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Using Gradescope with Blackboard as an Instructor

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Getting started

Gradescope integrations with Learning Management Systems (LMSs), such as Blackboard, are available with an institutional Gradescope license. When you access Gradescope through Blackboard, you and your students won't need to create or use a separate Gradescope password, because you will be authenticated via your Blackboard credentials.

If you'd like to access your Gradescope account on the Gradescope website, you and students can go to the site and log in with your school credentials if your institution has that option. If you don't have that option, you can access the Gradescope website by clicking Sign Up on the Gradescope homepage and entering the email address associated with your Blackboard account, or by logging in to your existing Gradescope account via the Log In button. Regardless of whether you access Gradescope on the website or via Blackboard, you will be taken to the same Gradescope account, as long as the email address linked to the account is the same. If you or your students do end up with multiple accounts under multiple emails, you or they can merge accounts.

Below is the general process you should follow to be able to use Gradescope with Blackboard. In this guide, you'll find specific details for completing each of these steps and links to other pertinent Gradescope Help Center articles.

  • Step 1. Link your courses.
  • Step 2. Sync your roster.
  • Step 3. Set up your assignment.
  • Step 4. Grade submissions.
  • Step 5. Post grades.
 

Linking your Blackboard and Gradescope courses

Linking one Blackboard course to multiple Gradescope courses: If you have several courses on Gradescope that correspond to a single Blackboard course, it is not recommended that you link your Blackboard course to Gradescope. Linking courses, in this case, would allow students to enroll in any of the Gradescope courses that are associated with the single Blackboard course.
Alternate method: This section and gif below show how to link your courses starting on Blackboard. If you'd rather link starting on the Gradescope website, you still must have a course set up in Blackboard already. A Blackboard administrator may need to create the course for you. After that, log in to the Gradescope website, create a new Gradescope course or open an existing one, and link it back to Blackboard from the Gradescope Course Settings page.
  1. Log in to Blackboard. Click on the Blackboard course you'd like to link to Gradescope. If you don't see your course, contact your Blackboard administrator.
  2. Next, click Tools (if you're using Blackboard Original) or View course & institution tools (if you're using Blackboard Ultra; shown in gif), and then click Gradescope. This will launch Gradescope in Blackboard Original/Blackboard Ultra or in a new tab, depending on your institution's settings. If Gradescope isn't listed as a tool, contact your Blackboard administrator.
    Original or Ultra: To figure out if you're using Blackboard Original Course View or Blackboard Ultra Course View, check out Blackboard's article on determining your course view.
  3. Once Gradescope launches, you'll see a dialog box with course-linking options. Choose to link to a new or existing Gradescope course, and then click Link Course to go to the Course Settings page.
    New Gradescope users: At this point, a new Gradescope account will be created for you if you do not already have one associated with the email address (e.g., your school email) that you use in Blackboard.

    Existing Gradescope users: If you already have a Gradescope account under the email address that's associated with your Blackboard account (e.g., your school email), a new Gradescope account will not be created for you, and clicking the Gradescope link in Blackboard will take you to your existing account.
  4. On the Course Settings page, you can update the course title, description, rubric types, and score bounds. Keep in mind that course title and description changes made here will only appear in Gradescope, not in Blackboard.
  5. When you're finished, click Update Course. Your course is now linked and your students can access this Gradescope course. Now, it's recommended that you sync your roster.
 

Syncing your roster

  1. Navigate to your Gradescope Course Dashboard. If you're continuing from the steps in the section above, you will already be there. If not, log in to the Gradescope website and click your course, or log in to Blackboard click your course, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope. Both methods will take you to your Gradescope Course Dashboard.
  2. On your Gradescope Course Dashboard, next click Roster in the left sidebar to get to your Roster page.
  3. On your Roster page in Gradescope, click the Sync Blackboard Roster button. A dialog box will appear explaining how accounts will be synced. All names, emails, and IDs will be auto-synced from Blackboard. All user roles will be synced depending on how your institution initially configured your Gradescope integration. Section names will not be carried over from Blackboard, but you can add them in easily after you've synced rosters (see the note at the end of this section)
    modal window of instructor syncing blackboard roster to gradescope
  4. By default, Gradescope will email users to say that they've been added to the course. If you don't want users to be notified, uncheck "Let new users know that they were added to the course" in the dialog box.
  5. Click Sync Roster. If students add/drop in Blackboard, be sure to re-sync the roster. Existing submissions/grades for dropped students will be preserved. See the Adding Students and Staff article for more tips. If you have any roster-syncing issues, see the Troubleshooting section at the end of this page or contact help@gradescope.com.
    To add section names: After syncing, click Download Roster (bottom of Gradescope Roster page) > Add a Section column with section values to the CSV file > Click Add Students or Staff > Upload the CSV back to Gradescope. Blackboard linking and any existing submissions and grades will be preserved as long as emails stay the same. Please note that if you re-sync your roster, you will lose any customized section names you added.
 

Setting up your Gradescope assignment

Instructor creating an assignment in Blackboard Original
  1. Navigate to your Gradescope Course Dashboard. If you're continuing from the steps in the section above, you will already be there. If not, log in to the Gradescope website and click your course, or log in to Blackboard click your course, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope. Both methods will take you to your Gradescope Course Dashboard.
  2. On your Gradescope Course Dashboard, click an existing Gradescope assignment or click Create Assignment to make a new one. If you're updating an existing assignment, click Settings in the left sidebar, make your changes, and then click Save. If you're creating a new assignment, next choose the assignment type and settings. See our Help Center article on creating an assignment for details on assignments and settings. When you've chosen your settings, click Create Assignment.
  3. Your assignment is now updated/created. For student-uploaded assignments, once your release date passes in Gradescope, students will be able to submit work via the Gradescope website or the Gradescope tool link in their Blackboard course.
    Do I need to connect my Gradescope assignment to Blackboard? Yes, but if students will be submitting their own work, it's recommended that you wait until you're ready to post grades to link your Gradescope assignment to a Blackboard assignment, grade column (Original), or gradebook item (Ultra). This helps ensure that students will only submit to the Gradescope assignment (which they can access via the link in the course or the Gradescope website) rather than to any corresponding assignment, column, or item they may find in Blackboard. Work submitted to Blackboard will not appear in Gradescope. If you want to connect your Gradescope assignment to Blackboard before grading is done, see Steps 1-3 of Posting grades.
 

Grading submissions

  1. Navigate to your Gradescope Course Dashboard. If you're continuing from the steps in the section above, you will already be there. If not, log in to Gradescope website and click your course, or log in to Blackboard click your course, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope. Both methods will take you to your Gradescope Course Dashboard.
  2. On your Gradescope Course Dashboard, click the assignment and Grade Submissions in the left sidebar to start grading.
  3. Once you do that, the process for grading is the same for Blackboard and non-Blackboard Gradescope users, so check out the detailed article on Grading Submissions. Once you've finished grading, be sure to connect your Gradescope assignment to Blackboard so you can post grades to Blackboard (see the next section).
    Instructor grading submission in Blackboard
 

Posting grades

  1. First, make sure you've synced your roster.
  2. Then to post Gradescope grades to Blackboard, you need to create or have an existing Blackboard assignment or another type of grade column (Original) or gradebook item (Ultra) in your course that you will connect to your Gradescope assignment. Make sure the overall point value listed in Blackboard for this assignment, grade column, or gradebook item matches the overall point value listed in Gradescope for the assignment.
    Creating Blackboard assignments: If you need help creating an assignment, see Blackboard's Create and Edit Assignments guide for Original and Ultra users.

    Creating Blackboard grade columns and gradebook items: If you need help understanding or creating grade columns (Original) or gradebook items (Ultra), see Blackboard's Grade Columns guide for Original and Ultra users.
  3. Once your gradebook item or grade column is set up, log in to the Gradescope website or launch the Gradescope tool from your Blackboard course. When Gradescope launches, click the Gradescope assignment you'd like to link to Blackboard, expand the left sidebar, and click Settings. Scroll down to the Blackboard Assignment section and click Link. When the dialog box appears, select the name of the corresponding Blackboard assignment, grade column, or gradebook item from the dropdown. Your Gradescope assignment is now connected to your Blackboard grade column (Original) or gradebook item (Ultra).
    Instructor linking Blackboard assignment to Gradescope
  4. Then with your assignment open in Gradescope, expand the left sidebar (if it isn't already) and click Review Grades. On the Review Grades page in Gradescope, click the Post Grades to Blackboard button. When the dialog box appears, click Post Grades. Posting Grades to Blackboard will only post the students' final assignment scores from Gradescope to the corresponding Blackboard grade column or gradebook item. Only grades for fully graded submissions (which have a checkmark in the Graded column on the Review Grades page) will be posted.
    instructor posting grades to Blackboard from Gradescope
    If grades aren't posting: Re-sync the roster > Click Post Grades to Blackboard again. If that doesn't work, email help@gradescope.com.
  5. If you want students to also see their graded, annotated submissions, question-by-question scores, rubrics, and feedback on Gradescope, click the Publish Grades button. If you'd like to, click the Compose Email to Students button at the bottom of the Review Grades page in Gradescope to alert students via email that their grades are now visible. To see what your students will see when they view their grades, check out the article on Using Gradescope with Blackboard as a Student.
 

Troubleshooting

Roster-syncing issues

Issue

Solution

I can only sync part of my roster.

If some members of your course can’t be synced along with the rest of your roster, most likely, these members do not have an email address associated with their account in Blackboard. To fix the issue, either ask the course members or your Blackboard admin to add the email addresses to the accounts in Blackboard. Then re-sync the roster.

I can't sync my roster at all.

Please contact help@gradescope.com.

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