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Gradescope Research Guide

Gradescope is an software program integrated with D2L for grading online. This guide guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to access and create with gradescope.

Gradescope Overview

Gradescope is an online software suite of tools designed to standardise class grading workflows for instructors and students. It supports problem sets and projects, worksheets, quizzes, exams, and papers. Students can submit online assignments or upload written assignments to be graded by an instructor or teaching assistant in Gradescope's online interface with built in rubrics and feedback options for students Gradescope is integrated with D2L with embedded links and grade synchronization. Gradescope will help you turn assignments around faster and more efficiently, while still providing detailed feedback/rubrics. 

Instructors, make your account here on to link to your D2L course. 

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Why Use Gradescope?

  • Assignment Type Flexibility: Deliver, collect, and grade almost any type of assignment - whether on paper or digital. Gradescope also supports Bubble Sheets (answer sheet exams) and Code/Programming assignments  

  • Rubric Flexibility: Create rubrics on the fly, import from previous assignments, and share with other faculty. Gradescope rubrics are dynamic, meaning they can be changed at any point in the grading process and automatically updated for all submissions previously graded. They can also include LaTeX, markdown, and images to help deliver feedback in the right format to students 

  • Grading Workflows: Easily grade by yourself or divide the grading among multiple graders. Rubrics are associated with each question (rather than the entire submission) and remain consistent for all students, regardless of who grades their work. This helps ensure fairness, reduce bias, and improve equity with grading.  

  • Answer Grouping (for paper-based assessments): Group similar answers and grade them once, instead of grading each individually. This can allow you to grade hundreds of students with a few clicks, even for free-response questions. 

  • Student Feedback and Analytics: Students can see exactly what mistakes they made and why they missed points, as well as request, regrades for individual questions directly via Gradescope. Instructors can analyze assignment- and question-level data, as well as customize data via tags to better understand key concepts and learning objectives. 

  • Instructors' Stories: Explore how instructors across Canada and the US have incorporated Gradescope into their course assignments. 

Thank you to Bentley University's Academic Technology Centre for sharing these key benefits of Gradescope. 

Gradescope Essentials

  • Create an Account: To make an account for Gradescope and have it link to your UCalgary D2L log in, please make sure the page is on, not
  • Gradescope & D2L: Gradescope is able to integrate with D2L, access the class roster and create graded item. Gradescope connects to your course shell by being embedded in a module in the shell’s content. You can add Gradescope to your course under Add Existing Activities. To view more about integrating Gradescope into your course, visit Elearn @ UCalgary's Getting Started with Gradescope page. 
  • Gradescope & Copyright: Additions to Gradescope cannot be copyrighted materials, meaning assignments and questions must be originally created and not from sites such as Mathbots. 
  • Supported Web Browsers: Gradescope runs in your web browser and supports using Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari.