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Joule Grader

Joule Grader is an alternate grading option that enables you to view, grade, and navigate through student submissions in a simplified, adjustable, two-pane view. Currently, only assignments and advanced forums are supported in Joule Grader.

  • Use advanced grading methods, such as rubrics.
  • Annotate PDFs within Joule Grader.
  • Use marking workflows and delegate grading.
  • Teachers and students can discuss a particular grade or submission in the assignment's comments.
  • Students can view only their own submissions and grades in Joule Grader.

Grade activities with Joule Grader

Steps in Snap: Course Tools > Joule Grader

Steps in other themes: Administration > Course administration > Joule Grader

Joule Grader lets you grade student submissions in a simplified, adjustable, two-pane view.

Student submissions appear in the left pane. Online text submissions and discussion forum posts appear in the submission frame. File submissions need to be downloaded for review, with one exception. PDF files can be viewed and annotated directly in the submission frame.

More on PDF annotation

You can filter your view to see only activities that need grading. Select Show Activities Requiring Grading.

Use the activity, participant, and group menus and arrows to move between activities or students.

Grade student submissions in the right pane. Options you set when creating the activity, such as whether Activity Comments are available, determine what is displayed in this panel. If an assignment uses an advanced grading method such as a rubrics, checklist, or marking guide, you can view them from here.

Save grade and next to move to the next student who has submitted that assignment —OR— Save the grade and stay on the page. Grades saved here are recorded in the course Gradebook.

Mark up PDF submissions

Steps in Snap: Course Tools > Joule Grader > Find submission > Launch PDF editor

Steps in other themes: Administration > Course administration > Joule Grader > Find submission > Launch PDF editor

If you want to mark up student submissions in Joule Grader you need to do these things when you create the assignment:

  • Select File submissions for the assignment Submission types.
  • Select Simple direct grading for the assignment Grading method.
  • Instruct your students to upload PDF file submissions only. Joule Grader doesn't convert other file types to PDF.

Select Launch PDF editor under Grading to view and edit and PDF submission in Joule Grader. With the PDF editor you can mark up and add comments to student submissions. View inline lets you view the content only. You need to open the PDF editor to annotate.

Use these tools in the PDF editor to mark up the submission:

  • Use the right and left arrows to move between pages.
  • Search for comments in the submission.
  • Add comments to the submission. You can change color of the comments.
  • Move or delete the comment or mark up.
  • Mark up the submission with free-hand drawing, lines and objects.
  • Highlight words and sentences you want to stand out. You can change the color of the highlight.
  • Stamp the submission with a happy face, sad face, checkmark or red x.

The PDF editor requires ghostscript on the server.

Marking workflows

With marking workflows, marks go through these stages in Joule Grader before being released to students.

  • Not marked: Marking hasn't started.
  • In marking: Marking is in progress.
  • Marking completed: Marking is finished but the marker might need to go back for corrections.
  • In review: Marking is being reviewed the teacher in charge for quality checking.
  • Ready for release: The teacher in charge is satisfied with the marking but is waiting to give students access to the mark.
  • Released: The student can access the grades and feedback.

Marking workflows are ideal when you have more than one marker. For example, a teaching assistant can mark the submission and mark it complete for the teacher's review. The teacher can then release the mark to the student.

If you want to use marking workflows you need to do these things to set it up.

  • Select Use marking workflow in the assignment Grade settings.
  • Give another user marking permission. From Course administration select Users. Select Enrolled Users and Assign Roles. Select non-editing teacher. Choose who you want to give permission to. You can then give them give them assignments to mark.

    You must have permission to assign markers to this.

If you want to release grades to more than one student or all students at the same time, use the assignment's Module Grader instead of Joule Grader. Joule Grader enables you to release a grade only one student at a time.

Allocate markers

Steps in Snap: Assignment > View/Grade All Submissions > Set allocated marker

Steps in other themes: Assignment > View/Grade All Submissions > Set allocated marker

You can designate one marker for all student submissions, or designate several different markers across student submissions.

  1. Access the assignment and select View/Grade All Submissions.
  2. Select a set of students by checking the boxes.
  3. Select Set allocated marker in the With selected menu.
  4. Select Go.
  5. Select an Allocated Marker from the menu.
    • Only users with grading permissions appear in the menu. To add a user to the list, select Locally assigned roles in Administration. Select Non-editing teacher and select a Potential user. Select Add.
    • When allocating markers to several students at one time, it is possible to allocate a marker to their own submission. Double-check the grading list to ensure this doesn't occur.
  6. Save changes.

Notify the allocated markers

Allocated markers aren't notified that they are assigned to student submissions. Tell your markers so they know to check for submissions.

If you enable notifications in the assignment settings, an email is sent to markers telling when students submit something for them to mark. Let your markers know to expect these emails and how to mark the submission.

What do allocated markers see?

The user specified as the allocated marker for the activity sees the student's submission in these locations:

  • View/Grade All Submissions in the assignment: Only assignments that are submitted and allocated to the marker are listed.
  • Joule Grader: Allocated markers see only their own submissions for all gradable activities except for the activity that they were assigned to mark. For that activity, the drop-down menu shows the current user's name as well as the name of the user to mark. After a marker assigns a grade, the marker can change the workflow status.

Do both instructors and allocated markers grade submissions?

The student receives only one grade. Both the instructor and allocated marker can update the grade and change the Marking workflow state as many times as necessary. The workflow state is visible in the grading grid.