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Viewing Feedback in GradeMark

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The GradeMark® digital mark-up tool allows instructors to mark and grade papers online in a paperless environment. Instructors are able to create custom sets of comments and marks for grading as well as use rubric scorecards that feature quick scoring of student papers against a list of scaled criteria created by the instructor or educational institution.

Once the post date of a paper has passed, students are able to access the marked version of the paper and view any grades, comments, marks, or requested changes noted by the instructor.

Viewing Marked Papers


To view a marked paper, the student user will need to click on the blue View button next to the assignment. The student GradeMark paper view will open in a separate window in which the student may view or print the grade and comment information. Not all browsers will be able to display the complete features of the GradeMark product. If a browser that is not fully supported is being used, a notification will inform the user.



Tip: If the GradeMark View button is gray, the post date of the assignment has not been reached or the instructor has not yet graded or marked the paper. Contact the instructor for further information.

GradeMark Contents


GradeMark consists of:


  • document viewer frame - shows the Grade, the title and author of the paper. The similarity index will be displayed if the instructor has allowed students to view the Originality Report for the assignment
  • paper text - the full content of the submitted paper, including images, as well as any marks made by the instructor
  • the GradeMark sidebar - displays the comment/mark list, general comments, and rubric scorecard information for the paper being viewed


Paper Information


The paper information can be viewed by clicking on the information icon at the bottom left of the common viewer. 



The paper information contains: the submission id, the date the paper was processed, the word count, the character count, the number of submissions to the assignment. The Similarity Indices will only be displayed if the instructor has allowed students to view Originality Reports for the assignment. 



Marks added to a student submission appear in the body of the paper. The types of mark that an instructor can make on a student submission is a combination of any of the following:


  • comments - a comment is equivalent to the note an instructor would write in the margins of a paper
  • QuickMark(SM) - QuickMark comments may be used by an instructor to easily place notice of a complex or frequently used grammar, punctuation, or formatting issue
  • a rubric - the rubric scorecard icon located at the bottom of the sidebar allows a student to view any rubric scorecard information added to the paper by the instructor
  • general comments - a general text or voice comment can be added to a paper by the instructor to include a longer statement or overall review and assessment in greater depth without reference to specific marks on the paper

Viewing Marks


Student users are able to view the full information of a comment or QuickMark editing mark in multiple ways.

The primary method is using the mouse. The student will need to locate and click on a comment bubble on the paper. This will select the mark in question and open the comment attached to it, as well as emphasizing any highlight associated with the comment.

To view a QuickMark editing mark, the student user must move the mouse pointer over the mark to view the full information of the text associated with the mark. 



When a student opens a paper in GradeMark the General Comments is the default sidebar view. 



To listen to a voice comment, if an instructor has included it their feedback, click on the play button.



To view a full list of comments the student user must click on the comment list icon located at the bottom of the sidebar. 



Clicking on the comment list icon opens a scrollable window of all comments or marks placed on the paper within the sidebar. To view the location of a mark on the paper, hover over a comment or mark in the comment list and click on the show on paper link that appears. 


Rubrics and Grading Forms


If a rubric was used by the instructor to grade the paper click on the rubric icon at the bottom of the sidebar.



The rubric criteria descriptions that the paper received are listed in the rubric sidebar. To view the entire rubric used to grade the paper, scroll to the bottom of the rubric sidebar and click on the View full size rubric in a new window link. A new window containing the entire rubric will open. 



If marks on the paper were associated with rubric criteria the mark will display the rubrc icon.



When viewing a rubric, students can view the list of marks associated with a specific criterion. The number of marks associated is displayed within the comment icon next to each criterion.



To view the list of associated marks click on the comment icon. Hover over a mark in the list and then click on the Show link to view the mark location on the paper.


Viewing Rubrics and Grading Forms Prior to Submission


To provide insight into how your paper has been (or will be) marked, you can view an assignment's rubric or grading form at any time. The icon in the assignment inbox will differ, depending on whether a grading form or rubric has been (or will be) used to grade your paper.


1.  Click on the grading form or rubric icon from the assignment inbox.




2. Once you've selected the appropriate icon, your assignment's rubric or grading form will open in a new window. If the window does not appear, please check any pop-up blocker settings that may be in place.






The paper’s grade is displayed in the top right corner of the document viewer. If students are allowed to view the Originality Report for the assignment the Similarity Index will be displayed in the top right corner as well.




To print a paper that has been graded by an instructor using the GradeMark product, the student will need to open the GradeMark paper view. Once the paper is open, the student can click on the printer icon on the bottom of the viewing window.


e-rater® Grammar Check Technology


The e-rater grammar feedback technology, developed by ETS®, automatically checks submissions to an assignment for grammar, usage, mechanics, style and spelling errors; providing in depth feedback with on paper marks. 


Note: If your instructor has enabled e-rater for your assignment you will receive your feedback on the assignment post-date along with the rest of your feedback. 

When viewing a paper in GradeMark for an assignment with e-rater assignment settings enabled by the instructor, e-rater technology will load the grammar and spelling marks once GradeMark opens in the document viewer. Hover over the e-rater mark to view the description of the mark. For a more detailed description about the e-rater mark click on the View handbook link. 



Note: It may take up to a minute for the e-rater feedback to load for the paper.


If the instructor left an additional comment on an e-rater mark a comment icon will appear next to the mark title. Hover over the mark to view the instructor’s additional comment.


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