The Evaluate Submission page enables you to evaluate and leave feedback on assignment submissions. It contains two main sections: The Submissions List panel and the Evaluation panel. Use the Evaluation panel to grade and provide comments on submissions. On paper submissions and observed in person assignments display only the Evaluation panel, as no submissions are made in Brightspace.
Note: For more information about evaluating and adding feedback to assignments using a screen reader or keyboard-only navigation, refer to How assistive technology interacts with the inline grading experience.
Evaluate assignment submissions
If you make evaluations directly on the Evaluate Submission page, you can publish feedback immediately or save your feedback as a draft and release it later. This enables you to revise and review evaluations, and publish your feedback to multiple users at the same time. You 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.
Note: You cannot publish or save your draft if the Overall Feedback field exceeds 300,000 characters. If the Overall Feedback field exceeds the character limit or if the Grade field contains an invalid grade, a dialog pops up and the tooltip "There is one or more errors in the information entered appears" when you try to save or publish.
Evaluate using annotations
If you have built in annotations turned on, you can mark up submissions using highlighting, free hand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting directly from the Evaluate Submission page. Use the icons in the document viewer toolbar to select between Pen, Note, Text, and Line. You can undo or redo any annotations using the undo/redo buttons located on the menu or using keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts for PCs are Ctrl+z for undo and Ctrl+Shift+z for redo. For MAC OS, the shortcuts are Command+z for undo and Command+Shift+z for redo.
Note: Text annotations have a character limit of 1,048,576 characters.
Each tool has additional options to change color, font size, font, and many other customizable items. Once you publish the feedback, learners can view their submission with the annotations visible, providing additional context on their instructor's notes.
For information about file types that are supported by the annotation tool in Assignments, refer to File types supported by Annotations
Download and evaluate assignment submission files
If you download user submissions and leave feedback within the files, you can upload them back to the appropriate assignment, so they appear as attachments to each user'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.
To evaluate and add feedback to downloaded submissions
- Navigate to Assignments.
- Click the Actions drop-down menu and then click View Submissions.
Figure: Click View Submissions option from the Actions drop-down menu.
- On the Submissions page, do one of the following:Figure: The Submissions page for an assignment displaying the above options.
- If you want to return feedback on multiple submissions at once or evaluate and grade submissions offline:
- Select Select all rows and then click Download. This creates a .zip file.
- Click Download.
- Extract all the files to a folder on your device
Note: Each user submission folder has a numeric ID prefixed to the folder name. This ID is key when you are uploading the evaluated submission files and it should not be changed. Example downloaded file name with the numeric ID: 30230-29 - John Doe - May 29, 2020 122 PM.
- Open each assignment, evaluate the assignment, add your feedback, and then save the file.
- Once you have evaluated and added feedback to all submission files and saved them, highlight all the updated folders and create a .zip folder.
Note: If you have any learner names with characters that cannot be used in a compressed folder, such as Ø, rename that folder and reattempt to create a .zip folder. Do not change the ID prefixed to the name of the folder.
- On the Submissions page, click Add Feedback Files. Select your compressed .zip file and then click Add.
- To publish feedback to selected learners, select these learners, and click Publish Feedback.
- To publish feedback to all learners, click Publish All Feedback.
Note: If the Publish All Feedback button is grayed out, you have no draft feedback to publish. If you have Anonymous Marking enabled, you must click Save Draft and save your feedback for each anonymous user, then click Publish All Feedback on the assignment page to submit feedback to the anonymous users.
- If you have any rubrics attached to learner submissions and if these learner submissions have not been evaluated on all rubric criteria, a Confirmation dialog box appears indicating the same.
- Click Continue Grading or Publish Anyway, as applicable.
- Click Continue Grading or Publish Anyway, as applicable.
- If you want to evaluate an individual user, click on their name, or the Evaluate link for their submission.
Note: The Evaluate link appears when you have the Give Feedback permission turned on for your role.
- To evaluate using learning outcomes, select the desired level of achievement below the outcome.
- When you leave feedback in Turnitin, the feedback icon on the assignment submission page, in the Turnitin Online Grading column.
- If you added an Online Grading score, the score displays on the submissions page, in the Turnitin Online Grading column.
Evaluate video submissions
You can give grades and feedback for video files that learners attach and submit as part of an assignment.
To evaluate video submissions
- Navigate to Assignments.
- Click the Actions drop-down menu beside your desired assignment and then select View Submissions.
- Click the Submissions tab.
- Select the video submission and click Download. Save the .zip file and review.
- To grade and add feedback to the submission, click the video submission's file name.
Figure: Click the video submission's file name to open that submission for feedback and grading.
Note: You can also provide feedback by attaching separate file to a submission. On the Submissions page, click Add Feedback Files. Select your compressed .zip file and then click Add.
- Enter your Overall Grade and Overall Feedback.
Figure: Enter the a grade and feedback for the video submission.
- Click Publish.
Note: If your assignment is associated with a grade item in your Grade Book, the Overall Gradeyou entered is automatically added to your Grade Book. To review and edit the Overall Grade of all evaluations applied to that grade item, click the Assignment attached icon next to the Overall Grade field to open your Grade Book. For more information about grade items, refer to Create and delete grade categories and items.
Note: You cannot publish or save your draft if the Overall Feedback field exceeds 300,000 characters. If the Overall Feedback field exceeds the character limit or if the Grade field contains an invalid grade, a dialog pops up and the tooltip There is one or more errors in the information entered appears when you try to save or publish.
Figure: Click the Assignment attached icon to review all submissions and grades for the grade item you are evaluating.
Video: Add feedback and evaluations to assignment submissions
About the New Assignment Evaluation Experience
The New Evaluation Experience brings consistency to evaluating in Brightspace for all assessable tools. For now, the experience is only available in Assignments and Discussions.
Note: When an instructor in the new assignment creation experience attempts to delete a rubric that is attached to an evaluated assignment, the instructor must confirm that they want to detach the rubric from the assignment. This alert is intended to prevent potential data loss, because once a rubric is detached, the existing assessments for that rubric are deleted and cannot be restored.
The New Assignment Evaluation Experience uses the new Brightspace Editor as the default HTML editor.
Note: The new editor does not require administrators to enable the new d2l.Tools.WYSIWYG.NewEditor (Org) configuration variable. It is automatically enabled for feedback when you turn on the New Assignment Evaluation Experience.
Figure: You can evaluate assignments using an evaluation experience consistent with other views in Brightspace.
No changes have been made to page navigation. The New Assignment Evaluation Experience includes the following features:
- The user context bar includes a menu to choose a learner, and another menu to choose a submission. On the user submission list, files are grouped by submission without repeating comments to make it easier to distinguish between submissions. On group assignments, the user context bar includes a drop-down action menu with links to view all group members, email the group, and instant message the group.
- The evaluation pane divider is draggable to suit a user’s preferences and screen size. Rubrics are located at the top of the evaluation panel. To add a rubric, use Edit Assignment.
- An ellipsis menu appears with the following options:
- Edit Assignment: opens the Assignment page in new tab (requires the See and Manage Assignment Submission Folders permission).
- Preview Assignment: opens the Assignment Preview page in a new tab, allowing evaluators can reference the instructions for the assignment.
- Special Access Dates: opens the Edit Assignment screen as a pop-up (requires the Set Special Access on Assignment Submission Folders permission).
- The overall grade remains as an icon that indicates if that grade is tied to the gradebook. Existing outcomes and competency web components are also visible.
- You can provide feedback for the submission by either entering it manually into Overall Feedback or by uploading an attachment.
Figure: You can use the Attachments toolbar to Upload File from your computer, add a QuickLink, add a Web Link, add a file from your Google Drive, add a file from your OneDrive, Record Audio, and Record Video.
- Publish, Save Draft, and Next Student options continue to function as before.
- You can download the original submission file or the annotated PDF file by clicking the Download button in the Annotations viewer.
Figure: Click either Download Original or Download Annotations from the Download drop-down menu.
- When an instructor using the New Assignment Evaluation Experience opens new window to evaluate text-only rubrics, the Overall Score displays for each rubric, and the instructor can override the level if necessary.
Figure: Use the Overall Score slider in mobile and New Assignment Evaluation Experience views to view and override the score level.