Audience: Franklin University faculty looking to learn about how to use BlueQuill's grade book feature.
In this article:
- Accessing the GradeGrid
- Downloading Submissions
- Entering Scores
- Entering Comments
- Upload a File for Feedback
- Publishing Scores and Feedback to Students
- Publishing Scores vs. Final Grades
Accessing the GradeGrid
To open the GradeGrid, click the Grades button at the top of your course page.
This is what the GradeGrid looks like:
All students are listed in the far, left-hand side of the screen and each column represents a different assignment. If a student has submitted a file to be graded, you can find these icons next to their name OR under each assignment title:
- - symbolizes a document that has not been downloaded yet.
- - symbolizes a document that has been previously downloaded.
You can find and click these icons in 3 different places. Each place will download a different set of files:
- Download ALL submissions for this assignment from all students.
- Download ALL submissions from the specified student.
- Download a single submission from a single student for the specified assignment.
On the far, right-hand side of the screen, you will find the grades publishing menu. When there are new grades to download or publish, it looks like this:
Click on Download to download only the newest submission files OR click Download All to download all submission files for the entire class.
To enter a score in the GradeGrid:
- Click a cell within the GradeGrid so that the cell is highlighted in pink:
- Type in the score you want to award to the student.
- Now you can either click off of the score, tab over to another cell or use the arrow keys to move around the GradeGrid cells. Whenever you move off of a cell, it will autosave the score and turn the cell blue. This means the grade still needs to be Published to the student:
- In the publishing menu, click on Publish to post assignment grades for students to see:
To leave a comment as feedback on a student's submission:
- Within the GradeGrid, hover over the student's score cell to see the speech bubble like so:
- Click this icon to open up a text box where you can type in your feedback:
- When you are done typing your feedback, click on the "X" to close the screen and your comment will automatically save. Note that you must still Publish grades before students can see their feedback.
Uploading a file for feedback
To upload a file to a student as feedback:
- Within the GradeGrid, click on the speech bubble icon in a cell that has a student submitted file.
- Now, click on the cloud icon that says Feedback underneath it:
- This will allow you to then choose the file you want to upload as feedback. After choosing your file, you will be able to see its title above the feedback icon as well as remove the attachment by clicking on the red "X" next to your file.
Publishing Scores and Feedback to Students
Scores entered into the GradeGrid are not automatically published to students. Once you enter or change a score in the GradeGrid, you will see the pending publish indicator increase for each score entered or changed. The scores will not be visible to students until they are published.
To publish scores and feedback in the GradeGrid, click Publish in the Publishing menu on the far, right-hand side of the GradeGrid.
Publishing Scores vs. Final Grades
As seen in the section above, instructors must publish scores to students for each assignment in order for them to view their grade. At the end of the semester, though, instructors must also publish final grades to be shared with the registration offices. To learn about how to publish final grades, see our article Submitting Final Grades.