Gradescope at Duke

Gradescope helps you seamlessly administer and grade all of your assessments, whether online or in-class. Save time grading, grade more consistently and get a clear picture of how your students are doing.

This page covers:

  1. Getting started with Gradescope
  2. How Learning Innovation can help you implement Gradescope
  3. Gradescope support documentation
  4. Frequently Asked Questions

Getting started with Gradescope

Recorded introduction:

View a one-hour “Get Started with Gradescope for Remote Assessments” workshop (recorded July 2020) for a demonstration of the basic features and functionalities, or you can view a shorter, quick-start Gradescope walkthrough tutorial (16 min).

Step-by-step basic instructions

Step 1. Login with your Duke NetID

Login with your netid: http://gradescope.com, click “Login” (upper right), click “School Credentials” (lower left) and choose Duke NetID. Or go to https://gradescope.com/auth/saml/duke.

Step 2. Create a course

  1. Click “Create a course” to bring up the course creation screen. Be sure to choose Duke University as your School.
  2. Inside your new course, click “Course Settings,” then click the “Link” button under “Sakai Course” to choose the Sakai site to which you want to connect your Gradescope site. Linking to Sakai will allow you to import your Sakai roster (including TAs and any other personnel you have added in Sakai), and will allow you to send grades from Gradescope back to Sakai. If you don’t have a Sakai site, skip this step. You can also do this later.

Step 3. Sync your Sakai roster

To add the full roster from your chosen Sakai site, click “Roster” in the left menu, then click “Sync Sakai Roster” in the middle of the right-hand page.

If you prefer not to link your Gradescope site to Sakai, or if you don’t use Sakai, click “Roster” to add your roster as a .csv file, as shown in the video below.

Note: If some students aren’t able to see your Gradescope course site when they login with their netIDs, although you see them in your Sakai or SIS roster, the students may have two separate Gradescope accounts and need their accounts merged. For help with this, you or the student should email help@gradescope.com.

Step 4. Create an assignment

  1. Enter the course dashboard and click “Assignments (left menu) > Create Assignment (bottom menu).”
  2. Choose the appropriate type of assignment, which can be paper-based and scanned/uploaded by the student or the instructor, a programming assignment, or can be completed entirely online. More information on assignment types and set-up instructions can be found in the Gradescope Help Center.

NOTE: For paper-based “bubble sheet” assignments and exams, students must use the Gradescope bubble sheet template.

Step 5. Manage student submissions

How you answered the “Who will upload submissions?” section on the create assignment page will determine how Gradescope will manage submissions. If students upload submissions, we recommend that student use a scanner app (Gradescope’s tip sheet for student-submitted scans).

Scanning tipS for faculty

It is important to get a high-quality scan of the assignment submission. Gradescope offers the following tips for getting a great scan.

Scanning tipS for STUDENTS

Have your students read Gradescope’s recommendations for improved scanning and use one of the two recommended scanning apps (iOS or Android).


Step 6. Grade student submissions

  1. From your course, click “Assignments” (left menu) and select the assignment you wish to grade.
  2. Click, “Grade Submissions” on the left.
  3. Select the question you wish to grade.

Step 7. Download grades

You can download grades from Gradescope to use in your Sakai, Excel, or other Gradebook. The Gradescope integration with Sakai will also allow you to publish grades directly to your Sakai site. Students will need to go to Gradescope.com to see detailed feedback on their work, if you allow that.


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Gradescope Support Documentation

    1. Gradescope’s comprehensive help site
    2. Setting up a course in Gradescope
    3. Setting up an assignment in Gradescope
    4. Student help

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I login with my netid?

Visit https://gradescope.com/auth/saml/duke and login with your Duke netid.

If you’re have trouble logging in with your netid, visit https://gradescope.com/help#help-center-item-faq-sso

How effective is Gradescope?

UC Berkeley conducted a study with Gradescope in published in 2017 which can be found on their website.

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