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Download Assignments

You can download assignment submissions to review them offline instead of reviewing them online. Choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. Unzip or expand the file to view the contents. Each submission is saved as a separate file.

Windows and Mac computers have built-in capabilities to view and extract compressed ZIP file packages. To learn more, see the help available for your computer's operating system.

How to Download Assignments

  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for the assignment you want to download.
  2. Access the assignment column's contextual menu and click Assignment File Download.
  3. On the Download Assignment page, select the student submissions to download -OR- select the check box in the header bar to choose all available submissions.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. On the next Download Assignment page, click the Download assignments now link. A pop-up window displays instructions for what to do with the file.

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  6. In the pop-up window, click Save File and click OK.
  7. Browse to the location where you want to download the file and click Save.
  8. To return to the Grade Center, click OK on the Download Assignment page.

When you use the download function, usernames are included automatically in the file names for easy identification. However, files downloaded one by one from the Grade Assignment page will not include usernames. To avoid confusion, you should specify that students use a detailed file name that includes their last names or their usernames when submitting assignments.

If a student added an attachment, the downloaded ZIP file may contain two files for each student: the attached file and a TXT file produced by the Grade Center that contains information about the submission and student comments. Both files have the student's username included in the file name for easy identification.

The Assignment File Cleanup function allows you to select students and delete files associated with their submissions. This function is available from the assignment column's contextual menu in the Grade Center.

Grade Downloaded Assignments

After reviewing submissions offline and assigning grades, you can provide grades and comments in the Grade Center. Access the assignment cell's contextual menu and click View Grade Details. On the Grade Details page, click Edit Grade. You can use the Insert File function in the content editor to add files. Alternatively, click View Attempt to see the student's work in his or her Submission and Comments sections as you add a grade, comments, and files.

Alternatively, you can type grades directly into the Grade Center cells. If you type a grade for the first attempt for an assignment that you have allowed two attempts for, this is called an override grade. If you go on to grade the second attempt from the Grade Assignment page, the override grade still supersedes the second attempt grade you assign. Therefore, avoid assigning grades directly in Grade Center cells for assignments without considering the ramifications first. To learn more, see Override Grades.

To learn more, see Upload or Download Grade Center Items for Working Offline.

Related Tutorials    video  Downloading Assignments   (Flash movie | 1m 35s)