Canvas uses SpeedGrader as the tool through which instructors are able to grade student submissions. SpeedGrader is available to users both online (through Canvas directly) and as an app. Instructure recently updated the SpeedGrader app and this post will provide an overview of how instructors can complete common tasks within the new SpeedGrader app. Our focus is on the iOS app (as we have only iPads available in our loaner pool). For information on the Android app, please refer to Instructure directly.
If you have not done so already, download the app by searching “SpeedGrader” in Google Play Store/App Store. When you launch the app, begin typing “Longwood University” in the only field provided; select “Longwood University” and touch the right-facing arrow to proceed.
You will be redirected to another login screen – enter the same LancerNet credentials you use to access Canvas regularly.
Once you are logged in, you will see a screen that displays your “favorite” courses. You can adjust the courses that appear on this list either in Canvas directly or through the Canvas app. For additional information on how to change your favorite courses in a Canvas browser, click here. Please note that at the top of that page, directly underneath the clock, you have the option to touch-select “All Courses”.
You can change the color of your course tags within the SpeedGrader app. To do so, click the drop-down arrow that appears next to the course name and select a color.
The settings menu now allows you to report a problem, access Help Guides, and hide names when grading. To access these features, click the three bar icon in the upper left-hand corner.
When you are ready to begin grading, click the course that you’d like to enter. The courses with assignments to be graded will have a number, encircled in red, to the right-hand side of the course color tag.
Similarly, the assignments requiring your attention will have a number, encircled in red, to the far right-hand side of the assignment title. The number inside the circle refers to the number of submissions for that specific assignment.
To switch sections within a course, click the “All Sections” button that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the first screen you see upon entering a course.
Before you start grading, consider whether or not you want to mute the assignment. If you mute an assignment, students’ grades will not be visible to them (nor will they receive notifications related to the assignment) until you unmute the assignment. To mute an assignment, tap the speaker icon in the upper right-hand corner of the assignment window.
To start grading, click on the assignment. To change which student’s assignment you’re viewing, click the drop-down arrow at the top of the page. Note the screenshot below has the students’ names hidden.
To assign a grade to a student’s submission, click on the three-dotted icon on the far right-hand side of the screen. This will allow you to identify a numerical point value to the submitted assignment.
If you designed the assignment to follow a rubric, you can select the point values for each section of your rubric.
To make a comment on a student’s submission, click the “Comments” tab in the grading pane. Provide your comment(s) then click “post”.
Be sure to save your grading process for each individual student. The following screenshot identifies the error that will appear if you attempt to navigate away from a student’s graded submission without saving your work.
If you have any questions based on the information in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact us.