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Using Gradescope with Brightspace (D2L) as a Student

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Accessing Gradescope

Brightspace, D2L, or Desire2Learn? Brightspace is the learning management system (LMS) offered by software company D2L, formerly called 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 you access Gradescope through Brightspace, you will not need separate Gradescope credentials, even if you are a new Gradescope user. Simply navigate to your course in Brightspace and click the Gradescope tool link in your course module.

If you'd like to access your Gradescope account on the Gradescope website, you can go to gradescope.com and log in with your school credentials if your institution has that option. If your school doesn't have that option, click Log In, click Forgot Password, and then enter the email address you use to access Brightspace (usually your school email). If your instructor gave you a course code and you don't already have a Gradescope account, click Sign Up on the Gradescope website, and enter your course code and Brightspace-associated email. With the latter two methods, you'll then get an email from Gradescope with login and password creation instructions.

Regardless of whether you access Gradescope starting on gradescope.com or via Brightspace, you will be taken to the same Gradescope account, as long as the email address linked to the account is the same. If you do end up with multiple accounts under multiple emails, you can merge accounts. If you have any problems accessing your Gradesope account, see the Troubleshooting section at the end of this page.

 

Submitting assignments

  1. Log in to Brightspace or gradescope.com. Then click your course.
  2. If you started on gradescope.com, you will now be on your Course Dashboard, so simply click the assignment you'll be submitting. If you started in Brightspace, click Content. Then in your Table of Contents, click the module containing Gradescope in the title or the module your instructor has told you contains your link to Gradescope. In the appropriate module, click the link to the Gradescope External Learning Tool. This will launch the Gradescope Course Dashboard either in a new tab or right in Brightspace depending on your instructor's settings. On your Gradescope Course Dashboard, click the assignment you'll be submitting.
    If you have any problems accessing your Gradesope account, see the Troubleshooting section at the end of this page.
  3. Based on your instructor's settings, next you could see instructions to upload PDFs or images, link code repositories, or start answering questions online. At this point, the way students submit Gradescope assignments is the same for Brightspace and non-Brightspace users so check out the in-depth articles on scanning work (if needed) and how you may be asked to submit your assignment. Keep in mind that if you encounter an error message trying to access your Gradescope assignment, the assignment may not be released to students yet.
    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

  1. Log in to Brightspace or gradescope.com
  2. If you started on gradescope.com, next click your course and then your assignment. If your instructor has published your grades to Gradescope, this will bring up your graded, annotated submission, question-by-question scores, rubrics, and feedback. 
  3. If you started on Brightspace, next click Grades. If your instructor has posted grades to Brightspace, you will see your overall assignment grade here.
    Student viewing Gradescope assignment grades in D2L
  4. To view your submission and feedback if you started in Brightspace, click Content, click the module where you accessed this Gradescope assignment, and then click the Gradescope tool link in the module. This will launch the Gradescope Course Dashboard either in a new tab or right in Brightspace. On the Gradescope Course Dashboard, select your assignment. If your instructor has published grades to Gradescope, you will be able to see your submission, points breakdown, and any comments your instructor gave you.
    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, you can go to gradescope.com, go to gradescope.com/reset_password if you're not sure what your Gradescope password is (or if you've never set one), and access your Gradescope course and assignments that way. If you find that your courses and assignments are split across multiple accounts, your Brightspace email may not be the same as the email of your Gradescope account. If that's the case, you can merge your accounts. If you need any help, email help@gradescope.com.

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