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Anonymous Grading

When students open an assignment they are informed if their assignments are set to be graded anonymously. They are asked not to include any identifying information with their submissions. When students review the Submission History after submitting an assignment, or when they look at the assignment in My Grades they see a graded anonymously icon if their assignments were graded anonymously.

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

To Enable/Disable Anonymous Grading for Assignments:

  1. Access a content area | click Assessments | Assignments
  2. Complete the necessary information
  3. Scroll to Grading Options | CHECK Enable Anonymous Grading
  4. Choose when to automatically remove students' anonymity:

    1. On specific date: 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 all attempts have been graded, student anonymity is disabled

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

Accessing Assignment Submissions

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

  • 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 anonymous grading was enabled, all cells are grayed out so that graders don't know who made submissions
  • From the Needs Grading page: Filter the items that need grading to show only the assignment to be graded. 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 go to the Grade Assignment page to view submissions and grade inline as normal. As graders navigate from student to student, usernames are replaced with "Anonymous Student" on the action bar. 

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

Proof of Anonymous Grading

Instructors can always verify that anonymous grading was enabled at the time the assignment was graded, even after anonymity is disabled by viewing the attempt on the inline grading screen or in the Grade Center history.

Instructor View

Student View

On the Upload Assignment page, students are informed if their assignments are set to be graded anonymously. They are also 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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Delegated Grading

The users who help instructors grade are called delegated graders and they provide provisional grades. Delegated graders follow the same grading steps that instructors do, however, the group of assignment attempts that they see are based on the options the instructor chose. After all delegated graders provide grades and feedback, one or more instructors review the grading to determine a final grade or reconcile it. Roles with default grading privileges include instructor, teaching assistant, and grader.

Delegated and anonymous grading can be combined. When viewing submissions users are assigned to grade, student names are hidden.

To Enable Delegated Grading:

  1. Access a content area from the course menu on the left side of the screen
  2. Click Assessments | Assignment

  3. In the Create Assignment page complete necessary items, then scroll to the "Grading" section | click Grading Options to expand the link

  4. CHECK the "Enable Delegated Grading" option
  5. Click the "Show" drop-down list to filter the list of potential graders
  6. Use the drop-down list next to each grader's name to assign submissions to grade:

    1. All Submissions
    2. Random Set: grade a randomly assigned set of the selected number of students. If multiple graders are assigned to grade a random set, students are distributed evenly before any student is included in multiple random sets
    3. Groups: grade all students who are part of the selected course groups
    4. None

  7. All instructors in a course can see what other graders assigned. CHECK the "View Settings" option for each grader if other roles should also view scores, feedback, and notes added by others
  8. In the "Reconcile Grades" column, view who can determine the final grade and feedback for each students. All instructors can reconcile grades


  1. Each delegated grader is notified and only sees attempt submissions that are part of the set of students they are assigned to grade
  2. Graders are notified of "Needs Grading" status for assignments in these places:

    1. The "Needs Grading" page - only assignments delegated to the grader are shown to that grader
    2. The Grade Center grid - the "needs grading" icon appears in the cells for the grader assigned to those assignment submissions
    3. Notification modules
    4. My Blackboard on the Updates page


  1. Graders can access assignment submissions on the Needs Grading page or from the Grade Center
  2. Both options take graders to the Grade Assignment page to view submissions and grade inline as normal
  3. On the Grade Assignment page Action Bar, each grader can see how many gradable items are in the queue

  4. Each instructor can view what other graders provided for scores, feedback, and notes. Other graders do not see that information unless enabled by the instructor

  5. After a grade has been entered, the Needs Reconciliation icon appears in the Grade center cell. No score appears until the instructor role reconciles the grade

Reconciling Grades:

The instructor role reviews all grades and feedback made by graders, and determines the final grades. Regardless of how many student attempts an instructor role is assigned, or even if none are assigned, all instructors can reconcile grades. The instructor role selects Reconcile Grades from the grade column's contextual menu. Other grader roles who have graded attempts see the Needs Reconciliation icon in the Grade Center, but do not have access to the Reconcile Grades page.

The Reconcile Grades page is accessible from several locations, including the Needs Grading page and the Full Grade Center:

On the Reconcile Grades page, the instructor role can view all the grades that all graders assigned and see who has grading to perform. For large classes, filter the list by status and grader. Scores that appear with a comment icon have feedback. On this page, instructors accept the grades set by another -OR- review grades assigned by multiple graders and set the final grades.


A. Show Grader Progress: Click to view the progress of all graders, what the grader assigned for the average grade for the assignment, and the number of attempts.
B. Show Detail View: Click the icon to view existing grades, feedback, and view a rubric if one has been associated. From this view, you can hide all the graders' feedback, add new feedback, and determine the final grade. 
C. Add Grader: Click the icon to open a pop-up window to add one or more graders for this student.
D. Determine Final Grade: Use the drop-down lists to assign a final grade for each student. Or, use the Final Grade drop-down list in the column header to reconcile grades in bulk for highest, lowest, or average of the graders' scores.

After Grades are Reconciled:

After grades are reconciled, the Needs Reconciliation icons are replaced by the scores assigned. Scores and feedback each grader assigned can be viewed on the student's Grade Details page in the Grade History tab in the Grade Center. Students see their reconciled scores and feedback in My Grades. They can also click the name of the assignment to view the feedback from all graders on the Review Submission History page.

Note: When reconciling grades, instructors have the option to not show delegated graders' feedback to students and provide their own



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Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2016 11:38:31 AM