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Grading Guides (formerly called Marking Guides) are one of the two options for using Advanced Grading assessment forms to calculate the grade for students' work.  Similar Similar to a rubric, but with more flexibility, grading guides allow instructors to create criteria, add point values for each, and then assign grades based on those criteria


. Below is a video on creating a Grading Guide, followed by the step-by-step process.

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Step-by-step guide

To use a grading guide in an in an assignment, once the assignment is created, click directly on the assignment from your course page. Click on the blue gearwheel top right, then " Advanced grading from the Assignment menu. " For "Change active grading method" to "Grading guide" in the dropdown menu. You'll be prompted to build the grading guide.


To edit the Grading Guide, open the assignment and select Advanced grading from the gear Assignment menu (top right).

  • You can Edit the current form definition (including Frequently used comments) or Delete the currently defined form by clicking the corresponding button.


  • the explanations for students and graders (if set up); these are shown or hidden based on the options at the bottom of this section
  • a field for entering a Remark
  • the Insert frequently used comment button; click to display the list of comments; click the comment to insert it into the Remark field; repeat as needed
  • a field for the criterion score
  • options to Show or Hide the descriptions above

Download component grades

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From the main course page, click the name of the assignment. From the gear menu (top right), click Export Marking Guide Grades to export grades and comments for all students (who have submitted assignment or not) to an Excel file. 

Use a Grading Guide for other assignments

If you have created a grading guide you want to use or modify for another assignment,  add add a new assignment or open an existing one and select Edit settings select Settings from the gear Assignment menu (top right).

In the Grade section, set the Grading method to Grading guide and click Save and display.


Select the assignment. From the gear iconthe Assignment menu, select Advanced grading.


You can Edit the current form definition or Delete the currently defined form to remove it from the assignment. 

Video on setting up a marking/grading guide:

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