Inline Grading for Journals



You can grade participation in both individual and group Journals. Please see the Journals article for more information on creating and using the Journals tool.

After setting up or editing the settings of a Journal to enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. You may access each student’s Journal in order to grade it either from the Journals course tool, or from the Grade Center. Grades and comments are assigned within the Journal and automatically populate into the Grade Center.

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How to Grade Journal Entries

Journals are not graded by individual entry but rather as a whole, single assignment. Each graded Journal will create only one Grade Center column and only one grade. You can begin the grading process for Journals from the Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Journal Course Tool located in the Control Panel. When using the default settings when setting up a graded Journal, any new Journal entries will create a Needs Grading icon Needs Grading icon will in the full Grade Center, and the attempt will appear on the Needs Grading page.

You can change this default setting by unselecting the Show participants in Needs Grading status box or selecting a different number of entries required to display a Needs Grading status:
Needs Grading Journal settings


Use the following steps to grade journal entries.

  1. Access the journal topic page and click the small arrow that appears under your own name to expand the full list of your students
  2. User names will display a number in parenthesis that reflects the total number of Journal entries they have written. Entries that are new since the last time you accessed the Journal page will show a thumbtack icon. Journals that have not yet been graded will show a Needs Grading icon.
    Journal Grading menu
  3. Click on the name of the user whose Journal you would like to grade. The user’s journal entry or entries open in the content frame.
  4. Type a point total in the Grade box. If you associated a rubric for this graded journal, expand and complete the rubric. To learn more, see Grading Rubrics. To edit an existing grade, click in the Grade box and change the grade.
  5. Optionally, type Feedback for the student.
  6. Click Submit to add the grade, feedback, and grading notes to the Grade Center.
    Journal Inline Grading

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Grading a Group Journal

You grade a group journal using the same steps as for individuals. When the entries are submitted, all group members’ names appear with the Needs Grading icon.

When you add a grade for a group journal, the grade is automatically given to all the members of the group and is populated in the corresponding column in the Grade Center for each group member. All members are assigned the same grade, even if a member did not contribute, although you can change this grade.

Grading a group journal

Grading a group journal

You can read all the entries for a group journal and add one grade on the journal topic page. Users with entries that need grading are indicated with the needs grading icon—the exclamation mark—in the Grade Center and on the journal topic page in the All Group Members drop-down list. In addition, the group journal is listed on the Needs Grading page.

Remember, while specifying journal settings, if you did NOT select the Show participants in needs grading status box and select a minimum number of entries, the needs grading icon will not appear in the Grade Center, on the journal topic page, and items do not appear on the Needs Grading page.

The in progress icon shows in the Grade Center cell and in a journal:

  • For student activity that does not meet the minimum number you set.
  • If you did not select the Show participants in needs grading status check box.

Students can view their group journal grades in My Grades and on the group journal topic page by selecting their names.

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Change an Individual Member’s Group Grade

You can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group by editing the grade for the member. If you change a group member’s grade, and you assign a new group grade, the new group grade will not affect the individual’s new grade. The grade the individual member received and the grade the group received are both shown. The individual’s new grade will not appear to the other group members.

In the grading sidebar, click the pencil icon to change the group grade for a member. Type a new grade and click the check mark icon below the grade to save it. This grade becomes an override grade.

Changing an individual member's grade for a group journal assignment

Changing an individual member’s grade for a group journal assignment

The group grade and the individual group member’s edited grade appear in the Grade Center in the column that was automatically created when you enabled the graded group journal. Grayed out cells appear in the group journal column for course members who are not part of the group.

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Revert a Member’s Edited Grade

You can revert a member’s edited grade to the original group grade, which all group members received.

In the grading sidebar, click the pencil icon for the user with the edited grade. Click the left-pointing arrow to change the grade to the original group grade. The override icon is removed. The change also appears in the Grade Center.

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Changing a Topic From Graded to Ungraded

Once a Journal topic has been set up to be graded, you cannot change it back to ungraded. The only way to change from graded to ungraded is to delete the graded journal topic from the Journals listing page and the Grade Center, and create a new ungraded topic.

Alternatively, to retain entries, set the journal’s Grade Center column to not be included in calculations. In essence, the journal continues to be considered graded by the Grade Center, but any results or grades assigned are ignored.

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