What Gradescope workflow will let my students handwrite or draw answers?


There are two types of Gradescope assignments that work best when you’re giving an assignment where you’d like students to handwrite their answers: Online Assignments and Exams / Quizzes. Here are the general steps you will take when using each assignment type.

Using Online Assignments

  1. Create a Gradescope assignment. Select Online Assignments as the assignment type. 
  2. Enter the assignment questions directly into Gradescope. Add File Upload fields to questions that require students to give drawn/handwritten answers.
  3. Have students work on the assignment in Gradescope and upload images/files of their drawn/handwritten answers to questions where you added a File Upload field. Students can upload files of any type. 
  4. Have students submit in Gradescope when they are finished. Some types of questions (i.e. multiple choice and short answer questions) will be auto-graded, and you can grade the rest yourself on a rubric. 

Using Exams / Quizzes

  1. Create a Gradescope assignment. Select Exam / Quiz as the assignment type. Select “Student” under Who will upload submissions? Select “Allow students to view and download template” under Template Visibility.
  2. Upload a blank PDF of the assignment to Gradescope and use it to create an outline that gives submission and grading parameters.
  3. Have students download and print the assignment. They will see a link to download the assignment as soon as they open it.
  4. Have students handwrite or draw their answers on the printed assignment.
  5. Have students scan and upload their completed assignments to Gradescope.
If students do not have access to a printer, see our tips in the next section for completing exams or assignments fully electronically, even when they need to draw or handwrite on them.

Was this article helpful?
Awesome, glad that it's helpful! 🙌 Have ideas on how we can improve? Sorry to hear that. Let us know what we can improve!
Need help?

I was going to give my assignment in person. Can I administer it on Gradescope without reformatting?

What are my options if students don’t have access to a printer to print their assignment?