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hhartkopf
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Grading Essay Questions in New Quizzes

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With the new quizzes, is there a better way to grade essay questions and get the grades to update? 

I created a quiz for my class using the new quizzes feature, which has honestly been an exercise in frustration. I have a mix of question types including hot spot, multiple choice, matching, etc.; and I included a couple of essay questions. Thanks to the guides, I finally found the speed grader option. I have been going through and grading the essay answers. When I mark the question and give points, even if I scroll down and click the "update" button, the score on the sidebar and in the Gradebook doesn't update with those points. I figured out that if I add a fudge point and then take it away, I can get the score to update. Is there a better way to do this?#

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Hi, Nick. Speed Grader definitely is NOT easy to find!! Go to your grades tab in Canvas and then click on an individual grade for one of your students for the new quiz assignment. You will see a small right arrow in the box with the number grade. Click on the arrow and then a menu pops up on the far right and you can find the option for SpeedGrader. 

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melissa_kamp
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 @hhartkopf ‌, I was just troubleshooting this same issue in one of our courses, and the only way I could get the score to update within SpeedGrader is to click the "Update" button as you did, then refresh the screen -- this refresh then populated the updated score into the sidebar. I then clicked "Submit" just to be sure it worked. While this is not ideal, it is easier than also having to repopulate the updated scores in the GradeBook manually.

This really needs to be fixed by the New Quizzes team!

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nicholas_ward27
Community Member

Hello,

How do you get to the speed grader option for essays in new quizzes?

Thanks, Nick 🙂

Hi, Nick. Speed Grader definitely is NOT easy to find!! Go to your grades tab in Canvas and then click on an individual grade for one of your students for the new quiz assignment. You will see a small right arrow in the box with the number grade. Click on the arrow and then a menu pops up on the far right and you can find the option for SpeedGrader. 

Heather,

You can also access SpeedGrader directly from the menu of any assignment. We added that link within the last few months.

Hope that helps!

Erin

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I see no link to Speedgrader on New Quiz assignments.  When clicking on a New Quiz assignment from the assignment index, it takes you directly to the quiz builder.  There are no links on that page to get to Speedgrader.  Same thing happens when you click on the same quiz from the quizzes index, or from a listing in a Module.

Old quizzes - yes, that works great.  But not on New Quizzes.  The only means appears to be going through the Gradebook.  It's not at all consistent with the way other assignments types work in Canvas, and should be addressed.

Hi, 

Could you please elaborate? I see no link to access Speedgrader for New Quizzes from Assignments or from within the quiz itself. 

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kirsten_ryall
Community Participant

Hang-on, wait a moment. You can see an new quiz essay-type question submission in speedgrader? I know how to access speedgrader from gradebook, but I never saw the test-student essay submission in speedgrader. I had to go to the Moderate tab in the quiz to be able to both view and grade the responses, and then manually update the grade in gradebook. Am I reading that there is a better, easier, less innocently-forgetting-a-step way? 

hhartkopf
Community Participant

Yes! It definitely is not intuitive, but it is possible to use SpeedGrader for essay questions (and short answer and other items requiring manual grading) in new quizzes. I don't know if it has always been possible, but I was able to use this function this spring. 

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kirsten_ryall
Community Participant

Thank you, that is good to hear. I WISH I could see it for myself in our instance of Canvas. Unfortunately I cannot get this up and running, and neither could level 1 support. We are not sure what I am doing wrong. Very concerning. I've now got a couple of tickets that have been escalated to Level 2 - around speedgrader issues, and results not showing in gradebook for auto-graded quizzes. Anyone else having issues? Or just me?

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Unfortunately this work around didn't work on my end.

Any updates on grading essays and notifications for instructors that essays need grading?

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melissa_kamp
Community Participant

 @hhartkopf ‌, I was just troubleshooting this same issue in one of our courses, and the only way I could get the score to update within SpeedGrader is to click the "Update" button as you did, then refresh the screen -- this refresh then populated the updated score into the sidebar. I then clicked "Submit" just to be sure it worked. While this is not ideal, it is easier than also having to repopulate the updated scores in the GradeBook manually.

This really needs to be fixed by the New Quizzes team!

hhartkopf
Community Participant

Thank you so much for the suggestion, Melissa! That is a bit easier to do than adding and subtracting fudge points. I completely agree that this needs to be fixed. The classic quizzes feel so much more intuitive to me. 

tkaser4
New Member

Yes! I am confused as to why quizzes that have questions that I need to grade do NOT show up in my to do list like old quizzes did (and like every other assignment does). Is there a way to get New Quizzes onto our to do list? If not, I am going to need to move back to old quizzes because it is very frustrating!

Hi, Tara,

I've asked our product manager to look into New Quizzes displaying in the To Do list for instructors.

Thanks!

Erin

Is there any progress on New Quizzes displaying on the to-do list. The lack of this feature is the reason that I now use classic quizzes for my writing questions and new quizzes for my automatically graded questions.

mprogers
Community Participant

How's that going? It is quite frustrating to have an exam that needs to be graded but not show up on my to-do list.

 
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WesleyPoston
New Member

Any update on the lack of New Quizzes essay questions showing up in the To Do list?

EhfazNowman
Community Member

Any update on the ungraded essay questions showing up on the to-do list? 

is there a way to access Speedgrader from the New Quizzes edit page? 

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abutton
Community Member

We are also having this issue, as well as teachers getting multiple notifications even once they've marked essays

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