Online Grading (Crowdmark) - Assigned Assessments

1. What is an assigned assessment?
2. How to create and assigned assessment
3. How to prepare to grade an assigned assessment
4. How to grade an assigned assessment with your team

What is an assigned assessment?

An assigned assessment is an assessment that a student completes independently. The assessment questions are emailed to the student, then answered and uploaded by the student for grading online.

Term assignments are called "Administered Assessments" in Crowdmark.

How to create an assigned assessment

  1. Log in to Crowdmark using your UM Learn username and password.
  2. Import a course.
  3. Create an assessment.
    • Click the blue button +Create assessment within your course.
    • Give your assessment an appropriate name i.e. Assignment 1. Note that the link sent out to students will contain both your Crowdmark course name and assessment name.
    • Choose the Assigned assessment type and click Next.
  4. Enter the assessment details.
  5. Add questions.
    • Crowdmark reference: Adding Questions

      • (OPTIONAL) Include any notes to students.
      • Add the question label. The default is Q1, Q2, etc. but you may change the label to match your assignment.
      • Add the maximum number of points awarded for the question. This can be changed later by clicking Questions in the Assessment Dashboard.
      • Enter the question content.  The Question content field supports Markdown, which allows you to change text formatting, and add links and images.

        Note: If you want to upload a PDF of your entire assignment file, you can attach a PDF to the first question field. This will not be rendered as an image but placed as a link (Figure 1). Give the link a meaningful title by changing the text in the square brackets of the code, for example, [Click here to view assignment].

        Figure 1: Question content in Edit modeImage of Edit Mode with Preview tab highlighted

        To preview how the question will appear to students, click the Preview button at the top of the Question content box. 

        To exit Preview mode, click Edit.

        Figure 2: Question content in Preview modeImage of Preview Mode with Edit tab highlighted

        After uploading the PDF file, instruct students to print and complete the assignment, then upload the pages to the corresponding questions.  Add text to the remaining questions such as “Upload Q2 here” etc.

      • To preview how the entire assignment will appear to students, click Preview Assessment.
      • When you have entered all of your questions, click Save and Continue.
  6. Enroll students.

    After students are enrolled, you will be redirected to the assessment Dashboard.

    Figure 3: The assessment Dashboard      Image of the Dashboard

  7. Distribute the assessment.

    Click the Distribute to Students button on the Dashboard. An email will be sent to students containing a link to view and upload their assignment.

    Figure 4: The Dashboard showing the Distribute to students buttonImage of the Dashboard with the Distribute to Students button highlighted

    Note: Students can complete their work on paper and scan the pages as PDF or JPG files. Pages may be uploaded by dragging and dropping the images into the drop zones under each question. Pages can also be rotated and reordered if needed.

How to prepare for grading an assigned assessment

  1. In My Courses > [Course Title], click on your assignment name. The assessment Dashboard opens.
  2. Click Team in the Dashboard menu to invite graders to your team.
  3. (OTIONAL) Prepare a marking scheme for your team and assign markers to questions.  You can easily divide the marking of a single page among several markers. (Marker A marks students 1-12, marker B grades 13-24, marker C grades 25-36 etc.) You will be able to reassign the marking if some questions turn out to be slower to grade.

How to grade an assigned assessment with your team

  1. In My Courses > [Course Title] click on the assignment you want to grade.  The Assessment Dashboard opens.

    The Dashboard for the assessment shows the marking speed for each page (evaluations per hour) and the progress of the overall marking at any time.

    Figure 5: The Dashboard with grading progress tableImage of the Dashboard with the grading progress table highlighted

    Note: By default, Graders are unable to view a question that has been marked by another Grader. You can change this setting from the Dashboard in Assessment Settings.

  2. Click Start grading. The Grading Grid opens.

    Figure 6: The Grading GridImage of the Grading Grid tab option
  3. Click on a question to start grading. The Grading Grid displays the students (numbered in rows) and pages (in columns) of the exam.  
    • Crowdmark reference:  Grading tools

      Figure 7: Grading Grid toolbox             Image of the Grading Grid toolbox options.

    Use the toolbox on the left side of the Grading Grid (Figure 7) to add check marks (“c”+ click), X’s (“x”+ click), and question marks (“q”+ click). You can also highlight students’ work and change your pen colour.

    Comments are saved in the Comment Library to allow for quick entry. The comment feature also supports Markdown for chemical equations and LaTex for math.

    Figure 8: Grading Grid right sidebar navigation          Image of the Grading Grid right sidebar navigation

    Use the navigation menu in the right sidebar of the Grading Grid (Figure 8) to navigate to the next question or student. Click the right/left (or use shortcut keys “l”/“h”) arrows on the right to move to the next/previous question. Click down/up arrow (or use shortcut keys “j”/“k”) to move to the next/previous student.

    The Next Ungraded button will bring graders to the next available page that no one else is presently viewing or that has not been previously graded. It will not necessarily be the next one down the grid.

  4. Enter one score for each question and click OK in the number pad to save the score.

    Figure 9: Grading Grid number pad                                  Image of the Grading Grid number pad
  5. To return to the Dashboard, click the assessment name at the top of the page.

    Figure 10: Grading Grid top navigation menuImage with the words Assignment 1 highlighted
  6. Click Results in the Dashboard menu to view statistics on grades per question as well as overall scores.  From the Results page, you can send grades to students and export grades to UM Learn.
  7. Send grades to students.
  8. Export grades to UM Learn.




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