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Gradescope FAQs

Gradescope is a third party tool that has been licensed for CSULB and integrated into BeachBoard to improve the grading experience for instructors and students. Find out more on our Gradescope support page.

Assessment (Assignment) Types

What kinds of assessments can I use in Gradescope?

In general, any assessment that you can turn into a PDF can be graded by Gradescope. It's also possible to convert other kinds of documents or pictures into PDFs.  For more details, visit Assignment Types on the Gradescope website. It is most useful when there are defined grading criteria, such as when you can say, “This error is worth X points.” For assignments that are graded on “general quality of work,” Gradescope would have limited usefulness.

What is a fixed-length assignment?

A document in which there are designated spaces for the answers to be written in. 

What is a variable-length assignment?

A document on which answers can be written in a more free-form fashion.

What is a Bubble Sheet assignment?

With this type of assignment, students fill out the Gradescope Bubble Sheet Template.

Using Gradescope in BeachBoard

Where can I find instructions for using Gradescope in BeachBoard?

Visit the ATS Gradescope support page for step-by-step instructions for using Gradescope in BeachBoard.

How do I Link Gradescope with my course in BeachBoard?

You are able to link Gradescope into your course in BeachBoard. Find more information in this guide: Using Gradescope with Brightspace (D2L) as an Instructor

How do my students and I access Gradescope?

Once you add it to your course as a content module, students can access it from there.

How do students submit work to Gradescope?

You and your students can upload files into Gradescope, which will “live” inside of a BeachBoard course’s content module, or through the chiclet in SSO.

Can I attach Gradescope to Dropbox?

A Gradescope assignment and a Dropbox in BeachBoard are analogous, but separate things. Therefore, when you want to grade an assignment with Gradescope, have your students submit to Gradescope, NOT a Dropbox. If you want to, you could download the files from Dropbox and submit them on the students’ behalf to Gradescope, but that is not necessary in most cases.

Is there a way to see Gradescope better? It's so small in BeachBoard.

Visit the Gradescope vendor's website and and access your courses there.

Is there a student view?

Unfortunately, there is no student view. The best thing to do, if you want to see what students see, is to watch the videos in the “For Students” section of this guide. You can also enroll an alternate email address (e.g. your personal email address) into the course.

Do I have to create a Gradescope “course” and link it to my BeachBoard course?

Yes, but doing so is extremely easy. The Gradescope “course” is simply a repository for the assignments of your course. It is an organizational tool.

When a new student enrolls into my BeachBoard course, are they automatically enrolled in my Gradescope course?

No, you must resync the roster.

What do I need to do after I create my Gradescope “course?”

After you create your Gradescope “course,” you can start creating assignments, and accepting student work. Learn more in this guide.

Are Gradescope's rubrics connected with BeachBoard’s rubrics?

No, they are not connected. They’re created and used separately from each other.

Training and Resources

Where can I get a general overview of Gradescope?

For a basic overview, watch the recording of the Gradescope 101 Workshop.

Does Gradescope offer any training?

The Gradecscope support page contains helpful articles for instructors and students. Gradescope offers a wide array of step-by-step training tutorials on their Getting Started website.