Gradescope is an assessment, feedback, and analytics LTI (Learning Technology Interoperability) integration for Canvas that enables instructors to efficiently administer, grade, and provide student feedback on all types of assessments, whether digital, pen-and-paper, code, or bubble sheets.


Instructors can:

  • Digitally grade both online and paper-based homework, exams, and other assessments 
  • Utilize AI-assisted grading, handwriting recognition, dynamic rubrics, and similar answer grouping to streamline and improve grading efficiency
  • Create on-the-fly grading rubrics and easily apply changes retroactively
  • Give more consistent and timely feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes
  • Get detailed analytics on an individual and class-wide level
  • Create programming and coding assignments
  • Auto-grade bubble-sheet exams provide student feedback and link scores in Canvas.

Getting Started

Instructor Resources

Sign up for a Gradescope account:

  1. Go to the Gradescope website ( and click on the SignUp button in the page’s upper right-hand corner.
  2. When you register as an instructor, please be sure to use your ISU email.

Adding Gradescope as an external tool Assignment:

  1. Select the Canvas course where Gradescope will be used.
  2. Choose Assignments from the course navigation menu.
  3. Click +Assignment in the upper right corner.
  4. Add an Assignment Name
  5. Enter the number of Points possible
  6. Select an Assignment Group
  7. Choose the Submission Type > External Tool 
    • Click Find 
    • Select Gradescope from the tool list
    • Click Select
  8. Select the checkbox beside Load This Tool In A New Tab
    NOTE: Submission Attempts, Anonymous Grading, and Anonymous Instructor Annotations should not be completed
  9. Complete appropriate Assign To, Due, and Available from/until fields
  10. Click Save 

Linking to Canvas

  1. Link to Gradescope by selecting Load *Assignment Title* in a new window.
  1. Sign in if prompted. The first time you create a Gradescope assignment in a Canvas course, you will be asked whether you wish to Link with anew Gradescope Course or an Existing Gradescope Course.
  2. Click Link Course.
  3. Choose to Link with a new Gradescope Assignment or an existing Gradescope Assignment.
  4. Select Link Assignment.
  5. You are now ready to create Gradescope assignments
  6.  Gradescope Getting Started Tutorial Videos to begin creating your assignment in Gradescope.

Student Resources

View Using Gradescope with Canvas as a Student for guidance in accessing Gradescope, submitting assignments, and viewing grades and submissions.

Online Documentation

Vendor-led Training

CELT will be scheduling sessions. Contact if you are interested in training for you (or your department); additionally, you can attend live webinars from Turnitin.


All students, faculty, and staff members with an Iowa State Net-ID receive free access.