Creating, Editing, and Deleting a Course


To create a new course, go to your Account Dashboard by clicking on the Gradescope logo in the top left corner of the screen, and click Create Course in the action bar at the bottom. From here, you can fill out your course information. Note that this will not change settings in any existing courses.

Who can create courses?

Any user who is an instructor of any course, including our demo “Gradescope 101” course, can create new courses.

Who can see my course?

There is no course search functionality on Gradescope, and your course is not exposed to any search engine. Only those who have been explicitly added to the course will be able to see it. Our help item on the course roster has more information on adding users to a course.

Editing and deleting a course

To change coursewide settings, navigate to the course you wish to modify and click on Course Settings in the left sidebar. If you make any changes, be sure to click Update Course before navigating away from the page.

On the Course Settings page, you have the option to select grading defaults, which include the default rubric type (positive or negative scoring) and default score bounds (maximum and mimimum possible score). These default settings will apply to all new assignments that you create within the course.

You can also delete the course on this page. Note that you cannot currently delete a course if any student submissions have been uploaded. Delete all assignments first, or email us ( if you’d like to delete a course in this situation.

Linking a course from an LMS to Gradescope

A modal demonstrating the way to select a canvas course to link to your Gradescope course.
Canvas, Blackboard, Brightspace, Sakai, and Moodle integrations are available with an institutional license. To learn more about how to get LMS integration for your school, email

(These instructions are for Canvas, but they apply to Blackboard, Brightspace, Sakai, and Moodle as well.) If your school has Canvas integration enabled, you will first need to link your Gradescope course to the corresponding Canvas course.

From the course dashboard, go to Course Settings in the left sidebar, scroll down to the Canvas Course section, and click Link. The first time you do this, you will be taken to the Canvas website, where you can log in to your Canvas account. After you log in, click Authorize to authorize Gradescope to save your Canvas credentials. If you ever want to un-link your Canvas account, you can do so by going to your Edit Account page, scrolling down to Linked Accounts, and clicking the Remove button next to the Canvas account.

Once you’re back to the Link Canvas Course dialog, select your Canvas course from the dropdown menu and click Link Course. Your Canvas course is now linked to Gradescope. You can change the link or unlink the course at any time from the Course Settings page. Note that changing the link or unlinking a Canvas course will also unlink any linked assignments or students on the course roster.

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