SpeedGrader makes it easy to evaluate individual student assignments and group assignments quickly.

You can access SpeedGrader through: Assignments, Quizzes, Graded Discussions, and the Gradebook.

NOTE: 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.

View SpeedGrader Menu Icons

View SpeedGrader Menu Icons

The SpeedGrader menu includes several tools and resources to assist with grading assignments.

The left side of the menu includes general settings and options.

To return to the Gradebook, click the Gradebook icon [1].

To mute or unmute the assignment from SpeedGrader, click the Mute icon [2].

To view SpeedGrader settings, click the Settings icon [3]. SpeedGrader settings include:

  • Options [3], which allows you to select student list sorting options and enable anonymous grading.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts [4], which opens a list of keyboard shortcuts for SpeedGrader
  • Help [5], which opens the Canvas Help menu. The help menu icon matches the help icon set by a Canvas admin, so icons may vary across accounts.

View Assignment Details

View Assignment Details

The center of the menu bar includes assignment information and overall grading information. Assignment information includes the name of the assignment [1], assignment due date [2], and the name of the course [3].

To view the assignment details, click the name of the assignment. The assignment details page also lets you download all student submissions for the assignment.

To return to the Course Home Page, click the name of the course.

Grading information includes assignment statistics, including the number of assignments that have been graded out of the total number of submissions [4] and the average score and percentage [5]. You can use this information to keep track of your grading progress.

Viewing Student Submissions in SpeedGrader

View Student Submission

Once you have selected a student, the student’s submission displays in the preview window.

Depending on the assignment and submission type, the SpeedGrader preview window may vary. For example, a website URL submission type will appear in the main body of SpeedGrader with the option to open the URL in a new tab. Some website URL submissions cannot be viewed in Canvas and must be viewed in a new tab. Media submissions may display as an embedded file in SpeedGrader or only display as a downloadable file.

To provide comments on document submissions, you can:

  • Use Canvas DocViewer to mark up .pdf, .doc/.docx, and .ppt/.pptx assignments directly in SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader may take up to ten minutes after an assignment is submitted to display a document that supports DocViewer.
  • Download the submission, put feedback on the document, and re-upload the submission.

SpeedGrader Sidebar

View Sidebar

The SpeedGrader sidebar provides all the submission details for the student shown in the student list. However, submission details are not shown when an assignment is graded anonymously.

View the submission details [1], including as the date and time of the submission; if an assignment was resubmitted, you can view previous versions of the submission.

You can also download the submission file by clicking the link [2].

Complete the assessment of the submission by entering a grade or using a rubric for grading, if available [3].

Leave assignment feedback comments for the student in the comments section [4]. Assignment comments also display as a new thread in Conversations.