Gradescope is a tool that instructors can use to assist in grading coursework quickly and efficiently. Instructors or students upload PDFs of the completed assignment directly into Gradescope, and the instructor can apply a custom rubric that allows for uniform grading and feedback. Instructors also receive analytics concerning their assignments to better understand areas where students may be struggling.
Getting Access to Gradescope
Gradescope is available for all courses at Penn. To enable Gradscope for your course, click on Course settings, then the Navigation menu, click Enable next to Gradescope, and then click Save. This will add it to your Canvas navigation menu.
The first time you click on the Gradescope link, you’ll be prompted to set up a new course. Here is where you will add the course name, number of students, and term date.
Adding an Assignment or Exam
There are five different types of assignments you can add in Gradescope:
- Exam/Quiz: use this when students complete work; the instructor uploads the PDF to Gradescope.
- Homework/Problem Set: students upload their own completed work via PDF.
- Bubble Sheets: this is used if your assignment is completely multiple choice.
- Programming Assignment: this is used when students submit coding projects.
- Online Assignment (Beta): not recommended; use Canvas Quizzes instead.
Using Gradescope with Canvas
Gradescope grades are not automatically transferred to the Canvas gradebook but must be linked from Gradescope. To set up grade pass back, you will need to set up a separate Canvas assignment and link it to the assignment in Gradescope.
- To set up an External Tool assignment, create a new Canvas assignment and change the Submission Type to External Tool. Use the Find button to select Gradescope from the Configure External Tool list. Give the assignment the same name and due dates as the Gradescope assignment and publish the assignment when finished.
- In Gradescope, open the assignment, click on Settings, and under Canvas Assignment, click Link and select the assignment with the same name in Canvas. When you publish grades in Gradescope, the scores will transfer to the linked assignment in Canvas.
Setting Up an Outline
Creating an outline is the first step in creating exams, quizzes, or homework/problem set assignments. You can do this by uploading a PDF of your exam and by following the steps listed on the Gradescope help page under Creating an Assignment Outline.
For any type of submission, you can choose whether to upload an assignment as either the instructor or the student. If you administer an exam and need to upload a large number of submission, the Gradescope Scanning Tips or Labeled Print Outs option can reduce the workload.
Using Labeled Print Outs (Beta)
The Create Printouts feature on the Manage Scans page allows you to generate a PDF file that contains labeled copies of your template file. You can download and distribute the labeled printouts to give each student a copy of the assignment with a unique label on each page. Students will then complete their work on those labeled pages. When you scan in students’ submissions, Gradescope will use the labels to automatically group the pages of each student’s submission together, no matter the order they were scanned or uploaded into Gradescope.
To have this feature added to your courses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and let them know the name of the course you are teaching and the URL of the Gradescope course.
Submitting on Behalf of a Student
Instructors can upload any type of assignment on behalf of a student at any time. You can do this by using the following steps:
- Open the assignment and go to Manage Subscriptions.
- If you are uploading a new submission, select Upload Submission.
- If you are replacing an existing submission for a student, select their name and click on Resubmit.
- Instuctors can upload either multiple images or one PDF file for a student assignment regardless of length.
Note: Upload Submission is not available if you have enabled Anonymous Grading.
Additional information on uploading assignments on behalf of a student can be found on the Gradescope help page under Can I Submit Work for My Students as an Instructor?
Grading with Gradescope
- To grade student submissions, go to the Grade Submissions tab and click on the question you want to grade. The grading page is broken into three sections: the student submission area, the rubric, and the action bar (located at the bottom of the screen).
Instructors can go to Gradescope for additional information on anonymous grading, creating a rubric, grading and re-grading submissions, and reviewing and publishing grades. Click on the links listed directly below this paragraph for more information.