Graderworks is a software tool that reads students' SOLIDWORKS files and compares them to the correct answer 3D model. Graderworks carefully analyzes each file a student submitted, compares it against a rubric that you, the teacher, made, and automatically computes a grade.
It can also do a lot of other cool things. Check it out!
Graderworks automatically generates a mail-merge document of the filled out rubric for each student.
"Mail merge lets you create a batch of documents that are personalized for each recipient. For example, a form letter might be personalized to address each recipient by name."  Or, in this case, a filled out rubric is personalized for each student and can be easily emailed to each student.
Anthony Garland develops Graderworks (on the left).
Give students a homework assignment.
After the students finish the assignment, you put all of the files into a single folder. The file name of each SOLIDWORKS part file should be consistent so that Graderworks can extract the student's username from the file name.
Often course management systems enable you to easy download all of the students' files in one batch.
Click "Add a new Assignment" to create a new assignment. You could also select a previous assignment in the assignment dropdown to add more data to the assignment or re-export the existing data.
Configure Graderworks by telling what types of files to grade, and how to extract the username from the filename.
In the configuration window, click the rubric tab. Then, click "Add New Rubric Item." Next, set up the rubric item and include the file path to the correct answer file. Check the following grading items::
Graderworks will begin by pre-analyzing the correct answer file; then, it will loop over all the SOLIDWORKS files extracting information and comparing them to the correct answer. A progress bar at the bottom will show you the percentage of files that have been finished and estimated time of completion.
Graderworks creates an Excel document with all the raw data and grading information, and Graderworks will automatically create a Microsoft Word mail merge document with the filled out rubric for each student.
When Graderworks is finished, it will export an Excel file. The last sheet of the Excel file will contain information about plagiarism. This sheet will contain files that need to be examined more carefully to determine if a student plagiarized. Open the file.
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