Marking workflow in SpeedGrader

Managing assignments in the Grades tool

  1. Using ‘Grades’ (left hand menu of site home page) will enable you to see an overview of students and the ‘assignments’ created within the module.

    1. IMPORTANT: After creating an assignment and BEFORE YOU START MARKING, make sure you mute the assignment (this will stop students accessing any feedback until all assessments are marked). This can be done by using the drop down menu next to the assignment title or specific symbol.
    2. Once all marking/moderation is complete then it is the module manager’s responsibility to unmute the assignment to release all marks/feedback to students.
    3. The same menu also allows reminder/follow up messages to be send, Message students who……This enables you to contact students who have not yet submitted, are awarded marks which do not meet the pass criteria OR students who obtain above a set mark. As well as following up with students who require re-assessment, it would be good practice to also acknowledge those obtaining 70%+

    4. The ‘Grades’ facility will also indicate the Turnitin score for final submissions by colour to give a quick overview.
  1. When you are ready for marking, access the submissions in SpeedGrader by clicking on
    1. The assignment title in ‘Grades’
    2. Accessing the dropdown menu in ‘Grades‘ and selecting ‘SpeedGrader
    3. Through ‘Assignments’ tool then ‘SpeedGrader
    4. Different options are then accessible on the right hand side of the screen, SpeedGrader (Canvas equivalent of GradeMark) or Download submissions (zip folder). Markers should only use SpeedGrader for consistency in marking across members of staff.
  2. You should switch on anonymous marking in SpeedGrader using the settings (gear icon below). This should be done before marking starts (and should be done immediately after the assignment is created for team marked modules).

    1. Each student will be given a number based on their order of submission to the first assignment in that module. This number will be consistent for that student and any subsequent assignment in that module if other markers access SpeedGrader. Note there is no option for anonymity in the Grades view.
  3. SpeedGrader allows specific comments to be made on the work itself on the left panel, with annotation, highlighting and other options. See the toolbar for available options.
    1. Please make sure you also add more generalised comments/areas for improvement to the assessment using the appropriate feedback sections (see below). You will have to copy and paste this text into the comments box and then fill in each section. In addition, audio and video can also be easily added as comments.
    2. Input the final mark in the grade box (right hand side of the screen).
    3. Any penalties should be applied by the marker and documented in the comment box, using standardised text (see end).
    4. When complete press Submit. The next submitted assignment should then appear. All students work can be seen in the drop down box.
    5. For non-submissions, you should assign a 0 as the grade. This might be easiest on the grades view when marking is finished.

Releasing feedback and grades

    1. If using Grademark in Turnitin: You will need to check that you have released feedback to the students through the “Feedback Release Date” FIRST, making sure it has been altered to the current date and time before you proceed to step 2 below.
    2. When marking is finished, remember as module manager to unmute the ‘assignment’ when all marking/moderation is complete to release all marks/feedback to students (can be done through Grades). This must be done before the feedback date detailed in the assignment brief, but earlier release is encouraged.


Appendix 1

Text for written coursework (e.g. essays):








Marks are provisional and subject to confirmation by the Board of Examiners.



Appendix 2

Text for research reports:





















Marks are provisional and subject to confirmation by the Board of Examiners.



Appendix 3

Text for penalties:

PENALTIES (For example, 57% -10% penalty = 47%)


Over-length by 10%-20% = 10% reduction

Over-length > 20% = ZERO awarded

Up to 24 hours = 10% reduction

24 hours to 7 days = 10% reduction or mark reduced to 40% (whatever is lowest)

> 7 days = ZERO awarded


Examples of text to enter in comments box:

Penalty of 10% applied for late submission up to 24 hours.

Penalty of 10% applied for over length.

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