Getting started with Gradescope

Gradescope is an assessment tool that supports online submission of both paper-based and digital assessments, as well as grading and feedback. It is particularly relevant for STEM subjects and other disciplines that require handwritten and hand-drawn responses from students.

Gradescope assignments can be created in any Canvas subject or community. To use Gradescope assignments, you must:

  1. Link your Canvas subject and Gradescope course.
  2. Sync student enrolments list (roster) between Canvas and Gradescope.
  3. Link your Canvas assignment with a Gradescope assignment.

Steps for setting up a Gradescope Assignment in your Canvas subject

This guide will cover:

Link your Canvas subject and Gradescope course

Your Canvas subject must be linked with a corresponding Gradescope course. Linked assignments enable Gradescope to pass marks back to the Canvas Gradebook.

To link a Canvas subject with a Gradescope course, first add Gradescope to the subject navigation menu by doing the following:

  1. Navigate to your subject in the LMS.
  2. Click on Settings at the bottom of the subject menu.
  3. Click on the Navigation tab at the top of the Settings page.

Click on the Navigation tab on the Settings page

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find Gradescope in the list of menu items that are currently hidden from view. Drag the Gradescope menu item up into the visible menu items section. You might like to place it just below the Assignments menu item.
  2. Click Save.

Find Gradescope in the list of hidden menu items and drag it up to the visible menu items section

  1. Click on Gradescope in the subject navigation menu.

Click on Gradescope in the subject navigation menu

This will bring you to the Gradescope interface, where you will be presented with a pop-up window that prompts you to link your Canvas subject with a new or existing Gradescope course.

  1. Select the option to link with a new Gradescope course and then click Link Course.

Select the option to link with a new Gradescope course and click Link Course

You will now be brought to the Course Settings page. The Course Number and Course Name will be pre-populated from Canvas; it is recommended to leave these as they are.

Adjust the other settings as desired.

A few notes:

Term: Gradescope uses US naming conventions for academic terms and will default to the current North American term time. An Australian version of Gradescope is pending. In the meantime, select the option that most accurately reflects the term in which your subject is offered. For example: for Semester 1 subjects, choose Fall.

Entry Code: Leave the option “Allow students to enroll via course entry code” un-checked.
Students do not need to enrol into Gradescope as they automatically get access via the Gradescope link in your subject.

Select the option to link with a new Gradescope course and click Link Course

  1. At the bottom of the Course Settings page, click Update Course.

At the bottom of the Course Settings page, click Update Course

Sync your course roster between Canvas and Gradescope

You will need to sync your Canvas subject people list (roster) with your new Gradescope course once the two have been linked. You will also need to sync the Gradescope Canvas roster whenever your Canvas subject enrolments change; the rosters will not automatically sync.

To sync your Canvas and Gradescope roster:

  1. Click on Roster in the Gradescope course navigation menu.

Click on Roster in the Gradescope course navigation menu

  1. Click the Sync Canvas Roster button at the bottom of the next screen.

Click the Sync Canvas Roster button

  1. In the pop-up box, deselect the Email Notification option and click Sync Roster.

Deselect the email notification option and click Sync Roster

Link your Canvas assignment with Gradescope

Create or link a Canvas assignment to a Gradescope assignment. The Canvas assignment should include all important details about the assignment, including weighting, instructions and any file downloads for the template document (if the assignment was created using one, and students are expected to fill it out), as these details will not be available to students if they view the assignment through the Gradescope interface.

To link a Gradescope assignment to a Canvas assignment, follow the steps below. These steps can be applied to a new Canvas assignment that are you are creating as part of this process, or to an existing Canvas assignment that you wish to link to Gradescope.

  1. Create a new Canvas assignment or open an existing assignment and click Edit.
  2. In the settings below the Rich Content Editor, navigate to Submission Type and choose External Tool from the drop-down menu.

In the settings for Submission Type, choose External Tool

  1. Under External Tool Options, next to Enter or find an External Tool URL, click Find.

Click Find in the External Tools Option section

  1. This will bring up an alphabetical list of available external tools. Choose Gradescope from the list and click Select.

Choose Gradescope from the list of available external tools and click Select

  1. Choose the Canvas assignment Due date and availability dates.
  2. Select any other Canvas assignment settings that you wish to set at this stage, and click Save. Your Canvas assignment is now ready to be linked to a Gradescope assignment.

Linking your Gradescope assignment to your Canvas Assignment

You will now need to create your Gradescope assignment, and link it to your Canvas assignment.

To create a Gradescope assignment:

  1. In the subject navigation menu, click on Gradescope. This will bring you to the corresponding course on the Gradescope interface.
  2. In the Gradescope course menu, click on Assignments.

Click Assignments in the Gradescope course menu

  1. On the Assignments page, click the Create Assignment button.

Click Create Assignment

  1. Create a Gradescope assignment that is suitable to your assessment - the Gradescope Get Started page has useful resources to guide you in setting up each type of Gradescope assignment.  We recommend that when Gradescope is to be an open book exam conducted at home that you create a Homework/Problem Set Assignment.
  2. When you have finished making your Gradescope assignment, you will be brought to the Manage Submissions section for that assignment. In the assignment navigation menu, click on Settings.

In the assignment navigation menu, click Settings

  1. On the Edit Assignment page, under Canvas Assignment, click Link.

Under Canvas Assignment, click Link

  1. In the Link Canvas Assignment pop-up window, select your Canvas assignment from the dropdown menu. If you have given your Canvas assignment the same name as your Gradescope assignment, it should be pre-selected as your first choice. Click Link Assignment.

Choose your Canvas assignment from the dropdown menu and click Link Assignment

  1. To verify that your assignments are now linked, return to your Canvas assignment. Below the assignment details, the embedded Gradescope tool will show the marking interface for your assignment. Until there are submissions for the assignment ready to be marked, the interface should look like the image below.

The Gradescope marking interface in a linked Canvas assignment

If the incorrect Gradescope assignment has been linked to an LMS assignment, in Gradescope you will need to unlink the incorrect Gradescope assignment before linking  the correct Gradescope assignment to the LMS assignment. To unlink a Gradescope Assignment:

  1. In Gradescope, navigate to the assignment that has been incorrectly linked to the LMS Assignment.
  2. Click Settings in the menu on the left-hand side.
  3. Click Unlink.
  4. Click Save.
  5. In Gradescope you can now navigate to the correct Gradescope assignment, and follow the instructions above to link it to the LMS assignment.

Unlink the Gradescope and LMS assignments

Setting up extensions and alternative assessment times

Extensions or alternative assessment times for students who are granted exceptions will not automatically flow through to Gradescope from LMS assignments. You will need to add these exceptions for students in the Gradescope interface. You should replicate the LMS assignment exceptions for the relevant students in the Gradescope subject.

A time limit needs to be set in the assignment for subject time extensions to apply.

  1. Click on Gradescope in the subject menu.
  2. Click Roster in the Gradescope menu.
  3. Click Sync Canvas roster at the bottom of the page.
  4. Uncheck Let new users know that they were added to the course.
  5. Click Sync Roster.
  6. Click Assignments in the Gradescope menu.
  7. Select your assignment from the Assignment list.
  8. Click Extensions in the Gradescope menu.
  9. Click Add an extension + on the lower right-hand side.
  10. Use the drop-down menu to select a student to apply an extension to.
    1. To set a time limit extension, click the Time Limit check box, and enter the amount of extra time awarded into the Add X minutes textbox. The due date and late due date will automatically update.
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    2. To set alternative start, due and late submission times, click the Release Date, Due Date and Late Due Date check boxes, as relevant. Use the calendar drop-down or text entry box to add an appropriate release date, due date and late due date. Note that if any of these three dates are changed, the other dates will not be automatically updated.
  11. Click Add Extension.
  12. Repeat Steps 9 to 12 for each student as required.

Please be aware that as students can access Gradescope directly from the Gradescope website, careful consideration is needed for how assessment tasks are set up for students undertaking tasks at alternative times. We recommend that you discuss complex arrangements in your Gradescope assignment with your local academic support officers or lodge a support request with Learning Environments.

Additional resources

For guidance on marking in Gradescope, see the Grading section of Gradescope’s Getting Started guide.

This guide was last updated 14 Apr 2022.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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