Last updated on October 19, 2021
Tools: SpeedGrader and the Gradebook
SpeedGrader is a built-in Canvas tool that makes grading more efficient and organized. Instructors can use SpeedGrader to view student work, assign grades with or without a rubric, provide feedback, and quickly progress to the next student in the course. SpeedGrader can be used to grade all types of assignments, including quizzes, group work, and discussion contributions. All grades assigned in SpeedGrader automatically populate in the Canvas gradebook, saving the instructor time and reducing grading errors.
- Consider using rubrics to make grading even quicker and more objective.
- Provide feedback to students by adding comments and/or directly annotating student document submissions.
Let’s walk through it together
Access SpeedGrader from the Gradebook
- Click Grades on the course navigation menu.
- Hover your cursor over the name of the item you want to grade.
- Click the Options icon (three vertical dots) that appears next to the name.
- Select SpeedGrader.
- View the student’s work. The student’s name is listed in the top right corner of the page.
- Enter the student’s grade in the Assessment Grade box.
- Type comments in the Assessment Comments box if desired.
Use a Rubric with SpeedGrader
- View the student’s work.
- Click the View Rubric button to view the rubric while in SpeedGrader.
- Click the appropriate rating box for each criterion.
- Note: Click on the comment icon within the points box to provide criterion-specific feedback.
- Note: Total points will auto-calculate. You can override this by typing a different value in the points box next to the criterion.
- Click Save.
- Type general feedback in the Assignment Comments box.
- Click Submit.
Annotate Student Work
- View the student’s work.
- Note: Only certain types of assignment submissions, including DOC, PDF, PPT, and text files, can be annotated.
- Select the type of annotation you would like to add from the menu bar at the top of the page. The different types of annotations are:
- Point – drop a “pin” in the text and leave a comment to the side (described below).
- Highlight – Highlight a portion of the assignment, click the button that appears to the right to also leave a comment.
- Free text – write text annotations directly on the assignment.
- Strikeout – strike out text in the assignment, click the button that appears to the right to also leave a comment.
- Free draw – draw a shape/circle around a piece of the assignment, click the button that appears to the right to also leave a comment.
- Area (rectangular box) – Draw a rectangular box around a portion of the assignment, click the button that appears to the right to also leave a comment.
- Note: you can select the color for these annotation options in the upper left after choosing the annotation type.
- To add a Point annotation:
- Click the Point annotation icon.
- Select the color you wish to use.
- Click where you would like to add an annotation to the document.
- Type a comment in the “Leave a Comment” box.