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Marking and grading

Marking and grading are part of assessment process to evaluate student performance and provide feedback for improvements.

Rubrics and criteria in Canvas

Adding rubrics to assessments provides clarity for students and consistency of marking.

Canvas SpeedGrader

Tips about using SpeedGrader, including avoiding the ‘multiple marker problem’.

Canvas Gradebook

Access information about student progress in your Canvas course.

Grader in Inspera

For those who have a Grader role in Inspera. SharePoint site (staff login required).

Tips for marking and grading

Important: The Grade Posting policy in the Canvas Gradebook for your assessments should be set to ‘Manually’ so the grades are not visible to students until they are ready to be released. See our FAQ on hiding grades.

Teachers can create a fair and effective system for marking and grading student work, which helps to ensure that students receive accurate and actionable feedback to improve their learning.

  • Message students who have not yet submitted their assignment. Use your discretion whether this is a timely reminder in advance and/or after the deadline.
  • Develop clear and consistent criteria: Create a grading rubric that clearly outlines the expectations and criteria for each assignment or assessment. This will help ensure that grading is fair and consistent across the class.
  • Provide timely and meaningful feedback: Give students feedback on their work as soon as possible, and make sure it is specific and actionable. This will help students understand how they can improve and motivate them to do better.
  • Use a variety of assessment methods such as quizzes, tests, essays, group work, projects, presentations to evaluate different aspects of student learning.
  • Utilise learning technologies available such as SpeedGrader, , Turnitin External Tool (LTI) to streamline the grading process and save time.
  • Communicate feedback clearly and how it relates to the grade, either through the Gradebook or through individual feedback on assignments.
  • Be flexible: Adjustment to grading and procedures as needed to better meet the needs of students.


Group work and peer review

Group and peer review assignment features in Canvas provide a way to support group projects in the context of collaborative learning.


See also

On Rethinking Assessment

Suggestions on writing assessment criteria: Marking guides and rubrics.

Page updated 06/03/2024 (removed Turnitin External Tool link)

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