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Gradescope is a tool designed to streamline and standardize paper-based, digital, and code assignments. It supports problem sets and projects as well as worksheets, quizzes, exams, and papers. Students can upload written assignments to be graded by an instructor or teaching assistant in an online interface that allows for spontaneous rubric creation and feedback. Gradescope is integrated with D2L with embedded links and gradebook synchronization.
To access Gradescope for the first time, instructors will need to create an account. This can be done by adding a link to Gradescope within a D2L course, which students can use to access Gradescope as well.
View the instructional video on
Setting up Gradescope for more information.
D2L integration with Gradescope allows a course to be imported directly. Once the account has been set up, the course can be imported.
Note: While there is an option to create a course in Gradescope first and link to D2L after, this is not recommended. To ensure that the course name is consistent, it is recommended to link directly from D2L.
Note: These settings can be altered later. See
Grading Submissions for more details.
See the instructional video on
Syncing a Course for more information.
D2L integration allows instructors to import a roster straight from a D2L site. The roster will populate using the preferred student email addresses as set up in Campus Connect. Students can check their preferred email addresses using the directions for changing a preferred email address.
Note: If students will have access to Gradescope through Content or a News Item, the box next to “Let new users know that they were added to the course” can be deselected. Otherwise, an email will be sent to all students to provide access to Gradescope.
Gradescope has different assignment types to choose from. Assignments can be linked to grade items so that grades can automatically be transferred to the gradebook in D2L after grading is complete. See
Creating a Grade Item for information.
Note: For online classes, select
Student to streamline the submission process.
For Online Assignments, see
Adding Questions to an Online Assignment,
Adding a Section Header and Linked File, and
Adding an Image to a Question. For other assignments, an outline will need to be created next. See the Gradescope guide on
Creating an Outline.
After creating an online assignment, users will be prompted to add questions to an outline. Other assignments require a different kind of outline. See
Creating an Outline for information.
Instructors can preview an assignment to see how students will interact with the questions.
For more information, view the video guide on
Previewing an Assignment.
To transfer scores to D2L after grading assignments in Gradescope, a grade item will need to be created in D2L.
Grading for Homework/Problem Sets, Exams/Quizzes, and Online Assignments in Gradescope is completed one question at a time using rubrics that either add points to zero or subtract points from a ceiling score. Rubrics can be built during grading to account for varying student responses or can be built during the creation of an assignment and edited during the grading process. Changes made to rubrics during grading will be applied to all previously graded submissions for the assignment. For help with grading assignments automatically, see the Gradescope help page on
Note: Default settings for grading can be changed in Course Settings, while settings for an assignment can be changed in the Assignment Settings. To modify the rubric style for just one question, use the “Rubric Settings” option within the grading interface.
Note: The default grading method in Gradescope is one question at a time. To continue grading the same submission, use the dropdown menu next to the question title to select the next question for the same submission.
Once grading has been completed, grades can be published. When a grade is published in Gradescope, students will be alerted only within Gradescope. If an assignment has been linked to a grade item in D2L, grades can be posted to D2L from Gradescope.
Students can find a number of instructional guides on the
Gradescope Student Help page.