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, SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions according to the current Gradebook settings for inactive enrollments and concluded enrollments. For instance, if the Gradebook settings show inactive enrollments, inactive student submissions also appear in SpeedGrader.

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.

View SpeedGrader Menu Icons

View SpeedGrader Menu Icons

The SpeedGrader menu includes several tools and resources to assist with grading assignments.

The left side of the menu includes general settings and options:

  • Gradebook Icon: Return to the Gradebook [1].
  • Mute Icon: Mutes or unmutes the assignment [2].
  • Keyboard Icon: Opens a list of keyboard shortcuts for SpeedGrader [3].
  • Help Icon: Opens the Canvas help menu [4]. The help menu icon matches the help icon set by a Canvas admin, so icons may vary across accounts.
  • Settings Icon: Opens the SpeedGrader Settings menu [5].

View Assignment Details

The center of the menu bar includes assignment information and overall grading information. Assignment information includes the name of the assignment [1], assignment due date [2], and the name of the course [3].

To view the assignment, click the name of the assignment. To return to the Course Home Page, click the name of the course.

Grading information includes assignment statistics, including the number of assignments that have been graded out of the total number of submissions [4] and the average score and percentage [5].

View Student List

View Student List

The right side of the menu bar includes the student list for the assignment. 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].

If your course includes more than one section, students are displayed according to the section shown in the Gradebook [2]. By default, the Gradebook shows all sections, though you can select a specific section to view.

When you view a submission, the student which student submission you are viewing in the student list compared to the total number of students [3].

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 Enrollment Notice

SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions according to the current Gradebook settings for inactive enrollments and concluded enrollments. If an assignment includes a submission from an inactive or concluded student, a notice appears at the top of the SpeedGrader window.

For group assignments where students are graded as a group, the group displays as long as there is at least one active student in the group. If there are no active students in the group, the group displays if one group member aligns with the enrollment settings in the Gradebook. For group assignments where students are graded individually, individual student submissions display according to the enrollment settings in the Gradebook.

Inactive student submissions can still be graded in SpeedGrader, but students do not receive any notifications about their assignment and cannot view course grades.

Concluded student submissions are read-only; they cannot be graded or receive comments.

Note: If a student does not have a submission for the assignment, the student may have been deactivated or concluded 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 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.