Use groups to design special work areas where learners can discuss, share, and submit work as a group. This tutorial demonstrates how to grade a group assignment in MyFIRE. Note: Once a grade is provided on the assignment level, the assignment grade will override all group members’ previous grades if any existed. If needing to override a group assignment grade, individual grades can be overridden in the grade book. Step 1. Access the desired course in MyFIRE. Step 2. Select the instructor tools tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. Step 3. Then select course admin from the drop-down menu. Step 4. Select assignments from the Assessment options.
Step 5. When the page loads, a list of the assignments that have been created in the course will appear. Select the desired assignment.  From this page, instructors are able to view if there are new submissions from students, the number of students who have completed the assignments, the number of assignments evaluated, the number of assignments where the feedback has been published, and the assignment due date if added. Step 6. When the page refreshes, a list of the students that have submitted the assignment will appear. Locate the group that you would like to assess. The default view of the student submissions will show all groups for the assignment.
A. To view which group member submitted the assignment, view the student name to the right of the submission date. Step 7. Once ready to assess the assignment, select evaluate to the right of the group name or the title of the file submission. Step 8. When the page refreshes, view the file submission by selecting the title of the submission. Many file types are compatible with the document viewer (such as doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pps, pdf, pdfs, htm, html, txt, bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg, png). The group’s paper will appear in the document viewer. Note: Observed in person and On Paper submissions will not display the document viewer, and will instead increase the size of the evaluation panel.
Step 9. Review the group’s submission and If desired, mark up the student’s submission through the annotations tool. If needed, review the tutorial on how to utilize the annotations tool. A. If the group has submitted more than one file to the assignment, select the file drop-down menu to the right of the group’s name in the top left corner of the screen.
Step 10. If desired, select the drop-down arrow to the right of the group name in the top left-hand corner of the screen to email the group, view all of the group members, and instant message the group members. ID&T does not recommend instant messaging since the group members may not be active in their MyFIRE account at the exact time the instant message is posted. Step 11. If needed, there are two options to quickly access the assignment settings and to add special access to the assignment for student(s) if needed by selecting the ellipsis icon on the right side of the screen. Step 12. A drop-down menu will appear. Select either edit activity or special access dates.
A. If edit activity is selected, a new browser tab will open. Then once the assignment edit(s) have been completed, return to the assessment page and refresh your screen before proceeding. If needed, refer to the tutorial on how to create an assignment. B. If special access is selected, a pop-up window will appear to provide special access to the specified student(s) that you are actively grading. If needed, refer to the tutorial on how to grant special access on an assignment. Step 13. Once finished marking up the submission(s), enter a point value in the Overall Grade field (or rubric if attached). The grade that is given to the submission will be applied to all students within the group once published. Step 13. If desired, select the statistics icon on the right of the overall grade field to view the assignment statistics by class and user stats.
Step 15. Next, provide feedback to the group in the overall feedback textbox. For further instructions on utilizing the editor textbox, please refer to the How to use the MyFIRE Editor tutorial. A. Then if desired, choose to either (A) upload a file, (B) record a 1-minute audio message, or (C) record up to a 30-minute video message to the group to provide additional feedback. Step 16. Once done assessing the student, select Publish at the bottom of the page. Note: Once the grade is published or updated, students will receive an instant notification to their SEU email account that their assignment has been graded.
A. If desiring to publish all of the scores at once or to finish grading at a later time, then select save draft. If needed, refer to the tutorial on how to manually publish multiple assignment scores at one time. Step 17. If wanting to grade the next group’s submission for the assignment, select the left and right arrows in the top right corner of the screen to continue to the next group. Step 18. If wanting to return to the assignment submission view for the entire class, select the back to submissions link in the top left corner of the screen.