Accessing Waypoint is easy! Depending on whether or not your Waypoint instance is connected to a Learning Management System (LMS), your experiencing of logging in will vary.
From Blackboard Learn
To access Waypoint from Blackboard Learn, first log into your course. Under the Control Panel, click on Course Tools:
From the options, clicking on "Grade in Waypoint" will automatically open Waypoint 2 in a new tab in your web browser. If you are an instructor, you will be brought to the Engage/Grade page where you will be able to assess student work.
From Waypoint (Standalone)
To access Waypoint directly, you will need to navigate to your organization's dedicated Waypoint URL and use the provided login credentials (username and password).
The dedicated Waypoint URL and login credentials for you to use should have been provided to you by your organization. If you do not have this information, reach out to your organization's help desk.
To access Waypoint from eCollege, you will need to locate the "Waypoint" link within your course.
Depending on how your organization designs course, this link may appear under the course menu or on an individual page (content item). If you are unsure where this link is found, reach out to your organization's help desk.
Rubrics are the tool used in Waypoint to measure user's work. Each rubric contains a list of criteria. These criteria represent the subject matter being assessed in a given assignment (e.g. Thesis Topic, Critical Thinking, Introduction, Problem Solving, etc.). Each criterion contains a number of performance levels used to determine the score achieved by the user's work. These performance levels can be represented by numbers or text. They indicate how well a user performed for a specific criterion and can include textual feedback explaining the assessor's choice.
A rubric's criterion can be associated with one or more learning outcomes. During the assessment process, authentic rich data is collected which can be reported out against learning outcomes. This is very helpful for accreditation purposes among other things.
Learning outcomes (Competencies) are available in the Analytics Edition of Waypoint. You can learn more about creating and managing competencies by clicking here.
Starting the Rubric Wizard
Rubrics in Waypoint are created using the Rubric Wizard. This wizard has four steps; Getting Started, Criteria Builder, Format Scores, and Review. You will be able to start building your rubric and stop at anytime by saving. Before you can use the Rubric Wizard, you first have to create a folder to contain your rubric.
Follow these steps to access the Rubric Wizard and begin building your rubric(s):
Step 1 - Getting Started
The first step is to give the rubric some basic information. Input a name and choose a folder location where you want your rubric stored. You can also add an optional description. When you are finished, click on Next Step >>
NOTE: If you want the grader to be required to select a rubric score for each criterion, make sure you select the "Rubric completion required" checkbox.
The second step is to fill in the rubric details to include the number of performance levels, criteria, associated competencies, and feedback text. If at any point you want to stop building your rubric, simply click on the Save & Exit button located in the top right of the screen. Your rubric will be saved.
Step 2 - Criteria Builder
At any time, you can reorder the criteria on this screen by one of two ways:
You can add more criterion by clicking on the New Criterion button or remove criterion by clicking on the Remove button. Use steps 2 - 4 above to build the rubric's remaining criterion. When you are finished, click on Next Step >>
Step 3 - Format Scores
The third step is to give the rubric a point range. Currently there is only one scoring model available in Waypoint: Points -Additive. Filling in your point range will give you a base to match your points per criteria. When you have determined a From and To point value (the From range representing the lower score and the To range representing the higher score), click on the Update button. This will evenly distribute your points and autofill your criteria. You will be able to manually adjust the point values for each criterion as long as you stay within your point range. When you are finished, click on Next Step >>
Step 4 - Review
The fourth and final step is to review the rubric you've built and either save it for later or publish it. To save the rubric as a draft, click on the Save & Exit button. Otherwise, click on Publish in the bottom right corner to finalize the rubric. Publishing a rubric makes it available to attach to an Assignment and begin assessment.
For Blackboard Learn and eCollege users
If you are using Waypoint 2 with an integration to your LMS, then course management (creating courses/sections and their assignments) should be completed on the LMS side. However, you can still use the Course Definitions area to manage users (enrollment). Click here to learn more about user management.
Using Course Definitions
Waypoint 2 accounts with the Design Rubrics task enabled will be able to create Course Definitions (templates) and create Sections (copies of the template for use) from those templates. Assignments created in the Course Definitions will be copied to new Sections and can then be modified if needed. This let's the user set up courses and assignments for other assessors before the assessment begins.
Creating a Course
To create a course template:
Once you have the course created, you will be able to add assignments and attach them to Waypoint rubrics. Any assignments created at this level will automatically be included in any sections created for this course. You will have the ability to adjust these assignments in the section by renaming the assignment and/or attaching it to a different rubric.
In order to enroll users to a course, the course must have at least one section.
Creating a Section
Enter the section by clicking on its title. On the next page you will have the ability to add course assignments and link them to Waypoint rubrics.
You can also change the name of the Assignment, as well as other details, through the Actions button.
Under the Section Roster tab, you will be able to enroll users three different ways; create a new user account, add users with a CSV upload or choose existing users.
To create a new Waypoint 2 user account:
NOTE: Roles must be made active or else they will not appear under the role drop-down menu. To do this, go to the Admin/Roles page, highlight a role and click on Edit... On the Edit Role page check the box next to 'Show as role for enrollment' - then click Save. This role will now be available.
To add users with a CSV upload:
To enroll an existing member:
Use the Default Role drop-down menu to automatically assign a specific role to the users you add. Otherwise if the menu has the 'Instructor' role selected, student users you add will inherent the Instructor role - forcing you to manually change the roles individually.
You can remove users from the right by clicking on the X next to their name.
Before you can assess student work, you must first have created a Rubric and associated it to a course Assignment. If you have not created a Rubric yet and/or attached one to a Course Assignment, please follow the respective Walkthrough Guides, found above.
In Waypoint 2, assessors are able to see how many student documents are ungraded, graded, and returned for each Assignment. Each of the course's Assignments are listed on the Engage page.
If students have submitted their work, instructors can click on the "Begin Grading" button to open their document and begin assessment.
The assessor may also click on the "Show Roster" button, located above the Assignment details, to display a full roster list and manually select which student to begin assessing. If the Assignment does not require a document submission, the "Begin Grading" button will not be available and the assessor must use the "Show Roster" button to select a "Grade" button for a particular student.
Using the Rubric
After clicking on "Begin Grading" or a "Grade" button from the "Show Roster" list, Waypoint 2 will load the Rubric associated with the Assignment and the student's document (if applicable). The Rubric will appear on the left side of the screen as a list of criteria.
Clicking on a criterion title will display its details: performance levels and feedback text.
Some rubrics also contain Additional Feedback criterion. This type of criteria is not worth any points, therefore selecting them does not impact the overall Assignment score. This feedback is simply additional text you can provide to the student upon returning their work.
You will continue marking scores and modifying any necessary feedback text for each criterion before reaching the end of the rubric. The last step is to add optional text summarizing your feedback for the Assignment.
Navigating the Document
If the Assignment requires submitted work, the document will load in the space to the right of the rubric. If the document contains multiple pages, you may browse through them by hovering anywhere over the document. Doing so will display the page listing panel. Click on the page number you wish to view and Waypoint will automatically reload the screen.
Above the page listing panel are links to download a PDF version of the document and the original file.
On the right side of the navigation toolbar are options for adjusting the document's display size and location of your document markup notes.
Annotating the Document
Waypoint 2 has the powerful ability to insert comments directly into the student's paper, which in return will appear on the feedback record the student receives after assessment. Waypoint 2 has an extensive comment library with predefined feedback text that can be added to the student's work in only a couple of clicks!
Finalizing the Assessment
After you have filled out the rubric and added comments to the student's document, you can click on the "Finalize Grade" button. This will lock the document and prevent any more assessment from occurring. Click on the "Re-grade" button to unlock the document. You can return to the Engage/Grade page by clicking the "End Grading" button or continue assessing another student.
There are two ways for changing students during assessment. The first is to use the "Previous" and "Next Student" buttons located in the top right corner of the screen. The other approach is to use the student drop-down menu, located above the rubric on the left side. Either way will load the rubric and submitted document (if applicable).
After you have completed assessing someone's work, you can easily send back the grades and feedback to the user.
An assessor has the ability to generate basic data reports through use of the Show Outcomes button under the Engage tab. This report focuses on the assignment details which includes criterion scores and student performance.
The first tab of this report, Performance Dashboard, displays the data as three different views. You can list all of your students and see the overall score they received for the Assignment. You can display a criteria breakdown for the Assignment; showing each criterion, the average criterion score, as well as the percentage of users that scored specific performance levels. The last view on this report lists all of the course section Competencies. The rubrics they are associated with are also listed, as well as average scores and performance level distributions.
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