How to give Evaluation and Feedback to an Assignment

The Evaluation Submission page allows to easily evaluate and assess the assignment handed in by students. With this tool, lecturers can assess the work of the students and provide feedback. When a Rubric is added, it is possible to refer to it when grading the assignment.

This article will show you:

First, navigate to the Submissions homepage going to the assignment you want to evaluate. Scroll down the page, a  list with students (or groups, if applicable) and their submissions will appear. From the list of submitted documents:  

  1. Click on one of the submissions (i.e Lorem Ipsum)
Open a Submission

This will redirect you to the Evaluation and Feedback page of the submitted document.

Student Identification

By positioning the cursor on the icon, the student's profile is shown. There are a few options such as e-mail, sending a message and viewing their progress.

Student Identification

1. Envelop icon - to send an email to the student (Compose New Message window will pop-up)

2. Speech bubble icon  - to send a message to the student (Send Message window will pop-up)

3. Progress graph icon - to view the students' progress (the Progress homepage will open in a new tab)

4. Navigate through submissions - to navigate through the student's submissions

Evaluation and Feedback homepage

On the Evaluation and Feedback homepage, there are several options. Only the enabled settings will be available. For example, if the rubrics are disabled for this assignment, they will not appear on the homepage.

Evaluation and Feedbacks interface

1. The Annotation Tool

The Annotation Tool allows marking up submissions using highlighting, freehand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting. Each tool has additional options to change colour, font size, font, and many other customization items. Once the feedback has been published, students can view their submission with the annotations visible, providing additional context.

The Annotation Tool
1. Thumbnails

Page thumbnails are miniature previews of the pages in a document. Use page thumbnails to jump quickly to a selected page or to adjust the view of the page.

1. Click on the Thumbnail icon, this will open the miniature previews of the pages in the document

Thumbnail page preview

To select a different page preview,

2. Click on the downward arrow, a drop-down menu will appear

3. You have the option to select from:

  • Outline - to view the schematic draft of the submitted document
  • Bookmarks - to add and view Bookmarks within the submitted document
Click on the downward arrow next to the Thumbnail icon, a drop-down menu will appear select either Outline or Bookmarks
2. Page Selection Controls

Use the buttons to navigate from one page to the next in a multi-page document.

1. Left arrow - to go forward through a document

2. Right arrow - to go back through a document

Page control - to go back and forward through a document
3. Page Layout

 The page layout is the arrangement of visual elements on a page,

1. Click on the Page Layout icon, a drop-down menu will appear

2. You have the option to select from:

  • Page Mode - to view the document as a single, double-page¬†or automatic¬†selection
  • Page Transition - to have a continuous page transition or to jump from page to page
  • Page Rotation - to rotate the page


Page Layout
4. Pan Mode

The visible portion of the document will change according to the movement of the mouse. Drag the mouse up or down to navigate through the pages.

1. Click anywhere in the document and move the mouse while keeping the left mouse button depressed, the hand will show as folded

Pan mode - hand folded the movement of the mouse will change the visibility portion of the document

2. The document visibility will change according to the movement of the mouse until you release the button, the hand will show was unfolded

Pan mode - hand unfolded the movement will stop
5. Zoom

Zoom operation changes the size of the font on-screen without impacting any other attribute of the document.

1. Click on the magnifying glass with the - sign - to zoom out

2. Click on the magnifying glass with the + sign - to zoom in

Zoom in and out by clicking on the mangifying glasses
6. Fit and Width Page

Fit and Width Page is a zoom function that toggles the paper view from fitting the whole page into the frame or fitting it to the width of the frame.

1. Fit Page - to change the page layout

Fit Page

This will shrink the page view,

2. Fit Width to revert to Fit Page view

Fit Width
7. Annotations Tool

An annotation tool is a text or drawing tool that helps add information to a document. For example, it can be a note that includes a comment or explanation.

More options will appear,

To make drawings, comments, text boxes and lines

Annotation Tool Bar
1. Pen tool

Using the drawing tool,  allows you to write free-hand on the document with your mouse, move, resize, and change appearance including colour, thickness, and opacity.

1. Click on the downward arrow to change drawing markup tools

2. You can select from

  • Freeform Highlight -¬†to highlight text
  • Text Highlighter -¬†to highlight a paragraph
  • Eraser - to erase markups
Pen tool for free-hand drawing

3. Click on the Pen

Click on the pen, more options will appear

More options will unfold,

4. Marker colour- to select a colour for the marker

5. Background colour - to select a background colour

6. Colour Opacity - to select the Opacity percentage of the colour

7. Lines - to select the line width of the marker

8. Effects - to add an effect to the drawing

Additional options in Drawing
2. Comments tool

Add longer comments that can be collapsed or expanded, to a document. Change appearance with a variety of shapes and colours.

1.  Click on the Notes icon

Comment tool bar

More formatting options will unfold,

2. Select the Note colour

3. Choose the shape of the note

More Formatting Options Comment Tool bar
3. Text Tool

Add text anywhere on the document. Move, resize, and change the appearance. Including font, size, alignment, and colour.

1. Click on the Text icon

Text tool bar

More options will unfold,

2. Text - to select the colour of the text

3. Background - to select the colour of the background

4. Colour Opacity- to select the opacity percentage of the colour

5. Font - to select the Font

6. Fond size - to select the Font Size

7. Horizontal Alignment - to select the paragraph alignment (Left, Center or Right)

8. Text Alignment - to select the paragraph alignment (Top, Center or Bottom)

More Formatting Option Text tool bar
4. Line Tool

Add lines to create line shapes anywhere on the document. The lines can be formatted by colour, transparency, thickness.

To select the type of line

1. Click on the downward arrow -  (Arrow or Rectangle)

Choose type of line (Arrow or Triangle)

3. Click on the Line icon

Line Tool bar

2. Colour - to select the colour of the line

3. Background colour - to select the background colour of the line

4. Colour Opacity - to select the percentage of colour Opacity

5. Lines - to select the width of the line

6. Start of the line format - to select the format of the start of the line

7.  Line - to select the format of the line (Solid, Dotted or Dashed)

8.  End of the line format  - to select the format of the end of the line

More formatting options Line Tool bar
8. Print or Search Document

Search for words within the document or print it.

1. Pinter icon - to print the document

Print document

2. Magnifying glass icon - to search the Document

3. A search bar will appear

Search Document bar
9. Downloading or Fullscreen

Download the document or make it fullscreen

1. Download icon - to download the document


2. Fullscreen icon - to toggle Fullscreen

Fullscreen icon

Feedback Panel

On the right hand side you will see the feedback panel. If rubrics are used to assess submissions, the rubric opens in a pop-up window to enable easy grading, and the score transfers automatically to the Evaluation and Feedback sidebar. The overall score of the rubric transfers automatically to the Score field and appears in Grades if the assignment is associated with a grade item. The rubric feedback appears on the Feedback page to the learner.

Feedback Panel on the right hand
1. Submission Controls

This allow to navigate from one user's submission to the next for this Assignment.

Submission Controls - to go back and forward the users submissions
2. Rubrics

Through this tab, it is possible to score the submissions according to the rubric attached to the assignment, if any.

  1. By clicking on this icon, the rubric will be opened in a new page

For each criteria:

  1. Move the cursor to select the level you want to assign to the submission. The levels go from the right (the lowest) to the left (the higher)
  2. [Optional] Add a personal Feedback to explain the level assigned
3. Overall Grade

The grade is automatically calculated according to the level assigned in the Rubric. However, it is also possible to manually adjust it by positioning the cursor in the box.

Overall Grade
4. Overall Feedback

Feedback is a crucial element in the student’s learning process. Therefore, Brightspace has multiple options to provide feedback on student’s submissions to assignments.  Recording audio or video is useful when wanting to communicate more personally with your students or accurately convey tone. 

1. Write a Feedback within the Editor

2. You can select to add a Feedback by:

  • Adding a File¬†- to add a file, this can be a graded copy of the submission, instructor notes, or another file.¬†
  • Record Audio -¬†to record an audio
  • Record a video -¬†to record a video
Overall Feedback
6. Publishing or Saving Submission

After leaving feedback and assigning a grade, you can publish feedback immediately or save your feedback as a draft and release it at a later time. This enables you to revise and review evaluations and publish your feedback to multiple users at the same time.

Feedback - publish or save as draft

You now know how to give evaluation and feedback to students' submissions in Brightspace!

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