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hhartkopf
Community Participant

Grading Essay Questions in New Quizzes

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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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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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?

tkaser4
Community 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!