Anonymous grading masks any identifiable student personal information (name, email address, and student ID) from appearing anywhere within the assignment workflow, including while grading student submissions.
If at any point you identify a problem with a submission, you have the ability to reveal the student's name by reverting the assignment setting. This will remove anonymity for all students within the assignment.
Enabling anonymous grading
Anonymous grading is set at the assignment level. This feature is available for all assignment types.
To enable anonymous grading for an assignment, follow the steps below.
- Begin creating a new assignment.
- Select Enable Anonymous Grading.
- You’re done! It’s as easy as that. Finish creating your assignment as you usually would.
- Don’t forget, you can come back to the assignment settings and turn off anonymous grading if you need to.
Once the assignment is created, you will notice that the Email column and student ID field is no longer visible on any page within the assignment workflow. The Upload Submission button on the Manage Submissions page has also been disabled.
When students have submitted to the assignment, you will also notice that their names have been replaced with a randomized alpha-numeric identifier. This identifier will also be listed in place of a name when grading the submission. The anonymized identifier is consistent for each student in all parts of a single Gradescope assignment, but each student will have a different anonymized identifier across different assignments in the course. Students will not have access to their anonymized identifier; this will be for instructor and TA view only.
Course roster with anonymous assignments
As anonymity is set at an assignment level, the course roster will not be anonymized. However, having anonymized assignments within a course will affect the submission information within the course roster.
- Course contains all anonymous assignments - The Submissions column will not count the number of student submissions and will show as 0. Selecting a student’s name will reveal a message stating the student has not made any submissions, even if a student has made a number of submissions.
- Course contains a mixture of anonymous and non-anonymized assignments - The Submissions column will only count the number of submissions a student has made to the assignments that are not anonymous. Selecting a student’s name will only list details of submissions to assignments that are not anonymous.
To find out more about the course roster, check out our guide for more information.
Extensions with anonymous grading enabled
Individual extensions can still be set while an assignment has anonymous grading enabled. Adding an individual extension could impair the anonymity of the student if there are only a few students with extensions, so we recommend only extending where absolutely necessary.
To find out how to add individual extensions, check out our guide for more information.
Regrade Requests with anonymous grading enabled
Students can continue to make regrade requests and maintain their anonymity. The email notifying of the request replaces the student’s name with their randomized student number which is listed within the assignment. Their name and email address are also hidden from the Regrade Requests page.
To find out how to manage regrade requests, check out our guide for more information.
Group submissions with anonymous grading enabled
Group submissions can be enabled along with anonymous grading, but instructors and TAs will not have the ability to add group members. Students will be able to add and edit groups as normal.
When grading a group submission, the list of student names will be replaced with their anonymized identifier.
For more information on how students can add/edit groups, check out our guide for more information.
Instructor-uploaded assignments with anonymous grading enabled
If anonymous grading is enabled on instructor-uploaded assignments, scanned submissions will still be automatically matched to students, but manual matching of unassigned submissions will be disabled. Gradescope-assigned student names and ID numbers will also not be visible on the Manage Submissions page. For this reason, we recommend only enabling anonymous grading for instructor-uploaded assignments once all the scans have been uploaded and matched to students. Alternatively, instructors could disable anonymous grading once grading is completed and finish matching any unassigned submissions.
For anonymizing grading on instructor-uploaded assignments, we also advise that instructors only include an ID region and not a name region on the exams.