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Using Gradescope with Brightspace (D2L) as a Student

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Accessing Gradescope

Brightspace, D2L, or Desire2Learn? This guide only uses the term Brightspace, but please note that your institution or your instructor may refer to the system as D2L or Desire2Learn.

When accessing Gradescope through Brightspace, simply navigate to your course and select the Gradescope tool link in your course module. You will not need to log into Gradescope separately.

If you would prefer to access Gradescope directly, visit the Gradescope website, and follow whichever step applies to you:

  • If your school appears on this list, simply select your school and log in with your existing school username and password.
  • If you’ve used Gradescope in Brightspace before, Select Log In and then Forgot your password?. Enter the email address you use for Brightspace and you will be sent an email which will allow you to set a password for Gradescope and log in. 
  • Have never used Gradescope but have a course code? Select Sign Up and then enter your course code and Brightspace email address. You will be sent an email which will allow you to set a password for Gradescope and log in.

You will be taken to the same Gradescope account whether you access it directly or via Brightspace, unless you have used different email addresses. If you end up with multiple accounts under multiple emails, you can merge your accounts. Check out the Troubleshooting section at the end of this page if you have any problems accessing your Gradescope account.

 

Submitting assignments

Want to submit using the Gradescope website directly? Check out this guide instead.
  1. Login to Brightspace and select your course.
  2. Select Content. Depending on how Brightspace has been set up for your school, you can select the module containing your Gradescope assignment and:
    1. the Gradescope assignment will launch, ready for submission.

      Or
    2. you will be directed to the Gradescope Course Dashboard. From the Gradescope Course Dashboard, select the relevant assignment.
      Receiving an error message when trying to access your assignment? It is possible that the assignment has not yet been released to allow for submissions. Ensure you are accessing the correct assignment and reach out to your instructor for further help.
  3. You can now submit to your assignment. Depending on the assignment settings, you may see instructions to upload PDFs or images, link code repositories, or start answering questions online. For more information on specific submission types or advice on scanning your work, check out our linked guidance.
    student submit file modal
  4. Once you've submitted the assignment, if your instructor has allowed it, you can view your submission. If you don't have that option, then you will be able to view your work when your instructor publishes grades.
 

Viewing grades and submissions

Want to review your submissions and grades using the Gradescope website directly? Check out this guide instead.
  1. Log in to Brightspace and select Grades. If your instructor has posted grades to Brightspace, you will see your overall assignment grade here.
  2. To view your submission and feedback, select Content. Depending on how Brightspace has been set up for your school, you can select the module containing your Gradescope assignment and:
    1. the Gradescope assignment will launch where you will be able to see your submission, points breakdown, and any comments your instructor gave you.
    Or
    1. you will be directed to the Gradescope Course Dashboard. From the Gradescope Course Dashboard, select the relevant assignment where you will be able to see your submission, points breakdown, and any comments your instructor gave you.
Can’t see your submission or instructor feedback? It is possible that your grades and feedback have not been released for you to review yet. Either check again later or reach out to your instructor for more information.

Student viewing Gradescope assignment grades in D2L with Gradescope embedded
 

Troubleshooting

If it's time for you to submit work, but you don't see a Gradescope tool link in your course module, your instructor may not have linked Gradescope to your course correctly or at all. If that's the case, go to the Gradescope website, click the Log In button, and enter the email address you use to access Brightspace (e.g., your school email). Next, either enter your existing password for the Gradescope website or click Forgot your password? to reset it or create one for the first time. As long as you've entered the email address you use to access Brightspace, you will be taken to the same Gradescope account you would have accessed through Brightspace. If you find that your courses and assignments are split across multiple accounts, see the Help Center article on merging accounts.

If Gradescope doesn’t appear within the embedded window in Brightspace (D2L), you may need to make some small changes to your browser settings. 

  • Safari - Select Preferences from Safari’s settings and then ensure Prevent cross-site tracking is unchecked
  • Incognito mode in Chrome - Access https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647.  Select Privacy and security and then Cookies and other site data. Here you will be able to Allow all cookies.

If you need any help, email help@gradescope.com.

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