An important complement to automated grading is detailed rubric grading by the TA or instructor. After selecting an assignment, the TA is presented with an overview of their assigned grading for this gradeable. The initial landing page presents an overview of the grading statistics for this gradeable. More examples on the Rubric Grading Statistics page. To start grading, press the blue “Grading Index” button.

Rubric Grading Student Index

The next screen shows an index of every student (or team) organized into Registration or Rotating sections:

The white, green, yellow, blue, and purple stoplights indicate grading progress per submission. Submissions with incomplete grading will have a blue “Grade” button. Completed grading will show the cummulative score for that submission.

Clicking on a “Grade” or cummulative score buttons brings up the multi panel TA grading interface.

Draggable Grading Panels

The Rubric Grading Interface has a customizable layout with four core panes:

Depending on the specific gradeable, the required manual grading tasks, and grader preference, these panels can be moved, resized, and/or hidden for efficient grading.

Rubric Components and Common Marks

The overall rubric is prepared by the instructor (or head TA). The rubric is divided into one or more components, each with a defined maximum score. In the example above the Read Me component is worth 2 points, and the Coding Style component is worth 5 points.

When the grader clicks on a component it will expand, allowing selection of one or more common marks to grade the student. If the component has be defined to “Grade by Counting Up” points, the student’s initial score will be zero, and all or most available marks will be positive. If the component has been defined to “Grade by “Counting Down” points (as shown above), the student’s initial score will be zero, and all or most available marks will be negative.

Rubric Common Mark Editing

All graders may edit the common marks available for a specific component during grading or even after grading has finished! They may add a new mark by specifying the points and message text. Or they may change the points and/or message text of an existing mark. Note: All edits to points or text will be applied to all students who were previously given this mark!

This interface also allows the specification of which common marks will be shown to all students, even if that mark was not selected in the grading their assignment. These marks are highlighted with a blue background. In particular, when a component is “Grade by Counting Up”, it is valuable to show all positive marks to the student, so they can use the feedback to learn what was missing from their work, and what they should improve upon for next time.

Who got this Common Mark?

During grading, it can be helpful to revisit the grades of other students who were given a specific mark. Click on the small icon with 3 people on the right of the mark message text to view the popup below, which includes quick links to the rubric grading interface for each of those students (or teams).

Overall Comment and PDF Annotations

In addition to the somewhat general-purpose system of common marks and points, graders can leave more personalized type-written notes in the Overall Comment box at the bottom of the grading rubric panel.

Additionally, the grader can add annotations to PDF documents that the student has submitted. These can be handwritten using a touchscreen or digital tablet or typewritten textboxes placed on the document.

See also Rubric Grading - Sorting & Navigation and Resolving a Grade Inquiry.