Create an Assignment Rubric

Rubrics can be used for two things: to communicate evaluation criteria to students, and to calculate student grades that are clearly aligned with those criteria. For information on writing rubrics, please see our Assessment Methods article. This tutorial is for the process of setting up an analytic rubric. (The Holistic option uses a single criterion to assess overall achievement using a percentage or text feedback only, as for mastery learning.)

  1. Navigate to the Rubrics tool. You can do this two ways. From Course Admin, scroll down to the Assessment area and select Rubrics.

    From Activities, select Assignments and then click on the assignment you want to create a rubric for. Click Edit Assignment. The link to create a new rubric in the new Assignment interface is in the right panel called Evaluation and Feedback.

    In the old Assignment interface it's located in the Properties tab under Evaluation and Feedback.
  2. Enter a name and and optional description of your rubric.
  3. In the Type menu select Analytic and then choose how many evaluation criteria and levels of achievement you need. Use the plus sign to add levels and the trash can icon to remove them.

    Use the + Add Criterion link to add criteria. You can add or remove these later, too.
  4. Select whether you want to generate a score in points or text feedback only. You can also select Custom Points. This lets you create a different point scale for each criterion instead of using the same scale for each one.
  5. To add a new Criteria Group, select that button. This allows you to segment your evaluation criteria (for example you could separate writing mechanics from content).
  6. The Overall Score displays the students total. You can manually override these totals, but you must click to activate the final score in order for it to auto-populate a grade item.
  7. Under Options, you can set rubric and score visibility. We recommend that rubrics are visible to students (for transparent learning objectives). You can, however, opt to hide the rubric score and show only text feedback.
    Note: you can't change the visibility of a rubric from an assignment, you must navigate to the rubric tool (Course Admin > Rubrics). Also, the Include rubric feedback in overall feedback choice must be made before you've scored any assignments - it can't be changed after that. If you select Rubric is hidden from students until feedback is published, learners can't see the rubric at all until you submit the evaluation and feedback.
  8. Leave the default option to allow new associations. This means the rubric can be associated with activities.
    Note: after you associate a rubric with an activity, you can't edit or delete the rubric. To make changes after associating it with a tool, you have to change the rubric’s status to “Archived” and then copy the rubric and make your changes to the new copy.
  9. Click Close. You'll see that the rubric is now Published. To change this, select the dropdown arrow and select Status.

This article was last updated on Mar 30, 2021 @ 5:33 pm.


Bulk Upload Assignment Feedback Files in D2L

In most instances, we recommend using the D2L Assignments Annotation function directly in the D2L Assignments tool, because it is more straightforward. However, you can download all student assignment files in bulk, annotate individual files, and re-upload the files in bulk to D2L.

Bulk uploading feedback files takes four larger steps:

A: Download All Student Submission Files
B: Unzip the Submission Files and Add Edits
C: Rezip the Files and Upload back to D2L
D: Publish the Feedback

A: Download All Student Submission Files

  1. Click Activities in the top navigation menu of the course for which you want to give feedback.
  2. Click Assignments.
  3. In the assignments table, click the title of the assignment you’d like to give feedback on.
  4. If you have a larger class (with over 20 submissions), scroll to the bottom of the page and change the “# per page” dropdown to
  5. “200 per page,” to see all submissions on one page.
  6. Click the checkbox at the top-left hand corner of the submissions table. This will select all submissions.
  7. Click the Download button just above the submissions table.
  8. A new window will appear where your files will be prepared to download. This may take a couple minutes, depending on the size and number of files.
  9. Once you see the message ‘Your file is ready to download.’ click the blue Download button.
    Note: The folder you just downloaded will likely be saved to wherever your default download directory is set. This is usually either “Downloads”, “Documents”, or the desktop.

B: Unzip the Submission Files and Add Edits

You now have all student submission files on your computer, in one compressed folder. The next step (B) involves uncompressing the folder so that you can see the files. This step varies depending on your environment.

Once you have the folder unzipped, you may edit the files directly in Microsoft Word, or whichever program you’d like to use. Be sure of the following:

  • You save the files as you edit, making sure to save before moving on to the next file.
  • DO NOT change the file name of any of the documents. D2L uses the titles of the assignments to determine which files belong to which students. If you rename any files, you won’t be able to automatically upload them back to D2L.
  • DO NOT use the “Save As” feature in Word (or any other application you’re using on these files). This will make it impossible to bulk upload the files back to D2L.

Once you’ve saved all your edits/feedback on the files, you’re ready to move on to step C.

C: Rezip the Files and Upload back to D2L

  1. Follow the steps outlined in the zipping tutorials in step B above to REzip the folder with the SAVED student files.
  2. In D2L, navigate back to the assignment you’d like to publish the feedback files in. Remember: you may do this by following steps A1-2.
  3. Click the Add Feedback Files button above the submissions table.
  4. The “Add Feedback Files” dialogue box will appear. In this box, choose the Upload button.
  5. Navigate to the folder on your computer in which the new zipped folder is stored from step B.
  6. Select the zipped folder and click Open. Note: It may take several minutes for the file to upload, depending on the size, as indicated by the green progress bar.
  7. Click the Add button.

D: Publishing the Feedback

The feedback files have been uploaded and attached to the correct student via step C, but the feedback is not published by default, meaning the students will not be able to see your feedback yet. You can publish the files all at once with the following steps. Note: making the feedback files visible will not publish numerical grades to the D2L gradebook unless you have manually added numerical scores to student assignments in D2L.

  1. Check the checkbox at the top-left corner of the submissions table. This should select all submissions.
  2. Click the Publish Feedback button.
  3. Confirm the dialogue box.

This article was last updated on Jan 11, 2021 @ 11:07 am.

 


Add Annotations to Student Submissions in D2L Assignments

  1. Click Activities then Assignments from the main course navigation.
  2. On any assignment, click the dropdown caret next to its title.
  3. Choose View Submissions
  4. Click on the title (link) of a student’s submission.
  5. The banner above the submission is the annotation banner. The tools to the right are annotation tools.
  6. Click the appropriate tool icon.
  7. With the tool you’d like selected, click the document in the location you’d like to annotate.
  8. To save your annotations, you MUST click Save Draft. Annotations not saved before leaving the page or reloading it will not be kept and will be deleted. Be sure to save your annotations often!
  9. When you are ready for the student to see your feedback, click Publish.

About the Annotation Tools

The annotations features is made up of 4 components:

  • Pen Tool
  • Note Tool
  • Textbox Tool
  • Line Tool

Pen Tool

  1. Click the icon to use the tool and set color, transparency, and width.
  2. Click the down arrow to select a pen or highlighter.
  3. Write anywhere in the submission.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Note Tool

  1. Click the note icon to use the tool and set options.
  2. Click anywhere in the submission to add a note.
  3. Type into the note.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Textbox Tool

  1. Click the textbox icon to use the tool and set options.
  2. Click anywhere in the submission to add a textbox.
  3. Type into the box. It will expand as you type.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Line Tool

  1. Click the icon to use the tool and set color, transparency, and width.
  2. Click the down arrow to select line, arrow, or rectangle.
  3. Click anywhere in the submission to add a line.
  4. Click Save Draft or Publish when done.

Note, it is also possible to download student submissions in bulk, edit them locally, and then upload the edited files in bulk back to D2L. For most instructors, annotating assignment submissions via the D2L Assignments tool will be a more straightforward option for providing feedback. However, written instructions are available to Bulk Upload Assignment Feedback Files in D2L.

This article was last updated on Jan 11, 2021 @ 11:06 am.


Grade and Give Assignment Feedback

You can provide a point score, and text-based or audio feedback in the Assignment tool for student submissions. If you don't see a place to enter a point value in step 4, you need to set up grading for your assignment first.

Once grading is set up, the points score and any text feedback that you enter will automatically transfer to the grade book when you publish student scores.

  1. Click Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the assignment folder you want to grade.
  3. On the Users tab, scroll down to the list of students, and click on the submission you want to evaluate.
  4. In the column on the right, enter the point value in the Score field.
  5. Scroll down, and enter Feedback in the text box.
    • Click Add a file to upload feedback as a file attachment.
    • Click Record audio to create a voice recording.
  6. Click Publish to release grade information to the student, or Save Draft to leave your evaluation in draft form until later.

This article was last updated on Feb 24, 2021 @ 3:49 pm.


Set Up Grading for an Assignment

When you create an Assignment, you can link it to a Grade Item for automatic transfer of the grades you enter in the Assignment tool to the D2L Grades tool. You can begin by creating a Grade Item in the Grades tool, or you can create one from the Assignments tool.

Note: these instructions are for using the updated Assignments interface. If you have opted to keep using the old interface, scroll down to "Old Interface Instructions."

  1. Navigate to Activities > Assignments and find the assignment you want to link to the Grades tool.
  2. Select the down-arrow after the name of the Assignment and, from that context menu, select Edit Assignment.
  3. Below the name of the assignment, enter a maximum point value in the Score out of box. Activating this box displays a menu for giving the assignment a Grade Item.
  4. To create a Grade Item with the same name as this Assignment, click the (ribbon icon) in Grades menu to open it, and select Choose from Grades. Note: you select Choose from Grades even if you need to create a new Grade Item.

    This generates a popup showing a new Grade Item that has automatically been given the same name as this assignment. Click OK.
  5. If you previously created a Grade Item for your new assignment, select Link to an existing grade item and select the appropriate Item.

 

Old Interface Instructions

Create a Grade Item in the Grade Book

  1. Click on Grades and then Grades from the navigation bar in your course.
  2. Click the New button, and then choose Item from the list.
  3. Choose grade item type Numeric by clicking on the blue link.
  4. Enter a Name in the text box. Important: the name should be the same as the assignment so you don't mistakenly attach it to the wrong assignment!
  5. Enter the Maximum Points value in the Grading section.
  6. Click the Save and Close button to exit.

Link Assignment to Grade Item

Now that you have a grade item created, you can link it to an assignment folder.

  1. Click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment in the list, and click the drop down menu to the right of the title. Click Edit Assignment from the list.
    Edit Assignment Dropdown
  3. On the Properties tab, Choose the appropriate Grade Item from the drop down menu.
  4. Enter a point value in the Score Out Of field. Important: this point value must match the point value you entered for the grade item in step 5 in the section above. If not your grades will be mis-calculated when sent from the Assignment to the Grades.
  5. Click Save and Close  to exit.

Once you have completed these steps, grades entered in the Assignment tool will automatically transfer to the grade book.

See a video walkthrough of how to associate an assignment with a grade item.

This article was last updated on Feb 25, 2021 @ 1:37 pm.


Create a Group Assignment

You can use the Assignments tool to collect group work. Students in a group can submit on behalf of their group members, and see work that other members have submitted to the Assignment Folder. Before you create the Assignment, you'll need to create student groups, if you have not already done so. Groups can be linked to multiple D2L tools. For example, you may use the same groups in Discussions.

Create Student Groups

NOTE: If you have already created groups for your assignment, you can skip to the next section.

You will have several different options about the kind of groups you can create (number of groups, number of members, auto- or self-enroll), and it can be a bit tricky. If you're not sure about how to set up your groups, contact the OAI faculty support desk for help. It is much easier to correct group issues before students start submitting work.

  1. Click on the People tab in the navigation bar, and then Groups from the dropdown list.

  2. Click on the New Category button.

    • A category is a specific configuration of your students into groups. Multiple categories allow you to have multiple kinds of groups setup. For example, you might want to divide your students into large groups for one activity, and into smaller groups for another assignment, during the same course.
  3. Enter a Category Name into the text box.
  4. Pick an Enrollment Type from the list.
    • This step is important; you can't change the group type after you save.
    • Self-enrollment means that students sign up for a group themselves, by clicking on People and then Groups.
  5. Depending on the group type you select, either enter the Number of Groups or the Number of Users per group.
  6. Under Advanced Properties, you can optionally select to have D2L auto-enroll new users, and/or randomize users in groups.
  7. Click the Save button.

Create a Group Assignment

  1. Click on Activities from the course navigation bar, and select Assignments from the list.
  2. Click on the New Assignment button.

    Note: these instructions are for the updated Assignment interface. If you are still using the old interface, skip to the "Old Interface" steps below.
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. If the assignment will be graded numerically, enter a maximum point value in the Score out of box. Activating this box displays a menu for giving the assignment a grade item.
  5. If you will use the D2L Grades tool, you need a Grade Item for your assignment. To create one with the same name as this Assignment, select the (ribbon icon) in Grades menu and select Choose from Grades. Note: this language is confusing. You select Choose from Grades even if you need to create a new Grade Item.

    This generates a popup showing the new Grade Item. Click OK.
  6. If you previously created a Grade Item for your new assignment, select Link to an existing grade item and select the appropriate Item.
  7. Enter a due date and time.
  8. Enter your assignment description in the Instructions field.
  9. In the bar below the Instructions field, select from the following options to supplement your instructions:
    File Upload, Attach Link to Existing Activity, Attach Weblink, Attach from Google Drive, Attach from One Drive, Record Audio, and Record Video. Note: audio and video recordings should be under 10 minutes.
  10. In the right-panel Availability Dates & Conditions area, enter an optional start and end date. To set Release Conditions and Special Access, please see those tutorials.
  11. In the Submission & Completion area, select Group Assignment and chose the appropriate Group Category from the menu.
  12. In the File submission drop down menu, the default option of File submission is the most commonly used. This allows students to upload computer files. Other options will NOT allow students to upload files.
    Those options are:
    Text submission: Provides a text box where students can directly enter text into D2L. This is appropriate if students should submit a link but not a file.
    On paper submission: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
    Observed in person: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
  13. Enter a notification email if you want to be notified when an assignment is submitted.
  14. In the Evaluation & Feedback area, create or add an existing rubric.
  15. Keep the default selection of Annotation Tools to annotate student files within D2L.
  16. Select Hide student names during assessment to ensure unbiased grading (by TAs, for example).
  17. Select Manage Turnitin to activate that application. See the Turnitin tutorial for details.
  18. Select Save and Close.

Old interface steps

3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
4. Choose the Group submission folder option from the Folder Type options, and select a Group Category from the drop down menu.

If you want to set date restrictions for when students can submit files, click on the Restrictions tab at the top of the page. Otherwise, skip to step 8.

5. You can use the Has Due Date checkbox and date fields to set a due date for the assignment. This means that students can submit both before and after the due date, but late submissions are flagged.

6. If you want to restrict the time period where students can submit assignments, use the Has Start Date and/or Has End Date checkboxes and date fields.
7. Click the Save and Close button to finish.

 

 

This article was last updated on Feb 24, 2021 @ 3:34 pm.

Create a New Assignment

The Assignments tool is used to collect digital files from your students. Individual assignment submissions are visible only to instructors and TAs in the course, not to other students.

Updated New Assignment Interface

D2L has changed the New Assignment screen. You can currently opt out of using it, but this is temporary. These instructions are for the updated interface, but if you are using the old version, skip down to the "Old Interface Instructions" below.

  1. Click on Activities from the course navigation bar, and select Assignments from the list.
  2. Click on the New Assignment button.
    New Assignment Button
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. If the Assignment will be graded numerically, enter a maximum point value in the Score out of box. Activating this box displays a menu for giving the Assignment a grade item.
  5. Create a Grade Item. If you will use the D2L Grades tool, you need a Grade Item for your Assignment. To create one with the same name as this Assignment, select the (ribbon icon) in Grades menu and select Choose from Grades. Note: this language is confusing. You select Choose from Grades even if you need to create a new Grade Item.

    This generates a popup showing the new Grade Item. Click OK.
  6. If you previously created a Grade Item for your new Assignment, select Link to an existing grade item and select the appropriate Item. Note: if there's a discrepancy between the Grade Item "score out of" value and the Assignment value, the Grade Item value will be used.
  7. Enter a Due Date and time. Submissions uploaded after this date will be time-stamped "late." In the right Availability Dates & Conditions panel (formerly the Restrictions tab) you can also enter a Start Date and End Date, which govern when the Assignment is available to students. Additional Release Conditions determine access based on a range of other condition options. Special Access is used to accommodate specific students by assigning a different set restrictions.
  8. Enter your Assignment description in the Instructions field.
  9. In the bar below the Instructions field, select from the following options to supplement your instructions:

    File Upload | Attach Link to Existing Activity | Attach Weblink | Attach from Google Drive | Attach from One Drive | Record Audio | and Record Video. Note: audio and video recordings should be under 10 minutes.
  10. In the right-panel Availability Dates & Conditions area, enter an optional Start and End Date. Note: after the Due Date has passed, students can still submit files but they are marked late. The Start and End date restrict student access to the Assignment before or after those dates, so no submissions can be made before or after these dates.
  11. In the Submission & Completion area, select Individual or Group Assignment. For a Group Assignment, chose the appropriate Group Category from the menu. If you haven't yet created a Group Category, this must be done in the Groups tool by navigating to People > Groups.
  12. In the File submission drop down menu, the default option of File submission is the most commonly used. This allows students to upload computer files. Other options will NOT allow students to upload files. Those options are:
    Text submission: Provides a text box where students can directly enter text into D2L. This is appropriate if students should submit a link but not a file.
    On paper submission: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
    Observed in person: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
  13. Enter a notification email to be notified when an assignment is submitted.
  14. In the Evaluation & Feedback area, create or add an existing rubric.
  15. Keep the default selection of Annotation Tools to annotate student files within D2L.
  16. Select Hide student names during assessment to ensure unbiased grading.
  17. Select Manage Turnitin to activate that application. See the Turnitin tutorial for details.
  18. Select Save and Close.

Old Interface Instructions

  1. Click on Activities from the course navigation bar, and select Assignments from the list.
  2. Click on the New Assignment button.
  3. Enter a Name for the assignment in the text box.
  4. Enter assignment prompt/instructions in the Instructions field and any attachments.
  5. Choose the Individual assignment option from the Assignment Type options.
  6. Choose the type of submission from the Submission Type drop down menu.
    • File submission: Allows students to upload file(s) to the assignment. This is the most common submission type.
    • Text submission: Provides a text box where students can directly enter text into D2L. This is appropriate if students should submit a link but not a file.
    • On paper submission: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
    • Observed in person: Students do not submit anything directly to D2L. This is a rarely used submission type.
  7. Select the Restrictions tab at the top of the page.
  8. Use the Has Due Date checkbox and date fields to set a due date for the assignment. This means that students can submit both before and after the due date, but late submissions are flagged.
  9. If you want to restrict the time period where students can submit assignments, use the Has Start Date and/or Has End Date checkboxes and date fields.
  10. Click the Save and Close button to finish.
This article was last updated on Mar 4, 2021 @ 4:52 pm.