How do I use SpeedGrader?
Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.
SpeedGrader makes it easy to evaluate individual student assignments and group assignments quickly.
You can access SpeedGrader through:
Sort Student List
Click the drop-down arrow to display the list of students in the course.
Students are displayed according to the section shown in the Gradebook. For instance, if you want to view submissions from all students and you have sections in your course, make sure to choose All Sections in the Student Names drop-down menu.
View Assignment Indicators
For easy identification, each student is identified with a assignment submission status next to his or her name:
- A green checkmark indicates the assignment has been graded
- An orange dot indicates the assignment has not been graded or has been re-submitted
- No checkmark and a grayed out name indicates the assignment has not been submitted
Evaluate Individual Assignments
SpeedGrader opens the assignment for the first student listed in the student list, arranged alphabetically by last name.
View Student Submission
View the student's assignment in the main body of SpeedGrader.
To provide comments on the assignment, you can:
- Use Crocodoc to mark up .pdf, .doc/.docx, and .ppt/.pptx. assignments directly in SpeedGrader (.xls/.xlsx files are currently in Crocodoc beta testing)
- Download the submission, put feedback on the document, and re-upload the submission
Note: Depending on the assignment and submission type, you may see a different preview in SpeedGrader. For example, a website URL submission type will appear in the main body of SpeedGrader with the option to open the URL in a new tab. Some website URL submissions cannot be viewed in Canvas and must be viewed in a new tab.
View Submission Details
Evaluate Multiple Submissions
Assign a Grade
To submit a grade for the student's assignment, enter the grade in the Grade field .
If a Rubric is attached to the assignment, you can click the View Rubric button  to evaluate the assignment.
If you would like to submit a comment on the evaluated assignment, type in the Add a Comment field . You can also attach a file or a media comment by clicking one of the media icons . When you are ready to submit your comment, click the Submit Comment button .
You can view any existing comments from the student, as well as new comments you post on the assignment, in the Assignment Comments section . Comments on assignments will also appear as a new thread in Conversations.
Note: If you navigate away from a SpeedGrader page before submitting your comment(s), Canvas generates a message warning you have unsaved comments on the page.
Evaluate Group Assignments
When evaluating group assignments, the SpeedGrader drop-down menu will display the name of each group instead of each student.
Evaluating group assignments is the same process as individual students. You can mark up documents directly or download them for feedback, enter grades and view the rubric, and post and view comments.
Note: If a student is not part of a group, the student's name will display individually in the drop-down menu along with the name of each group.