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The University has taken out a licence to Gradescope (part of the Turnitin suite of products) from February 2021.

The key features of Gradescope are

  • Enables efficient online marking of scanned handwritten work.
  • Supports timed assessments (e.g. exam is available for 23 hours, but must be completed within 2 hours once started).

Criteria for use of Gradescope in the Summer 2021 exams and resit periods

Gradescope will not initially be available for use on any course. In 2021, Gradescope can be used for 23-hour online exams where:

  1. Students are required to submit work which is wholly or largely handwritten and,
  2. There is a clear need to impose a time limit in order to preserve the academic integrity of the assessment.

This is likely to apply mostly to exams requiring use of mathematical or scientific notation, but also some modern languages assessments.

Eligible exams will be identified by Exams Officers and School Directors of Teaching & Learning, subject to approval by a Teaching & Learning Dean.

Guides on the use of Gradescope

Gradescope provide comprehensive help materials at

At Reading, Gradescope will be integrated into Blackboard (similar to the integration between Blackboard and Turnitin). On courses where Gradescope use has been approved, both staff and students should access Gradescope via Blackboard.

Setting up Gradescope in a course

Enabling Gradescope in a Blackboard course

Add a Gradescope link in your course

Sync the Roster

Setting up a Gradescope assignment

Create an assignment Outline

Giving students extra time

Gradescope: How time limits work

Submitting to Gradescope

How students submit work

Submitting on behalf of a student

Marking and Moderation

Set up a marking rubric

Set up your rubric in advance

Copying Rubrics

Mark submitted work

Providing access for external examiners

Guide for external examiners

Managing marks and feedback

Review grades

Manage marks and feedback – including sending grades to Blackboard

Student help guides

Student guides on Gradescope

Includes video tutorials on scanning and submitting to Gradescope