Most assignments on NILE will involve the student submitting something. For all of those scenarios, the other parts of the SaGE Ultra guide should be followed: Turnitin, Blackboard assignments, Tests, Journals, and Multimedia submissions can all be completed digitally by the student.
There are some situations where a digital student submission is not possible, or plausible, such as live presentations in front of an audience, a viva, or an artwork installation, for example. In those cases, the tutor can take over as the 'submitter' in order to evidence the students' work and assign a grade on NILE. This is achieved with a manual grading column in the gradebook.
A manual grading column has no submission portal counterpart for students to access. For the purposes described in the rest of this guide, a manual column is purely for the recording of work undertaken by students and the recording of their grades. Once the workflow is complete, students may view the grades and feedback that has been left for them in the normal way. Moderators or external examiners can also access the gradebook to view these details.
Within the NILE course you wish to set the assignment, navigate to the menu bar at the top right of the screen and click on the gradebook icon:
This will take you into the course gradebook.
There are two different views that you can have in the gradebook, depending on your preference, and therefore two different ways of setting up a manual column for grading.
If the burger icon is blacked out, then this shows your gradebook is in list view:
Navigate to the bottom of any existing assessments that have already been set-up and hover over the line. It will turn purple and a plus sign will appear. Click on this:
When you have clicked here the plus sign becomes an x sign and a drop down menu opens up. Select Add Item to create a new column in the list:
The settings panel will open to the right of the screen where you can fill in the settings for the assignment.
In the field at the top of the panel, enter the assignment title;
Choose Hidden from Participants in the next drop down field;
Enter the Due date and time (the date can be when the column was set up or when the presentations/vivas/performances took place);
The Mark category can be set as Presentation;
And then a description of the assessment can be put in the free text box at the bottom;
Then click Save.
When you have entered the gradebook, click on the grid icon to change the gradebook view to the grid view:
Navigate to the side of any existing assignments and hover over the line, it will turn purple. Click on the plus sign that is displayed:
When you have clicked here the plus sign becomes an x sign and a drop down menu opens up. Select Add Item to create a new column in the grid;
The settings panel will open to the right of the screen where you can fill in the settings for the assignment (see the steps above and follow the same process);
When you have filled in the settings panel, and saved it, a new column will be created in the gradebook:
Note: A rubric cannot be attached to a manual column in gradebook.
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