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Grading with outcomes in SpeedGrader

To assess an assignment with outcomes, you open the assignment in SpeedGrader and fill in the linked rubric. Here it is explained how to find and use the rubric effectively in SpeedGrader.

How to use the rubric in SpeedGrader

In SpeedGrader, you can find the rubric with outcomes in the sidebar under ”Assessment”. The rubric is hidden before it is filled out, so you need to press “View Rubric” to open and edit it.  

SpeedGraders sidebar with grades. The button "View rubric" is highlighted.

Is the button View rubric missing?

If the button “View Rubric” is missing, there is no rubric linked to the assignment. How to do this linking is explained on the page Prepare for assessment using outcomes .

The rubric’s appearance

To save space, only the name and levels of the outcomes are shown, but you can press "view longer description" to see the description. The headings below explain how you assess using the rubric.

Two outcomes in a rubric, 4 points per outcome. Grading scale A, C, E, Fx and F.

Set level or score

Mark the level the students reach for each outcome by pressing on that level. If you have points you can fill in the points instead of choosing a level in the rubric. Remember to save!  

To edit the rubric after you have saved it, press “View Rubric” again.

Clarifying comments per outcome

If you want to clarify the score or the level you have set on an outcome, there is a comment function. Press the button with a speech bubble (called “add additional comments”) and write your comment in the text box. Save the rubric to save the comment.

Note! No notification is sent for these comments. A student must find and open the rubric to know if you have written a comment. For shorter comments, we recommend that you use assignment comments instead, but you can also write in the assignment comment that more details can be found in the rubric.

Check total assessment

If you chose to use the rubric’s score to assess assignments, the score from the rubric will automatically be entered in the assessment box. You can choose to fill in the score manually or leave it empty.  

Note! You can only post grades if there is at least one assignment comment or points/letter grade. If you only grade with annotations or rubrics, you need to comment on at least one student's submission before you can post the annotations or rubric for all students. Usually, you can comment on the test student who is created when you use the Student view, so that no real student is affected.

Co-assessment risks deleting others notes

Only one teacher at a time should manage a student’s rubric in an assignment, otherwise you risk overwriting the content. When you edit and save a rubric, your colleagues must reload the page to see the updated rubric. The one writing in a rubric, without first updating the page, will delete everyone else’s notes in the rubric since they are saving an old version of the rubric.

We recommend that you and your colleagues set a time for when each person can edit the rubrics for a specific assignment. This is because it is often clunky and unsustainable to reload the page before each edit.

However, co-assessment works with SpeedGrader’s other tools, for example annotations or assessment comments.

Overview over all outcomes

You can see the results for all outcomes in the learning mastery gradebook, if you have activated that view. If you use an outcome in several assignments, the result is calculated based on your chosen calculation method. Read more on the page Learning mastery gradebook for both teachers and students .

Note! You must use outcomes in the rubric to use the Learning Mastery Gradebook. If you have added criterion, it will look the same in SpeedGrader, but it will be empty in the Gradebook. Check that you have done it correctly according to the page Prepare for assessment using outcomes .