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Anonymous Assignment Improvements - Enable the ability to message students from the Gradebook

Anonymous Assignment Improvements - Enable the ability to message students from the Gradebook

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For anonymous assignments, it would be nice to preserve the ability to use the "Message Students Who" feature. For example, our instructors would like to send reminders to students who haven't submitted an anonymously graded assignment to remind them to turn it in. Or, in general, if they'd like to send a particular message to students in any of the available messaging categories but still preserve anonymity. As the screenshot below shows, while an assignment has the option checked to grade anonymously, the ability to message students is disabled.



Community Team
Community Team
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I also would like to see this feature enabled.


I also second this idea.  


I would like to see this too. I need to communicate with students who are slipping behind--I don't need to know their names!


We shouldn't have to choose between helping our students and grading them anonymously.  


I agree with the previous comments. This seems like a valuable, commonsensical change.

Explorer III

This would really be a useful tool! I'm a bit surprised it wasn't already incorporated, I was just about to raise this idea myself! Thanks for raising.


I think this needs to be an essential feature of anonymising submissions - it's important to be able to follow up students who need extensions on coursework submission and to monitor late submissions. Please can this be developed!

Surveyor II

@nic_nac and @b_w_reid, Thanks for the help! I have two other anonymous grading improvement ideas. If you like them I would appreciate a vote on those as well!

Learner II

we would like this at our institution


I would like to be able to send messages to participants when scoring anonymous assignments without compromising anonymity.

Surveyor II

With recent updating to the Anonymous Assignment features, we now can no longer use the method we employed to be able to contact students anonymously who had not submitted for pastoral purposes. Please can this feature idea be implemented as a matter of priority?

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

I'm glad I found this Idea because i was going to suggest this as well.

We just had this scenario where we had a county-wide writing assessment for all 8th grade students (approx 2,020 submissions).   Students had two weeks to submit.  Then the essays will be scored, anonymously by two Graders (we created a custom role so they could only score and not edit the course).

What we found:

  • we had to identify several time along the way which students had not yet submitted so we could inform their teachers
  • the Message Students Who option could only be used IF we turned off anonymity after 11pm when we hoped teachers were not online.   But this only messaged the students and it was done with my own account (not the teachers').   Then I turned anonymity back on.
  • We did find New Analytics could provide us a list of all students with Missing Assignments -- but we had to change the Due Date each time since the report only works if the Due Date had passed.   There is no proactive way to identify these students and provide them support.
  • Even with System Admin rights, I couldn't check on specific student submissions on behalf of teachers or curriculum supervisor if they wanted us to see if a student submitted correctly.
  • NOTE:   We had a Practice Assignment that we hoped would allow students to practice submitting, and allow us to see if students could submit successfully before submitting the real thing.  BUT, the issue there was then the Graders could see the students they had been assigned by Section to grade.   So we quickly had to make the Practice Assignment anonymous as well.