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A reference guide for Educators using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android

Brightspace Assignment Grader Basics

How Brightspace Assignment Grader works

Brightspace Assignment Grader is a mobile application that you can use to download and evaluate assignment submissions from your Connect unit offering Assignment submission folders (formerly Dropbox folders). You can view submissions and add grades and feedback while connected to the Internet or offline. While connected to the Internet, the application automatically synchronizes grades and feedback with your Connect Assignment submission folders, but you have the option to release the information to learners at a later time. You can apply feedback in a variety of formats including text, audio, or video. You can access rubrics and make inline comments and annotations directly to submissions to provide contextualized feedback to learners.

Supported devices and platform versions

The following are the minimum requirements to use Brightspace Assignment Grader:

Note: Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android is only optimized for Android tablets and is not available on Android phones.

Log in using your Connect account

Log in to Brightspace Assignment Grader using the same credentials you use for your usual Connect account. (Connect appears as D2L Online Courses in Brightspace Assignment Grader).

Note: If you log in with your Connect account, annotation functionality is only available for PDF files.

  1. On the login screen, in the Enter your D2L Courses web address field, enter the URL of Connect (connect.tafeqld.edu.au).
  2. Tap Log into D2L Online Courses.
  3. On the Brightspace welcome screen, enter your Connect account credentials.
  4. Tap Log In. The assignment submission folder information within Connect automatically synchronizes with and displays in Brightspace Assignment Grader.
Log in using your D2L EduDentity account

EduDentity is an account management service used by applications such as Brightspace Binder and Brightspace Assignment Grader to provide a secure and seamless login across products. EduDentity requires an Internet connection during login in order to authenticate users. If you don't have an existing EduDentity account, you can create one from the login screen.

  1. On the login screen, tap Sign in with EduDentity.
  2. Enter your EduDentity account credentials.
  3. Tap Sign in with EduDentity.
  4. Choose an existing linked Brightspace Learning Environment instance (like Connect) or add one. (To add a linked instance, tap Manage Linked Accounts and see Add a link to a Brightspace Learning Environment instance for more information).
  5. Tap Go to Assignment Grader. The assignment submission folder information within Connect automatically synchronizes with and displays in Brightspace Assignment Grader.
Add a link to Connect

You can add a link to Connect from the login screen or from the Settings page once you've logged in with your EduDentity account.

To add a Connect link from the login screen:

  1. Tap Sign in with EduDentity.
  2. Enter your EduDentity account credentials.
  3. Tap Sign in with EduDentity.
  4. On the EduDentity Linked Accounts page, tap Manage Linked Accounts.
  5. In the Link your account to your online courses dialog box, in the Enter Web Address field, paste the web address of Connect without the https:// protocol (i.e connect.tafeqld.edu.au).
  6. Ensure that the Use https to connect with the strongest possible security configurations check box is selected.
  7. Tap Add.

To add a link to Connect when you're logged in with your EduDentity account:

  1. On the Brightspace Assignment Grader course tiles page, tap the settings_icon_ag for android Settings icon.
  2. In the EduDentity Account section, tap Manage Linked Accounts.
  3. In the dialog window, enter the web address of Connect and tap Add.
  4. Enter your Connect account credentials.
  5. Tap Log In.
Change your display settings
  1. On the Brightspace Assignment Grader course tiles page, tap the settings_icon_ag for android Settings icon.
  2. In the Display section, do any of the following:
    • To hide assignment submission folders that you have already fully graded, select Hide Graded Dropboxes.
    • To hide units whose end dates have passed, select Hide Courses Past Their End Date.
    • To hide units without assignment submission folders, select Hide Courses with no Assignments.

Using Brightspace Assignment Grader

About synchronizing your Connect account with Brightspace Assignment Grader

When you first log in to Brightspace Assignment Grader, assignment submission folder information in your Connect units automatically synchronizes with the app. When you evaluate a submission by applying feedback or assigning a grade using Brightspace Assignment Grader, the grading status of the submission is set to In Draft. Grades and feedback for submissions with an In Draft status are periodically and automatically synchronized with Connect but are not released to learners. You must explicitly release the evaluation information to learners by tapping Publish All in the submission list view or Publish in the individual submission view. When the grades and feedback you have applied are released to learners, the grading status of the submissions changes to Published.

To refresh the submission folder information in Brightspace Assignment Grader, you can pull from top to bottom in any list view. Upon refresh, if there are any submissions with an In Draft grading status, the information does not get released to learners in Connect; the app just receives any updates from Connect and In Draft grades and feedback are maintained within Brightspace Assignment Grader.

Note: Automatic synchronization of In Draft feedback with Connect and forced refresh to receive updates from Connect can only take place when the mobile device is connected to the Internet. If the device is not connected to the Internet, the changes are queued and stored within the application until a connection is made, and at that time an automatic synchronization or the receiving of updates can occur.

Sort assignment submission folders

To change how your submission folders display, in the submission folders list view within a unit, tap the sort by_icon_ag for android Sort by icon and then do one of the following:

Sort submissions within an assignment submission folder

To change how learner submissions display within a given submission folder, tap the sort by_icon_ag for android Sort by icon and then do one of the following:

Annotate an assignment submission

You can provide feedback directly in submitted assignments using annotation tools.

  1. From the unit assignment submission folders page, tap the submission folder you want to evaluate.
  2. Inside the submission folder, tap a submission to open it.
  3. For text files, if you long press a location where there is no text, do any of the following:
    • Tap Note. Enter your text. Tap Save.
    • Tap Drawing. Draw with your finger. With the drawing selected, tap Style to change the properties of the pencil.
    • Tap Eraser to erase existing annotations.
  1. For text files, if you long press a location where there is text, do any of the following:
    • Tap Copy to copy the text to your clipboard.
    • Tap Highlight. With the annotated text selected, select any of the corresponding options to attach a note, change the style, copy to clipboard, change the type of annotation or delete.
    • Tap Strikeout. With the annotated text selected, select any of the corresponding options to attach a note, change the style, copy to clipboard, change the type of annotation or delete.
    • Tap Underline. With the annotated text selected, select any of the corresponding options to attach a note, change the style, copy to clipboard, change the type of annotation or delete.

In image documents, the only annotation actions available are Note, Drawing, and Eraser.

Grade an assignment submission

Before grading assignment submissions, ensure you synchronize Brightspace Assignment Grader with the assignment submission folders in your Connect unit(s) to get the most up-to-date information. To do this, you can pull from top to bottom in any list view.

  1. Tap a unit tile.
  2. Inside the unit, tap a submission folder.
  3. Inside the folder, all of the learner (or group) submissions display in a list. Each submission displays the date and time it was submitted and the amount of time it was late by, if applicable. To open a submission, tap it.
  4. To open the Evaluate panel on the right of the screen, tap it. Then do any of the following:
    • To set a final score for the submission, in the Total section, enter a score.
    • To use an associated rubric, in the Rubric section, tap the rubric. Select the appropriate performance level for each criterion. Set the number of points each criterion is worth, or set the Overall Score manually, by entering it in the corresponding field in the Score column. Add feedback to a specific rubric section by tapping +Feedback. If you want the score of the rubric to display in the Total section for the submission and generate text feedback from the feedback in the rubric, tap Save and Record. If you want to enter a total score and text feedback manually, tap Save.
    • To give written feedback, in the Overall Feedback section, enter your feedback. Format your feedback using the options in the text box.
    • To give audio feedback, tap the AG_Android_audio_feedback icon. In the dialog window, tap the red circle. Speak your feedback. When you are done recording, tap the blue square. Tap Attach Feedback to include as submission feedback.
    • To give video feedback, tap the AG_Android_video_feedback icon. In the recording view, tap the red circle. Present your feedback. To end the recording, tap the red circle again. Tap the check mark to include it as submission feedback.
    • To annotate the file with feedback in context, long press the location on the submission where you want to annotate. See Annotate an assignment submission for more information.
  1. To publish the grades and feedback to Connect, do any of the following:
    • To release just that submission's grade and feedback to the learner in Connect, in the individual submission view, tap Publish and then OK in the confirmation dialog box.
    • To release all In Draft grades and feedback in a submission folder to learners in Connect, navigate to the submission folders list view, tap Publish All, and then OK in the confirmation dialog box.
Update or retract published grades and feedback

After you release grades and feedback to learners, you can change the information by doing any of the following:

Download assignment submissions

You can download assignment submission folders and the submissions within them directly to your Android device to work offline.

  1. On the Brightspace Assignment Grader course tile page, select a unit.
  2. On the unit assignment submission folders page, tap the download_icon_ag for android Download icon beside any submission folder. A checkmark_icon_ag for android displays beside any folder that is downloaded.

Troubleshooting Brightspace Assignment Grader

I cannot connect my account or sync my assignment submission folders

If you receive an error while attempting to connect your Connect account, then your account may not have the proper permissions to access Brightspace Assignment Grader.

I cannot see all of my units or assignment submission folders

If you cannot see some of your units or assignment submission folders, then they may be hidden by the display settings. Ensure that you have selected the appropriate display settings for the information you want to see. If you have confirmed your display settings but still cannot see all of your units and assignment submission folders, contact your organisation’s Connect administrator.