Grading paperless assignments Brightspace

Grading paperless assignments Brightspace

*An instructional video is also available for this topic. Scroll down if you wish to watch the video. *


Before starting with this topic, you might be interested in setting up an assignment.

Now we’re going to look at the electronic grading process for instructors and Teaching Assistants (TAs). Click on the + to see how to use each feature:

  1. To check the submission progress, click Assignments, click the title of the Assignment and then click Submission Log. Via the Submission log you can filter the lists of Submitted, Deleted, Restored and Started submissions.Once the due date for the assignment has passed, you can start with grading.
  2. Click on Course Admin and then on the Assignment option, and then on the assignments link.In this overview you will see the files submitted for each assignment as well as the due date.
  3. Click on the assignment you wish to start grading.At the bottom you see a summary of the submissions. You can filter this if you wish to quickly find which assignments have yet to be graded and those that have already been graded.
    Notice that there is an option at the top to e-mail students that have not yet submitted.


    To help with the electronic grading process there are two handy icons to click on:

    • The first is the “Flag”. If there is something unusual about the item you can flag it.
    • Secondly there’s an icon to indicate whether the assignment has been read or not. This can help especially when there are a number of TA’s grading, to quickly locate assignments that have yet to be graded.

      • Once you click Evaluate, a new full page opens to the Evaluate Submission area.

    • You can view other student submissions by selecting the forward and backward chevrons.

You can download user submissions and provide comments in the individual files. These folders can be re-zip up and uploaded back into the specific assignment submission folder. Brightspace will un-zip it and redistribute the files back with all their comments to the students.

These files will appear as attachments to each user’s submission evaluation.

Please do not rename the downloaded files’ names after you enter feedback and save changes.
  1.  Go to Assignments, select the assignment you wish to grade.
  2. Select the first student, and their document is shown within the browser.
    In the Evaluate window:
  1. Here you can read the document, but you cannot comment directly on it. You can however add some feedback on the side in the box.
  2. If you associated the assignment with an item from the gradebook, then you will be asked to enter in a score as well. That score will be copied over to the gradebook automatically, once you publish the grades.
  3. After entering in the score, you can then choose to save as draft and proceed on to the next student, and the next student and so on, until you have graded everyone. You can then come back, do a fine-tuning of the grades and a fine-tuning of your feedback and then click Publish to publish that feedback back to the students. The moment you Click Publish the students will receive their feedback and grade.

If you are not yet done and complete the grading later, you can click Back to Submissions.

  • You can click Save and come back to resume your work.


You also notice that there’s an option to add a Rubric.

Rubrics are a way to get consistency, especially when you have a large team of graders on one item. There is another page that demonstrates how to use rubrics.

This process also works for multiple graders. You can split up the grading among multiple people, and then you, as the instructor, can approve the final grades.

Notice that when we return to this page, these assignments that have been viewed have been marked as read. Instead of clicking Publish for every student, you can return back to submissions; select all students with the checkbox and then click on Publish Feedback.
There is also a submission log where you can carefully track exactly what has happened with the assignment submission process. You can access this from the Edit menu of the assignment folder.

To avoid unconscious bias in the grading and feedback process, instructors can now configure assignments to use anonymous learner names. To do so, please follow the steps below:

  1. Click in the icon as in the image below:Once anonymous marking is selected for an assignment folder, students will be presented anonymously to all Brightspace roles with permission to provide feedback.
  2. Once the setting of the assignment submission folder has been completed, go back to the assignments list. Attached to the specific assignment, an icon confirms that the anonymous marking has been enabled
    Note: When the feature is turned on, instructors can only see an anonymized learner name on the assignment submission and the user names are revealed to instructors once feedback is published.
  3. Due to the anonymous nature of this type of review, feedback and grades can only be released in batches rather than per student‘. In order to publish feedback to students who have submissions in an Anonymous Marking folder, please select the students for which feedback is ready (or choose All) and select the ‚Publish All Feedback‘ button.
  4. Once selected, a pop-up message will appear, summarising the number of students for which feedback is available. If there are students for which no feedback is available, the total number will also be listed in the same pop up message.Once anonymous marking is selected for an assignment folder, students will be presented anymously to all Brightspace roles with permission to provide feedback.
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How to use this to improve your course

For grading you assessments you don’t have to leave the Brightspace environment. Grades can be added while reviewing assessments or through the Manage Grades page directly. An option to grade offline is however also available.

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