Are you a professor on the go? Modern life is not short of tasks to complete and places to go, but there are plenty of mobile tools available to help a busy instructor stay connected with their students via their institution’s LMS. One of these tools is the Desire2Learn Assignment Grader application available on iOS and Android. Mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones, are terrific for logging in to Desire2Learn and seeing if one’s students are posting to forums or have questions for further clarification. I have used my iPad countless times to dialog with my students and teach them something about philosophy from the comfort of my leather couch at home.
However, the major limitation for most LMS systems is the fact that on tablets and smartphones (well iPhones anyway, Android actually thinks one should be able to access a file system on their devices) often do not let you download a file submitted in the assignment dropbox. Some platforms will let you preview a document within the device’s web browser, but this restricts you from editing the document to insert feedback and suggestions. In the past, I have simply tried to remember points of guidance that are needed in the assignment and then migrated back to my grade comment box to enter my comments. Desire2Learn makes this step much easier with their Assignment Grader app.
With this app, an instructor can view submitted assignments in a variety for file formats, such as Microsoft Word, iWork Pages, and html, and then upload comments, use pre-defined course grading rubrics, or even send audio or video feedback on an assignment! There is one caveat though, the full version costs $9.99. The free “lite” version will allow one to play around with the app to see if it works for their needs. Unfortunately, you can only grade a few submissions using the free application, but the upshot is that the app can be tested before purchasing the full meal deal. The paid version opens up the Assignment Grader to unlimited number of submissions. Try the new Desire2Learn Assignment Grader today; I think that it will not disappoint.