Gradescope is an ideal tool for assessing and providing feedback for student assignments, including written formulas, graphs, calculations, and other kinds of work that cannot be easily graded through SpeedGrader. Students can upload their own hand-written work or other assignments to Gradescope. While Gradescope can assess and provide feedback for high-stakes exams, it is not a tool that can replace exam proctoring software, such as Proctorio or Respondus Monitor.

Delivering Assessment with Gradescope

Gradescope supports a wide range of assessment types, including:

  • Fully paper-based (instructor or student uploaded)
  • Fully online
  • Hybrid online/handwritten
  • Code/programming
  • Essays/reports

Multi-user Grading

Gradescope is built to allow multiple graders to grade at once. The easiest way is to have each person grade their own question, but multiple people can also grade the same question, as long as they use the Next Ungraded button to navigate. This will ensure that graders never see something someone else is looking at or has already graded.

Syllabus Language

The blurb below, or any part of it that is relevant to your course and assignments, can be used in your course syllabus:

We will use Gradescope this term, which allows us to provide fast and accurate feedback on your work. Homework will be submitted through Gradescope, and homework and exam grades will be returned through Gradescope. As soon as grades are posted, you will be notified immediately so that you can log in and see your feedback. You may also submit regrade requests if you feel we have made a mistake.

You will receive an email once you have been enrolled in the course on Gradescope with a link that will take you to the course. Use this link to access the course for the first time, and this will ensure that you are correctly enrolled in the Gradescope course.

Gradescope App

If you plan to have your students submit their own work to Gradescope, it is strongly recommended that they use the Gradescope app to submit their work. To find out more about the Gradescope app, visit Gradescope's Mobile App page. This page also includes links and guides that you can send to your students to help them download and access the app.

Posting Grades

If you plan to post your Gradescope assignment grades to the ICON Gradebook, you will need to link your Gradescope assignment to a Canvas assignment. Once you have linked your assignment and have finished grading your assignment on Gradescope, you can post your grades to the ICON Gradebook by selecting 'Review Grades' on the left side navigation bar in Gradescope and selecting 'Post Grades to ICON' on the bottom right bar. Please note, if you do not link your Gradescope assignment to a Canvas assignment, you will not be able to post your grades to the ICON Gradebook and will see an option to 'Publish Grades' in the 'Review Grades' section. This feature allows you to post your grades on Gradescope for your students to view but will not be counted towards the students final grade.

Sync Grades to Canvas After Term Ends

Occasionally, a course will have a late-week final, and the instructor will not be able to sync grades from Gradescope into ICON (Canvas) until after the semester has ended. There are two ways an instructor can ensure that Gradescope course syncs grades to ICON (Canvas) courses until all grades are posted.

  1. Export the grades from Gradescope and import them into Canvas.
  2. Adjust the course settings so that the end date is set to a date in the future.
    • Go to the Canvas course settings.
    • Look for Participation.
    • Change the Participation from Term to Course.
    • Set the start and end date for the course.
    • Set the end date for the week final grades are due.
    • Save changes.
    • See the Change Start and End Dates page for more details.

Additional Assistance and Guides

Visit Gradescope's Course Workflow page to review more best practices and information.

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