The human brain is an incredibly complex 3D structure that is difficult to comprehend using only 2D images. However, visualizing the 3D structures of brain components and their spatial relationships is critical for understanding brain function and diagnosing neurological disorders. Students in Erika Fanselow’s neuroanatomy course tackle this by designing 3D models of multiple related brain structures based on measurements made from 2D images such as brain scans. In conjunction with Pitt’s Open Lab, students use web-based modeling software to develop and print their models. This project facilitates students’ conceptualization of brain structures and allows them to teach their peers.
Gradescope, a popular grading software, is now available for all Pitt faculty and students at no cost. The software makes administering many paper-based assessments much easier for instructors, while simultaneously providing students with quicker and more meaningful feedback on their work.
Faculty from many Pitt departments have used the software in previous terms, and their experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. In addition to improving many traditional assessments, Gradescope also has advanced features for online student submissions and auto-grading features for computer programming assignments.
This quick video gives an overview of how it works.
Gradescope also offers LMS integration with both Blackboard and Canvas, which allows instructors to sync rosters and grades between the two systems. Gradescope has also created a “Get Started” guide for a self-paced introduction. Interested faculty can also set up a consultation with the Educational Software Consulting team to explore using Gradescope in their courses.