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R-MC Faculty Teaching Toolkit: Assessment and Grading


Assessment & Grading



socrative logoFormative Assessment with Socrative


Socrative is an online tool that allows instructors to create effective quizzes and other assessments in order to quickly check their students' understanding and provide feedback right away. It's great for engaging students while also doing formative assessment of their understanding. Socrative is browser-based (no downloads are needed) and works with mac and pc computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

To get started:

  1. Navigate to and sign up for a free account. 
  2. Use the teacher dashboard to create quizzes, polls, and exit tickets

socrative dashboard

Learn more about how to use Socrative in class (video Text)

Grading in Canvas

canvas logo  Grading in Canvas


Annotate Student Submissions

Canvas has a robust annotation tool called DocViewer that is part of SpeedGrader. DocViewer allows the instructor to review student submissions and annotate them using comments, multiple colors of highlighting, strikethrough, and free draw. Comments and annotations can be easily edited and deleted.

Learn how to annotate (text)



While you can use SpeedGrader for grading student submissions and for giving feedback, you don't have to. Speedgrader allows you to grade using rubrics, and will automatically update the Gradebook with grades given to individual students or groups. If you are not very familiar with SpeedGrader, a quick orientation might be useful (video | text

Learn how to:

  • Get to SpeedGrader from an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion (text)
  • Enter and edit grades in SpeedGrader (text)
  • Leave feedback comments for student submissions in SpeedGrader (text)
  • Use a rubric to grade in SpeedGrader (text)

Learn more about SpeedGrader (text)



The Instructor may set up the Gradebook to include all assignments, which can be organized by assignment, due date, points, or module. If you are not very familiar with the Gradebook, a quick orientation might be useful (video | text

Instructors can:

  • Post grades for assignment (text)
  • Apply a late submission policy in Gradebook (text)
  • Change the color for a grading status in Gradebook (text)
  • Override a student's grade in Gradebook (text)

Learn more about grades in Canvas (video | text)