Providing Feedback in Brightspace

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Last Updated: March 17, 2023
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 Instructors can leave feedback in a variety of areas within Brightspace.

Feedback for Assignments

Feedback for Discussions

Feedback for Exams/Quizzes

Feedback for Manual Grade Items

Feedback for Assignments

Inline Annotation Feedback

When grading a file submission in the assignments tool, instructors are able to leave inline feedback to students which allows them to highlight, draw, insert text, insert notes, and more, on the student's submission.  To begin using the annotation tool, the instructor must begin evaluating the students work, and then click on their file submission. 

Image of a file submission in the evaluation area of an assignment

Once the student's file submission is opened, the instructor will see the annotation toolbar at the top of the file.  Below are the following options available to an instructor when using the tool:

  1. Visibility options (zoom in/out, page view options)
  2. Freehand drawing tools
  3. Add sticky notes
  4. Add text
    Image of annotation tools steps 1 through 4
  5. Add shapes
  6. Format options (change text/fill color, font size, borders)
  7. Download the file
  8. Full screen mode
    Image of annotation tools steps 5 through 8

Please note! In order to use the annotation toolbar, you must make sure it is enabled in your settings. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the assignments tool
  2. Select the downward facing arrow next to the desired assignment
  3. Select "Edit Assignment" 
    Image of editing an assignment
  4. In the "Evaluation & Feedback" section, make sure the checkbox is selected under "Annotation Tools"
    Image of Annotation Toolbar enabled in an Assignment setting

Please note! Annotation tools can only be used for file submission assignments.

Overall Assignment Feedback

To leave overall feedback on an assignment, go to the evaluation area of the student's submission. When leaving overall feedback you can...

  1. Type out the feedback
  2. Leave video or audio feedback
  3. Insert an attachment or link with your feedback (attachments or links can come from Google Drive, Onedrive, a URL, your computer, or from your course)
    Image of overall feedback area for assignments

Overall feedback can be left for any type of assignment in the assignment tool. 

Feedback for Discussions

When evaluating a student's discussion post, you have access to leave overall feedback to the student.  This feedback can only be typed by the instructor, and unlike assignment feedback, an instructor cannot insert files to their feedback, or leave video or audio feedback. 

Image of Discussion Area Feedback

Feedback for Exams/Quizzes

Overall Attempt Feedback

To leave overall feedback on a student's attempt on an exam/quiz, you first need to begin evaluating the student's attempt. Towards the top of the evaluation area, an instructor can type their overall feedback.

Image of Quiz and Exam feedback area for an overall attempt

This feedback can only be typed by the instructor, and unlike assignment feedback, an instructor cannot insert files to their feedback, or leave video or audio feedback. 

Individual Question Feedback

Instructors can also leave feedback on individual questions below the area where overall attempt feedback can be typed.  Once they locate a question, they must select the "Expand Feedback" button to begin typing. 

Image of individual question with an option to expand for feedback

Once an instructor expands this area, they can type out their feedback. 

Image of area to type individual question feedback

Please note! In order for students to see individual questions, you must change the settings of your quiz. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select "Exams/Quizzes"
  2. Select the downward facing arrow next to the exam or quiz you wish to edit
  3. Select "Edit"
    Image of the edit button when editing an exam or quiz
  4. Select the "Submission Views" tab
  5. Select the "Default View" link
    Image of the submissions views tab highlighting the default view option
  6. Under the option "Show Questions?" select "Yes"
  7. Then select the option below it that says "Show all questions with user responses"
  8. Save the settings
    Image of the show all questions with user responses option enabled

Feedback for Manual Grade Items

If you created a grade item manually in your gradebook (IE: A Numeric Grade Item), here is how you can leave feedback for your students:

  1. Go to your gradebook and select the downward facing arrow next to the grade item you want to wish to leave feedback on
  2. Select "Enter Grades"
    Image of the gradebook showing a manual grade item
  3. In the feedback column, select the pencil icon for the student you wish to provide feedback
    Image of pencil icon in the feedback field for a manual grade item
  4. Here you can begin typing public feedback for the student, OR, private feedback only for instructor reference.  Students cannot see any private feedback. 
  5. Select "Save" to finish
    Image of feedback area of manual grade item

 

 

 

 

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