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Delegated Grading Examples

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

These examples can help you choose how to use delegated grading in your course.

Review each description and select the title to go to the example. Use the steps to set up that version of delegated grading in your course.

Parallel graders

Two graders grade the same submissions. They can view each other's grades and discuss the final grades.

Blind parallel graders

Two graders grade the same submissions. They can't see each other's grades or discuss them.

Sample double graders

Two graders: Grader 1 grades all of the submissions. Grader 2 grades a random set, but can view what Grader 1 assigned for grades and feedback.

Sample double-blind graders

Two graders: Grader 1 grades all of the submissions. Grader 2 grades a random set of submissions. They can't see what the other assigned.

Instructor + colleague grader

The lead instructor grades all of the submissions and then views a colleague's feedback about a sampling of grades. For the final grades, the lead instructor reviews the comments and decides whether or not to accept the colleague's suggestions.


Some grading roles may require reconciling of grades—the determination of the final grades by the instructor. Contact your administrator if the ability to reconcile isn't available for grading roles you assign.

Parallel graders

The lead instructor assigns two graders to grade assignment submissions. Both graders grade all submissions. The graders can view each other's grades and discuss what to assign for the final grades. The lead instructor only contributes to "break a tie."

  • If the grades are similar, the graders assign students an average of both grades for the final grade or they agree on a final grade.
  • If the grades differ significantly or the graders can't agree on a final grade, the lead instructor reviews the two sets of grades and assigns a final grade. The lead instructor has no grading responsibilities other than reconciling grades.

Select options for graders

Enable delegated grading during assignment creation and select options for graders.

Grader Selections
Grader 1 Grader 2 Lead Instructor
Grades all submissions Grades all submissions Grades no submissions
Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes
Can reconcile grades Can reconcile grades Can reconcile grades


Blind parallel graders

The lead instructor assigns two graders to grade assignment submissions independently of each other. They both grade all of the assignment submissions, but they don't see what the other assigned for grades or feedback. The lead instructor reviews the two sets of grades and assigns the final grades.

  • If the grades are similar, the lead instructor assigns an average of both grades for the final grades.
  • If the grades differ significantly, the lead instructor assigns the final grades or enlists Grader 3 to "break a tie" before reconciling grades. On the Reconcile Grades page, you can add Grader 3 directly to attempts. The lead instructor has no grading responsibilities other than reconciling grades.

Select options for graders

Enable delegated grading during assignment creation and select options for graders.

Grader Selections
Grader 1 Grader 2 Optional: Grader 3 Lead Instructor
Grades all submissions Grades all submissions Grades only those attempts where grades differ significantly and the lead instructor wants more input Grades no submissions
Can't view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can't view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can't view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes
NA NA NA Can reconcile grades


Sample double graders

The lead instructor assigns two graders to grade assignment submissions. Grader 1 grades all of the submissions. After Grader 1 has finished grading, Grader 2 begins grading a random set of submissions. Grader 2 can view what Grader 1 assigned for grades and feedback.

The lead instructor reviews the two sets of grades and assigns the final grades. The lead instructor has no grading responsibilities other than reconciling grades.

Select options for graders

Enable delegated grading during assignment creation and select options for graders.

Grader Selections
Grader 1 Grader 2 Lead Instructor
Grades all submissions Grades a random set Grades no submissions
Can't view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes
NA NA Can reconcile grades


Sample double-blind graders

The lead instructor assigns two graders to grade assignment submissions independently of each other. Grader 1 grades all of the submissions. Grader 2 grades a random set of submissions. The graders can't see what the other has assigned.

The lead instructor reviews the two sets of grades and assigns the final grades. The lead instructor has no grading responsibilities other than reconciling grades.

Select options for graders

Enable delegated grading during assignment creation and select options for graders.

Grader Selections
Grader 1 Grader 2 Lead Instructor
Grades all submissions Grades a random set Grades no submissions
Can't view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can't view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes
NA NA Can reconcile grades


Instructor + colleague grader

The instructor grades all assignment submissions. A colleague provides feedback about a sampling of grades. For the final grades, the instructor reviews the comments and decides whether or not to accept the colleague's suggestions.

When reconciling grades, the instructor can hide his colleague's comments so that students can't view the grading suggestions.

  • On the Reconcile Grades page, select the Show Detail View icon in a student's row and clear the check box for Show Graders' Feedback and Rubrics (if applicable) to student.
  • From this page, the instructor can add feedback for the reconciled grade.

Select options for graders

Enable delegated grading during assignment creation and select options for graders.

Grader Selections
Instructor Colleague
Grades all submissions Provides feedback for a random set
Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes Can view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes
Can reconcile grades NA