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Review and grade student work

Effective feedback is critical for student development and deeper learning. Actively Learn allows teachers to easily see student activity and give feedback in real-time!

Tips for effective feedback:
  • Timely
    Students need to know how they are doing as they work. More frequent feedback will minimize students making the same mistakes. Also, students will likely not visit feedback given on assignments that are completely graded.
  • Be specific and focus on process
    If a student receives a good grade, stay away from comments that focus on the result such as "Good Job." Instead let them know what they did that was great. For example, "This is a great example of supporting your argument with evidence from the text." This will keep students focused on the process. 
  • Actionable
    Give students examples and directions on how to improve. Leaving feedback of "How?" and "Why?" does not help guide students in improving. Instead give students direction they can apply such as "Adding examples will help your readers understand your point of view. Here are some examples from the text you could have used: X,Y, and Z" 

Check out this blog on Effective Feedback for deeper learning


Assignments with Ungraded Questions

STEP 1: Select the appropriate class 

STEP 2: Make sure you are on the 'Assignments' tab

STEP 3: Here you will be notified if there are ungraded questions for an assignment



Grading in an Assignment

Actively Learn uses Marzano's Standard Based Grading. You can change the labels that appear for your short answer responses and customize the point values. Simply access your gradebook settings to make these changes. 

FYI: Multiple choice questions are automatically graded


STEP 1: Select the 'Grading' panel



STEP 2: Teachers mark answers based off their grading settings. 


STEP 3: Teachers can add a comment to the grade 

Comments are stored for 30 days and will appear in an auto complete drop-down as you start typing


STEP 4: Students will receive their grades and comments immediately



Mark question as "Not Grading"

NOTE: Questions selected as " Not Grading" will not be calculated into the students' grades and will be excluded from the Gradebook report. You can always enable grading for a question if you do change your mind. Also, students will NOT see that the questions is not being graded.



Allow Students to Revise Responses

After a student submits an answer, they may request to revise their response. Allowing students to re-attempt the question is helpful, especially if they're incorporating your feedback! You can also do this in bulk for all requests in the assignment.

STEP 1: Students select "Revise Answer"

STEP 2: You see a "Revision Requested" in the grading panel.

STEP 3: Click on "Allow Revision"

STEP 4: Any comment you left for the student is visible to them, and they can now re-attempt the question. 

You'll always be able to see any of the student's prior responses in the question as well as earlier grades you assigned them. 


View Previous Responses Student

Students can see their previous responses and feedback before submitting their revised response



Review flags for help 

Students can send a private message to you when they do not quite understand a portion of the text. The review flags provide the opportunity to evaluate the passage with the student or with the whole class. 

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Other Grading Features

Teachers can use a rubric provided by Actively Learn


Teachers can grade anonymously (great for projecting and modeling answers!)


Teachers can print out a summary of their student answers

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