Gradescope pilot

Want to reduce your marking time?

  • Managing multiple markers in your topic?
  • Want to increase consistency across marking outcomes?
  • Want to re-use your assessment rubrics?
  • Are you asking students to perform calculations, create/analyse graphs/diagrams?
  • Are you marking programming code?

Contact the Learning Designer in your College to explore an exciting new assessment tool in FLO

In semester 1 and semester 2 2022 Flinders University is piloting Gradescope assessment and grading software.

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope directly supports assessment in the sciences (computer science, physics, maths, chemistry, biology, engineering) and across a range of business areas, particularly accounting. It is particularly relevant for STEM subjects and other areas that require hand written and hand drawn responses from students. 

There are five types of assessments available in Gradescope: 

  • Homework/Problem Set
  • Exam/Quiz
  • Online assignment
  • Programming assignment
  • Bubble sheet assignment

Gradescope helps administer and grade all of your assessments, whether online or in-class. It integrates with FLO and allows fast and accurate grading, and timely provision of feedback to students. 

A few highlights include:

  • More quality and timely feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes
  • Dynamic rubrics that help streamline the tedious parts of grading while increasing grading consistency and decreasing bias
  • Various assignment types ranging from fully online with many question types to handwritten, or a combination of the two
  • AI-assisted grading which allows instructors to automatically group similar answers and grade all the answers in each group at once

Pilot considerations

There are a few considerations to be taken into account:

  • Be sure to make your students aware this is a Pilot/Trial, seek their feedback on the tools, their user experience, and any enhanced levels of achievement obtained as a result of the tool use. The Pilot Team will help you with this.
  • Keep your own notes, on what worked, what did not, whether the tool helped achieve the desired outcomes, and the time investment you made. The Pilot Team will talk to you at the end of the pilot.
  • Support for the Pilot will be provided by the Learning Designers in the Colleges of Science & Engineering and Business, Government and Law. 
  • Gradescope will be available until December 2022, after which the pilot will be evaluated, and a decision made about future use.

To get involved with the pilot, please contact your college representative:

Getting started - Add Gradescope to your FLO topic

  1. Turn editing on and click + Add an activity or resource in the module where you want to create the Gradescope assessment

  2. A dialog box will appear. In the dialog box, select External tool. Name your assessment activity and from the preconfigured tool dropdown, select Gradescope. Name your assessment activity, and click Save and return to topic.

  3. Back on your FLO topic page, click the Gradescope assessment activity link you just created. This will launch Gradescope. Once Gradescope launches, you'll see a dialog box Link to FLO Assignment which gives you a choice of a new Gradescope assignmentor an existing Gradescope assignment (if there are any).

  4. Once you link to a new assignment, a dialogue box will give you a choice of assignment types. Please see the links below for an explanation of different assignment types:

  5. Now enter the parameters for the assignment type that you have selected, into the dialogue box.

  6. On the Gradescope Course Settings page, you can update the course title, description, rubric types, and score bounds. Keep in mind that course title and description changes made here will only appear in Gradescope, not in FLO.

  7. When you're finished, click Update Course. Your Gradescope course is now linked to your FLO topic and your students can access it. Now, it's recommended that you sync your Gradescope roster with your FLO participants list (instructions below).

Sync Participants List

  1. Navigate to your Gradescope Course Dashboard. If you just completed the steps in the section above you will already be on the dashboard. If not, log in to FLO > Click your topic > Click the Gradescope activity link in your topic.

  2. From your Gradescope Course Dashboard, click Roster in the left sidebar to get to your roster page. On your Roster page in Gradescope, click the SyncFLO Roster button.

  3. By default, Gradescope will email users to say that they've been added to the course. If you don't want users to be notified, uncheck "Let new users know that they were added to the course" in the dialog box.

  4. Click Sync Roster. If you know that your student enrolments are in flux, it’s a good idea to re-sync the roster. Existing submissions/grades for students who withdraw will be preserved.

Can we grant extensions using Gradescope?

It is possible to grant extensions for students using Gradescope. However, it is important to keep in mind that Gradescope is an external tool to FLO so it will not appear in the assignment extension request tool. You can add the name of the assignment in the assignment extension request but it won’t automatically link to Gradescope. You need to grant extensions through Gradescope.

For more information on how to manually grant extensions, please see Extending dates and times on an assignment.


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