Anonymous submission in Assignments

Anonymous submission is designed to improve the objectivity when assessing work by hiding the identify of the student from a teacher assessing their answer. This feature was developed with the premise that teachers act in good faith. 

Your school system administrator will determine the setting for your school. The setting can be found in Admin>Edit Global Settings>Features and Security.

Setting
Behavior
Student names remain hidden in the activity, but results are visible in the course reportsYou will not be able to know which answers belong to a specific student. But their results will be visible in the assessment record, and any progress will be visible in the different course reports. This way you can still get a full overview of the students' progress within itslearning, but teachers could deduce the name of a student by for example matching a unique grade to a specific answer.
Student names are shown when assessments are completed and results are visibleWhen assessing the answer, teachers will not be able to see the name of the student. But when the answer is assessed and this assessment is made visible to the student, the name of the student will be revealed. This allows the teacher to follow-up on the submission, e.g. in case of a high plagiarism percentage. But since students are able to see the assessment as well, they will also be able see if a teacher changes the assessment after their identity is revealed.
Student names remain hidden and results will not be visible in course reportsIt will not be possible to see or guess the name of a student who submitted an assignment in the course. The result or progress of the assignment will not be shown in any report, such as the assessment record, which can limit the overview of a student's progress. Note: The results can still be exposed via the Organisation API, to allow integration with the Student Information System.

Anonymous submissions can be used in combination with group assignments or peer assessment.  

To use, check the 'Anonymous submission' box in Assignments (right panel). 

  • Student names are hidden. Teachers see instead random characters in place of student names. 
  • Student profile picture replaced by default profile image. 
  • Teachers cannot open the student's profile (can be done in regular assessment by clicking on the student's name).
  • Teacher cannot jump to a student's answer from the Assessment record/Gradebook. The icon (folded tip page) that usually allows this will instead take the teacher to the overview page of the assignment. 

screenshot showing anonymized name and image of student


When downloading the assessment file, the names of the students are replaced with the same random characters. So, it is still possible to upload a feedback file or give a grade, for example.

Note: Once all students have been assessed and grades calculated, it is possible to reveal the names of the students. (A setting controlled by the school sys admin determines this: Edit global settings >> Features and security (Anonymous activities). Three options are available: 

  • Student names remain hidden in the activity, but results are visible in the course reports.
  • Student names are shown when assessments are completed and results are visible
  • Student names remain hidden and results will not be visible in course reports.

Students will be informed that this is an anonymous assignment with a message next to the answer button. In addition they can see the setting on the side panel. The anonymous assignment works just like any regular assignment. 

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Anonymous peer assessment 

When using peer assessments, it is also possible to hide the identity of the student submission from their peers. This setting works separately from the setting for teachers described above. 

To activate anonymous peer assessment, check the setting 'Enable anonymous peer assessment' under Peer Assessment in Assignments. 

Teachers will, however, still see the names of the students commenting on their peers. 

If teachers are not meant to see the names of students, for objectivity reasons, check also 'Names are hidden when assessing' under 'Anonymous submission' in Assignments.  

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