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Simplify Multiple Choice Grading with Gradescope's Bubble Sheet Assignments

Gradescope, an innovative assessment tool, offers a powerful feature called Bubble Sheet Assignments that simplifies the grading process for multiple-choice exams. With Bubble Sheet Assignments, instructors can pre-define correct answers on an answer key, allowing Gradescope to automatically grade students' responses. Let's explore how Gradescope's Bubble Sheet Assignments can streamline your grading workflow.

The Initial Steps

Before creating a Bubble Sheet test on Gradescope, you'll need to write the test questions in a word processing software like Microsoft Word. It's essential to provide clear instructions to students, such as using pencils or erasable pens, filling in bubbles completely, erasing unwanted bubbles, and printing their name instead of using cursive writing.

Setting Up the Bubble Sheet Assignment

Once your test questions are ready, navigate to Gradescope's assignment creation page and select the Bubble Sheet assignment type. Give your assignment a name and specify that instructors will be uploading the submissions. This ensures that students will return their bubble sheets to you for scanning.

Creating the Bubble Sheet Template

Gradescope allows you to create a bubble sheet template corresponding to your test questions. Using the template, students will fill in their answers. You can include various question types like either-or, select all that apply, and true or false. Specify the point values for each question and the grading style, whether exact credit, partial credit, or either-or. Once you've set up the template, you can print it for distribution to students.

Managing Submissions and Scanning

After distributing the bubble sheet templates, collect the completed sheets from your students. To process the submissions, you'll need to scan them using a departmental scanner. Ensure that the scanner creates a single PDF file with all the bubble sheets. Upload this file to Gradescope's Manage Scans page. Gradescope automatically splits the pages into individual submissions and matches them with the students' names from the roster. In some cases, you may need to manually match submissions with student names.

Automated and Manual Grading

Gradescope's AI automatically grades most of the student responses, providing efficient and accurate results. The system flags uncertain marks that require manual review. From the Grade Submissions page, you can easily review and confirm or adjust these marks. You also have the flexibility to customize the rubric and provide personalized feedback on a per-question and per-version basis.

Analyzing Results and Exporting Grades

Gradescope provides valuable insights into student performance and the reliability of your assessment. The Statistics page offers information on reliability values, standard error of measurement, standard deviation scores, and mean scores for each question. You can tag questions with concepts or learning objectives and view statistics based on those tags. The Item Analysis feature allows you to analyze student answer choices and discriminatory scores for each question, helping you assess question effectiveness.

Optimize Your Multiple Choice Grading with Gradescope's Bubble Sheet Assignments

Gradescope's Bubble Sheet Assignments revolutionize the grading process for multiple-choice exams. By leveraging automation and intelligent grading algorithms, instructors can save time, enhance accuracy, and gain valuable insights into student performance. Simplify your assessment workflow and start using Bubble Sheet Assignments on Gradescope.



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