Grading Assignments with the Grading Guide

A grading guide in PolyLearn can be used to set evaluative criteria for an assignment, individually assign points to the established criteria upon assignment review, and pull from a collection of frequently used comments that the instructor sets up before grading. The grading guide can save instructors a great deal of time while providing students with more individualized feedback on their assignments.


Creating the Assignment - Grading Guide

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The first thing you will want to do is create the grading guide for the student assignment. The grading guide can be assigned to any PolyLearn Assignment type.

  1. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Click on the Add an activity or resource link.
    Add an Activity or Resource
  3. Choose the Assignment tool.
  4. Activity or Resource Picker

  5. If needed, click on Expand All in the top right corner
  6. Expand All
    NOTE: if you need more information on creating an Assignment, please view the Assignment tutorial.

  7. To create an Advance Grading - Assignment: from the Grading method pull-down menu, select grading guide.

    Marking Guide Gradebook Method

  8. Leave all the other settings at the default and continue by clicking on the Save and display button at the bottom of the page.
  9. Moodle will take you to a new page where you will be asked to define your grading guide more thoroughly. Click on the icon that says "Define new grading form from scratch."

    Marking Guide Form Definition

  10. Provide a Name and Description for the grading guide.
  11. In the area below the Description, add criteria with one description for your students and one for grade markers who might be assisting in grading the assignments or as a reminder to yourself of what you intended.

    Marking Guide Setup

  12. Continue to create additional criterion by clicking on the Add criterion button.

    Add Criterion Button

  13. In the Frequently used comments area, click in the "Click to edit" textbox and type a comment. Continue to add more comments to the list by clicking on the Add frequently used comment button.

    Frequently Used Comments Button

  14. Your finished product might look something like this:

    Frequent Comments Completed

  15. When you are finished devising your grading guide, set the desired checkmarks for the grading Guide options as shown below. You can choose the option of showing the guide definition to students and/or showing marks per criterion to students.

    Marking Guide Options

  16. Click on the Save grading guide and make it ready button.

 


Implementing Your grading Guide When Grading



Now when grading student assignments, you can use the grading guide you created.

  1. Click on the Assignment name.
  2. At the bottom of the summary, click on Grade button.
  3. View/Grade Submissions

  4. The new Grader menu will appear. The grading Guide menu is located on the right of the page under Grade.
  5. Click on the Save changes button. Select the next student to grade.

 

 

 


Editing Your Grading Guide

If you need to edit your rubric, you may:

    1. Navigate to your course page and turn editing on.
    2. Click on the particular assignment you assigned the grading guide to.
    3. The Administration area on the left will change its options, allowing you to adjust various settings for the assignment instead of for the course.

      Settings for Marking Guide

    4. Click on the toggle arrow for Advanced grading and select Define grading guide.
    5. Click on the Edit the current form definition button.

      Edit Curent Form Definition

    6. Make the necessary edits to your grading guide and save it.

 

Reusing a Grading Guide

If you would like to use a grading from another assignment, you may select it from the new assignment per the following instructions. If you would like to edit an existing grading guide to tailor your new assignment, you have the option to do that as well:

  1. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Click on the Add an activity or resource link.
    Add an Activity or Resource
  3. Choose the Assignment tool.
  4. Activity or Resource Picker

  5. If needed, click on Expand All in the top right corner
  6. Expand All

    NOTE: if you need more information on creating an Assignment, please view the Assignment tutorial.

  7. To create an Advance Grading - Assignment: from the Grading method pull-down menu, select grading guide.

    Marking Guide Gradebook Method

  8. Leave all the other settings at the default and continue by clicking on the Save and display button at the bottom of the page.
  9. You will be brought to a new page, where you can select Create new grading form from a template.

  10. Check the box for Include my own forms. If you know the name of the assignment, enter it in the text box. Or, leave the text blank to search all past rubrics.

  11. Click Search.
  12. The results of your search will be displayed. Find the rubric you would like to use, and select Use this form as a template.
    Note: If the total points in grading guide does not match the total points for the current assignment, you will see the warning in red text below. You will be able to edit the total points after selection the grading guide in Step 15.

  13. Click Continue to confirm your selection and copy the rubric into your new assignment.

    NOTE: if you need to edit the grading Guide, please review above.