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SpeedGrader in Canvas

SpeedGrader is the function in Canvas for assessing student work. Here you will find information on how to find SpeedGrader, carry out anonymous grading and how to work in SpeedGrader.

Access SpeedGrader

There are several ways to find SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader is accessible from all assignments where assessment is possible, including quizzes and graded discussions.

Screenshot Opened assignment with SpeedGrader highlighted in the sidebar.

SpeedGrader is also available in the navigation option Grades and the Gradebook.

Screenshot Gradebook with open menu at assignment. 1 at name, 2 at Speedgrader in menu.

Video tutorial of SpeedGrader

Canvas has a video with an overview of SpeedGrader. There are timestamps for the information below the video and there is a text version of the video (google docs) .

Timestamps for information in the video:

  • 00:00 - Access Speedgrader.
  • 00:20 - Speedgrader menu toolbar (in Options you can choose to anonymize the students' submissions).
  • 01:10 - Students list (Tip: Learn more about how to sort the student list ).
  • 01:22 - Manage students' work.
  • 02:21 - See students' comments on the assessment.

Top Navigation in SpeedGrader

Screenshot SpeedGrader top menu.

At the very top of the SpeedGrader is a grey navigation bar. It includes information such as:

  • the name of the assignment
  • its due date
  • how many submissions that has been graded
  • the average grade the students have been given on the assignment
  • the name of the student the submission belongs to (not visible when using anonymous grading).

In the example image above, we have a group of 6 students. 6 students have submitted work, and 5 submissions have already been graded. On the far right it's shown whose submission you are currently grading. Use the arrows to navigate to other students' submissions.

At the far left of the upper gray navigation menu are three clickable icons:

Icon of note pad with a ticked checkbox on the front, icon of an open eye and Icon of a cogwheel.

From left to right.

  • Gradebook: Closes the SpeedGrader and brings you to the main Gradebook page.
  • Icon of an open eye crossed out.
    Hide grades: A crossed eye means that the grades are hidden, if it is not crossed it means that they are posted. While the grades for this assignment are hidden, students will not receive new notifications about or be able to see their grade for the assignment.
  • Settings: The submenu “Options” allows you to view submissions alphabetically by student, by submission date, or by submission's grading status. You can also hide the students’ names. Under “Settings” you can also find Keyboard shortcuts and Canvas own Help section.

Assess with outcomes in SpeedGrader

If you have created a rubric with learning objectives for an assignment, the "View rubric" button in SpeedGrader is in the same place as where you can write comments and set a result for the whole assignment. Read more about Using outcomes to assess assignments .

Anonymous grading is recommended

Anonymous grading, that the teacher does not see which student they are assessing, is recommended to increase the reliability of the assessment. Setting up anonymous grading can be done in several ways.

  • In SpeedGrader, press the cogwheel in the upper menu. Select "Options" and click the checkbox for "Hide student names in the SpeedGrader"
  • When the assignment or quiz is created, select the option "anonymous grading". If you wish to see the status of different students' submissions in the gradebook, it is recommended that you activate anonymous grading in SpeedGrader and not in the assignment. (If you have already anonymised in the assignment's settings, it is possible to uncheck "Anonymous grading".)

For more detailed information read more about anonymous assessment at Canvas Common .

Reassign an assignment, for completion

In SpeedGrader, teachers can return assignments to students and ask them to redo or complete their submission. You do this in SpeedGrader by clicking on the "Reassign assignment" button below the comments field.

Screenshot of Speedgrader comment field with a teacher comment. "Assign the task" button is selected

For this to be an alternative, these requirements must be met:

  • The assignment must have a due date. Reassigning does not change the original due date.
  • The teacher must write a comment in Speedgrader, to explain why the submission needs to be completed.
  • The student must have submission attempts left on the assignment. This means that this function only works on a submission with two or more submission attempts. You as a teacher can edit the assignment and increase the number of submission attempts even after they have submitted the assignment, but only for all students at the same time.
  • The assignment must have the submission type "Online" and be set to text entry, website link or file uploads, but not media upload.

Examples on how to assess in SpeedGrader

For help with step-by-step assessment, see the following pages or the video about assessment.

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