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Grade Group Assignments

Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. Assignments are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

When you create a group assignment, a grade column is created automatically.

Access a group assignment

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about grading group assignments.

In the Original Course View, you can start grading group assignments from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center.

Needs Grading page

Control Panel > expand the Grade Center section > Needs Grading

  1. On the Needs Grading page, use the Filter lists to narrow the list of items to grade by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. For example, filter the list by Category and display only assignments and by User to select a specific group.
  2. Select Go. The filtered items appear on the Needs Grading page. Select a column heading to sort the items.
  3. Access an item's menu and select Grade All Users. Or, select a group name in the User Attempt column.
  4. The Grade Assignment page appears.

More on the Needs Grading page

From the Grade Center

In the Grade Center, group assignments that have been submitted but not graded are indicated with the Needs Grading icon.

All group members’ cells display the Needs Grading icon, regardless of who submitted the group assignment.

If you allowed only one submission for the assignment and a group submits the incorrect file, you must clear that attempt so that the group can resubmit.

  1. In the Grade Center, access the group assignment column’s menu and select Grade Attempts. Or, you can locate any group member’s cell for the group assignment that contains the Needs Grading icon. Access the cell's menu and select the Group Attempt.
  2. The Grade Assignment page appears.

More on assigning grades in the Grade Center

Send reminders about missing coursework

You can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if you assigned one.

More on sending reminders

Assignment inline grading

If allowed by your institution, you can grade and annotate student files directly within the browser. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc. You can assign a group grade, provide feedback, and make notes for yourself.

On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open in the browser. Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a group has uploaded an unsupported file, you're prompted to download it.

Assignment submissions groups create with the editor aren't compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the grading screen, but annotation isn't available.

More on inline grading and the supported file types

Anonymous grading

If you enabled anonymous grading for a group assignment, group identifying information is hidden in these ways:

From the Grade Center: After the group assignment due date has passed or all attempts have been submitted, access the group assignment's column and select Grade Attempts. For columns where you enabled anonymous grading, all cells are grayed out so you don't know which groups made submissions.

From the Needs Grading page: Filter the items that need grading to show only the group assignment you want to grade. In the User Attempt column, all identifying information is replaced with "Anonymous Group" and an attempt ID. From a group assignment's menu, select Grade All Users to begin grading.

Both options take you to the Grade Assignment page where you view submissions and grade inline as you normally do. As you navigate from group to group, group names are replaced with Anonymous Group. You can also see how many gradable group items are in the queue.

More on anonymous grading

Delegated grading

When you grade group assignments, you can use grades and feedback from more than one grader to promote reliability and remove bias. You can also divide grading responsibilities for large classes.

Delegated graders follow the same grading steps you do, but, the number of group assignment attempts that they see are based on the options you choose. For example, you might ask each grader to grade a random subset of the group assignments or have all graders grade all group submissions. Then, you can compare the grades and assign the final group grades.

More on delegated grading

Change an individual group member’s grade

When you grade a group assignment, that grade is automatically given to all group members. But, you can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group. If you change a group member’s grade and assign a new group grade, the new group grade won't affect the individual’s new grade. Individual members only see their own grades, not what each member earned.

In the grading sidebar, select the Override/revert icon to change the grade for a group member. Type a new grade and select the Save icon to save it. This grade becomes an override grade.

The group grade and the individual group member’s edited grade also appear in the Grade Center. Grayed out cells appear in the group assignment column for course members who aren't part of the group.

Revert a member’s edited grade

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

In the grading sidebar, select the Override/revert icon for the user with the edited grade. Select the left-pointing arrow to change the grade to the original group grade. The override icon is removed. The change also appears in the Grade Center.

Add and delete 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 group member after you assign 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, select 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.

ULTRA: Ready to grade groups?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about grading group assignments.

After groups submit their assignments, you can start grading their work on the Grades page or within the course. Assign the same grade to the whole group, or grade each team member's contribution separately in case not everyone contributed equally. Keep in mind that you can't change grade settings or group membership after you've started grading.

More on grading assignments

Assign a different grade to group members

By default, a grade for a group assignment is the same for all group members. However, you can change an individual group member's grade if you feel their contribution earned a grade different from the group.

In the Submission View, you can assign a grade for the whole group. Type a value in the Grade column. Or, you can assign a grade to a single group member. To assign a different grade to an individual in a group, expand the group list and type a value in the Grade column. The overall group's grade is shown as In Progress. The Post option doesn't appear because some students don't yet have grades for the assignment.

Similarly, after you assign a grade to the overall group, you can edit a group member's individual grade. Expand the list of group members and change a group member's grade as needed. The overall group's grade is shown as Multiple.

You can also assign different grades in the gradebook grid view. Select a group member's cell and all other group members are highlighted in the grid. Edit a group member's grade as needed. You have the option to apply this edited grade to everyone in the group.