Grading Student Annotations in Sakai

The Hypothesis LMS app has been integrated with Sakai’s Grades, making it easier to assess student annotations. The integration singles out each student’s contributions to a conversation on a document and enables instructors to enter a grade for an annotated reading assignment.

Note: During the process of creating a Hypothesis-enabled content item, you should be prompted to change the Tool Title of the content item before saving. You should choose a name that is unique among the content items in your course. Sakai will treat content items created with identical names (even if the name is edited later) as if they were the same assignment in the Gradebook.

1. Launch the assignment

When you launch your Hypothesis assignment, you will see the grading toolbar across the top of the screen:

Grading bar location

The grading toolbar allows you to:

  • Toggle between a student’s annotations and the whole class, to see each student’s work in context and by itself
  • See how many annotations each student created (including replies)
  • Enter a grade, which will be sent to the LMS grade book

Selecting and viewing annotations

You can use the arrows on the grading bar to cycle through the class list:

Location of grading bar arrows

Or select a student’s name from the dropdown:

Location of grading bar student dropdown

The Hypothesis sidebar will filter to show only the annotations of the selected student:

Hypothesis sidebar filtered by student

To submit a grade for the student shown in the grading bar, enter a number between 0 and the maximum point value for the reading (decimals are allowed) and click the Submit Grade button. In the picture below the Hypothesis-enabled reading has a max point value of 100.

A picture of the new Hypothesis grading bar with the

You can also click on the comment button and leave a comment that will only be visible to the student in their Gradebook.

New Hypothesis grading bar with the comment button circled, the comment field open with teacher text in it, and the comment submit button circled

In the student’s Gradebook they’ll see both the grade and the comment.

Submitting a grade

To submit a grade for the student shown in the grading bar, enter a number between 0 and 10 — decimals are allowed — and click the Submit Grade button.

Location of

Note: The grading bar is only able to submit a grade value between zero and 10, which may not match the grading point scale you have configured for the assignment.

It may be helpful to think of the grade entered here as a percentage of the maximum grade configured for the assignment. For instance, if the assignment is configured to be worth 100 points, entering a grade here of 7.5 points will result in a final grade of 75 (100 x .75 = 75). If the assignment is worth 20 points, entering a grade here of 7.5 will result in a final grade of 15 (20 x .75 = 15).

2. Access Sakai’s Gradebook

In the left hand menu click on Gradebook.

Link to Sakai gradebook

Your grades for each assignment will appear in the gradebook. Please note that the assignment has you grade out of 10 points, but the Sakai Gradebook will multiply this number by 10 to display your grade out of 100 points.

Sakai gradebook

3. (Optional) Change the point value of the assignment

If you would like to change the point value of an assignment, click on the down arrow in the lower-right corner of the cell with the assignment name and then click “Edit Item Details”.

Edit Sakai gradebook column

Enter the new point value and select “Scale Existing Grades” to make sure that any grades you’ve entered in Hypothesis scale properly to the new value.

Scaling grades in Sakai

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