These tutorials cover tools that are used for assessing and grading student work.  Tools such as:

  • Grade book Tool
  • Rubrics Tool
  • Quizzes Tool
  • Assignments Tool (the former Assignments / Dropbox)
Create a grading system
As an instructor, you can determine how to set up your grade book to best reflect your approach to evaluation, including the grading system and grade scheme that is most appropriate for your course. You can select how grades display to learners, how they update in the grade book, and how you want to deal with ungraded items. You can create grade items for projects, assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. to include in your grade book, and even associate them with other tools (e.g. Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions).

Using Rubrics to evaluate activities
Rubrics are used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.

Visit Evaluate an activity based on a predefined set of criteria

Create quizzes and tests

The Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage points-measured assessments. As part of your quantifiable assessment procedures, you can use quizzes to help evaluate users’ learning progress and learning outcomes. Create and manage quiz questions from the Question Library or the Quizzes tool, and organize quizzes into categories to make it easier to find assessments with similar or related content. Use the quiz preview option to test the accuracy of content and grading before you release a quiz. In a preview, you can answer the questions, view allowed hints, submit the quiz, auto-grade answers, read feedback, and view report results.

Visit Create quizzes

Are you looking for a way to add a bank of questions to the Quiz Question Library?  You can with the Quiz Question Converter tool.  This tool can be found in every course by going to the course navigation bar and select Grades  then click Quiz Question Converter.  Instructions on how to use the tool will be seen once you click on the tool. To learn more about the tool visit Quiz Question Converter page.  Please note that although this page gives steps on how to access the tool, you will access it directly from within OAKS. 


Create assignments and assess submissions

 yLearners use the Assignments tool to write or upload and submit assignments directly in Brightspace Learning Environment, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email their work to instructors. On paper submissions, and observed in person assignments are also available and do not require file submissions to be made in Brightspace Learning Environment.

Instructors use the Assignments tool to see users’ submission times, view submissions on the Evaluate Submission page, associate assignments to rubrics and competencies, and return submissions with grades and feedback. For assignments that included file submissions, instructors can download the submissions to their computer for review offline.

In the Submissions area for file and text submissions, instructors can view users’ submissions and submission dates, eliminating the need to collect assignments and making it easy to track when files were submitted.

Visit Create assignments

Asses submission

One way to assess submissions is with the Annotation tool. Click Create assignments above to review other options.

With the Annotation tool you can make comments and annotations on student assignments right in OAKS with the Annotations tool.   Use the tool to provide students with feedback right on their work without the need to download and re-upload the student work.

 Watch the  video tutorial on using annotations for instructor feedback in the Assignment tool

 Watch the Assignment/Dropbox Annotation tool tutorial