Anonymous & Delegated Grading provides a more useful, robust option and best practice than has been implemented previously by the “Hide User Names” capability to enable anonymous grading and provide a mechanism for lead faculty to delegate grading.
This functionality is designed to meet stringent requirements and workflow needs for high-stakes assignments. Faculty can ensure anonymous grading in order to avoid bias and to promote reliability by obtaining two or more grades from separate individuals from which a final grade can be established. However, faculty in any courses in which grading is a shared responsibility among teaching assistants or other graders, as is common in large courses, will benefit from the capabilities.
For Anonymously Graded Attempts, student-identifying information will be obfuscated. The student’s name is replaced with a unique identifier that can be used by the graders and instructors to identify a particular attempt for further discussion, without discovering the identity of the student.
Grades are not visibile to faculty or students until Anonymous Grading is disabled, either manually, by editing the Grading Options, or because of specified criteria (a Due Date has passed, or all submissions have been graded).
Instructors can also delegate grading to one or more users with grading privileges, to promote reliability and remove bias. For large classes, they can divide up the grading tasks among teaching assistants and other graders. Roles with default grading privileges include Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Grader. After all delegated graders provide grades and feedback, one or more instructors review the grading to determine a final grade, or to reconcile it.