Grading

Find tools for grading online at UBC. All tools recommended by the LT Hub have passed a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment and receive central technical and pedagogical support.

Grading Alone

Canvas offers a couple of built-in features to help expedite the grading process online.

General Tips

  • Help students track their progress more easily in your course by including all graded assignments in the Canvas gradebook, whether or not they were completed in Canvas.
  • Even if you are not using Canvas for all of your course content, the tools can still be used for collecting and grading assignments individually.

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Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Canvas Gradebook

View and edit grades in an online spreadsheet that is built into Canvas.

What are the benefits?

  • You can control whether students see grades immediately or only when manually released, and either way, students will see released grades without you having to distribute them individually.
  •  When you create graded assignments and assessments in Canvas, Canvas will create new columns in the gradebook for you to automatically track these grades.
  • You can download the gradebook to make updates offline and then upload when you are done.

Canvas Speedgrader

View, grade, and leave contextual feedback on Canvas assignments.

What are the benefits?

  • With Canvas Speedgrader, you can progress sequentially through viewing and grading individual student submissions.
  • You can provide comments directly on any student’s PDF, Word document, or PowerPoint submission as you go.

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Grading In A Team

Grading with others can be streamlined by using tools that manage distribution of work and allow for sharing common rubrics.

General Tips

  • Both online and paper-based assessments can be digitally managed with either of these tools.
  • Crowdmark and Gradescope both offer reusable feedback, meaning you can write detailed comments and apply them to multiple students’ submissionns.
  • When introducing an instructional team to these tools, be sure to point out the time-saving aspects like using keyboard shortcuts.
  • For small courses or solo grading, these tools are potentially less useful, since they require additional setup that may not be offset by the time-saving advantages; the Canvas tools in the previous section may be of more use.

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Cost:
Departments provide funding per student per course

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Crowdmark

Collect and distribute assessments and assignments online (or completed on paper and scanned), then have your team give feedback and enter marks according to shared rubrics.

What are the benefits?

  • If you are scanning paper-based assessments, Xerox offers paid scanning services for Crowdmark.
  • You can sync your class list between Canvas and Crowdmark and click a button to send grades to the Canvas gradebook.

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Cost:
Departments provide funding per student per course

Bandwidth:
Low demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Gradescope

Collect and distribute assessments and assignments online (or completed on paper and scanned), then have your team give feedback and enter marks according to shared rubrics.

What are the benefits?

  • You can use Gradescope’s Artificial Intelligence-assisted grading feature for certain questions (e.g., multiple choice) to speed up the marking process.
  • You can sync your class list between Canvas and Gradescope and click a button to send grades to the Canvas gradebook.

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