Gradescope - Converting images to PDF

For most Gradescope assignments, you need to scan your handwritten work and submit it as a PDF. No scanner? No problem. This guide outlines how to create a single PDF of your work using the OneDrive app on your mobile device. You are then ready to submit this PDF to Gradescope on your computer (recommended) or via the Canvas mobile app.

You will require a phone with the Microsoft OneDrive app installed.

iOS instructions

  1. Open the OneDrive app and, if prompted, sign in using your primary student email address: username@student.unimelb.edu.au

We recommend creating a new file within your OneDrive and renaming it to your exam name, e.g. “MATHS10001 Exam”. This will make it easier to organise and locate your scanned PDF when you’re ready to submit your work.

  1. Click on the camera icon at the bottom to take a photo of your work.

Important: When taking photos, ensure the camera is in DOCUMENT mode so the image is converted as a PDF and not a different file type.

  1. After taking a photo, you are presented with the option to re-size the borders of the image.
Click on the camera icon, check you’re in document mode and take a photo of your work
Click on the camera icon, check you’re in DOCUMENT mode and take a photo of your work
  1. Select Add New to take new images to add to the same PDF document. You will want to take photos of your entire work and save them as a single PDF. Once you’re happy all your pages are there select Done.
  2. Rename your PDF document to something easy to locate, e.g. the name of your exam “MATHS10001 Final Exam”.
Add new images until you have taken a photo of all your work. Click on Done, rename your file and it will convert to a PDF
Add new images until you have taken a photo of all your work. Click on Done, rename your file and it will convert to a PDF

Your work is now saved as a PDF within OneDrive and you are ready to submit your work to Gradescope. You can locate the file by signing into OneDrive via the Microsoft Portal. We recommend submitting to Gradescope on a computer. This guide explains how to access and submit your Gradescope assignment on a computer.

If you are submitting your work to Gradescope via the Canvas App, please follow this guide which explains how to locate your PDF scan and submit via the Canvas App on both iOS and Android devices.

Android instructions

  1. Open the OneDrive app and, if prompted, sign in using your primary student email address: username@student.unimelb.edu.au

We recommend creating a new file within your OneDrive and renaming it to your exam name, e.g. “MATHS10001 Exam”. This will make it easier to organise and locate your scanned PDF when you’re ready to submit your work.

  1. Click on the camera icon at the bottom-right to take a photo of your work. If this is your first time using the OneDrive app, you may be asked to change your app permissions.

Important: When taking photos, ensure the camera is in DOCUMENT mode so the image is converted as a PDF and not a different file type.

Click on the camera icon, check you’re in document mode and take a photo of your work
Click on the camera icon, check you’re in DOCUMENT mode and take a photo of your work
  1. Select Add New to take new images to add to the same PDF document. You will want to take photos of your entire work and save them as a single PDF. Once you’re happy all your pages are there select Done.
  2. Rename your PDF document to something easy to locate, e.g. the name of your exam “MATHS10001 Final Exam”.
  3. Your images will upload as a single PDF scan onto OneDrive.
Continue adding images of your work before saving your final assignment in OneDrive as a PDF
Continue adding images of your work before saving your final assignment in OneDrive as a PDF

Your work is now saved as a PDF within OneDrive and you are ready to submit your work to Gradescope. You can locate the file by signing into OneDrive via the Microsoft Portal . We recommend submitting to Gradescope on a computer. This guide explains how to access and submit your Gradescope assignment on a computer.

If you are submitting your work to Gradescope via the Canvas App, please follow this guide which explains how to locate your PDF scan and submit via the Canvas App on both iOS and Android devices.

Saving/exporting files to PDF

This guide was last updated 24 Jul 2020.
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