Grading SOLIDWORKS Part Files

This example uses Graderworks to grade student's .sldprt files.

This tutorial is for version 3.xx of Graderworks. Previous versions of Graderworks are slightly different.

1. Assign Homework

Give students a homework assignment.

View the example assignment

2. Gather student's files

After the student's finish, the assignment put all of the files into a single folder. The file name of each SOLIDWORKS part file should be consistent so that the student's username can be extracted from the file name.

3. Create a new assignment.

Click "Add a new Assignment" to create a new assignment. You could also select a previous assignment in the assignment dropdown in order to add more data to the assignment or re-export the existing data.

4. Configure Graderworks

Configure Graderworks by telling it the location of the SOLIDWORKS files, what types of files to grade, and how to extract the username from the filename.

5. Setup Rubric item.

In the configuration window, click the rubric tab. Then, click "Add New Rubric Item". Next, setup the rubric item and include the file path to the correct answer file. Finally, in the rubric tab, click the checkbox to automatically launch the mail merge of filled out rubrics when Graderworks finishes analyzing all the files.

6. Start the Analysis and Monitor Progress

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 an estimated time of completion.

7. View Results

Graderworks will automatically launch Microsoft Word (if you checked the checkbox) with the filled out rubric for each student. The results are also contained in grades1Files.csv and grades2Assignment.csv.

8. Check for Plagiarism.

When Graderworks is finished, it will export two files: analysis.csv and output.csv. The analysis.csv file will contain files that need to be examined more carefully to determine if a student plagiarized. Open the file.

  • The files highlighted in green were flagged because two different students turned in files with the same LastSavedBy name.
  • The files highlighted in orange were flagged because two different students turned in files with the same creation date-time. Likely, one student shared his file with his friend.
  • The files highlighted in blue were flagged because the creation date indicates the files were made a long time ago when compared to the files everyone else turned in. If a student downloads files from the internet or gets files from a friend who previously took the class, then the creation date will likely be much older than everyone else's' files.
  • We recommend that you re-analyze any files that you suspect of plagriaism while telling Graderworks to expor the feature data. In configuration, click the advanced tab, and then check "Export feature data". You can copy the file pathes of each suspicious file into the box in the "Individual Files" tab. Then for the assignment type (in the basic tab) select "Individual Files". Once Graderworks finishes analyzing the files, examine the output.csv file to see who made each feature.

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