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A reference guide for Educators using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Brightspace Assignment Grader for iOS

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. 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 can choose 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, make inline comments and make 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:

Log in using your Connect account

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

  1. On the login screen, tap Log into D2L Online Courses.
  2. Enter the URL of Connect (i.e connect.tafeqld.edu.au).
  3. Tap Connect.
  4. Enter your Connect account credentials.
  5. Tap Log In.
  6. A message displays saying If you do not log in to EduDentity, you can only annotate PDF files. To access Brightspace Assignment Grader, do one of the following:
    • If you only want to annotate PDF files, tap Start using Assignment Grader.
    • If you want to annotate other types of files, tap either Connect to an existing EduDentity account or Create a new EduDentity account and then log in using EduDentity.
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 Log in with EduDentity.
  2. Enter your EduDentity account credentials.
  3. Tap to an existing linked Brightspace Learning Environment instance (like Connect) or add one. (To add a linked instance, tap Add Linked Account and see Add a link to a Brightspace Learning Environment instance for more information).
  4. Brightspace Assignment Grader opens.

Upon login, assignment submission folder information within the units associated with Connect automatically synchronize with Brightspace Assignment Grader.

Add a link to Connect
  1. On the login screen, tap Log in with EduDentity.
  2. Enter your EduDentity account credentials.
  3. Tap Sign In.
  4. In the EduDentity Account dialog, tap Add Linked Account.
  5. In the Log In dialog, in the Enter Your D2L Web Address field, paste the web address of Connect (i.e connect.tafeqld.edu.au)
  6. Tap Connect.
  7. Enter your Connect credentials.
  8. Tap Log In. Brightspace Assignment Grader opens.
Change your display settings
  1. On the All Folders page, tap the assignment_grader_settings Settings icon.
  2. In the Display section, do any of the following:
Clear the device cache
  1. On the All Folders page, tap the assignment_grader_settings Settings icon.
  2. In the Cache section of the menu, tap Clear.
  3. In the Clear Cache dialog, tap Clear.

Using Brightspace Assignment Grader

About synchronizing your Connect account with Brightspace Assignment Grader

When you first log in to Brightspace Assignment Grader, the 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 assignment submissions 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 In Draft grades and feedback are first synchronized with Connect and are maintained within the application. Then, updated assignment submissions folder information from units in Connect is synchronized back to Brightspace Assignment Grader.

Note Automatic synchronization of In Draft feedback with Connect only occurs when the 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 occurs.

Sort assignment submission folders

To change how your assignment submission folders display, on the All Folders page, do any of the following:

View assignment submission folder restrictions

If you have set a Start Date or End Date for assignment submission folders in Connect, you can view the dates in Brightspace Assignment Grader.

  1. From the All Folders page, tap the assignment submission folder you want to view.
  2. Inside the assignment submission folder, tap the DAG_info_symbol icon.
  3. Tap the Restrictions tab to view the Start Date and End Date.
Sort submissions within an assignment submission folder

To change how your assignment submission folders display, from any Assignments page, do any of the following:

Grade an assignment

Before grading assignments, 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. Under a unit section, tap an assignment submission folder.
  2. 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.
  3. To view when the assignment was submitted and any notes that accompanied the submission, tap the panel on the left of the screen.
  4. To open the Scoring and Feedback drawer on the right of the screen, tap it. Then do any of the following:
    • To set a final score for the assignment, in the Score section, enter a score.
    • To use an associated rubric, in the Rubrics section, tap the rubric. Select the appropriate performance level for each criterion. If you want the rubric to automatically assign a score in the Total section, tap Save and Record. If you want to enter a total score manually, tap Save.
    • To give written feedback, in the Feedback section, enter your feedback. Format your feedback using the options in the text box.
    • To give audio feedback, in the Record section, tap Audio. Tap the gray circle. Speak your feedback. When you are done recording, tap the gray circle again. Tap Attach Feedback to include as submission feedback.
    • To give video feedback, in the Record section, tap Video. Tap the gray circle. In recording mode, tap the red circle. Present your feedback. To end the recording, tap the red square. Tap Use Video to include as submission feedback.
    • To annotate the file with feedback in context, tap the applicable icon and annotate the desired text or area. To confirm your annotation, tap Done.
  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.
    • To release all In Draft grades and feedback in an assignment submission folder to learners in Connect, navigate to the assignment submission folder and then tap Publish All.
Annotate an assignment

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

  1. From the All Folders page, tap the assignment submission folder you want to evaluate.
  2. Inside the assignment submission folder, tap a submission to open it.
  3. On the Scoring and Feedback drawer, do any of the following:
    • Tap The draw icon Draw. Draw with your finger. Tap the color selector to change the color of your pencil, color opacity, and line thickness. Tap Done.
    • Tap Highlight. Drag your finger over the text you want to highlight. Tap the color selector to change the highlighter color. Tap Done.
    • Tap Create Note. Tap the document to add a note. Enter your text. Tap Done.
    • Tap Underline. Drag your finger over the text you want to underline. Tap the color selector to change the underline color. Tap Done.
    • Tap Strikethrough. Drag your finger over the text you want to strikeout. Tap the color selector to change the strikeout color. Tap Done.

In image documents, the only annotation actions available are Create Note and Draw.

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 assignments

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

Do one of the following:

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.

I cannot see which learners have submitted an assignment

If you cannot see which learners have submitted an assignment, but can see how many learners have submitted, verify that your iOS version is 8.1 or higher and that your Brightspace Assignment Grader is version 2.3 or higher.

My files are not marked as read in Connect when I access them first via Brightspace Assignment Grader

If your files are not marked as graded in both the app and in Connect after accessing them first in Brightspace Assignment Grader, verify that your iOS version is 8.1 or higher and that your Brightspace Assignment Grader is version 2.3 or higher.