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Publish Anywhere teacher view

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Publish Anywhere not only allows students to complete activities, but teachers can also review and grade those activities inside your LMS's activity window.

This teacher view includes three main screens and a few basic tools:

  1. Activity: Review the activity as it is seen by students.
  2. Grader: Grade the activity, return scores to the student, and review all student scores for the activity.
  3. Analytics (gradable activities only): Review how the student is performing in comparison to the rest of the class on the activity, assessment questions, etc.
  4. Fullscreen button.
  5. Visual settings button allows you to enable High contrast mode and Additional visual indicators if color indicators are not effective for you.
  6. Grade details button allows you to review additional Details, Submission history, and Analytics where applicable.

Activity screen

The Activity screen shows you the student view, so you can better help students with questions or problems.

Deep linking activities

Publish Anywhere supports deep linking to activities, allowing teachers to browse the content available to them and choose to add only what they want—all from within your chosen LMS. You simply select which content you would like to use, and the third-party automatically creates links to those activities in the LMS.

If your domain has Publish Anywhere configured to support deep links in your LMS, you can add activities as deep links using the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the location in your LMS (the example shows Moodle) where you can add content, and choose to add an activity.
  2. Because it has been preconfigured, Publish Anywhere appears as a content resource in your LMS (under the name you've given it).
    • In our Moodle example, you can find this by choosing External tools as your activity resource, finding your Publish Anywhere tool in the Preconfigured tool dropdown, and clicking Select content.
  1. This opens your activity Catalog which displays the content (domains, courses, folders, and activities) you have access to.
  2. You can search with text and filter results by Collection, Title, Objective, and Activity type. Click the search [magnifying glass] icon to expand and collapse search fields.
  3. You can also click the content to explore. Clicking a domain, course, or folder displays its contents.
  1. Clicking an activity lets you Preview the activity.  
  2. Click Add for the content you want and it is placed in your cart; click Remove to take it out of your cart.
  3. Your cart shows you how many activities you have selected. Click the cart to review and finalize your selections.
  1. In your cart, you can Remove activities.
  2. Gradable activities allow you to check the Add to gradebook button, so their grades can be tracked.
  3. Click Add activities to add them to your course.

When the activities are added, your LMS should display a confirmation message. In Moodle it looks like this:

Grader screen

The Grader screen allows you to use Publish Anywhere's grading tools to complete and submit grades on the activity.

To grade a Publish Anywhere activity in Canvas:

  1. Select the activity you want to grade in Courses > Assignments. This differs across LMSs; in other LMSs, go to wherever you can review the activity.
  2. Click the Grader tab.
  1. On the Grader landing screen, you can see who has submitted the activity, whether they've been graded, and use the Quick grader to make changes to the Score.
    • Note: Student names are shown as Canvas-generated IDs if your Canvas privacy settings are set to Private for the course.
  2. Click a student's name to review their performance.
  1. The student panel displays information about the activity for the selected student regarding the activity:
    • Content to preview the completed activity if available. Where applicable, you can adjust scores on individual questions or grading rubric criteria.
    • Score/Activity History to review all activity attempts, time spent, and scores beginning with the first attempt.
    • Submission History to see the most recent grade submission and the date it was completed.
    • Class statistics to see how the student is performing in comparison to the rest of the class.
  1. The grading panel allows you to edit the following components of the grade:
    • Score. This number is automatically calculated when possible; if you change it, you can click Revert to Calculated to reset the score.
    • Full Credit automatically assigns full points, No Credit assigns zero points, and Clear removes all points.
    • Save Draft allows you to save the data you’ve entered without submitting the score, so you can return and edit later.
    • Submit Score saves the grade to the LMS's Gradebook where the student can see it.
    • Allow Retry does just that; the student can see that a retry has been permitted, but you may want to send them a message to notify them. Once selected, Allow Retry reads Un-allow Retry; click it to undo the allowance.
    • You can edit the Feedback and Private Note fields in the same way, but notice that the Feedback is visible to the student and the Private Note is just for you.
    • A Returned Attachments field appears between the Feedback and Private Note fields if the activity allows student dropbox submissions. Use this field to return attachments and feedback.
  1. Submitted scores are then added to the Courses > Grades page

Analytics screen (gradable activities only)

If the activity is gradable, the Analytics screen displays:

  1. Frequency of Scores illustrates score distribution on a bar graph, providing values for the passing threshold, mean, median, standard deviations, and quartiles.
  2. Statistics lists the significant data.
  1. Frequency of Grades breaks the data down and represents it according to the course's grading scheme.
  2. Question Item Analysis illustrates item difficulty and discrimination performance for each question and allows users to see how the each question answer impacts score.
    • Learn more about item difficulty and discrimination here; keep in mind, however, that Publish Anywhere uses Spearman's Correlation, and not the Pearson Product Moment correlation that is described in that article.
  1. Proficiency by Student breaks objective performance down by student.

Question Analysis

For assessment activities, you can review analytics about each question in the Questions section.

  1. This arrow expands the question, showing the percentage of students that chose each possible answer.
  2. The first column uses alerts to call out potential concerns about a question's difficulty and/or discrimination based on patterns in student performance. Hover over the alert for more information.
  3. The # column allows you to sort by question number.
  4. The Difficulty column estimates difficulty based on the percentage of students who got the question right. Click the header to sort by difficulty.
  5. The Discrimination column estimates how well the question indicates students' understanding of the concept being tested. Questions that are so difficult that almost no one answered them correctly, or so easy that everyone got them right have low discrimination. Click the header to sort by discrimination.
  6. The Question text column lists the question without answer options. Click the header to sort the text alphabetically.
  7. Click remove question to exclude the question from impacting student scores.

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