Gradescope is an online grading platform owned by Turnitin.com. JHU has entered a license for its use to assist grading course assignments and exams. It is used by instructors and teaching assistants to make the grading process more efficient and consistent, providing quality feedback for students regardless of the size of the course. It can be used to grade existing paper-based assignments and exams or to create a variety of online assignments, including bubble-sheet and programming assignments.
Faculty typcially experience benefits using Gradescope in courses with a large amount of enrollments but it can be used in any course. Its basic use case requires an upload of a PDF of a problem set or questions; most of the time, this will be a scanned copy of a blank assignment or exam. This becomes the template for establishing question regions where the application can expect to present the answers to the grader. When PDFs of scanned student submissions are uploaded (either by the students themselves or the instructor), Gradescope collates the answers for each question according to question regions established in the template. As Gradescope presents each student submission, the instructor creates Rubric Items, including descriptions and point values, to assign or reduce points from the grade. These Rubric Items can be consistently used each time a question is graded to provide meaningful feedback to students when grades are released and establish useful insight on student learning through statistics from semester to semester.
Gradescope continues to release additional functionality to improve on the grading experience. You can review their development roadmap Trello board to see newly release features, upcoming features, or suggest your own.
Notable recent features include:
- Code Similarity detection for Programming Assignments
- Online Assignment type with new features for teaching remotely
- Enforce Time Limit, as a window of time from open to submission of answers.
- File Upload input type, as an answer submission or to show work on a problem.
- LaTeX formatting, for instructor questions and student free text responses.
- Lockdown Browser integration for timed online assessments only (beta feature)
- Enforce Time Limit is now available on student submitted assignments such as Exams/Quizzes, Problem Sets, and Bubble Sheets.
JHU has an institutional license for Gradescope, which provides access to Blackboard integration (roster sync and grades export) and Gradescope Complete functionality such as AI-assisted grading and the programming assignment auto-grader. Be sure to use the Single Sign-On method below or use your preferred JHU email address when signing up for an account. (Your Preferred email is whichever email address SIS and Blackboard has listed for you. You can change it in the myJH Portal)
You can now log into Gradescope using the JH Authentication single sign-on (SSO). When logging into Gradescope from its login page, click on the "School Credentials" link and then find the "Johns Hopkins JHED ID" link. Once clicked, it will take you to the JH Authentication page to log in. When successfully logged in, it will create an account for you using your Preferred JHU email account if one doesn't already exist.
NOTE: You can still continue to use your own email and password you originally set up with your Gradescope account if you would like. Although, if SSO created another Gradescope account, you may have to merge your accounts (see below)
Managing Multiple Gradescope Accounts
If you sign in with the SSO option above and you notice that not all of your courses appear in the Dashboard, it could be that you were using a different account other than your JHU account (which would have been created when signing in with SSO). If this happens, you can merge your two accounts together in the Account Settings page in Gradescope. Only use the Merge Account functionality if you actually have a different Gradescope account you want to merge into the one you are logged in as. For more about how to merge your Gradescope accounts, please review the following help page: Merging Accounts
You can also add alternate email addresses from the Account settings page in Gradescope. Adding additional emails allows you to sign in to whichever account you set as primary using a different email but the same password.
NOTE: If you are using the Blackboard integration features, be sure to set your Preferred JHU email as the Primary email in Gradescope.
With an institutional license, your Gradescope course can be integrated with your Blackboard course. This will allow,
- you to have a link to your Gradescope course from Blackboard (the most convenient access you and your students),
- sync the Gradescope Roster with the roster in your Blackboard course,
- and export grades in Gradescope to the Blackboard Grade Center.
Students won't have to create Gradescope accounts as they will be created when the Roster is synched. If you would like to use these Blackboard integration features, before creating your Gradescope course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of setting up this integration.
NOTE: This integration isn't necessary to use Gradescope.