Faster Grading

Grading and assessing writing, critical thinking, information literacy, and other 21st-century skills is hard. Creating useful feedback for students takes time. Effective rubrics don’t write themselves.

These challenges inspired us to create Waypoint. We’ve focused on the entire lifecycle of authentic assessment, not just the mechanics of grading. So “saving time grading” becomes as much an issue of quality as quantity. 


Document Markup

Waypoint2 changed the lives of writing instructors everywhere in the fall of 2012 with the introduction of Dynamic Comment Libraries.

  • Document mark-up in the browser (no downloading and uploading of student work)
  • Lightning-fast highlighting and commenting
  • shared public library of comments (we get you started with a great set)
  • Private libraries that individual teachers can edit on the fly

Here’s a walk-through, using an extraordinarily simple “non-rubric” designed to make it easy to provide overall comments and detailed margin notes.

Click the forward and back arrows to walk through the process.

The Heart of Waypoint: Rubrics and Document Markup


This example features the ultimate in simple rubrics: It’s only a letter grade. A rubric like this can be placed in the institution’s shared library, so that newcomers to authentic assessment can have an easy starting point. Of course, much more sophisticated rubrics can be created and used.

Highlight Text: Comment box pops up


As soon as you highlight text, Waypoint pops up a comment box—right in your browser. (Notice the worddiction highlighted in green). We’ve worked very hard to make this instantaneous so you can cruise from document to document.

Start Typing: Waypoint surfaces comments that are a close match


No hieroglyphics or buttons to remember. Useful comments appear and can be added with a click—and quickly modified to suit the specific students. The institution can share a core library of comments (we get you started with a great one), and individual instructors can create their own library of favorite content.


Originality Analysis

Through our partnership with Turnitin, Waypoint clients can streamline assessment and feedback workflows by including originality analysis for student submissions.

An institution must be a Turnitin client to take advantage of this integration. Setup takes only a minute or two, and faculty can continue to use Turnitin’s solution by itself or choose to create exceptional feedback and rich data by using Waypoint’s rubric and markup solution in conjunction with Turnitin’s originality analysis.

Waypoint’s integration with Turnitin is available to Blackboard Learn and Pearson LearningStudio (eCollege) clients.

The Setup: Adding Originality Analysis to your assignment


This example shows the extra options to consider when creating a Waypoint assignment in Blackboard Learn. Along with considerable flexibility for the instructor or course designer, we have framed the feature in a positive way so that students are encouraged to use the originality analysis at the draft stage rather than as a “gotcha.”

Technology As a Positive: The student experience


All of the data we see, across multiple institutions and academic disciplines, shows that information literacy is a top three challenge to educators. Turnitin’s powerful analysis can be useful in helping students understand the most basic of skills: proper attribution.

Seamless Access: Results are available to students from the LMS


Students don’t need to think about any system other than Blackboard or eCollege. Results are available soon after submission.

Turnitin Originality Report: Direct access from the LMS


The full power of Turnitin’s analysis is available to students. They can review any matches, verify their citation accuracy, and proof their work before submitting a final version.

Multiple Submissions: Students can submit and resubmit


Instructors and course designers can easily setup Turnitin to add value to the student experience versus a “gotcha.”

Instructor Perspective: Instructors have the same seamless Waypoint experience


Clicking through from the LMS brings instructors to the same familiar start page, where they can see all of their courses and assignments and move easily among them without returning to the LMS.

Turnitin Within Waypoint: Similarity score in easy reach


Turnitin’s similarity analysis becomes an easy part of the instructors’ workflow as they move from student to student, whether giving quick feedback on drafts or grading high-stakes essays.

Options: Instructors have full access to various reports


Turnitin’s results are brought inside of Waypoint, minimizing clicks and keeping the focus on dialog and engagement.

Details When You Want Them: The full Turnitin report is available to instructors


When instructors want to review details they can pop open a new window or tab, review the student’s work in Turnitin, then return to Waypoint to continue creating feedback.


Fewer Clicks

For all the benefits of technology, we sure spend a lot of time clicking little boxes.

Waypoint focuses on instructor workflow, especially for document-based assessment (papers, PowerPoint files, etc.) Rather than asking you to open a separate window or program, Waypoint brings document markup into your browser.

Instead of having to download student work and then re-upload edited versions one after the other, Waypoint makes it easy to return 10, 20, or 100 graded student documents to an LMS gradebook. Add in Dynamic Comment Libraries, integrated originality analysis, and many other small and large features and the result is a massive reduction in time spent clicking little boxes.

Seamless Integration with Your LMS


Deep integration with leading LMS platforms like Blackboard Learn and Pearson LearningStudio means faculty and students are working efficiently in an environment they already know well.

Stop Carrying Paper


Dropbox for student documents means no paper to carry around, no searching through stacks of documents. Wherever you can get on the Internet you can access your entire grading history. Plus, you can quickly access previous feedback to improve student conferences and impromptu conversations. 

Never Say the Same Thing Twice


Waypoint reinvented the rubric to create an interactive template that instructors can use to document much of what they say to students over and over.  That way, they can focus on personalization, not writing “awkward” over and over.

Return Feedback to the LMS


Return 20, 40, or 100 grades and the corresponding feedback to the Blackboard Learn or eCollege online gradebook with a single click.


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