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Grading SacCT Assignments after January 15, 2018

SacCT Assignment Grading

On January 15, 2018 Blackboard will discontinue the Crocodoc application in the Assignments tool, which provides the ability to preview document submissions and provide inline comments and annotations.

The following inline grading options for online assignment submissions will not be available in SacCT (Blackboard) courses when grading Assignments:

  • Ability to preview a submitted document.
  • Inline annotations and comments.
  • Option to download annotated PDF format of submitted document.

Grade Assignment page in a SacCT course with inline viewer area marked with an x.

 

Will all grading be affected?

No. The discontinuation of the Crocodoc application (Inline Viewer) will only affect grading for student work submitted through the Assignments tool in SacCT. Grading in all other areas such as Quizzes, Discussions, Blogs, Journals, etc. will remain the same.

What will display when I open a student’s assignment submission?

Upon accessing a student’s assignment attempt(s) from the Grade Center Needs Grading area or the assignment column in the Full Grade Center, the Grade Assignment page will open normally. However, the Inline Viewer area will no longer display a preview of the student’s submitted document. Instead, you may see either a gray box and/or message that reads “Service Unavailable”.

Grade Assignment page available options.

How can I view the student’s document submission to review and grade?

You can access and download students’ assignment submissions using one of the following options:

Will I be able to grade assignments in my SacCT courses?

Yes. You can continue grading assignment submissions from your SacCT course in the Grade Assignment page or through the assignment's grade center column.

Grading from the Grade Assignment Page

The Grade Panel on the right of the Grade Assignment page will continue to be available for you to enter a grade for the student’s attempt and to provide feedback for the assignment.

  1. Select Grade Center from the Control Panel menu on lower left hand side of course.
  2. Select the Needs Grading option. A list of items to grade will display. Click the student's name to open the Grade Assignment page for their attempt.

  1. Enter the grade/score in the attempt grade box and overall feedback in the Feedback to Learner box. The grade panel will expand by either clicking in the attempt box or the downward facing arrow.
  2. Click Submit to save grade and feedback.

Grade Assignment page in SacCT course showing options in grade panel on right to download submitted file(s) and where to enter a grade.

Grading from the Assignment Grade Center Column

Alternatively, you can grade student assignment submissions from the assignment's column in the Grade Center.

  1. Select Grade Center from the Control Panel menu on lower left hand side of course.
  2. Click Full Grade Center. Locate the assignment's grade center column.
  3. Click grade center cell for the student you would like to enter a grade for. Type in the grade and hit enter/return to save.

  1. To add feedback, click drop down arrow to right of grade center cell and select View Grade Details.
  2. On the Grade Details page select Edit Grade.
  3. In the Current Grade Value box, edit or enter the student's grade.
  4. In the Feedback to Learner box, type in feedback for their assignment submission.
  5. Select Save on bottom right.

Will I be able to provide feedback using annotations and comments within the student’s document?

Inline annotations and comments will no longer be available from the Grade Assignment page in SacCT. However, you can download the students’ assignment submission to your computer using one of the methods described above.

Depending on the format of the file the student submitted (i.e. Word, PDF, etc), you can use features within the application to make comments or annotations. For example, in MS Word, you can use the Track Changes and/or Comments options to provide feedback within the document. In Acrobat you can use annotation and comment options. Please refer to the following resources for options for annotating a document in these applications:

How do I return a student's document with my annotations and/or comments?

If you have made comments or annotations to a student's document using an external application such as MS Word or Acrobat, you can return the document to the student from the Assignment Page - Grade Panel area in your SacCT course.

  1. Select Grade Center from the Control Panel menu on lower left hand side of course.
  2. Select the Needs Grading option. A list of items to grade will display. Click the student's name to open the Grade Assignment page for their attempt.
  3. Expand the Grade Panel on right, by either clicking in the attempt box or the downward facing arrow.
  4. Below the Feedback to Learner box, select the Insert File option (paperclip icon).

  1. The Insert Content Link window will display. Select Browse My Computer to search and select the annotated document from the location you saved it in on your computer. Click Open.
  2. The file name will display in the attached files area. Click Submit.

  1. A link to the attached file will display within the Feedback to Learner box. Type in additional feedback, enter grade and click Submit to save.

How can students view their assignment grades and feedback?

Students will be able to access the assignment feedback and grade from the Grades area in the course. Refer students to the SacCT: Viewing Assignment Grades and Feedback for details.

Move to Canvas

If you prefer, you can begin using our new campus learning management system, Canvas, to deliver your course(s) starting in the Spring 2018 semester.

In Canvas you can use the SpeedGrader feature to grade assignments, which includes the option to preview document submissions using the Canvas DocViewer and provide inline feedback through annotation tools directly in the SpeedGrader.

You can begin using Canvas now. Each faculty member has been provisioned with three "development" course shells in Canvas to test/learn/prepare content and shells for your future courses will be automatically created.  

How do I access Canvas? 

You can access Canvas through My Sac State or log in directly at http://canvas.csus.edu/ to get started. Canvas also offers a Teacher app which provides a limited set of the full system's functionality: iOS and Android

How do I get help with Canvas?

 An array of resources are available to you and your students through the Help menu in Canvas. Additionally, you can contact our Academic Technology Center support team at academictechcenter@csus.edu, 278-2450, or reserve a time to meet with an ATC consultant in person.