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Configuring Gradescope LTI 1.3 in Blackboard


Configuring Gradescope LTI 1.3 in Blackboard

Before you can begin configuring your LTI 1.3 integration
  • Sign up for a Gradescope account. If you don’t have an account yet, go to the Gradescope website and select Sign Up. Select the Instructor role, fill out the provided form and ensure you use the same email address you use on Blackboard. You will be emailed with a link to set a password so that you are able to access your new account.
  • Get integration permissions on your account, if needed. Please email us at so that we can enable the integration permissions to your account. Once you have received our confirmation that your Gradescope account has the necessary permissions, you can continue onto the first step.
If you have a Turnitin Feedback Studio license and encounter issues when trying to add a Gradescope LTI 1.3 configuration to your Blackboard account, please reach out to
Configuration Recommendations

We recommend that you complete the configuration process all at once. If you think you may need to complete it in stages, use your test Blackboard environment.

Configuration Steps

  1. To register LTI 1.3 in Blackboard, log in as your LMS Administrator.
  2. Navigate to the Administrator Panel (Admin in the left menu).
  3. In the Integrations menu, select LTI Tool Providers.

  1. In the top menu, select Register LTI 1.3 Tool.
  2. Enter the client ID - eba2b217-3800-4dd4-9556-1bfaf697647d and select Submit.
  3. The ‘Tool Status’ section will be automatically populated. Please make sure that this is the LTI tool you want to register.
  4. Ensure the Tool Status setting is set to Approved.
  5. By default, Blackboard will send the Username value to the Student ID field in Gradescope.
    1. If your institution stores Student IDs in a different field in Blackboard, you can define it in Tool Provider Custom Parameters. For example, if you want to send the Blackboard Student ID field (instead of the Username field) to Gradescope for the Student ID, you would paste student_id=$User.student_id in the field.
  6. In the Institution policies section, ensure all of the User Fields to Send options are selected, and set both Allow Grade Service Access and Allow Membership Service Access to Yes

  1. Select Submit.
  2. A purple banner indicating your successful registration within Blackboard will appear at the top of the LTI Tool Providers page. Gradescope will now appear as an option for your instructors, but they will receive error messages until Step 14 is complete if they attempt to create Gradescope courses or assignments via the LTI links in Blackboard.
If your institution will be using the,, or instance, select the check box beside your newly listed Gradescope Tool/Provider. A dropdown arrow will appear, select Manage Placements. Hover over Gradescope Course and select Edit from the drop down arrow. Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and locate Tool Provider Custom Parameters. Update your preferred geography from US to your geographical location:

eu - Europe
ca - Canada
ap - Australia

Select Submit and move onto step 11.
  1. Access a course and depending on whether you use Blackboard Ultra or Original:
    1. Ultra - Select Content and then Books and Tools.
    2. Original - Select Content, Tools and then More Tools.
  2. Gradescope Course is now an option. Select this new option. 
  3. You may be prompted to log into Gradescope if you are not already. Please ensure you are logging into the account that has had the integration permissions enabled. 
  4. Enter a Branded Platform Name, such as “Blackboard” so your instructors will recognize this as your Blackboard integration within Gradescope.
  5. Select your school.
In the example shown in the picture below, the Branded Platform Name was set as “Blackboard”. If the Branded Platform Name was set as “Blackboard Test Account” the button would read as “Post Grades to Blackboard Test Account”. We recommend not naming this field “Gradescope” as it may cause confusion to instructors.

You’re done! Your instructors are now able to link their Blackboard courses to Gradescope, sync rosters, create and link assignments, and sync grades between Gradescope and Blackboard. Want to know how? Check out our Blackboard guidance for instructors. We also provide guidance for your students.

Disabling or Re-enabling an LTI 1.3 Integration

If you ever need to disable or re-enable an older LTI 1.3 integration, you can do so by navigating to the LTI 1.3 integrations page on your Gradescope account, selecting Edit next to the integration, and checking or unchecking the Disabled box. Disabling an integration will unlink all courses and assignments between Gradescope and Blackboard and will remove the Sync Roster and Post Grades options. Re-enabling the integration will restore all the links.

Sync group sets to sections 

Gradescope allows for instructors to sync a group set from Blackboard to the Sections field of the Gradescope roster page. Instructors will only be shown this option if it is first enabled in the LTI 1.3 settings by the user that has LMS permissions for their institution.

We only recommend enabling syncing group sets to sections if your institution uses the Blackboard groups feature to associate students with a section on course rosters. 

The Sections field on the Gradescope roster is used for grading questions by section and is an added column in all data exports. To enable the option for all instructors:

  1. Log in to the Gradescope account that has LMS permissions enabled. 
  2. Select LTI 1.3 Integrations from the left navigation bar. 
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Check the Allow group set syncing box.
  5. Select Update.  

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