New digital assessment service: Gradescope

Gradescope supports online feedback and assessment needs, particularly for STEM subjects and other areas that can benefit from handwritten or hand-drawn responses.

Learning Environments has now added Turnitin’s Gradescope to the portfolio of educational technologies available to the University. Webinars are available to learn more about this technology next week! (See below to register.)

What does Gradescope offer?

  • Instructors can set online, ‘paper’ or hybrid assignments, where the students can answer online and also submit photos or PDFs of their handwritten or hand-drawn work (e.g. graphs).
  • ‘Paper’ quizzes where students cant print the quiz at home (and submit with photos of answers written on paper).
  • Marking at scale, where multiple markers can be marking at once and not clash with one another.
  • Making use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to collate equivalent answers, markers can mark the answers given as a set rather than every student’s response individually.
  • Building rubrics as you mark. If you decide to change something as you go, it will apply to all assignments already marked.
  • Feedback and annotation tools that can be used with the rubric or for individual responses, for both online and photographed handwritten/drawn submissions.
  • Detailed assignment and question analytics with the ability to link questions to concepts or lectures to see if the students are trending as having difficulty with a concept or a particular lecture’s content overall.
Student written response to maths question
Example of student handwritten submission in response to a Maths question
Student written response to chemistry question
Example of student handwritten submission in response to a Chemistry question

How to enable Gradescope in your subject

  • Go to Subject Settings
  • Click on the Navigation tab
  • Drag Gradescope into the Subject Menu

Resources: learn more about Gradescope’s functionality

The following resources are available:

  • A general Gradescope walkthrough video
  • A Gradescope video with scanning tips and best practices
  • Gradescope get started page featuring other helpful short videos
  • Gradescope help centre for written documentation and frequently asked questions

Webinar invitation - getting started with Gradescope remote assessment

Join us for an online workshop and learn how instructors can use Gradescope (instructors, tutors and grading staff all welcome). The workshop will offer guidance on how to deliver assessments remotely and outline various assessment options to meet your immediate needs, including:

  • Fully online assignments, no paper required
  • Existing paper-based assignments
  • Combining online and paper-based approaches
  • Programming assignments

You will learn how to:

  • Grade your existing exams and homework on Gradescope
  • Grade groups of answers simultaneously
  • Make rubric changes as you grade (changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency)
  • Write each comment only once (apply previously used comments with a click)
  • Create better rubrics to increase student learning
  • Use ‘assignment analytics’ to gain insight into student learning

Two available workshops (same content covered in each):

  • Monday 6 April, 10.00am-11.00am AEST
  • Tuesday 7 April, 10.00am-11.00am AEST 

Register now

Recordings of the session will be shared with all registrants. So please feel free to register even if you can't make it to the live session.

Should you have any queries about this new tool, please submit an enquiry.