A desktop app to speed up the grading of visual assignments, for Brightspace / D2L
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Grading Brightspace assignments with a desktop app.

###I create this desktop app for the following use case:

  • large number of students in the session (in my session: 500+ students)
  • the assignment is submitted on dropbox
  • students must upload pictures, and only pictures
  • the grading is "pass or fail": I just need to visualize the pic, see if it meets the standards, and grade accordingly.

###Grading from the Brightspace website is too slow because:

  • pics take some time to load
  • some pics can be seen directly in preview (jpeg format), but others need to be clicked on to be opened (png format). This is enough to make grading for a very large number of students, for several assignments, a nightmare.


  • I download all assignments as a zip file
  • a desktop app opens the pics one by one, with the name of the student below it, and with 2 buttons: "pass" and "fail".
  • clicking on a button writes the grade in an Excel file, and moves to the next picture.
  • When done with all the pics, I will just upload the grades of the Excel file on Brightspace.

###Technical aspects of the solution:

  • I will take this opportunity to develop a JavaFX app for Windows and Mac.
  • I should add a connection to the api of Brightspace to skip the manual download and upload, that's planned.

Feedback and questions? levallois@em-lyon.com

###License: Copyright 2016 Clément Levallois

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