After learning how to create a rubric assessment, you may now want to use the Google Doc sharing capabilities. This includes the ability to make a copy for each student, right through the rubric assessment!
➡️ Although this document refers to Google Docs throughout, this same process can be completed with Google Slides.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: Don't let the word assessment deter you. In Otus, the term "assessment" is used to indicate the collection of student work; you don't have to include the results in the gradebook! Check out the link below for more information.
❗ Before you get started, please take note of the following:
- You must be logged in via Google SSO in order to have access to your documents in Google Drive.
- If you receive an error message when assigning an assessment with a Google Doc, try logging out of Otus and Google completely, then logging back in. To completely log out of Otus, select your profile icon on the bottom-left portion of the screen, then select Log Out.
- If you are the co-teacher of a class, the main teacher must login with Google SSO at least once before you are able to assign a rubric to make a copy of a Google Doc for each student.
Attaching the Google Doc to the Rubric
- Step 1: While in your rubric assessment, select Choose File under Attachments.
- Step 2: Select the Google Drive icon.
- Step 3: Choose the document you wish to share.
- Step 4: Choose how you want the students to interact with the document (view, edit, or force a copy).
❗ If selecting "Make a copy for each student", please check out the FAQ section below for more details.
The process of assigning a rubric assessment with a Google Doc attached is the same as assigning any other assessment. This section will outline what happens once the assessment has been assigned.
Once the assessment is assigned:
- The student will receive the Google Doc in the rubric assessment.
- The student will also receive the Google Doc in their own Google Drive. It will be in their Shared with me section. It will be a stand-alone document (not in a folder).
- The main teacher of the class will be able to see the live Google Docs in the rubric assessment.
- The main teacher of the class will be able to see the live Google Docs in their own Google Drive with the following structure: there will be an Otus folder that has a child folder for each class. Each class folder will have a child folder for each assessment. The student's Google Docs will be inside the assessment folder.
- If there is a co-teacher, they are not able to see the Google Docs in the rubric assessment or in their own Google Drive at this time.
When the students are ready, they will submit their rubric assessment.
If Multiple Attempts are NOT Allowed
- The student will no longer have editing rights to the Google Doc in Otus or in their own Google Drive.
- The main teacher will receive a "transfer of ownership" email via Google.
- The co-teacher will receive an "invitation to edit" email via Google.
- The co-teacher will now have access to the Google Docs in the rubric assessment and in their own Google Drive. Note - for the co-teacher, the Google Docs will not be in a folder in their Drive, they will be stand-alone documents.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: want to filter out all of those emails? Check out this resource to learn how.
If Multiple Attempts ARE Allowed
- The student will not be able to access or edit the document in the assessment until the submission has been graded.
- Once the submission has been graded, the rubric assessment will open back up, and the student can continue working on the Google Doc in the assessment.
- Please note - the student will continue to have editing rights to the Google Doc in their Google Drive, even after they have submitted.
- Since the ownership and permissions of the Google Doc do not change when the student submits, there will not be an email sent to the main teacher or co-teacher.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: if Allow Multiple Attempts is turned on, the co-teacher will not have access to the Google Docs upon the student submitting. The main teacher or the student will need to change the permissions on the Google Doc itself to allowing viewing or editing rights for the co-teacher.
The most direct way to leave a comment is to use the built-in Leave a Comment button:
If you intend to leave comments within the Google Doc itself, we do not recommend using the Add comment feature in the Google Doc:
By default, these comments will not be visible to students after you grade the assessment. This is the case because students lose Edit access and the Google Doc reverts to View Only after they Submit the assessment. When a Google Doc is View Only, comments are not accessible.
An alternate option is to write teacher comments inline with the student's text, using parentheticals and/or identifiable fonts to draw attention to your comments:
Note - The Google Doc Add comment button will work before the student Submits the assessment. In addition, if Allow Multiple Attempts is ON for the Rubric Assessment, then the Google Doc comments will work even after the assessment has been graded. This is because students retain Edit access to the Google Doc indefinitely. Since they have permission to Edit, they'll have access to Google Doc Comments.
Check out the links below to see how to grade a rubric assessment.
Google Doc Sharing with Rubrics FAQ
- Why does it say "Please wait while Google processes your copy"? This is a message Google generates and displays in Otus when it is still making a copy of the document for the student. This message will appear if the student opens the Rubric Assessment before Google has had enough time to make all of the copies. Have the student log out, wait a few minutes, then log back in again to check if their copy has appeared.
- How long should it take for the copies to be made for my students? It can take anywhere from just a few minutes to up to 4 hours. Both the number of students you are assigning it to and the size of the document itself can impact the speed at which the copies will generate. If it has been at least 4 hours and not all copies have been made, please reach out to us in our chat feature, and we can help!
- Can a co-teacher assign a rubric assessment to make a copy of a Google Doc for each student? Yes, they can! To see the exact implications of a co-teacher assigning, please check out this article that outlines the capabilities of a co-teacher.
- If I turn on Multiple Attempts, how does that impact the Google Doc? The student will continue to have editing rights to the Doc even after it has been submitted and graded. In order for the second (or any subsequent) attempts to become available for the student, their most recent submission must be graded. Once it is graded, the student will be able to go back into the assessment to make edits. The content of the Doc will remain the same as it was when they submitted it; the students will not be starting from scratch.
- If I choose to assign the assessment at a later date, how does that impact the Google Doc? If you chose to make a copy for each student, Google will begin making the copies immediately; it does not wait for the assign date. Similarly, if you chose to have the Doc as view only, the students will have access to the doc immediately.
- If I unassign the assessment, how does that impact the Google Doc? Unassigning the assessment will leave the Doc in the student's Google Drive. You will still have access to the folder and the Docs that Otus created for each of your students. To change the editing rights on the student's Docs after the assessment has been unassigned, you'll have to do that via your Google Drive.
- Why is it not allowing me to assign the assessment with the Google Doc? In order to use a Google Doc in a rubric assessment, the teacher assigning the assessment has to have editing rights to the Doc. If the Doc was shared with you, the owner will have to give you the correct permissions for you to be an editor. You aren't able to use a Doc that you only have viewing rights for.
- Can an assessment have more than one Google Doc attached? Yes. You can attach more than one Google Doc to a rubric assessment.
How can my student access their document again after its submitted for grading?
- If multiple attempts is not on: the document will remain in the student's Google Drive and will switch to view only. Once the assessment has been graded, they will be able to review their assessment in Otus and see the Doc there as well, but they will not be able to edit it.
- If multiple attempts is on: the document will remain in the student's Google Drive and they will still have editing rights to the Doc. In order for them to access the Doc in Otus for the next attempt, the assessment will need to be graded. Once the assessment is graded, they will be able to begin the next attempt with the same Doc they submitted previously.