So I've read through How do I grade group assignments in SpeedGrader?, but it doesn't really lay out the steps needed to grade a group assignment and then change individual grades, without having to look up multiple help documents. I like to gather things into one doc for each task an instructor would do. I don't have as many images, but I'm wondering if this is the fastest way to actually get group grading done and still adjust individual scores?
Groups assignments are those that one person turns in for the group. Grades are typically assigned to the entire group, but then scores are changed for absences or poor participation.
NOTE: You can toggle the box for “Assign Grades to Each Student Individually” and the individually assigned scores will be retained, even if you go back to group grading. However if you change a group score while grading groups where one person had an individual score, then that individual score will be overwritten. You would need to return to assigning grades to each student individually to re-enter that individual score.
I think what you have is pretty spot on. Things I would emphasize as folks setup the assignment:
Other than these suggestions I think you have it. The most important part is making sure that all students are a member of a group.
Thanks to both of you for these great tips! I would like to second Randy's comment that it is important to make sure all students are in a group, even if it is a group of one. If not, they will not be able to see the comments you make in Speed Grader. They CAN still see the rubric (along with in-rubric comments), and any in-text markings and comments.
This is very helpful but when assigning individual participation scores, it seems that Canvas could make things easier by allowing individual scores for some items in a rubric (participation would be the obvious one) but continue group grading for others. In other words, put the "grade individually" option into the row of the rubric, rather than just in the assignment itself. Having to toggle the setting back and forth (especially if you have to adjust a group's grade later) is a nice workaround, but still a workaround to something we are going to be doing in the majority of our classes.
Forgot to add: given this issue, is it better to put "participation" as a separate item that is always graded individually? Although it's nice to have everything in one rubric, I believe it may be simpler to separate the "group" and "individual" grades.
We typically say something like "everyone in the group earns the same score, but individual scores may be adjusted for participation." We do have some evaluate group activities, but they aren't generally specific to one assignment but to the work in groups as a whole. We haven't added individually assessed items to the rubric. Our rubrics are focused on the assignment, and student include the names of who participated. scores are adjusted after group scoring to reflect lack of participation. If you really wanted separate and group grades, I think you are right that having separate items in the gradebook would be easier.