How to Grade an Assignment

The purpose of this article is to explain how to evaluate a student’s assignment submission in the Brightspace learning environment.

Download user submissions and leave feedback within the files

If you download user submissions and leave feedback within the files, you can upload them back to the appropriate assignment submission folder so they appear as attachments to each user’s submission evaluation. To ensure successful feedback upload and distribution back to students, do not rename the downloaded files’ names after you enter feedback and save changes.

Step 1

Navigate to the Assignments tool, and locate the assignment you want to evaluate

  1. Click the  next to the assignment name
  2. Click View submissions


Step 2

Select the submissions you want to evaluate, and download them

  1. Select any (or all) submissions
  2. Click Download
  3. Click on link to the .zip file to open, and extract the files to a folder your computer


Step 3

Grade the assignment and leave feedback.  Save changes to the file. You do not need to rename it.

Step 4

Fill in student’s rubric (optional) and score for the assignment


Step 5

Attach your file with feedback


Evaluate submissions and leave feedback directly on the Evaluate Submission page.

The Evaluate Submission page enables you to evaluate and leave feedback for user submissions. It contains two main sections: The Submissions List panel and the Evaluation panel. Use the Evaluation panel to grade and provide comments on submissions.

If you make evaluations directly on the Evaluate Submission page, you can publish feedback immediately or save your feedback as a draft and release it at a later time. This enables you to revise and review evaluations, and publish your feedback to multiple users at the same time. You also have the option to retract published feedback if you want to provide an update to past evaluations but only want learners to access your most recent feedback. You can also annotate users’ web and plain text file submissions with the HTML Editor and attach those annotations as part of feedback.

Step 1

Navigate to the Assignments tool, and locate the assignment you want to evaluate

  1. Click the  next to the assignment name
  2. Click View submissions


Step 2

Click Evaluate next to the user submission you want to assess


Step 3

Click on the assignment link to open file


Step 4

Add evaluation and feedback to the assignment from the panel on the right, and click Publish

  1. Rubrics (optional): if a rubric is attached to the assignment it will be listed here. Click to open it.
  2. Score: enter the student’s score for the assignment
  3. Grade Item: indicates the name of the grade item the assignment is attached to in the gradebook
  4. Feedback (optional): enter comments for the student
  5. Attachments (optional): attach a file, or record audio/video feedback using your computer’s webcam and microphone


TIP: Scores entered in submission view will automatically populate gradebook. If score is entered in the gradebook, it will not automatically populate the evaluate submission view. Therefore, it is best to always enter grades and make changes to grades directly from the submission view, and NOT in the gradebook spreadsheet.


A Note about Using Rubrics

If you use rubrics to assess submissions, you can append the overall rubric feedback to the Submission Feedback field. If the rubric uses points, you can also scale and transfer the overall rubric score to the Submission Score field. Both of these fields transfer to Grades if the assignment submission folder is associated with a grade item.

Video: Grading

in Brightspace

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