Gradescope - Converting images to PDF

For the majority of your paper-based and handwritten Gradescope assignments, you need to scan hard copies of your pages and save them as a PDF before submitting. No scanner? No problem. This guide will teach you how to scan your work on an iOS and Android device and then how to submit your scans in Gradescope from your computer, phone, or tablet.

iOS

What you require:

  • iPhone/iPad with the following applications installed:
    • Camera
    • Office Lens (or equivalent PDF scanning application)
    • Google Drive (signed into your desired account, we recommend your Student Google Account)
    • Canvas Student App

Scanning on iOS devices

  1. Download: We suggest downloading Office Lens from the App Store. You can also download and follow a similar process with Evernote Scannable or another scanning app that produces high-quality PDFs.
  2. Scan:
    1. Open Office Lens.
    2. Hold your phone above each page and press the white capture button.
    3. Adjust the border of the page using the tools at the top of the screen.
      1. To add more pages, select Add New.
      2. If you have finished scanning your assignment, select Done.
    4. Under Title, rename your document
    5. Under Save To select PDF.
    6. Select Phone Storage.
Saving and exporting to PDF in Office Lens using iOS
Saving and exporting to PDF in Office Lens
  1. Move to Google Drive:
    1. In the Office Lens capture page, select the three dots in the top right corner.
    2. Select My Files.
    3. Select the PDF you would like to move to Google Drive.
    4. Press the Share icon in the top right corner.
    5. Select Copy to Google Drive.
Scanning and exporting PDF file to Google Drive using iOS
Scanning and exporting PDF file to Google Drive

Submitting via the Canvas Student app on iOS devices

  1. Open the Canvas Student application and login with your student username and password.
  2. Navigate to your Canvas LMS subject and click on Assignments in the subject navigation bar.
Navigating to Gradescope through the Canvas Student app using iOS
Navigating to Gradescope through the Canvas Student app
  1. Open the appropriate assignment and click on Launch External Tool.
  2. Click the Submit PDF icon.
  3. Click Select PDF.
Opening Gradescope and selecting your PDF using iOS
Opening Gradescope and selecting your PDF
  1. Select Browse (Note: if you select the Take Photo or Video or Photo Library options, you will receive an Invalid File Extension error as the file types have not been specified as PDF).
  2. Click on Google Drive (or another cloud service) and select the recently converted PDF document from Office Lens. Note: please make sure you are signed into the same account on the Google Drive application in order to locate your previously saved file.
Browsing to and activating Google Drive to locate assignment submission file using iOS
Browsing to and activating Google Drive to locate assignment submission file
  1. Click Upload PDF.
  2. You will be presented with the Assign Questions and Pages screen.
  3. Select a question in the Question Outline.
  4. Select the PDF page(s) that contains your answer for the selected question to assign the page(s) to the question.
  5. Once all pages have been assigned, click Submit.
  6. A confirmation message will appear, and you will receive an email confirmation to your student email.
  7. You can click on More and Resubmit to resubmit your assignment, if needed.
Uploading and submitting your assignment using iOS
Uploading and submitting your assignment

Android

What you require:

  • Android device with the following applications installed:
    • Camera
    • Office Lens (or equivalent PDF scanning application)
    • Google Drive (signed into your desired account, we recommend your Student Google Account)
    • Canvas Student app.

Scanning on Android devices

  1. We suggest downloading Office Lens from the Play Store. You can also download and follow a similar process with another scanning app that produces high-quality PDFs.
  2. Scan:
    1. Open Office Lens.
    2. Hold your phone above each page and press the white capture button.
    3. Adjust the border of the page and click Confirm.
      1. To add more pages, select Add New.
      2. If you have finished scanning your assignment, select Done.
      3. You can also edit the scan with the tools at the top of the screen.
    4. Under Title, rename your document.
    5. Select the checkbox next to PDF under Save To.
    6. Click Save.
Scanning and saving in Office Lens using Android
Scanning and saving in Office Lens
  1. Moving your file to Google Drive:
    1. Select the PDF
      Note: You may be asked to select a PDF viewer application
    2. Click the three dots on the top right hand side
    3. Click Send File
    4. Select Save to Drive.
  2. Check the Document title and ensure the file ends with .pdf, account and folder. Then confirm the upload to Google Drive by selecting Save.
Sharing the PDF to Google Drive using Android
Select and open assignment PDF
Save assignment PDF to Google Drive
Save assignment PDF to Google Drive

Submitting via the Canvas Student app on Android devices

  1. Open the Canvas Student application and login with your student username and password.
  2. Navigate to your Canvas LMS subject and click on Assignments in the subject navigation bar.
  3. Open the appropriate assignment and click on Launch External Tool.
Navigating to Gradescope through the Canvas Student app using Android
Navigating to Gradescope through the Canvas Student app
  1. Click Launch in Browser icon in the top right corner.
  2. Select the browser you prefer. (Google Chrome is shown below)
  3. Click the Submit PDF icon.
  4. Click Select PDF.
  5. Select Documents/Files.
  6. The file should be located in your recent files. However if not, open the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) to access the menu.
  7. Navigate to your Google Drive through the menu.
  8. Select your desired PDF to upload.
Selecting your PDF from Google Drive using Android
Selecting your PDF from Google Drive
  1. Click Upload PDF.
  2. You will be presented with the Assign Questions and Pages screen.
  3. Select a question in the Question Outline.
  4. Select the PDF page(s) that contains your answer for the selected question to assign the page(s) to the question.
  5. Once all pages have been assigned, click Submit.
  6. A confirmation message will appear, and an email confirmation will be sent to your student email.
  7. You can click on More and Resubmit to resubmit your assignment, if needed.
Uploading and submitting your assignment using Android
Uploading and submitting your assignment

Saving/exporting files to PDF

This guide was last updated 01 May 2020.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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