The Gradescope/Moodle integration creates a link in your Moodle site with which you can create and manage a Gradescope course for your class. It will automatically add students, and you and the students can use the link in Moodle to use Gradescope without needing to log in separately. 

You can also publish grades from Gradescope back to the Moodle Gradebook.

These are brief instructions for folks already familiar with the Gradescope interface, separate documentation is available for using Gradescope. Please contact askIT@amherst.edu if you have questions or need more help. 

Add Gradescope to Your Moodle Site

The Gradescope Tool is a single “window” into the Gradescope site that is used for all assignments. So the best place for it is in the top section of the course homepage, and you only need to add it once per course:

  1. Click the button Turn Editing On.
  2. Click Add an Activity or Resource.
  3. Select External Tool (in 2U Moodle, ignore the custom version of this tool).
  4. Provide an Activity name (e.g. “Gradescope”).
  5. From the drop-down menu Preconfigured Tool, select Gradescope.
  6. Leave everything else as-is and click Save and display.
    Dialog to add a Gradescope tool to Moodle
  7. The Gradescope interface will now appear, and you will be prompted to link to a course within Gradescope.
    1. If you've already created a Gradescope course, click the button An existing Gradescope Course. You will then be provided with a list of your courses from which to choose.
    2. Otherwise, click the button A new Gradescope Course. You will then be prompted to create a new Gradescope course with information provided by Moodle.
    3. If you are using 2U Moodle, for the School make sure you choose “Amherst College Online Campus” rather than just “Amherst College”.
  8. Click the button Link Course.
    Dialog to link to a Gradescope course.
  9. In the Gradescope window, in the left-hand list, click Roster and then in the green bar at the bottom click Sync Moodle Roster.
    Dialog to sync the Moodle roster to Gradescope
  10. Note the Web address at the top of the browser page; copy it to include it in assignment descriptions. Students can then click on that link to come back to this Gradescope activity to submit their assignments.

Linking Gradescope Assignments and Moodle Assignments

The Gradescope activity provides its own assignments and its own submission interface, but they cannot be included in the Gradebook. It’s therefore useful to create assignments in your Moodle site in the appropriate place, providing a description, etc., as usual, and linking them to the Gradescope activity for submission.

Gradescope can feed back grades to Moodle, and in this case it does require corresponding placeholder assignments. There are a few steps involved to getting this part to work.

  1. Create an Assignment in Moodle
    1. To collect and display grades in Moodle, an assignment activity can be used as a placeholder. Follow these instructions to create an assignment
    2. Because the students will upload directly to Gradescope, to avoid confusion it’s advisable when creating the assignment to:
      1. Add a description that the assignment is for grade-display purposes only;
      2. Provide a link to the Gradescope tool (copied from its page, as described in step 10 above);
      3. On the assignment settings screen, in the Submission types section, uncheck File submissions. (Online submissions should be unchecked by default.)
      4. For Gradescope to return grades to Moodle, its Feedback features are needed, so don’t turn them off.
    3. If you’ve already created an assignment for students to return their work, you can download them from Moodle as a single zipped folder, unzip it, and then upload them as a group to Gradescope. Make sure you select the option “Instructor” for “Who will upload submissions” in the next step.
  2. Create the Assignment in Gradescope
    1. In the left-hand list, click on Assignments.
    2. Click on the button New Assignment.
    3. Once it’s created, in the left-hand list, click on Settings and click Link.
    4. You will see a drop-down menu of Moodle assignments for the course, select the one you want.
      Dialog to create a Gradescope assignment
  3. Publish Grades
    After determining grades in Gradescope, in the left-hand list, click on Review Grades, then at the bottom of the page click on the button Post Grades to Moodle.
    Dialog to publish Gradescope grades back to Moodle