Joule Grader Teacher Documentation
  • Use advanced grading methods, such as rubrics.

  • Annotate PDF submissions within Joule Grader.

  • Use marking workflows and delegate grading.

  • Teachers and students can discuss a particular grade or submission in the assignment's comments.

  • Students can view only their own submissions and grades in Joule Grader.

Grade Activities with Joule Grader

Navigate to the Administration block and select Course administration > Joule Grader.

Note: If you are using the Snap theme the link is visible in the Tools area.


A. Show Activities Requiring Grading displays only activities that need grading. Return to course exits the grader completely and returns you to the course front page. Exit full screen mode displays the grader within the course frame.
B. Navigate between activities or students with the left and right arrows or the drop-down menus. The navigation pane also supports navigation between groups, if they are enabled in the course.
C. Drag the gray bar in between the panes to adjust sizing.
D. The submission appears in the left frame. Teachers can require online text that appears automatically in this frame, and file submissions that need to be downloaded.
E. Type a grade and provide optional Overall feedback. Assignment options set by the teacher, such as whether Activity Comments are available, affect what is displayed in this panel. If the assignment uses an advanced grading method such as Rubrics, Checklist or Marking Guide, then the grader will have the ability to mark the criteria within a modal launched from this area.
F. Save grade and next to move to the next student who has submitted that assignment —OR— Save the grade and stay on the page. Grades saved here are recorded in the course gradebook.

Overall Feedback and Activity Comments

Activity Comments appear for assignments by default. Both students and teachers can add comments here, creating a space for conversation about the assignment. Comments can be made prior to grading and after grading.
Overall feedback is an optional box. It appears when you select Feedback types > Feedback comments in the settings while creating or editing the assignment. 

PDF Annotation

For assignments that allow file submissions, PDF files can be annotated inline in the Joule Grader. When a teacher edits or creates the assignment, settings must be set to simple, direct grading. 
After a teacher annotates and PDF and saves the grade, students can download and view the PDF when they view their grade.

  • View Inline link enables you to view only
  • Launch PDF Editor enables you to annotate the PDF with comments and other markings. When you launch the PDF editor, all PDF file submissions display as one document.

The PDF editor provides several marking functions. The icons indicate their functions, such as creating a shape or highlighting a line of text.
Add comments and choose a color for the comment.

Move annotations by dragging them to new locations. This function also displays the delete icon when you click on an annotation.

Marking Workflows and Allocating Markers

If workflows are enabled, marks go through a series of workflow stages in Joule Grader before being released to students. Teachers and other users with the appropriate permissions can change the graded activity's workflow status. This allows for multiple rounds of marking and allows marks to be released to all students at the same time. For example, you can release grades only after they have been reviewed and moderated.

You can designate additional users as allocated markers for graded activities in Joule Grader, provided that the following conditions are met.

  • The assignment's settings are enabled: Edit Settings > Grade section > Use marking workflow and Use marking allocation are both set to Yes. It is recommended that you enable marking allocation when you use the marking workflow. 
  • There is a user in the course, other than yourself, that has the appropriate permissions for being assigned as a marker. For example, you can give a user with the student role the additional non-editing teacher role. Go to Course Administration > Users > Enrolled Users > Assign Roles icon > select non-editing teacher.

  • The instructor has the permissions to allocate markers. 

Depending on permissions, these are the possible workflow states that may appear in the Joule Grader panel.

  • Not marked - the marker has not yet started.

  • In marking - the marker has started but not yet finished.

  • Marking completed - the marker has finished but might need to go back for corrections.

  • In review - the marking is now with the teacher in charge for quality checking.

  • Ready for release - the teacher in charge is satisfied with the marking but waiting to give students access to the mark.

  • Released - the student can access the grades and feedback.

Since you grade one student at a time in Joule Grader, it is recommended to use the Assignment interface instead of Joule Grader to release grades to multiple students or all students at the same time.

Allocate Marking to Other Users

When marking allocation is enabled in the assignment settings, a separate marker can be identified to mark assignment submissions. A different marker can be identified for each participant in the course.

The user specified as an allocated marker for the activity sees the student's submission in Joule Grader. The user must have the student role as well as non-editing instructor in order to have access to Joule Grader. The user sees only their own submissions for all gradable activities except for the activity they were assigned to as a marker. For that activity, the drop-down menu shows the current user's name as well as the name of the user they will mark.