How do I use SpeedGrader?

SpeedGrader makes it easy to evaluate individual student assignments and group assignments quickly.

SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions for active students in your course. However, if a student is added to an assignment and later deactivated in the course, SpeedGrader identifies which submissions are from inactive enrollments. Learn more about inactive enrollments.

You can access SpeedGrader through:

View SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader includes several areas to help you locate and view student submissions, grade submissions, and add comments to submissions.

Sort Student List

Sort Student List

SpeedGrader opens the assignment for the first student listed in the student list, arranged alphabetically by last name.

To display the list of students in the course, click the drop-down arrow [1].

Students are displayed according to the section shown in the Gradebook [2]. 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

View Assignment Indicators

For easy identification, each student is identified with an assignment submission status next to his or her name:

  1. A green checkmark indicates the assignment has been graded
  2. An orange dot indicates the assignment has not been graded or has been re-submitted
  3. No checkmark and a grayed out name indicates the assignment has not been submitted
  4. A gray checkmark indicates the assignment is moderated and has already been graded by another grader

View Student Submission

Once you have selected a student, view the student's assignment in the main body of SpeedGrader.

Depending on the assignment and submission type, the SpeedGrader preview window may vary. 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.

To provide comments on document submissions, you can:

  • Use Crocodoc to mark up .pdf, .doc/.docx, and .ppt/.pptx assignments directly in SpeedGrader
  • Download the submission, put feedback on the document, and re-upload the submission

View Inactive Student

If a student is added to an assignment and later deactivated, SpeedGrader identifies which submissions are from inactive enrollments. Inactive student submissions can still be graded in SpeedGrader, but students do not receive any notifications about their assignment and cannot view course grades.

Note: If a student does not have a submission for the assignment, the student may have been deactivated before being able to submit the assignment.

View Submission Details

View Submission Details

When you open SpeedGrader for a particular assignment, you will see each individual submission, the date and time that it was submitted [1], and a red notification if the assignment was submitted after the due date [2]. If an assignment can be downloaded, you can view the name of the submission and a download link [3].

Verify Student Annotation Views

View SpeedGrader Annotations

If you add annotations to an assignment using Crocodoc, you can view when the student viewed the annotations. SpeedGrader shows the date and time that the student opened the file and viewed your feedback.

Evaluate Multiple Submissions

Evaluate Multiple Submissions

If a student has submitted more than one assignment, the submission view will include a drop-down menu [1] where you can view prior submissions.

By default, the date of the most recent assignment will always be shown first. Canvas will warn you if you are not viewing the most recent submission [2].

Grade Submission

Grade Submission

To submit a grade for the student's assignment, enter the grade in the Grade field [1].

If a rubric is attached to the assignment, you can view the rubric by clicking the View Rubric button [2]. If your rubric is set up for grading, the Grade field will automatically populate with the rubric grade results.

Add Comments

Add Comments

In the Assignment Comments section, you can post comments to the student. Any comments that have been made by the student also appear in this section.

If you would like to submit a comment on the evaluated assignment, type in the Add a Comment field [1]. You can also attach a file or a media comment by clicking one of the media icons [2]. When you are ready to submit your comment, click the Submit Comment button [3].

Assignment comments also display 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 that you have unsaved comments on the page.

View Assignment for Next Student

View Assignment for Next Student

Once you grade the submission, the student's assignment indicator changes to a green check mark, indicating the submission has been graded.

You can view the next student's submission by clicking the arrow button next to the student list.

View Group Assignments

View Group Assignments

When evaluating group assignments, the SpeedGrader drop-down menu displays the name of each group, unless the group assignment is graded individually. 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. Learn more about grading group assignments.

View Moderated Assignment

If a submission is unable to be graded, the submission may be part of a moderated assignment that was not added to a moderation set and does not accept submissions from multiple graders.