Grading Assignments

Assignments can be graded in several ways in Brightspace. This article explains how to use each of the possibilities.


Assess with just a grade and general feedback

Go to Course Tools > Assignments and click on the Assignment you want to assess. The screen below will appear.

From the submission list view click on a submission to start Evaluation.

On the left side you will see the submission of the student, whereas on the right side all meta data of the student, submission and assignment will be presented.

  1. Add a score
    • NB This grade will be transferred to the Gradebook, since a grade item is associated.
  2. Add feedback as desired
  3. Either Publish your evaluation or Save Draft.
    • If you choose Publish, the grade and feedback will be immediately visible for the student.
    • In case you want to release grades and feedback to all students at the same time, opt for Save Draft
  4. Navigate to the next / previous student submission via the arrows.
  5. When you have evaluated all submissions of this assignment click on Back to Submissions to return to the submission list view.

Finally, select all student submissions and click on Publish Feedback to release all grades and written feedback for this assignment.

Annotate submissions with Brightspace's inline feedback

Brightspace offers built-in Annotations Tools in Assignment to assess submission with inline feedback with free hand drawing, highlighting, text and note annotation. This allows you to assess submissions directly in Assignments, without using external tools like Turnitin.

The inline feedback offers an addition to Just a grade and general feedback. As shown below the left side looks a tad different, whereas the right side still offers the same fields as discussed above.

Please see this extensive article on how to enable Annotation Tools for your Assignment and more information on how to work with inline feedback in Brightspace.

Annotate submissions with Turnitin Feedback Studio

If you have enabled Turnitin for your assignment, you have the option to assess submissions with Feedback Studio. 

Please see here for an extensive article on How do I assess Turnitin Assignments with Feedback Studio?


Assess submissions with Rubrics

The Rubrics tool is used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently. The Rubrics tool allows you to create analytic rubrics (multiple criterion) or holistic rubrics (one criterion). Once a rubric has been created and is now linked to an assignment or to a discussion topic, you can then grade the students based on the rubric.

Please see this extensive article on how to assess with Rubrics or check out this chapter to review more information about Rubrics in general.

Assess submissions with Anonymous Marking

Anonymous Marking also works with Turnitin!

Anonymous Marking is a setting in Brightspace which allows you to mark your students Assignment submissions without knowing the identity of the student. As shown below, you will see names as Anonymous User 3 while evaluating with Anonymous Marking turned on.

Please see here for more information on how to enable Anonymous Marking for you assignment and an extensive guide on assessing submissions with Anonymous Marking.

Annotate submissions offline in bulk

Note: Evaluating an assignment in bulk does not allow grading to take place in bulk, although this can easily be done in the submission overview screen.

Brightspace allows Instructors to process and evaluate assignments in bulk. This is a great time save when dealing with large cohorts. In short, this feature condenses all student’s submissions into a .ZIP file. Instructors open the file, add their feedback, save the file and upload the ZIP file back to Brightspace. The evaluated file will become an attachment to the student’s submission.

Please see here for more information on how to annotate submissions offline in bulk.