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Assignment Grade Settings

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

About the Grading section

On the Create Assignment page, the Grading section is organized into three groups:

  1. Submission Details: Select general settings, such as who the assignment is for and how many times students can submit it.
  2. Grading Options: Set up anonymous and delegated grading.
  3. Display of Grades: Select Grade Center column settings such as whether or not to show the grade to students.

1. Submission Details

Select options about the student submissions:

Assignment Type: Select individual, group, or portfolio. You can require a portfolio as the assignment submission.

More on assigned portfolios

Number of Attempts: Allow single, multiple, or unlimited attempts. If you select more than one attempt, you can also decide which attempt to use in the Grade Center.

More on multiple assignment attempts

Plagiarism Tools: If your institution has enabled the SafeAssign service, select the plagiarism tool options you want to use. If SafeAssign isn't available, these options don't appear.

More on SafeAssign

2. Grading Options

You can choose to grade assignments anonymously and assign other graders to help you with your grading tasks.

Enable Anonymous Grading

You can enable anonymous grading to eliminate grading bias for high-stake assignments. You can hide student names during grading, making them anonymous. You aren't 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.

After you select the Enable Anonymous Grading check box, choose when you want to automatically remove students' anonymity:

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

To manually disable anonymous grading, clear the Enable Anonymous Grading check box.

More on anonymous grading

Enable Delegated Grading

Grades and feedback from more than one grader help to promote reliability and remove bias. You can assign specific users in your course to grade particular sets of student submissions. For large classes, you can divide up the grading tasks among TAs and other graders.

After you select the check box to enable delegated grading, you can view a list of all potential graders. Roles with default grading privileges include instructor, teaching assistant, and grader. Use the menu next to each grader's name to assign submissions to grade:

  • All Submissions
  • Random Set: Grade a random set of the selected number of students. If you assign multiple graders to grade a random set, students are distributed evenly before any student is included in multiple random sets.
  • Groups: Grade all students who are part of the selected course groups.
  • None

    When all graders have assigned grades, the instructor role views all grades and feedback on the Reconcile Grade page and determines the final grade for each student.

More on delegated grading

Watch a video about anonymous and delegated grading

This video explains how to set up anonymous and delegated grading when creating assignments.

Video: Anonymous and delegate grading

3. Display of Grades

Choose how grades will appear in the Grade Center and to students in My Grades. Only your Primary selection appears to students.

You can also choose to include the assignment score in grading calculations.

Based on the assignment requirements, you can choose not to show the grade and statistical information to students in My Grades.