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In some situations, it is heplful, or even essential, that we don't know whose work we are grading. I.e our students identities are hidden from us. This is particularly important if we don't want to be influenced by our knowledge of them personally, or if it's an examination. In this video we'll explore what Moodle calls blind marking. And to do this we need to have editing turned on in the course either by clicking the button top right as have done here, or by clicking the link in the settings block.
And then we scroll down to select the section where we'd like to add our blind marked assignment. I am going to choose Assessment and Evaluation. So we click the link at an activity or resource and then choose assignment at the top. Don't worry if you have another link which says assignment 2.2, this merely means that your Moodle has been upgraded from an earlier version and you can safely ignore that. If we click it once, we have information over on the right. Giving us some details about how best to use assignments.
And then we can click the Add button at the bottom. Or if we've already read that in are familiar with assignments, we can simply click the Radio button twice. On the assignment setup page, it's important to give the assignment a useful name so that our students understand what they have to do for it. And then in the description we need to add the instructions for what they need to do. I've already got some, which I'm going to paste here now. We can decide whether to display those instructions on the course page or not by clicking the box.
And then we have some general assignment settings. For example, we can set a deadline, a due date for the assignment, or a cut off date after which they won't be able to send any work in and then other settings. The most important one for us now being blind marking and so we are going to select Yes. We can choose what type of assignment we would like them to do in the Submission settings. I'm just going to leave it as a default, File Submissions One. In other words, each student can send in one file.
This might be a presentation or a word process document. And then, we will scroll down and click Save and Display, and take a look at how we, as a teacher, will see the assignment in the grade book. So, if we click the link View grade or submissions even though the students haven't actually handed in their work yet. We can see, that instead of seeing the names of our students, for example we know we have a student George Adams, it says randomly generated participant numbers.
These have nothing to do with the actual ID of the students, and we have no way of knowing, who is who. So one of these is George, but when we click to edit their work, we don't know who they are. However its important to realize that blind marking is not a 100% fool proof because we can if we need to actually reveal the student identities by scrolling down and in the settings block there is a link reveal student identities. And once we click here, we're reminded that we will be able to see who has submitted which work and that the grading will no longer be blind.
And so in this video, we've setup an assignment with Moodles blind marking feature. To enable a teacher to grade without knowing the identities of the students. But we have also realized the limitations of this, so we're very clear what it can and can't do. And for some institutions who need absolute privacy, this might not be the perfect solution.
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