Grading myLesley Assignments (Faculty)

Modified on Tue, 08 Jun 2021 at 04:28 PM



When an assignment is created, a column is automatically added to the Grade Center where the instructor can review submissions, assign grades, and provide feedback. For more information on creating Assignments, see Creating and Managing Assignments in myLesley.

For more information on grading assignments watch the Bb Annotate tutorial video:

Supported File Types

In order for you to use the inline grading tools, your students will need to submit their assignments using one of the following supported file types:

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint®(PPT, PPTX)
  • Microsoft® Excel®(XLS, XLSM, XLSX)
  • OpenOffice® Documents (ODS, ODT, ODP)
  • Digital Images (JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, TGA, BMP)
  • Medical Images (DICOM, DICM, DCM)
  • PDF
  • PSD
  • RTF
  • TXT
  • WPD

Bb Annotate will preserve original formatting and embedded images. If a student submitted an unsupported file, you will be prompted to download it. Assignment submissions created through the editor are not compatible with inline grading - students need to attach the file.

Accessing Student Assignment Submissions

To grade your students' assignments, go to the Control Panel and select Grade Center.  To see all assignments awaiting grades, select Needs Grading.

screenshot of Needs Grading link

You will be brought to the Needs Grading area. Here, you will see all items awaiting grades. To begin grading, select Grade All (to begin grading all items in the order in which they appear in the Needs Grading area) or select an individual submission.

screenshot of Needs Grading area

On the Grade Assignment page you can view your student's submission, provide comments and annotations directly on the submission, enter a grade, and provide feedback.

Please note that annotation sessions expire after one hour. You will receive a warning message when your session is about to expire. Your annotations, feedback, and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.

Annotate Student Submissions

As part of the responsive design, the menu display changes based on the screen size. On medium and small screens, the Document View settings display the page number you're viewing. Annotation tools are stacked under the View Annotation Tools icon. On small screens, the Content Library is hidden.

Sample Bb Annotate menu display with callouts to the various tools: Sidebar, pages, pan, zoom and fit, annotation tools, comment, print and download, and content library

Document View Settings

A. Sidebar: View Thumbnail, Outline, Annotation, or Bookmark views of the submission.

B. Pages: Use the arrows to jump to different pages in the submission.

C. Pan: Move the submission on the page.

D. Zoom and Fit: Zoom in and out of the submission or adjust the view to fit the page, fit the width, or select the best fit.


E. Annotation tools: Select each tool to view the tool properties.

  • Drawing, Brush, and Eraser: Draw freehand on the submission with various colors, thickness, and opacity. Select the eraser to remove annotations. You can erase parts of a freehand drawing with the eraser or select the Delete icon to delete the whole drawing.
  • Image or Stamp: Choose a preloaded stamp or create your own customized stamp or image to add to the submission.
  • Text: Add text directly on the submission. You can move, edit, and change the text and select the font, size, alignment, and color of the text.
  • Shapes: Choose Line, Arrow, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, and Polyline. Each shape has its own settings to change the color, width, opacity, and more.

F. Comment: Provide feedback in comments. Your comments appear in a panel next to the submission.

Students can access the annotated files but won't be able to add annotations in their submissions.

Highlighter: Select specific portions of the submission to highlight. As you highlight text on the submission, an additional menu opens. You can highlight, strikethrough, underline, squiggle, or comment on the highlighted section.

Additional Tools

G. Print or Download: Print or download the submission with the annotations.

H. Search: Search the submission for specific text.

I. Content Library: Create a bank of reusable comments. You can add, edit, delete, and search comments in the library. You can also add a comment directly to the submission page from the menu.

Please note that there is a known issue with some browsers' built-in PDF viewers not displaying annotations and comments correctly. Please view annotated PDFs in a native PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat.

Providing Feedback and Assigning a Grade

In the right panel you may provide written or audio/video feedback to your student, attach files, and assign a grade.

Assignment details area with callouts to enter grade, grade with rubric, feedback to learner, add notes, save/submit, and download

A. Grade: Enter a grade for the attempt.

B: Grade with Rubric: If you associated a rubric with the assignment, it will also be visible in this area. For more information on Rubrics see myLesley Rubrics.

C. Feedback to Learner: Type any overall feedback for the assignment. If you typed up your feedback in a document, you may choose to attach the file. You may also click the Click to Open Full Content Editor button to access the full text/content editor. To provide audio or video feedback to your students, see Providing Audio and/or Video Feedback.

D. Add Notes: You may choose to add private grading notes. These notes are not visible to the student.

E. Cancel, Save Draft, or Submit: If you need to step away from grading, click Save Draft to save your changes. Once you have finished grading, click Submit to submit the grade to your student. Please note that your student will not be able to view your feedback until you submit.

F. Download: Download original submission (without annotations).

Clearing a Student's Assignment Attempt or Allowing an Additional Assignment Attempt

By default, Assignments are set to only allow one attempt per student. In some cases, you may need to clear a student's attempt or allow a student to submit an additional attempt. See Clearing a Student's Assignment Attempt or Allowing an Additional Assignment Attempt for more information and detailed instructions.

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