Inline Assignment Grading

Instead of requiring instructors to download student-submitted files to view or edit those submissions, instructors can now view student-submitted files “inline,” i.e. in the web browser, without leaving the Grade Assignment page. In addition, annotation tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling instructors to provide feedback including comments, highlights, and even drawings/annotations directly on the inline view of the document.

Supported file types that are compatible with inline grading are Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF (PDF).

Note: Assignment submissions created with the content editor are not compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the window, but annotation is not available.

To access the inline grading feature from the Needs Grading page:

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section and select Needs Grading
  2. On the Needs Grading page, click on the user attempt you wish to grade.


To access the inline grading feature from the Grade Center:

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section and select Assignments

To grade a single assignment attempt:

  1. Locate the cell for a student’s assignment containing an exclamation mark and click on the contextual menu
  2. Select Attempt

To grade all submissions for an assignment:

  1. Access the assignment column’s contextual menu
  2. Select Grade Attempts

About the Grade Assignment Page

A. From the inline viewer toolbar you can zoom the contents of the document in or out, open the annotation tools menu to comment in the document, download the document, and move from page to page.

B. The inline grading sidebar allows you to view the assignment details, the grading rubric, and each attempt. This is also where you enter the overall grade and grades for each attempt as well as provide feedback.

How to Use the Inline Annotation Tools

  1. To add a comment to the document click on the Comment button in the inline viewer toolbar. An annotation tools menu will appear.
  2. Clicking on the down arrow next to the comment button gives you the option add a point comment, an area comment, or a text comment.
  3. The annotation tool menu also allows you to draw, highlight, add text, and strike out existing text directly on the document.
  4. On the right of the annotations tool menu you can change the color of the highlight, draw, or text tool.
  5. You can download the file, with or without your annotations, by clicking on the button in the toolbar that looks like a page with a down arrow.