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Anonymous Grading

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Enabling anonymous grading during the creation stage allows you to eliminate grading bias for high-stake assignments.

Whenever you want to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to your grading, you can use the anonymous grading feature. Without knowing who submitted an assignment, you are not unduly influenced by a student's previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. This practice can also contribute to the student-instructor relationship because students are assured that grading was unbiased.

On the Create Assignment page, you can choose to hide student names when viewing and grading submissions. Students are alerted to the anonymous grading setting on the Upload Assignment page. However, in your assignment instructions, you can additionally ask students not to include any information that identifies them, such as adding their names to files they attach to assignments.

In the Grading Options section, select the Enable Anonymous Grading check box and choose when you want to automatically remove students' anonymity:

  1. On specific date: Provide the date you want to disable anonymous grading. The system will automatically begin removing anonymity before the end of that date.
  2. After all submissions are graded: Provide a due date. After students submit attempts, the due date passes, and you have graded the attempts, student anonymity is disabled.

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    You can manually disable anonymous grading at any time by clearing the Enable Anonymous Grading check box. You can turn anonymous grading on and off until a student submits an attempt. After the first submission, you can only turn it off. If you grade half of the attempts anonymously, then turn off the anonymous setting, the items graded with revealed names will not be tracked as "Graded Anonymously."

Anonymous Grading Workflow

Notifications

You are notified of needs grading status for anonymously graded assignments in the following areas:

  • Needs Grading page—user anonymity is preserved in the list
  • Needs Attention and Alerts modules
  • Individual email notifications
  • SMS, voice, and daily-digest email notifications

Access Anonymous Submissions

You can access assignment submissions that you set for anonymous grading in the Grade Center or on the Needs Grading page.

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  1. From the Grade Center: After the assignment due date has passed or all attempts have been submitted, access the assignment's column and click Grade Attempts. For columns where you enabled anonymous grading, all cells are grayed out so that you don't know who made submissions.
  2. From the Needs Grading page: Filter the items that need grading to show only the assignment you want to grade. In the User Attempt column, all identifying information is replaced with "Anonymous Student" and an attempt ID. From an assignment's contextual menu, click Grade All Users to begin grading.

Both access options take you to the Grade Assignment page where you view submissions and grade inline as you normally do. As you navigate from student to student, usernames are replaced with "Anonymous Student" on the action bar. You can also see how many gradable items are in the queue. To learn more about inline grading, see Grade Assignments.

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After anonymous grading is disabled, the grades appear in the Grade Center column.

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Proof of Anonymous Grading

Institutions need a way to validate that specific assignments were graded anonymously.

You can verify anonymous grading was enabled at the time you gave the grade. Even after anonymity is disabled, administrators and instructors can view the attempt on the inline grading screen or in the Grade Center history to see that the attempt was graded anonymously.

Instructor View

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Student View

On the Upload Assignment page, students are informed if their assignments are set to be graded anonymously. They are asked not to include any identifying information with their submissions.

On the Review Submission History page or in My Grades, students see a graded anonymously icon if their assignments were graded anonymously.

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Protecting Anonymity in the Grade Center

Anonymously graded columns are not included in calculations or actions while students' identifying information is hidden. This prevents a grader from deducing the identity of a student before all grades are assigned.

  • Anonymously graded assignment scores are not used in calculated columns until anonymity is disabled.
  • Anonymously graded assignments do not display in Grade Center reports until anonymity is disabled.
  • When downloading Grade Center data, anonymously graded assignment columns are not available for selection.
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