment.
  • View a histogram of student assignment scores.
  • Change the total points on the assignment.
  • View assignment results for a question group in the assignment.
  • Preview a question on the assignment.
  • Access question details for a question in the assignment.
  • Access details for a question group in the assignment.

If the assignment includes question groups, these are indicated by a + symbol after the question number, such as Q1+. To see details on the questions within this question group, click the link Q1+.

Viewing Assignment Grades

Figure 7.6: Viewing Assignment Grades


Viewing Question Responses

From the Assignments Grades, you can access Question Responses.

  • In the Assignment Grades, click the name of a question, such as Q1, to view the student responses to this question.

In the Question Responses view, you can:

  • View item statistics.
  • View student responses for each question. As part of this, you can view the instance of the question that the student received (for algorithmic questions).
  • Add instructor feedback.
  • Update student grades, if desired.

Viewing Student Grades

After performing a basic gradebook search, you can click the name of a student to access the student grades for that student.

The student record report first shows a summary for the student, including the number of completed, in progress, and passed assignments for the student, along with the number of assignments that need to be reviewed. For each assignment, the student score and total points are shown.

You can opt to show all results, or just the best, average, most recent, or earliest. For all of these except average, additional information for each assignment session includes the session's start and end times and duration of the assignment.

You can click the Details link for any assignment to access the student assignment details. (The icon appears beside the Details link if there are ungraded essay questions that need your attention.)

Viewing Student Assignment Details

After performing a basic gradebook search, you can click any grade in the search results to view the detailed results for that assignment attempt.

The student assignment details report shows a summary of the results for this assignment attempt, including the student's score out of the total points, the session start and end times and duration. A summary for student is also shown, with the number of completed, in progress, and passed assignments for the student, along with the number of assignments that need to be reviewed.

In the Student Assignment Details view, you can:

  • View the student's response for each question. As part of this, you can view the instance of the question that the student received (for algorithmic questions).
  • Add instructor feedback
  • Update student grades, if desired.

Changing Grades and Adding Feedback

From the Gradebook, you can modify student grades if needed. You can:

  • Grade essay questions.
  • Change a student's grade on an individual question.
  • Leave feedback for the student on an individual question.

You might want to change a student's grade for several reasons:

  • The system does not automatically grade essay questions, so you must enter a grade for any essay questions included in your assignment.
  • You might choose to raise a student's grade based on effort, improvement, or another subjective measure.
  • You might choose to apply a curve, based on the performance of the entire class.

Changing Grades

As you change grades, keep in mind the total and passing scores you have set for the assignment.

To change a student's grades:

  1. From the Class Homepage, select Gradebook and click Class Grades.
  1. Select the assignment with the grade(s) you want to change.
  1. If there are ungraded essay questions in the assignment, then in the Filter Results Panel, under Progress, select To Be Reviewed.
  1. If the assignment is fully graded and you want to change a grade, then in the Filter Results Panel, under Progress, select Completed.
  1. Click Search.
  1. From the resulting report, do one of the following:
  • Click the name of a student that requires grade changes. In the Student Assignment Details view, click the Details link beside the assignment that requires changes to view the student's responses.
  • Click the name of a question that requires grade changes to view the question responses.

  1. Each question is displayed, along with the student's response. If a question is algorithmic, you will see the instance of the question that the student received. For each question, the following buttons are available:

Table 7.2: Options in the Question Responses View

Button

Action

View the question.

View a history of the question's grade changes together with the accompanying notes.

Change a student's grade.

Add a comment for the student.


Information is also provided on whether a question is fully graded, the grade as been overwritten, or parts are ungraded. Ungraded questions are also indicated with the not graded symbol, .

  • To update one grade
  1. Locate the grade to be changed.
  1. Click the edit question grade icon (). In the corresponding Grade text box, enter the new grade. The grade should be a number between 0.0 and 1.0, with 1.0 meaning fully correct.
Changing a Student's Grade

Figure 7.7: Changing a Student's Grade


  • You can add a comment in the Comment on Grade text box. This region becomes writable after a new grade has been entered. This comment is for your reference, and is not seen by the student.
  • Click the save grade icon () beside the new question grade to save the grade.

  • To update multiple grades at once
  • Select the questions using the check boxes on the left.
  • Enter the new grade in the Update selected grades as field.
  • Click Update Grades.

  1. Click Save Question Grades.

Adding Feedback to Individual Graded Questions

You can add a comment for a student on an individual question. Students see the feedback when they review their performance on the test. You can add personalized feedback to help individual students understand their score and master the material.

To add feedback to graded assignment questions

  1. From the Class Homepage, select Gradebook and click Class Grades.
  1. Select the assignment for which you want to add a comment.
  1. Click Search.
  1. From the resulting report, click the name of a student, or the name of a question.
  1. Each question is displayed, along with the student's response.
  1. Under the question for which you want to add feedback, click the edit question comment icon ().
  1. Add a comment for the student in the comment field.
  1. Click the save comment icon ().
  1. Click Save Question Grades.

Students will see this feedback when they review their performance on the test. You can add personalized feedback to help individual students understand their scores and master the material.

Note: The feedback you enter in this way are sent to individual students, and not provided as a part of question feedback. To enter question-level feedback (even response-specific feedback for multiple choice items), you must use the Question Editor.

See Also:

Configuring Feedback Options

Grading Essay Questions

Essay questions are not graded automatically by the system. You must assign a grade in the Gradebook.

To grade essay questions:

  1. From the Class Homepage, select Gradebook and click Class Grades.
  1. Select the assignment with the grade(s) you want to change.
  1. Because there are ungraded essay questions in the assignment, in the Filter Results Panel, under Progress, select To Be Reviewed.

  1. Click Search.

Important: Be sure to search for assignments that need To Be Reviewed.

  1. Select the question(s) that contain essay response areas. For example, click Q1 if question 1 contains an essay question.

The gradebook offers flexible options for marking and grading students' responses to essays.

  • You can use the Essay Annotations palette to add essay correction symbols.
  • You can add keywords to the question, either when authoring it or through the gradebook. The keywords and synonyms you specify will be highlighted in the student's essay response.
  • You can highlight portions of the student response.
  • You can use graded annotations to assign partial credit.
  • You can assign a grade for the essay question.

Notes: 1.These features only apply to Essay type questions.

2. There are two ways to specify a grade for the essay question: using graded annotations (partial credit), or giving a grade for the entire essay question.

3. Annotations, keywords, and highlighting are used to give feedback but not connected to partial credit.

Adding Essay Annotations

The Essay Annotation palette provides a collection of essay correction symbols. You can customize the palette to suit your needs.

Essay Annotation Palette

Figure 7.8: Essay Annotation Palette


To read a descriptions for each annotation symbol, hover your mouse over the annotation symbol. A description is shown at the top of the Essay Annoations palette.

Adding and Removing Essay Annotations

You can add any number of annotations anywhere in a student's essay, by dragging a symbol from the Essay Annotations palette on to the student's essay.

To add annotations to an essay:

  1. In the class gradebook, find the essay question you want to annotate. (See Grading Essay Questions.)
  1. Expand the Essay Annotation palette on the left hand side of the window, by clicking the "+" symbol.

  1. Drag an annotation symbol on to desired location of the student's essay response.
  1. Repeat steps 7-8 for additional annotations.
  1. To save the annotated essay response, click the save comment icon ().

Students will see these annotations when they review their grade on their essay. You can add personalized feedback to help individual students understand their scores and master the material.

To remove annotations from an essay:

  1. Find the annotation symbol you want to remove in the student's essay.
  1. Click and drag the annotation from the essay on to the Drag here to remove box in the Essay Annotations palette.

Creating and Removing Essay Annotation Symbols

You can customize the palette.

To create an essay annotation symbol:

  1. Expand the Essay Annotation palette.
  1. Click Add Symbol.
  1. In the Symbol text field, add characters you want displayed as a symbol.
  1. In the Description field, enter a description for the symbol.
  1. Click Add. The new symbol is added to the symbol palette.

To remove an essay annotation symbol:

  1. Expand the Essay Annotation palette.
  1. Click and drag the symbol you want to remove down to the Drag here to remove box.
  1. The symbol is removed when you release the mouse button.

Adding Keywords and Highlighting

You can define keywords and synonyms when authoring the essay question. You can also add keywords and synonyms during the grading process. Any keyword or synonym in a student's essay will be automatically highlighted. You can also manually highlight selections in a student essay.

Adding Keywords

To define keywords and synonyms during question authoring, see Essay Questions.

If you did not define keywords during question authoring, or if you want to add additional keywords and synonyms while reviewing the students' responses, you can.

To define keywords and synonyms from the gradebook:

  1. Click the add keyword icon ().
  1. Add a keyword.
  1. Optionally, add synonyms.
Adding Highlighting

You can highlight selected text.

To highlight a portion of the student's response:

  • Right-click (Control-click, on Mac) and select Highlight.

Double-click the highlighted text to remove the highlighting.

Adding Graded Annotations to Assign Partial Credit and Provide Comment

You can give partial credit by adding graded annotations anywhere in a student's essay. Optionally, you can add a comment to the graded annotation. When a student hovers over the annotated text they can see the grade and comment.

To add annotations to an essay:

  1. In the class gradebook, find the essay question you want to assign partial credit to. (See Grading Essay Questions.)
  1. Select some text in the student's essay.
  1. Right-click (Control-click, on Mac) and select Annotate.
  1. Add a grade and comment (optional).
  1. Click Done.
  1. Click the save comment icon ()

Students will see these annotations when they review their grade on their essay.

Figure 7.9 shows an example of a student response with a graded annotation and highlighting.

Essay with Graded Annotation

Figure 7.9: Essay with Graded Annotation


If annotations are used, the grade for the question is automatically updated to be the sum of the partial grades given for annotations.

If desired, you can override this grade. See Assigning a Grade for an Essay Question, below.

You can edit or delete an annotation by right-clicking (Control-clicking, on Mac) on annotated text.

Assigning a Grade for an Essay Question

To assign a grade for an essay question manually:

  1. Click the edit icon below the student response.

  1. Enter a grade and click the save grade icon ().

Changing the Total Points for an Assignment

To modify the total points for an assignment

  • In the search results in the Gradebook, click Total points in the left column.

  • Enter the new total points for an assignment in the Overridden column.
  • Click Submit to save the change.