Fall 2023 Gradescope and Scanning Updates

Aug 14, 2023

Gradescope is a grading tool primarily for handwritten assignments, bubble sheets, and computer programming assignments. It allows an instructor (or multiple instructors and TAs) to save time reviewing, grading, commenting on, and re-grading student submissions. 

To prepare for fall 2023, Academic Technologies has released several dates and enhancements to Gradescope and scanning to support Gradescope.  

Papercut Scan to OneDrive Now Available 

Bubble sheet scanning on the Boston campus has transitioned to self-service scanning using the PaperCut scan to OneDrive process. 

Instructors at any campus with a Northeastern-supported Papercut enabled multi-function device (MFD) can now scan Gradescope paper-based exams, quizzes, bubble sheets, and homework to their OneDrive cloud storage. Students may also scan and submit their assignments as an alternative to scanning with their mobile devices. 

For the 2023 – 2024 academic year, blank bubble sheets are available for pick-up up Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the NU Copy Center located at 11 Ell Hall on the Boston campus. 

Review How do I scan Gradescope assignments using PaperCut and OneDrive for scanning locations and step-by-step instructions.  

Using your own scanner? We have a Gradescope Scanning FAQ with recommendations. 

Gradescope Canvas LTI 1.3 Integration Now Available 

In July 2023, a new Gradescope integration (Gradescope 1.3) was added to Canvas. The Gradescope 1.3 integration provides immediate security and functionality enhancements and enables the adoption of future enhancements. The Gradescope 1.0 integration will be phased out as Fall 2023 and future courses adopt the new Gradescope 1.3 integration. All new Canvas courses should use Gradescope 1.3. 

What’s different with the Gradescope LTI 1.3 Integration? 

  • Canvas course sections are now supported when syncing your Canvas roster. 
  • TAs in Canvas are now mapped to the TA role in Gradescope. 
  • Courses and assignments can only be linked from within Canvas. As such, the Link option will no longer appear on the Gradescope course settings page. 
  • For courses, the Sync Roster button does not appear on the Review Grades page until the course is linked to Canvas. 
  • For assignments, the Post Grades to Canvas button does not appear on the Review Grades page until the assignment is linked to Canvas. 
  • Multi-version assignments can now be linked as separate assignments in Canvas.

Review the FAQ: 2023 Gradescope Canvas integration update article to learn more.  

What’s new in 2023 for Gradescope? 

In addition to the updated Canvas integration, Gradescope released several new features to save faculty time grading and meet more teaching use cases.  

Bubble Sheet assignments: Review uncertain marks for a given question or version 

Instructors can now choose to review uncertain marks for bubble sheet assignments one question at a time, one version at a time, or as one larger list across all versions and questions. This granularity can be helpful for instructors who want to assign different graders to review uncertain marks for different questions or versions, or for instructors who prefer to review uncertain marks in smaller increments. 

Hide name and ID regions on exams when anonymous grading is enabled 

For instructor-uploaded assignments that have anonymous grading enabled, the Name and ID regions that are specified on the Edit Outline page will now be covered by black boxes when viewing the submission from the submission viewer and from the grading page. This will ensure that graders don’t accidentally see student information during the grading process when anonymous grading is desired. 

Multiple pen colors for annotation

Three pen color options (green, red, and default blue) make it easy to clearly annotate submissions, giving students a better understanding of areas of encouragement or improvement. 

Emoji annotation tool 

The quick emoji across the top of the selector allows graders to quickly apply top-requested reactions, including a checkmark (✔️), question mark (❓), X (❌), star (⭐), and 100% (💯). You can also search and select from thousands of available emoji from the additional emoji selector. 

Section management 

Gradescope Sections simplifies the management of large courses. The new features allow instructors and other course coordinators to manage course access, assignments, submission windows, and more without creating separate courses or assignments within Gradescope: 

  • Create custom dates for each section (including for multiple sections at a time) 
  • Set assignment visibility by section 
  • Manage dates and visibility on Assignment Settings page 
  • Manage Sections on Roster page 
  • Filter Manage Submissions, Review Grades, Regrade Requests pages by section column 
  • Grade by section (including by more than one section at a time) 

See assignment statistics by section 

Instructors can now filter all statistics on the Assignment Statistics page (assignment-level, question-level, rubric item-level, and tag-level) by one or more sections from their roster, to see insights at the section level. 

Gradescope Training and Consultations 

Pre-recorded Gradescope training is available on the ITS Training Website. Instructors are encouraged to schedule a consultation with an Academic Technologies expert to review assessment strategies and address any questions about Gradescope or the Canvas integration. 

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