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Moving from Paper to Online Grading

Tired of stacks of paper? Gina Brandolino, from the Sweetland Center for Writing, shares her experience moving from grading physical papers to online feedback and assessment.


Gina Brandolino, PhD

English Language and Literature
Sweetland Writing Center


Gina Brandolino moved from grading physical papers to using online tools, which enabled her to continue to hand write comments but to do so electronically. Among the benefits, she cites reclaiming class time that was previously used to return papers to students and providing students with more choice in where and when they review feedback about an assignment. Read the full newsletter article to learn more about her experience with Canvas’ SpeedGrader, Gradebook, and Assignments.

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Sample Rubric

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Sample Student Submission

A graded essay that shows the style and nature of typical feedback.

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How-To Information

Interested in trying these ideas and strategies?  Browse the how-to information to learn more.

Create an Assignment

A screencast of the basic steps involved in creating a Canvas Assignment.

Use the Canvas Gradebook

A video tutorial focused on using SpeedGrader as well as manually adding grades to the Gradebook.

View Grades as a Student

An annotated image of Grades in Canvas from the perspective of a student.

View Grades from a Student Perspective (pdf)

Customize your Canvas Home Page

An annotated image of the course's Canvas site Home Page.

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