How to: Grade an assignment using Speedgrader


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What is Speedgrader?

Speedgrader is the Canvas marking tool which allows you to view, annotate, comment on, and grade student assignment submissions online. In addition to grading online submissions, Speedgrader can also be used to provide comments and grades on work that is not submitted online (in-class presentations or paper-based submissions, for example).

Speedgrader is built upon the same functionality as the Blackboard grading tool, so if you’re used to grading using Blackboard assignments, this tool will be familiar to you.

How do I grade student work using Speedgrader?

  • To view the complete rubric within the speedgrader side window you can drag the window border to the right which will increase the size of the comment window and decrease the size of the submission window.
  • To hide assignment grades from students until you’ve completed the marking, you can click the bell icon in the top left hand corner of the speedgrader window. This will mute the assignment for all students until you unmute it.
  • Please note that unlike Turnitin, the grade displayed in the top bar of the Speedgrader window is an average for that assignment, not the individual grade for that particular student.


Why do I get a “Flash required for recording video” error message when I try to use the Record Video function?

Often if you’re using Chrome the Record Media comment tool will show a spinning circle with a note saying “Flash required for recording video”.

This usually means that Flash is not enabled for this Canvas site by default.
To fix this:

  1. To the left of the browser’s URL bar you’ll see a lock icon with Secure in green. Click this.
  2. Select Site Settings

  3. Next to the Flash icon, select Allow from the dropdown menu.

  4. Now refresh your browser view by clicking the Reload button presented, or the arrow next to the URL bar.

Can I give students individual feedback on a group assignment?

When you set up your assignment you can select to Assign grades to each student individually, and thus give students individual grades and feedback. Or, if this is not selected, you can still provide individual feedback on a group submission by going to Grades, clicking the cell with the student’s score for the assignment, and then clicking the comment icon in the right corner of the cell.

Comments in Gradebook

Can I use Canvas rubrics with a TurnItIn assignment?

Yes. If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool > Turnitin. You can then use the Canvas rubric when grading in SpeedGrader.
This is very important if you wish to have Turnitin submissions but also wish to track learning outcomes/accreditation requirements/competency attainment using the Canvas Outcomes function.

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