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@Faculty Quick Start: Canvas Basics

Working with Speedgrader

canvas logoAs an instructor, SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place using a simple point scale or complex rubric. Canvas accepts a variety of document formats and even URLs as assignment submissions. Some document assignments can be marked up for feedback directly within the submission. You can also provide feedback to your students with text,media, or Chrome speech recognition comments.

SpeedGrader will be available in every graded assignment, including quizzes or graded discussions.

Open Speedgrader from an assignment or quiz
Open SpeedGrader from a Graded Assignment or Quiz

Within a graded assignment or quiz, the SpeedGrader link will appear in the sidebar under Related Items.

Open SpeedGrader from a Graded Discussion
Open SpeedGrader from a Graded Discussion

Within a graded discussion, click the Options icon [1] and click the SpeedGrader link [2].


  Use speedgraderView SpeedGrader

For each student, SpeedGrader has five areas:

  1. View student submissions (text entries, website URLs, media recordings, and/or file uploads); preview supported file types in Canvas DocViewer; review other file format submissions using the document previewer or Google Preview
  2. Assign a grade based on your preferred assessment method (points or percentage)
  3. View Rubric to assist with grading (if one is added to the assignment)
  4. View comments created by you or the student about the assignment
  5. Create text, video, and/or audio commentary for the student