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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 already have a Gradescope account under the email address that's associated with your Blackboard account (e.g., your school email), when you access Gradescope in Blackboard you will be taken to your existing account. If you do end up with multiple accounts under multiple emails, you 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. Determine your LTI version.
  • Step 2. Link your courses.
  • Step 3. Sync your roster.
  • Step 4. Set up your assignment.
  • Step 5. Grade submissions.
  • Step 6. Post grades.
 

Determining your LTI tool version

An application programming interface (API) is a type of software that allows two apps to communicate with each other. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a type of software developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium specifically to allow learning systems, such as Blackboard, to communicate with external systems, such as Gradescope. Depending on your institution's configuration, you may be launching Gradescope from Blackboard using LTI version 1.3 or using the older version, LTI 1.0 combined with Blackboard's custom API. Because the process for using Gradescope with Blackboard can differ slightly based on which integration version you have, it's recommended that before you continue on with this page you use one of the methods below to figure out whether your institution is launching Gradescope with LTI 1.0 + API or simply with LTI 1.3.

  • Method 1 (recommended): Contact your institution's Blackboard administrator or help@gradescope.com to ask if you're using Gradescope in Blackboard with LTI 1.0 + API or LTI 1.3.
  • Method 2: Check your assignment-linking capabilities. To do that in Blackboard Original, go to your course homepage, click Content, click Build Content, and then see if Gradescope is listed as a content option. In Blackboard Ultra, go to your course homepage, click the + button under Course Content, click Content Market, and see if Gradescope Assignment is listed as a content option. If Gradescope is listed as a linkable content option under Build Content or Gradescope Assignment is listed in the Content Market, then your institution is most likely using LTI 1.3. If not, you're most likely using LTI 1.0 + API. Keep in mind that this is not a foolproof method and the best option is to contact either your admin or help@gradescope.com.
 

Linking your 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.
  1. Log in to Blackboard. Click on the Blackboard course you'd like to link to Gradescope. If you don't see the course you need, contact your Blackboard administrator.
  2. Next, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra; shown in gif), and then click Gradescope. Depending on your institution's settings, this will launch Gradescope in a new tab or in an embedded window in Blackboard Original/Blackboard Ultra. If Gradescope isn't listed as a tool, contact your Blackboard administrator.
    Original or Ultra: To figure out if you're using Blackboard Original 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. Launch your Course Dashboard in Gradescope. If you're continuing from the steps in the section above, you will already be there. If not, log in to Blackboard, click your course, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope. This will launch your Course Dashboard in Gradescope.
  2. On your Course Dashboard, expand Gradescope's left sidebar (if it isn't already) and click Roster to get to your Roster page. On your Roster page, click the Sync Blackboard Roster button.
    LTI 1.3 terminology differences: If your institution uses the Gradescope LTI 1.3 tool and uses a different name for Blackboard, that customized name could appear on the button instead of the word "Blackboard."
  3. Next, a dialog box will appear explaining how accounts will be synced. All names and emails will be auto-synced from Blackboard. Student IDs will also be synced if you're using LTI 1.0 + API. All user roles will be synced depending on how your institution initially configured your Gradescope integration. Section names or numbers will not be carried over from Blackboard, but you can add them and other identifying info after you've synced the roster (see note after Step 5).
    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. Note that 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, IDs, etc: After syncing, click Download Roster (Gradescope Roster page) to get a roster CSV file > Add your new column of info with a header to the roster CSV > If you want to be able to grade by section, make sure the column header contains the word "section" or "sections" > Click Add Students or Staff (Gradescope Roster page) > Upload the CSV back to Gradescope > Click the + sign on the roster import screen > Select the new column's header name from the dropdown > Click Import. Blackboard linking and any existing submissions and grades will be preserved as long as emails stayed the same.
 

Setting up your assignments

Setting up a Gradescope assignment is slightly different depending on whether you're using LTI 1.0 + API or LTI 1.3 in Blackboard. Click the appropriate tab below to see how to complete this part of the process based on which LTI version you're using.

 

  1. Navigate to your Assignments page in Gradescope. To do that, log in to Blackboard click your course, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), click Gradescope, and then click Assignments once Gradescope launches. If you're already in your course in Gradescope, simply click Assignments in the left sidebar.
  2. On your Assignments page in Gradescope, click an existing assignment or click Create Assignment to make a new one.

  3. If you're updating an existing assignment, you can get to your assignment's settings, questions, outline, etc., from Gradescope's left sidebar. Save your updates when you're finished. If you're creating a new assignment, next you'll choose the assignment type and settings. When you're finished, click Create Assignment.
  4. Based on the type of assignment you chose, you'll then be taken to a screen where you can add your assignment questions, create your outline, upload your autograder file, etc. Check out the suite of guides on the Assignment Workflow if you need help.
  5. Save your work in Gradescope when you're finished. For student-uploaded assignments, once your release date passes in Gradescope, students will be able to submit work via the Gradescope course link in their Blackboard course under Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra).
Why hasn't this Gradescope assignment shown up in my Blackboard gradebook yet? With LTI 1.0 + API, you will need to create a Blackboard assignment, grade column (Original), or gradebook item (Ultra) and link your Gradescope assignment to it for the Gradescope assignment to show in your Blackboard gradebook. If students will be submitting their own work, it's recommended that you wait until you're ready to post grades to do that. If you want to connect your Gradescope assignment to a Blackboard assignment, grade column, or gradebook item before grading is done, see Steps 1-3 of Posting grades > LTI 1.0 + API.
  1. If you're using Blackboard Original, go to your course homepage in Blackboard > click Content (left sidebar) > click Build Content (header bar) > select Gradescope. In Blackboard Ultra, go to your course homepage > click the + button under Course Content > click Content Market > you will see two Gradescope buttons > select Gradescope Assignment. This will launch Gradescope.
    If the Gradescope Assignment button isn't there in Blackboard Ultra: Contact your Blackboard admin. First, verify with them that you're using LTI 1.3. Then ask them what button you should click in the Content Market to link a Gradescope assignment to Blackboard.
  2. When Gradescope launches, you will see a dialog box about assignment-linking. Decide whether you'd like to create a new Gradescope assignment or link to an existing one (if you have any in this course). Then, click the Link Assignment button.
  3. When to link: If submissions will be student-uploaded, it's highly recommended that link your Gradescope assignment to Blackboard before releasing it to students so they can easily access the assignment via Blackboard. If submissions will be instructor-uploaded, it's recommended that you wait to link the assignment until you're ready to publish grades.

    instructor creating an assignment via Blackboard
    To enlarge/restart the gif: Right-click on it. Then select Open Image in New Tab.
  4. If you're updating an existing assignment, you can get to your assignment's settings, questions, outline, etc., from Gradescope's left sidebar. Save your updates when you're finished. If you're creating a new assignment, next you'll choose the assignment type and settings. When you've chosen your settings, click Create Assignment. This will take you to the Content (Original) or Course Content page (Ultra) in Blackboard where you and your students will now see a direct link to this Gradescope assignment.
  5. In Blackboard, click the assignment link you just created to go back to Gradescope and add or edit your assignment outline, questions, autograder file, etc. Check out the suite of guides on the Assignment Workflow if you need help.
  6. Save your work in Gradescope when you're finished. For student-uploaded assignments, once your release date passes in Gradescope, students will be able to submit work when they access Gradescope via the assignment link you just created or via the Gradescope course link under Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra).

 

Grading submissions

  1. Launch the Gradescope assignment you'd like to grade. To do that from your Blackboard course homepage, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope. When Gradescope launches, click your course and then the assignment. Alternatively, if you're using LTI 1.3 and you created a direct assignment link on your Blackboard Content (Original) or Course Content page (Ultra), you can click that link to be taken directly to the assignment in Gradescope.
  2. When your assignment is open, expand Gradescope's left sidebar (if it isn't already), and click Grade Submissions.
  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.
    Instructor grading submission in Blackboard
 

Posting grades

Troubleshooting: If you encounter any issues while trying to post grades from Gradescope to Blackboard, please see our troubleshooting section on grade-posting issues at the end of this article. If the solutions there don't work or the problem you're trying to solve isn't listed, please contact help@gradescope.com.

Posting grades is slightly different depending on whether you're using LTI 1.0 + API or LTI 1.3 in Blackboard. Click the appropriate tab below to see how to complete this part of the process based on which LTI version you're using.

 
  1. First, make sure you've synced your roster.
  2. Then to post Gradescope grades to Blackboard as an LTI 1.0 + API user, 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, grade columns, and gradebook items: If you need help creating an assignment, see Blackboard's Create and Edit Assignments guide for Original and Ultra users. 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, 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 to Blackboard
  4. With your assignment open, expand Gradescope's 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 Gradescope grades to Blackboard
  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.
  1. First, make sure you've synced your roster.
  2. Then launch your graded assignment in Gradescope, expand the left sidebar (if it isn't already) and click Review Grades. On the Review Grades page in Gradescope, scroll down and click Post Grades to Blackboard. Keep in mind that if your institution uses a different name for Blackboard, that customized name could appear on the button instead of "Blackboard."

    Instructor posting Gradescope grades to Blackboard
  3. When the dialog box appears, click Post Grades. These grades will now appear in your gradebook in Blackboard. Keep in mind that 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.
    If you don't see a Post Grades button: Go to your Blackboard course. Click your Gradescope assignment link there to launch it. Click Review Grades (left sidebar in Gradescope). The Post Grades button should be in the footer of the Review Grades page now. If that didn't work, contact help@gradescope.com.
  4. 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.

After I unlink a Blackboard course from Gradescope, the initially synced roster will remain on the Roster page even after I link a new course.

Please contact help@gradescope.com to have the excess students removed. Alternatively, if there are no assignments within the course, you can delete it and create a new one to link with Gradescope.

Grade-posting issues

Issues

Solutions

I can't post grades from Gradescope to Blackboard.

  1. Re-sync the roster in Gradescope.
  2. Next, go to your Review Grades page in Gradescope. Make sure a teal checkmark appears for each student in the Graded column. If a student is missing a checkmark, but they submitted work, go to the Manage Submissions, open their submission, and make sure you gave them a score on every question.
  3. Then click Post Grades to Blackboard again. If that doesn't work, please contact help@gradescope.com.

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