Google Course Kit Assignments is a new feature to allow seamless integration of Google Drive with Gauchospace for submitting and grading assignments. It is an external tool that Google has developed for Learning Management Systems (LMS).
You can find Google's Course kit help center here. For more general information on Google Course Kit from our help center, please click here, or if you would prefer to use Gauchospace's assignment tool, see our Assignment Reference Guide. An advantage of using the Gauchospace assignment tool is that you can utilize groups, while Google Course Kit assignments cannot be used with groups. Google Course Kit is great for professors wanting to grade and handle assignments completely via Google Drive.
Read on to learn how to set up the Google Course Kit Assignment.
- Turn Editing on and Advanced Tools on.
- Go to the desired week and click Add an activity or resource.
- Select Google Course Kit Assignment.
4. Enter the assignment name. All configuration will be done in the tool, not on this settings page. After entering the assignment name, click Save and Display at the bottom of the page.
5. You will now see the Google Course Kit tool on your page. Click sign in to sign in with your UCSB email account.
An external window will pop up, and you will be prompted to link your UCSB google account to Gauchospace, the LMS (learning management system). Click Link to create your Assignment.
Below is your Gauchospace home page for your Google Course Kit Assignment as an instructor. Click Open in Course Kit or Set points to open the external Google Course Kit tool, where you can edit, grade and view assignments. From this Course Kit Gauchospace home page, you can change the due date and scroll down to view submissions.
Course Kit Gauchospace page:
External Google Course Kit page:
Components of the External Google Course Kit Page:
1. View course instructors: Click the gear icon to view all instructors for this assignment and their emails.
2. Assignment Submissions: This box will update with total number of student submissions, as well as when you review and return the assignments to students.
3. Return Assignment: Check the box on the left of each assignment, then click return to complete grading and return them to a student.
4. View Assignment: Click anywhere on this row to view and grade the assignment.
5. Set Due date: Change the due date of the assignment and set an optional due time.
6. Set Total points: Set the number of points the assignment will be graded out of. Note that if you change the point total after grading, the grades will NOT be rescaled.
Google Course Kit Assignments grades will automatically sync with your Gauchospace gradebook. To view a submission, click on the student's name, as indicated in the screenshot above. Then, you will be taken to a screen similar to this in order to review the submission:
Let's first focus on the column on the right hand side. Here, you can use a comment bank, view the document separately from the grading view, enter a grade, and add feedback.
1. View your comment bank: Here, you can add comments that you use frequently and access them quickly. Find more information on using the comment bank here.
2. Access Pop out view: If you click on this button, the document will enter in a new tab without the grading interface.
3. Enter a Grade: Enter the student's assignment grade here. From here there is also a quick way to change the point total of the assignment:
4. Enter your feedback: Add your overall feedback here, and the student will be able to view it once you return an assignment.
Adding a TA or co-grader
It is also possible to add another user, such as TA, to grade Course Kit Assignments. First, the TA will need to be added in Gauchospace. Next, they should open the Google Course Kit Assignment. They will then reach a screen asking them to send a request to you (the instructor) for access:
After clicking Send request, the TA will now need to wait for the instructor to approve it.
Next, the instructor will receive an email that appears as below. Click View requests:
Any pending requests will appear. Click the check mark, then click Approve in order to allow the TA to have access:
Now, the TA will have access to the Course Kit Assignment. They will receive an email (as below) to link their google account. They will also be able to log into your course site and link their Google account there, and they will have the ability to grade. Note again that Google Course Kit Assignment does not have the ability to use separate groups, eg for sections.
To complete the grading process with Course Kit, you will return the assignment to students. There are two locations where you can Return an assignment to students after grading.
1) Google Course Kit homepage
2) Individual Assignment page