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. With Gradescope students can upload pen-and-paper problem sets, to be graded by an instructor or teaching assistant in an easy online interface that also allows for on-the-fly rubric creation and feedback.

With Gradescope, instructors can create more consistent grading across students and sections. Also, students receive more consistent feedback. This third-party tool augments the assignment, quizzing and grading tools available in Canvas, addressing more advanced needs in courses where the standard tools are not sufficient. 

Gradescope supports a wide range of assessment types including:

  • Fully paper-based (instructor or student-uploaded)
  • Fully online
  • Hybrid online/handwritten (via file upload questions)
  • Code/Programming
  • Bubble sheets (Scantron alternative)

Instructors use Gradescope in remote, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Learn about instructors experiences and how easy it is to get started - even in the middle of the term.

Considerations for using Gradescope

There is a small learning curve when creating and grading assignments. Although it can be used independently of Canvas, using it within Canvas does create the most streamlined experience for both students and graders.