Why are my TAs grades not being saved in SpeedGrader? / How do I avoid over-writing my co-graders in SpeedGrader?
SOLUTION: Working around SpeedGrader limitations
The Canvas SpeedGrader tool can be a fantastic online grading option. To maximize the experience for a specific instructor/grader, SpeedGrader downloads all students submissions and current grades at one time and instructors are then able to look at submissions and grade. Moving from student to student does not require the browser to refresh and use more bandwidth - which can streamline and improve performance for the person grading student work.
HOWEVER, this method is not the best when you have multiple users grading the same assignment and students at the same time. In this situation, each grader as they continue grading will not automatically see any edits/annotations/grades that other graders make. So if TA 1 enters a score for question 1 for a student and then TA 2 goes to that same student and enters a score afterwards, TA 2's score will overwrite any scores that TA 1 entered.
What information can potentially be lost when multiple graders are using the SpeedGrader at the same time on the same assignment?
- Grades added to the overall asssignment grade
- Grades added using a rubric
- Grades/points added to quiz questions
- Comments made on quiz questions
To Avoid Over-Writing
OPTION 1: Schedule Grading Sessions
Have each TA/grader use SpeedGrader at a different time. Make sure that no 2 graders are ever in SpeedGrader at the same time. The first TA should fully log out of the SpeedGrader before the next TA/grader launches.
OPTION 2: Utilize Course Sections for grading
If you do not have auto-created discussion/lab sections in your course, you can Manually Create Course Sections in your course to allow you to split students up. You can then have each TA grade just one section - or just one section at a time.
OPTION 3: Careful Grading with Browser Refreshing
If you have graders that must be grading at the same time, graders should make sure that they are never on the same student as another grader - but before they move to the next student they must refresh their browser before they begin entering scores on the next student.