Grade an Assignment

Assignments can be utilized for many types of assessments by instructors. There are multiple ways to grading assignments. This tutorial demonstrates how to grade an assignment from within the assignment submission folder in MyFIRE. 

1.    Access the desired course in MyFIRE.

2.    Select the instructor tools tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. 

3.    Then select course admin from the drop-down menu.

4.    Select assignments from the Assessment options.

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. 

6.    When the page refreshes, a list of the students that have submitted the assignment will appear. Locate the student that you would like to assess. The default view of the student submissions will show all students in the course. 

7.    Select evaluate to the right of each student’s name or the title of the file submission

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 student’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. 

9.    Review the student’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 student has submitted more than one file to the assignment, select the file drop-down menu to the right of the student’s name in the top left corner of the screen. 

10.  If needed, there are three options to quickly access the assignment settings and to add special access to the assignment for students by selecting the ellipsis icon on the right side of the screen. 

a.    A drop-down menu will appear. Select edit activity, preview activity, or special access dates

i.      If edit activity is selected, a new browser tab will open. Then once the assignment edit(s) have been completed and saved, return to the assessment page and refresh your screen before proceeding. If needed, refer to the tutorial on how to create an assignment.

ii.              If preview activity is selected, a new browser tab will open. This option will show the assignment instructions from the student view for quick reference. 

iii.             If special access is selected, a pop-up window will appear to provide special access to the specified student that you are actively grading. If needed, refer to the tutorial on how to grant special access on an assignment.

11. Once finished marking up the submission(s), enter a point value in the overall grade field. 

a.    If desired, select the statistics icon on the right of the overall grade field to view the assignment statistics by class and user stats. 

12. Next, provide feedback to the student 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 student to provide additional feedback. 

13. 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 student 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.  

14. If wanting to grade the next student’s submission for the assignment, select the left and right arrows in the top right corner of the screen to continue to the next student’s submission. 

15. 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.