Canvas for Instructors



The SpeedGrader is a Canvas feature that lets instructors quickly view assignment submissions, as well as give grades and comments for these assignments in a streamlined interface.

Accessing SpeedGrader

There are multiple ways in which SpeedGrader can be opened in Canvas. You can either:

  • Click on an assignment to be graded under your To Do list.

  • Click on the SpeedGrader link in the right navigation menu when viewing an assignment.

  • Or select SpeedGrader from the drop menu for an assignment in the gradebook.


Each of these options will bring you to the SpeedGrader interface for that selected assignment.

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Using SpeedGrader

When you first open SpeedGrader you will see a screen divided into multiple parts, with the primary focus being the submitted document, and the rest being the tools offered in SpeedGrader.


  1. In this section you will be able to cycle through the students' submissions using the arrows next to the student name, or the drop down menu; you can also mute the assignment, or change the settings.
  2. This section is where the tools for working on the document are located such as zooming, downloading the submission, and various annotation tools for adding comments to the document that the student can download and view.
  3. This is where you can input the grade for the assignment, view comments students have made, or add your own comments. 

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