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The Hypothesis LMS app has been integrated with SpeedGrader in Canvas, making it easier to assess student annotations. The integration singles out each student’s contributions to a conversation on a document and enables instructors to enter a grade and written feedback for an annotated reading assignment.

In order to use the SpeedGrader functionality, instructors will need to create their Hypothesis-enabled readings as Assignments rather than Module Items.

There are two ways to access SpeedGrader:

From Assignments

1. Access Assignments from your course navigation menu

Location of Assignments on the Navigation bar

2. Choose the Assignment you wish to grade and click on the Assignment title

With the selected assignment page open, click the SpeedGrader button on the right side.

Location of SpeedGrader button

From the Gradebook

1. Access the Gradebook from your course navigation menu

Location of Grades on the Navigation bar
For each Hypothesis-enabled Assignment you’ve created, you’ll see a column in the Gradebook:

Assignment column in Gradebook

2. Launch the Assignment in SpeedGrader

Hover over the Assignment title and click on the downward arrow that appears. Select SpeedGrader from the dropdown menu:

Location to select SpeedGrader from assignment in Gradebook

Use SpeedGrader to enter grades and provide feedback

When SpeedGrader launches, you will see your Hypothesis-enabled assignment with the annotation sidebar focused on the first student in your Gradebook. Here you can:

  • See how many annotations the student created (including replies)
  • Toggle between the student’s annotations and the whole class, to see the student’s work in context and by itself
  • Add a comment, which will be visible only to the student you are grading
  • Enter a grade, which will be sent to the Canvas Gradebook (Don’t forget to click the Submit button!)

Annotated diagram of the Hypothesis sidebar and SpeedGrader interface

When you’re ready to move on to the next student, use the arrows or dropdown menu at the top right of the SpeedGrader interface:

SpeedGrade control to navigate between students

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