Grading in the TU Graz TeachCenter (Exam)
In the TeachCenter (TC), there is the possibility to submit and directly grade assignments and offer exams and self-assessment tests.
Grades in the TeachCenter are GDPR compliant because students, unlike teachers, can only see their own grades and not those of other students.
Currently, grades on the TC cannot be automatically transferred from to TUGRAZonline.
Grading an assignment
You can find out how to create an assignment/submission in the user guide "Exams with file upload".
In the settings of the assignment, in the section Feedback types, you can select how to give feedback:
- commenting directly in the submitted document
- providing general written feedback or
- uploading an assignment feedback file
In the section Grade, you can define how many points can be obtained.
When you click on the assignment activity in your TC course, you will see an overview of how many students have already submitted their assignments and how many still need to be graded.
Click on View all submissions in the Grading summary to get to the overview.
In this overview, a green field with the text Submitted for grading indicates which students have already submitted a document to be graded.
To edit the document locally on your computer, download it by clicking on it.
To grade the submission directly in the TC, click on the button Grade.
A new interface will open where you can now grade the assignment.
Here you can:
- move to the next page, if the document is comprised of more than one page.
- select tools from the toolbar in order to insert comments in the document, add stamps or write comments with your tablet and stylus.
- enter the grade for the student’s submission. You defined the maximum points in the settings of the assignment.
- provide feedback by adding a comment as general feedback or uploading a feedback file. You can only do this if you selected these options in the settings of the assignment.
- save changes, reset or save and show the next submission.
Once you save the changes, the status in the overview changes to Submitted for grading - Marking completed. You will see the points entered and possibly the feedback comment or the feedback files. You may have to scroll to the right to see this.
Once the assessment has been saved and students open the assignment activity, they will see their scores, the file you annotated, the feedback files and the feedback comments.
Please note that that for the students to see their grades, the activity must not be hidden or concealed. If you want all corrections to be visible to students at the same time, follow the steps in the "Hiding grades until a set date" section on this page or use the marking workflow.
The marking workflow is particularly useful when several people correct the submissions at the same time, as it divides your grading process into further stages and makes it clearer. This option can be activated in the settings of the assignment activity (click on the red gear on the top right corner) > Grade > Use marking workflow > Yes.
This will give you an additional drop-down menu in the submission overview (click on Grade) with more detailed stages in the marking workflow state.
With the marking workflow, you also have the possibility to manually release the results to students later, thus making them visible to everyone at the same time at the very end of the grading process.
Grading a quiz
You can find out about creating a quiz activity and adding questions in the user guide "The quiz activity in TU Graz TeachCenter".
When you add questions to a quiz, you can assign points to each question. Total of marks shows the total sum of all points of individual questions.You may independently define a Maximum grade, which may differ from this. The total of marks is scaled to correspond to the maximum grade.
In the activity settings of the quiz activity (red gear > Edit settings > Grade), you can also define the Grade to pass, which is the minimum grade required to pass. The maximum achievable points correspond to the value entered for Maximum grade.
In the example of the screenshot: Total of marks: 44.50 - scaled up to Maximum grade: 100.00 - Grade to pass: 50.00 (50%).
Some question types (Multiple choice, Matching, Short answer) can be graded automatically. In this case, you can immediately view the results once students have completed the quiz. To do this, open the quiz and click on the red gear → Results).Open the quiz and click on the red gear → Results.
Click on Review attempt under the name of the student to view the attempt and write comments or make corrections, if necessary.
Please note : Question types such as for example Essay questions require manual grading by the teacher.
Click on Make comment or override mark to write a comment or edit grades. Click on Save to save the changes. In this way, you can also overwrite automatically generated grades.
Via manual grading you can assess the responses to a question of all students at once. This is especially suitable for questions that are not automatically graded, such as essay questions. To do this, click on the Quiz activity > red gear at the top right > Manual grading.
You will now see an overview of the questions that still need grading.
Click on grade all to see a list of all the answers to the respective question. Here, marks and comments can be added as usual. Remember to click on Save and go to next page at the end to save the grades.
If you want to revise automatically rated answers to a question collectively, click on Also show questions that have been graded automatically and on update grades or grade all.
Students can view their marks (or grades as numbers/letters, if this has been activated in the settings of the assessment overview) via the field Grades in the main menu on the left of the TC course.
The assessments comply with the GDPR because unlike teachers, students can only see their own results!
The students can see their mark, if the settings of the Quiz activity allow it. You can change the settings in this way: click on the red gear at top right corner of the Quiz activity > Edit settings > Review options > After the quiz is closed > select the checkbox Marks.
Please note: Do not hide or delete the exam after grading; then the results and assessments are no longer visible for the students!
Settings in the grader report
By clicking on Grades in the Main Menu, teachers can open an overview page that displays all grades of all participants in the course in a grid for the entire course.
In the Grader Report, you can hide the results of an assignment or a quiz until a certain date, e.g. in order to correct all submissions at your pace and release them all at once. To do this, go to Grades in the Main Menu on the left and click Turn editing on in the upper right corner.
Scroll to the right until you find the activity whose results you want to hide and click the red gear below the activity name.
Select the checkbox Hidden. To automatically make the results visible after a certain date, click on Show more... and select the checkbox Enable next to Hidden until and enter the desired date.
In the Grader Report, marks (points) are shown by default. However, you can also choose to define grades and let students see those instead.
In the Main Menu on the left, click on Grades and select the tab Letters > Edit. Define the corresponding percentage for each grade. These settings apply to the whole TC course.
To display grades instead of points for all assessments, select the tabs Setup > Course grade settings. In the section Grade item settings, select Letter, Letter (real) or Letter (percentage) as the Grade display type.
To display the overall grade of the TC course, select the tabs Setup > Gradebook setup. Next to the course name and below the point Actions click Edit > Edit settings.
In the section Category total, you need to click on Show more ... to access additional options. Next to Grade display type, select Letter or Letter (real).
In the Setup tab > Gradebook setup you can change the settings of your gradebook.
Assessments can be grouped in so-called grade categories. Each TC course has by default a permanent grade category which is the course category itself. However, you can create new grade categories such as for example "Oral assessment" and "Written assessment".
Each grade category includes a number of individual activities, called Grade items. Grade items are units (typically a TC activity such as a quiz or a submission) where participants are assessed through a grade or a mark. They can also be created and entered manually, for example in the case of additional oral assessments which do not correspond to any specific TC activity.
To add a new category, click Add category near the bottom of the page. Give the category a suitable name. You have here, once again, the option of setting whether marks of grades should be displayed.
Grade items are created automatically, as soon as you add a TC activity such as a quiz or a assignment. You can also create additional grade items, if you need them. To do so, click on on Add grade item near the bottom of the page. Add a meaningful item name and select the grade category to which the item should belong. Add the maximum grade.
You can use the up-down arrow to move grade items to other grade categories.
Via the grader report, you can export assessment categories and points as Excel file, XML or text (depending on the setting). No exam questions and answers are exported!
You have the possibility to export grades for one or more grade items. Select Grades from the Main menu on the left and then click on the Export tab. Choose whether you wan to export the grades to an Excel spreadsheet, OpenDocument spreadsheet, plain text file or XML file. You can now select the grade items which you would like to include and export the grades.
Within a quiz activity you can download the detailed results as a table (question texts, students' answers, correct answers, points). With this feature you can generate an overview of the detailed results of all students in an activity.
To download the results of a single quiz: Open the Quiz activity > click on the red gear > select Results. Above the grid with the students and achieved points there is the option Download table data as. Select the desired format (.csv, .xlsx, HTML table, .json, .ods) and click on Download. In this way, you can export the detailed results of a test.
In addition, you can also download the quiz results in a table together with the question texts, the students' responses, or the right answers in the formats mentioned above. To do this, a new result report must first be generated. In the quiz activity, click on the red gear at the top right > Responses.
Under Display Options, tick the desired elements and click Show report. The selected elements will now appear in the table below, which you can download as usual.
Using the button on the left in the main menu, "Download student activities", you can download quizzes and submissions from students including results and feedback as a ZIP folder. This button allows you to download the answers and results of several quizzes or submissions collectively.
In contrast to the export within a quiz activity, you will receive a separate folder per person. The quiz is exported as a PDF so that it is easier to read. However, you do not have an overall view of all students.
To create a new download, click on the button "Download student activities". Select whether the folder structure should first be sorted by student or by activity. Select which activities you want to export.
Please note: The download is generated overnight and is available the next day. You will receive an e-mail notification.
Help & Contact
For more information on grading and what you can do, see the official Moodle documentation in the Grade category, the Grade FAQ, and the quick guide for grading.
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