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Recent Updates

  • Canvas copies submissions uploaded to Turnitin and displays the files in SpeedGrader. Turnitin provides an originality report and similarity index letting you know how much of the assignment is original. This report is displayed in SpeedGrader.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader, tii, Turnitin
  • Once a reviewer grades a moderated assignment, the grade appears in the Moderate page as a provisional grade in the appropriate reviewer column. An assignment supports up to two provisional grades from reviewers. If you want to moderate assignments anonymously, you can enable anonymous grading.

    If you have moderator permissions, you can review assignments that have been reviewed in SpeedGrader. If an assignment includes a rubric, moderators can also view the rubric criterion and any feedback that have been used to grade a submission.

    As the moderator, you control the final grade for the assignment. After reviewing the provisional grade(s), you can choose to copy a reviewer's assessment as the final grade or create a new assessment. Then you can publish the final grades to the Gradebook.

    Courses with Multiple Moderators

    An assignment supports only one moderator grade, which can be edited or overwritten by any user with the moderate grades permission. However, sometimes a course may contain more than one user with permission to moderate grades (e.g. more than one instructor). If more than one moderator exists in a course, you may want to discuss a policy for your course as to which of you will control official grade posting for the assignment.

    Note: Students can only view comments in the submission that is selected for the final grade; they cannot view comments from any other provisional grade reviews. If you want to include any comments from additional reviewers, you will have to copy the comments manually into the submission selected for the final grade. If a reviewer users Crocodoc annotations, students can only view the annotations in the assessment that was selected or copied as the final grade. In copied reviews, students can view the original reviewer's annotations as well as any annotations added by the moderator.

    Tags Canvas, Grades, Instructor, Instructor Guide, moderated assignments, Moderated Grading, SpeedGrader
  • If you use the Google Chrome web browser to access Canvas, you can use Chrome's speech recognition feature to leave text comments on student assignments in the SpeedGrader. Chrome's speech recognition feature turns your spoken comments into text comments.

    Chrome speech recognition will default to the preferred language set in your Chrome settings. To change your setting to a different language, view your language settings in Chrome.

    Tags audio comment, chrome, Instructor, Instructor Guide, speech recognition, SpeedGrader
  • You can leave feedback for your students using text, an attached file, video, or audio.

    Assignment comments also display as a new thread in Conversations.

    If your students submitted a writing assignment and you want to leave comments in the document, learn how to use Crocodoc in SpeedGrader.

    Tags Canvas, feedback, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader
  • In SpeedGrader, you can enter grades for student submissions. Grades are automatically displayed in the Gradebook.

    Note: When using differentiated assignments, the assignment only displays students in the student list who are part of the assignment or section.

    Tags Canvas, Grades, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader
  • If you want to grade assignments without knowing who submitted them, you can hide student names in SpeedGrader for anonymous grading. Hiding student names is done on a per-assignment basis.

    If you want to hide student names for all assignments in a course, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.

    Note: Hiding names in SpeedGrader does not affect names in the Gradebook and must be done separately. Learn how to hide student names in the Gradebook.

    Tags anonymous grading, Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader
  • You can view the details of a student's submission in the SpeedGrader sidebar. If a student has resubmitted an assignment, you can view previous versions.

    Tags assignment submissions, Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader, student submissions
  • The right side of the SpeedGrader menu bar includes the student list for the assignment. SpeedGrader gives you an overview of student submissions for an assignment.

    Tags assignment submissions, Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader, student submissions
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    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: Assignments, Quizzes, Graded Discussions, and the Gradebook.

    SpeedGrader Performance

    When an assignment is opened in SpeedGrader, all values for that assignment are loaded and saved in the browser, including student submission data, any grades (including original grades for resubmitted assignments), rubrics, and comments. This behavior reduces load time and allows instructors to grade all submissions quickly without continually refreshing the browser. Advancing from one student to the next does not dynamically load any updated content.

    When using SpeedGrader with large courses, users may experience decreased performance depending on the amount of student data loaded for the assignment. Differentiated assignments where individual sections, students, and/or groups have specific due dates may also affect performance. Courses with more than 800 students may result in delayed SpeedGrader loading times, and courses with more than 1500 students may fail to load in the browser completely. If SpeedGrader does not load after 60 seconds, you may need to reload the page.

    To improve SpeedGrader performance, large courses should be separated into sections. You can view the student list by section, which only displays submissions for that section and decreases the overall loading time for an assignment's data.

    SpeedGrader Users

    SpeedGrader is generally designed for one instructor role to grade submissions at a time. Because of how SpeedGrader data is loaded and stored in the browser, multiple users should not grade assignments at the same time since each grader cannot view the most recent information for a submission. Updated grades also affect the Gradebook.

    If your course includes multiple graders, graders added to a course can be limited to only interact with users in a section and only grade submissions in the section where they were enrolled. This enrollment option prevents assignment grading overlap so multiple instructor roles cannot grade the same assignment.

    An exception to multiple graders is an assignment set up for moderated grading, where an instructor may act as a moderator and allow two additional graders to review a submission independent of each other.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, canvas docviewer, Crocodoc, doc viewer, docviewer, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader
  • Crocodoc is a tool that allows annotations on online assignment submissions in Canvas. If Crocodoc has been enabled for your institution, you can use Crocodoc for assignments and in SpeedGrader. You can view when students view annotated feedback in the assignment details section of the sidebar.

    When you open a submission, Crocodoc will automatically save any annotations made to the submission file for one hour. You can restart a Crocodoc session at any time by refreshing the submission page. To help you avoid losing work, Canvas will generate a session expiration warning after 50 minutes.

    Some browsers may not initially render comments correctly when viewing feedback. If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer. You can also download PDF files with comments to view on your computer. The settings required to view or print the annotations in the PDF vary based on the software installed on your computer.

    Compatible Crocodoc Files

    If a submission includes a file that can be rendered in Crocodoc, but the submission preview is not complete, Canvas will generate a message stating the document is still processing. If a file is submitted that is not compatible with Crocodoc, the Canvas document previewer will still display the file, but Crocodoc markup and commenting will not be available.

    Canvas currently supports .doc/.docx, .ppt/.pptx, and .pdf Crocodoc file formats.


    • Crocodoc is not available in the Canvas beta environment, so Crocodoc documents will never be rendered.
    • Files over 100 MB and password-protected files will not be converted by Crocodoc.
    • SpeedGrader may take up to ten minutes after an assignment is submitted to display a document that supports Crocodoc.
    • Crocodoc annotations can be viewed in the Canvas by Instructure app.
    • Crocodoc annotations cannot be viewed by screen readers; for users with accessibility concerns, please leave feedback in the assignment's comments sidebar.
    • Crocodoc has limitations when used in Firefox. To avoid losing any annotations, click the screen before navigating to another student, or choose another browser.
    Tags annotations, Assignments, Canvas, canvas docviewer, Crocodoc, doc viewer, docviewer, Instructor, Instructor Guide, SpeedGrader