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Recent Updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • For easier grading, you can sort the student list by student name [alphabetically], the date they submitted the assignment, or by submission status.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Before you can evaluate group work, you will need to create a group assignment. Students can submit Google documents, pages, and other group work as an assignment.

  • Canvas allows you to access SpeedGrader from an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion.

  • Updated on: Jan 17, 2020

    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.

  • 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.