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Display anonymization key to students

When an assignment is set to be anonymous, the students' names are replaced with a randomized key. It would be beneficial if this key was visible to students.

This would be useful for two main reasons:

  1. It would be possible for the student to include this key in their uploaded document. This is beneficial to teachers when grading, for teachers who prefer to download files and grade in batches, or if they choose to print assignments for grading. Without any identification in the file itself, it is harder for the teacher to ensure they are actually grading the right submissions in Itslearning afterwards.
  2. It is sometimes necessary for the administration to trace assignment activities to a certain student, f.ex. in the case of suspected plagiarism, if the student wishes to complain about their grade, or when checking that the student has qualified for exams/further courses. If the students themselves cannot find out which key they have, they cannot get help from the administration to resolve such issues.

It could be solved by simply displaying the key to students alongside the other core information in the assignment.

An alternative, which would solve pt. 1 primarily, is if Itslearning automatically adds the key to the assignment when uploaded.  This would ensure that the assignment file is tracable (but not to identity) for the teacher, whilst guaranteeing that the key is not distributed in error by the student. This would still not solve pt. 2.

  • Marit Kristine Berntsen
  • Jan 11 2016
  • Future consideration
Country NO
Category Grading and assessment
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  • Rickard Karlsson commented
    April 05, 2017 05:34

    Good idea, we have this need as well. It would also be nice if the code was a little more readable...

  • Lena Sköld commented
    April 05, 2017 05:54

    Good idea, we have this need as well. It would also be nice if the code was a little more readable...

  • Erika Johansson commented
    April 05, 2017 06:52

    Good idea, we have this need as well. It would also be nice if the code was a little more readable...

  • Admin
    itslearning support commented
    April 06, 2017 13:37

     Agree, and we’ll look into this when we’re tweaking that part of the assignment tool. For now, we’re fully occupied with finalizing the new assignment tool for back to school this year.

  • Rickard Karlsson commented
    April 06, 2017 13:45

    @Henning: Sounds good! And if you need any user input/needs about this question, we can gladly be there for you.

  • Admin
    itslearning support commented
    April 06, 2017 15:32

    Thanks Rickard :-) 

  • Sabine Walter commented
    April 12, 2017 05:55

    I agree with previous "speakers" - More readable codes to the students!  

  • Magnus Olofsson commented
    August 24, 2018 13:11

    Problem 2 is most critical. The anoymization also erase the possibility for teachers to consider "who wrote what" in hindsight. I would lika anonymization in two layers. 1 Total anonymity. 2 Anonymous until commented and graded.