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Grading Group Assignments

When you create a group assignment, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center. You can assign grades to group assignments through the Needs Grading page or through the Grade Center.

After accessing the Grade Assignment page by either method, the grading process is the same.

How to Access a Group Assignment From the Needs Grading Page

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Needs Grading. The total number of items to grade appears on the Needs Grading page.
  3. Use the Filter drop-down lists to narrow the list of items to grade by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. For example, you can filter the list by Category and display only assignments and by User to select a specific group.
  4. Click Go. The filtered items appear on the Needs Grading page. Click a column heading or the caret to sort the items.

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  5. Access the Grade Assignment page by clicking an item's contextual menu and selecting Grade All Users.


    Access the Grade Assignment page by clicking a group name in the User Attempt column.

  6. The Grade Assignment page appears and you can proceed with grading.

How to Access a Group Assignment From the Grade Center

In the Grade Center, group assignments that have been submitted, but not graded, are indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon. All group members’ cells display the exclamation mark, regardless of who submitted the group assignment.

If a group submits an incorrect file—and only one submission is allowed—you must clear that attempt so the group can resubmit.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section and select Assignments or Full Grade Center.
  2. In the Grade Center, access the group assignment column’s contextual menu and select Grade Attempts.


    Locate any group member’s cell for the group assignment containing an exclamation mark. Point to the cell to access the contextual menu. Select the Group Attempt.

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  3. The Grade Assignment page appears and you can proceed with grading.

How to Grade on the Group Attempt Page

You can view, comment, and grade group student-submitted assignment files without leaving the Grade Assignment page. When you view a document submitted in an assignment, that document is converted to a format that is viewable inside the web browser. Supported document types that can be converted are Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF (PDF). The converted document is displayed in a viewer on the Grade Assignment page. Formatting and embedded images of the original document are preserved in the conversion.

Assignment submissions created with the content editor are not compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the window, but annotation is not available.

To learn more, see Grading Assignments.

Editing a Group Grade

Follow the same steps for adding a group grade to change a group’s grade. Edit the grade and feedback, and click Submit.

Grading Group Assignments Anonymously

You can grade items without viewing student information. The attempts will be displayed in a random order, without system identifying information, to you (or your designated grader) for grading. Anonymous grading is helpful to reduce potential bias from the instructor, grader, or teaching assistant when grading. Anonymous grading may also be appropriate when having students grade each other's work.

Grade Anonymously is available from the column header's contextual menu in the Grade Center. This action will open a new attempt with all system user identification removed. Any unsaved changes to the current attempt will be lost.

How to Change an Individual Member’s Group Grade

You can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group by editing the grade for the member in the Grade Center. If a group member’s grade is changed and a new group grade is given, the new group grade does not affect the individual’s new grade. The individual’s new grade does not appear to the other group members.

  1. In the Grade Center, access the member’s Grade Details page.
  2. On the Grade Details page, click Edit User Grade. Click Grade Group Attempt to review the submission before changing the grade.
    • Click Allow Additional Group Attempt so you can add a grade and feedback and allow the group to refine and improve their grade with another attempt.
    • Click Delete User Attempt to remove that attempt from the current member’s cell.
    • Ignore Attempt will not include the attempt’s score in that student’s grade calculations and will not count the submission against the maximum number of attempts. Ignoring an attempt applies only to an individual student, not to the entire group.
  3. On the group member’s Grade Details page, type a new grade in the Current Grade Value text box.
  4. Type optional Feedback to User. Optionally, use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, external links, multimedia, and mashups to your feedback.
  5. Type optional Grading Notes, only available to you.
  6. Click Save.

The new grade for the group member appears on the member’s Grade Details page and in the member’s cell in the Grade Center. The member’s grade is designated as an overridden grade.

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How to Revert a Member’s Edited Grade

You can revert a member’s edited grade to the original group grade that all group members received.

  1. In the Grade Center, access the member’s Grade Details page.
  2. After you edit a member’s group grade, you can access the Revert To Group Grade function.
  3. Click OK. The member’s grade is changed to the original group grade.
  4. Click Return to Grade Center to return to the Grade Center page and view the grades.

Adding and Deleting Group Members

If you add a member to a group after you assign a grade for a group assignment, the new member does not receive a grade, as they were not part of the process. Even if you update the group grade, the new member does not receive a grade. You can assign a grade for the new member from the member’s Grade Details page, but there is no submission available to view when grading.

If you remove a member of a group and you have assigned a grade for a group assignment, any grading updates are applied to that group member’s cell. To remove a score for a member removed from a group, click Delete User Attempt on the member’s Grade Details page. You are asked if you are sure you want to delete the attempt. The group assignment grade is deleted from the member’s cell in the Grade Center.