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Anonymous Grading

Canvas allows you to grade assignments without knowing who submitted them by hiding student names in SpeedGrader for anonymous grading. There are several ways to set-up anonymous grading for an assignment.


1. Select Anonymous Grading in SpeedGrader:

When grading in SpeedGrader you can choose to not view student names.

Click here to view a guide to enabling anonymous grading in SpeedGrader


2. Create an Assignment with Anonymous Grading:

You can create an assignment with anonymous grading by selecting the anonymous grading option in the assignment settings. When this is selected student names will automatically be hidden when graders view the assignment submissions in SpeedGrader.

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>>PLEASE NOTE: In order to view option 2 in the assignment settings, it must be turned on at the course level. To do this:

  1. Go to the course Settings
  2. Click on the “Feature Options” tab
  3. Turn on Anonymous Grading

Click here to view a guide to adding an assignment that includes anonymous grading

Below are several tips to keep assignments truly anonymous:

  • Make sure students do not include their name in the text of their papers or in the file name of their assignments. These are both still visible in SpeedGrader.
  • Hiding names in SpeedGrader does not affect names in the Gradebook.



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