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Grading Activities Using 'Grade by Question'
Grading Activities Using 'Grade by Question'

Quickly provide feedback questions in an activity using the Grade by Question feature.

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Written by Peter Bohacek
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What is Grade by Question?

This method is intended to allow instructors to quickly provide feedback and grades for all students in the class. Rather than grading each individual question for every student, you can grade everyone's answers at the same time.

You can use Grade by Question to:

  1. View all student answers to multiple questions before it is submitted.

  2. Grade multiple questions for all students at the same time.

Where is Grade by Question?

There are two ways you can find Grade by Question, but they both require you to be in the class.

  • From the My Classes page, click the class containing the assignment you wish to grade.

  • Option 1: Click the three dots opposite the assignment name, then Grade by Question.

  • Option 2: Click on the activity name, then click Grade by Question from the Scores page.

How to Grade by Question

#1. Select Questions

Once you have entered Grade by Question, it's pretty easy to work from there!

  • Select which questions you want to grade.

  • When you do this, a default score will automatically populate. This will be the score that appears in any question that is attempted. You can always change it later.

  • If you want to hide the students' names while you grade, check the Grade Anonymously box.

After you select the questions you want to grade, click Grade Questions.

Pro Tip: While you could select every single ungraded question at one time, we recommend selecting 1-5 related questions for each view.

#2. Grade Questions

Now you can scroll through each student's responses and grade the whole class at the same time.

  1. Student answers will appear in the Question box. You can view the answer key to the right by selecting View Answer Key.

  2. You can change the total possible points in the assignment by clicking the Change button next to total possible points.

  3. If you have anonymous grading activated, you will see a Student Number instead of a name. If it's not, the student's name will appear.

  4. Any edits you make will be initially unsaved. You can click the Save Progress button at the top to save all of your work so far, or you can click Save Student below the question to save for only that student.

  5. Use the tab key to advance to the next field, entering grades and comments as you go. Scores will prefill to the default if the question was attempted. If the question was left blank, the score will be blank as well. Blank scores are worth zero points, so you don't need to add scores to these questions.

  6. Don't see a student's work? Check your filters - you can filter out graded work, which will sometimes hide responses.

How do I finalize the grade?

You can also set the Status of the entire activity by selecting one of the three options below.

  1. Pending - sets the Status of the assignment to Submitted. The student will be able to see their work and your comments but cannot make any changes.

  2. Final Grade - sets the Status of the assignment to Final Grade. The student will be able to see their work and your comments but cannot make any changes. If you've integrated Pivot Interactives with an LMS such as Canvas or Blackboard, this will also initiate the sending of scores to that platform.

  3. Request Revision - sets the Status of the assignment to Feedback/Revision. The student will be able to see their work and your comments and make changes to their work.

Note: Grading statuses apply to the activity as a whole, not to the individual question.

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