When creating an assignment, you can choose to set up an assignment with moderated grading. Moderated grading allows multiple reviewers to grade a students work and create draft or provisional grades for an assignment. For instance, you may want to allow two TAs in your course to grade all assignments, and you can review their assessments before determining the final grade. This feature can also be used to create a sampling of students for assignment review to ensure grading is consistent and allows secondary grade reviews.
In moderated grading, anyone with assignment creation permissions can specify an assignment submission to be reviewed by one or multiple graders, edit the assignment if necessary, review the grades, and select which grade should be set as the final grade for each student. For each moderated submission, the user set as the moderator is the only user who can specify the final grade for each assignment. Any grader can be specified as the grader who can determine the final grade as long as they have the corresponding permission, but the moderator does not have to personally grade the assignment. Once the assignment is created, only the moderator and admins will be able to change the assigned final grader.
For moderated assignments, when an assignment reaches its maximum number of graders, the grading notification will be removed from the Dashboard for graders who have not yet assessed the assignment. If a non-assessed grader opens the assignment directly, the SpeedGrader link will not display in the sidebar. If the non-assessed grader clicks the SpeedGrader link from the Gradebook, the assignment will redirect back to the Gradebook with a message that the maximum number of graders has been reached for that assignment.
Moderated grading can be enabled with anonymous grading assignment options. If enabled in an assignment, anonymous grading is enabled by default in SpeedGrader, although anonymous grading in SpeedGrader can be enabled separately if not enabled for an assignment.
- Moderated grading is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.
- Once an assignment has be set as a moderated assignment, the moderated assignment option cannot be disabled once submissions have been received, but any edits made to the moderated settings will be tracked.
- Grades cannot be edited in the Gradebook before grades are posted as final grades to the Gradebook by the moderator. However, after grades are posted, grades can be edited in the Gradebook by any grader.
- Moderated assignments are automatically muted in the Gradebook until grades are posted.
- Moderated assignments are not supported with Peer Review assignments.
To create an assignment with all assignment details at the same time, click the Add Assignment button.
If you want to edit an existing assignment that has not yet received student submissions, click the name of the assignment.
Add Assignment Details
Select Moderated Grading
Click the Moderated Grading checkbox.
Select Number of Graders
In the Number of Graders text box , enter the number of graders who should grade the submission. This number does not have a limit. However, if the number of graders is changed to a higher number, the page displays a message if there are not enough course users with grading permissions to fulfill the desired number of graders .
- A moderator does not have to specify which specific graders in the course can grade submissions. If a course includes a surplus of graders higher than the desired number of graders, any grader can assess an assignment submission until the specified number of grades has been achieved. When an assignment has reached the specified number of graders, remaining graders will not be able to access the assignment anywhere in Canvas.
- The moderator is never included in the number of available graders since the moderator does not traditionally grade individual submissions. However, the moderator may choose to provide a custom grade instead of selecting a grade from one of the graders.
Select Grader Visibility
If you want to allow graders to view each other's comments, select the Graders can view each other's comments checkbox. This option is selected by default.
Note: If anonymous grading is also enabled for your course, selecting this option displays the Graders cannot view each other's names checkbox in the anonymous grading assignment options.
This option allows graders to view comments from other graders but not view the name associated with each comment.
Select Final Grader
In the Select Grader menu , select the name of the moderator, or the grader who determines the final grade. The Select Grader menu displays the names of course graders who have been given permission to determine the final grade. This permission is assigned to one or more roles at the account level. If you have permission, you can select your own name as the final grader.
If you want the final grader to view the names of the grader who graded each submission, select the Final grader can view other grader names checkbox. This option is selected by default.
If you want to notify users about any future assignment changes, click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox . Click the Save button .
Note: If your assignment has not yet been published, the assignment will show the Save & Publish button. The Save button will create a draft of your assignment so you can publish it later.