Below are tips and steps for common tasks
- Sign up and create a course at Gradescope. The instructor(owner) of the course can add students, other instructors and TAs to the course.
- Gradescope help contains a list of useful short video’s, 2-3minutes each, for different functions. The following are useful for grading exams.
- Manage course roster
- Create an exam
- Scan exams
- Upload exam scans and associate with students
Gradescope Complete Features
- Programming Assignment
- AI Grading
- “Text Tool” – Let you add a text box & pointer directly onto their pdf
- Create a place for students to write their name and/or ID so that it is in the same position on all exams. You will create an “outline”(template) for your exam with a blank exam PDF in Gradescope for grading. This outline includes “Name Region” and “ID Region” which are used to associate students to scanned exams.
- Use a template so that answers are always in the same position on the pdf (e.g question 4 is always the top half of page 3, or whatever, rather than compressing all the questions on one page and letting them answer willy-nilly afterwards)
- Recommend printing 2-sided; if you print 1-sided you have to potentially scan the backs of the pages in case they wrote anything there
- Have students write in dark pen or pencial
- Also, a scanning tip: cut off the staples alternating between a steep slope and a shallow slope for each exam; this makes it much easier to thumb through the originals later if you need to reference something (e.g. because of bad scanning).
- Check all pages of several exams to make sure the scan is good before you open them up for grading. Once you start grading, if you decide to need to replace some scans, it’s a pain, but it’s easy to do if you haven’t started grading yet. (Reason: If you replace a pdf, it will retain the rubric choices for that student but it will erase any markings directly on the page so you would have to recreate them.
There are some glitches with the locking mechanism for group grading. Please follow the below steps until Gradescope fix the behavior.
Rule of thumb, always use “Next Ungraded” button to pick a submission, even for the first one.
After select a question, skip over the first submission you see, and click “Next Ungraded” to pick a submission to grade. Reason: The ‘lock’ is not checked when a grader first clicks on a question name.
Always use the ‘Next Ungraded’ button (or ‘z’ keyboard shortcut) to pick submission. Basically, each submission ‘locks’ as soon as a grader loads the page, however, the locks are only checked when “Next Ungraded” is used. If you use ‘Next,’ or directly access a particular submission, the lock will not be checked. If everyone uses ‘Next Ungraded,’ no one should ever end up looking at the same submission for a question. However, as soon as at least one TA clicks “Next”, the submission they were just on will become visible by another grader.
Cap the points of a homework and exclude points of an optional problem. Students can only get points from the optimal problem if they lose points on other problems.
Workflow suggested by Gradescope:
1) Make the optional problem worth 0 points on the Edit Outline page for the assignment.
2) Grade all the other problems.
3) Once everything is graded, open up the Review Grades page for the assignment in one tab and open up the grading page for the optional problem in a parallel tab. On the grading page for the optional problem, go to Rubric Settings, select Positive scoring, and uncheck the score “ceiling” option.
4) Now, grade the optional problem for all students. You can see the name of the student you’re grading by hovering over the submission number in the lower left corner of the grading page (see attached screenshot). Check the student’s grade on the Review Grades page tab. If the student got full credit on the assignment, apply a 0-point rubric item to that student, so that their score for the optional problem is 0/0. If the student lost points on other problems, grade the optional problem for that student using a custom rubric. For example, if the student gets 2 points for the optional problem, their score for this problem would be 2/0, and their total assignment score would go up by 2 points.
Get a weighted sum of each student’s grades. For example, a homework points is counted as 0.1 point, and a midterm point is counted as 0.2 point, etc.
There isn’t a way to apply weights to various assignments directly in the Gradescope interface, you can do this manually by going to your course’s Assignments page and clicking Download Grades. This will export a spreadsheet of all students’ grades for all assignments in the course. You can then add columns of weights to this spreadsheet and use a basic spreadsheet formula to calculate final scores.
Can I import assignment rubrics?
There isn’t a way right now to import a rubric that was created outside of Gradescope. However, once an instructor has built rubrics on Gradescope, they can import and reuse rubrics across Gradescope assignments and questions via the “Import Rubric” button on the grading page. With Gradescope Complete/institutional access, instructors can also import rubrics from past courses on their accounts.
Workaround to provide feedback without score
The best workaround for now would be to create an assignment where the questions and rubric items all have 0-point values. So any questions listed on the Edit Outline page would have a point value of 0, and any rubric items would be worth 0 points. That way, all students will see their score for the assignment as a 0/0, but instructors would still be able to create multiple rubric items to give detailed feedback and reuse that feedback across multiple students. If creating a rubric and reusing feedback is not useful in this case, instructors can also apply a single 0-point rubric item to each student and then use the “submission specific adjustment” comment box below the rubric to type detailed feedback.