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Firstly make sure you are familiar with the document that clarifies the University position on anonymous marking and when in the workflow it must take place. You can read up on how anonymous marking is defined in the regulations here.

Anonymous marking can be turned on either at individual assignment level or for an entire Canvas course. The TEL team recommend that where required, usually for summative assessment, anonymous marking is set up for an assignment at the time the assignment is created.

Turning on anonymous marking for an assignment replaces the student name with “student 1, student 2, student 3 etc..”

It is important to note that any instructor on the course can turn on anonymous marking or turn it off.

This permission cannot be changed at the time of writing.


Individual Assignment.

If the anonymity is turned on per assignment, then the assignment must first be created and published.

  1. Go to SpeedGrader>settings. (it is the cog icon on the top left of SpeedGrader)
  2. Turn on “Hide student names in the SpeedGrader” for the assignment before any students actually submit the work.

There is a Canvas guide showing you how to turn on anonymous marking for an individual assignment here.


Gradebook annonymity

You can also hide student names in the Gradebook. For information on how to do this please see this Canvas Guide


Course level anonymity

To turn on course-level anonymity, you will need to access the course features. For information on how to do this, please see this guide.


For more information on the interpretation of anonymous marking in the Academic Regulations please see this FAQ.

At present, Double blind marking, the process of two academics marking the work without seeing each others grades or feedback is not possible. This feature has been requested and is under consideration by Canvas.

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The university academic regulations state the following in relation to anonymous marking;

All forms of summative1 assessment must be marked2 anonymously where this is practicable3. Where it is considered that anonymity is not practicable it should be declared in the module specification and approved as part of the usual module approval process.

The regulation is Chapter III. paragraph 23.

For use in Canvas, there are several key points to make this clearer for application:

  1. Anonymous marking must be applied to summative work where practical (i.e. not for performances etc)
    • It is the marking of the work that must be done anonymously
    • This may include the subsequent moderation of marks
    • This may include curving marks for boards
    • This may include discussion of marks at board
  2. Where this is practicable
    • SpeedGrader can be used to make the marking process anonymous
    • Currently, the Moderation tool does not allow for anonymous marking

Anonymous marking is subject to review in 2016/17 as part of a LEAP review of Assessment regulations.

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