Delegated Grading


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You can assign specific users in your course to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions.

Using grades and feedback from more than one grader helps to promote reliability and remove bias. For large classes, you can divide up the grading tasks among TA’s and other graders. Roles with default grading privileges include instructor, teaching assistant, and grader.

The users who help you grade are called delegated graders and they provide provisional grades. Delegated graders follow the same grading steps that you do, however, the group of assignment attempts that they see are based on the options you choose. After all delegated graders provide grades and feedback, one or more instructors review the grading to determine a final grade or reconcile it.

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Delegated Grading Workflow


You can combine delegated and anonymous grading. When viewing submissions you are assigned to grade, student names are hidden. To learn about enabling anonymity, see Anonymous Grading.

To view examples of setting up some delegated grading scenarios, see Best Practice: Delegated Grading Examples.

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1. Enable Delegated Grading

On the Create Assignment page, choose the graders to help with grading tasks.

In the Grading Options section, after you select the check box for Enable Delegated Grading, you can view a list of potential graders. Use the Show drop-down list to filter the list.


  1. Use the drop-down list next to each grader’s name to assign submissions to grade:
    • All Submissions
    • Random Set: Grade a random set of the selected number of students. If multiple graders are assigned to grade a random set, students are distributed evenly before any student is included in multiple random sets.
    • Groups: Grade all students who are part of the selected course groups.
    • None
  2. All instructors in a course can see what other graders assigned. If you want other roles to also view scores, feedback, and notes added by others, select the check box in the View Settings column.
  3. In the Reconcile Grades column, view who can determine the final grade and feedback for each student. All instructors can reconcile grades. To learn more, see Reconcile Grades.

To help with accuracy and consistency of grading, have all delegated graders use a rubric when providing grades. A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment. To learn more, see Rubrics.

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2. Notifications


If you select two delegated graders and assign each grader a random set of submissions, each grader is notified and only sees attempt submissions that are part of their individual random sets.

You are notified of needs grading status for assignments you have been delegated in the following areas:

  • Needs Grading page
    • You only see the specific assignments delegated to you, not assignments delegated to others.
  • Grade Center grid
    • The needs grading icon appears in the cells for the grader assigned to the delegated assignment submissions.
  • Notification modules
  • My Blackboard on the Updates page
  • Individual email notifications, if enabled
  • SMS, voice, and daily-digest email notifications, if enabled

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3. Access Submissions

You can access assignment submissions that you are assigned to grade in the Grade Center and on the Needs Grading page. If anonymous grading is also enabled, see Access Anonymous Submissions to see how submissions appear in the two areas.

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The Grade Assignment Page

Both access options take you to the Grade Assignment page where you view submissions and grade inline as you normally do. On the action bar, each grader can view how many gradable items are in the queue. To learn more about inline grading, see Grade Assignments.


Each instructor has the ability to view what other graders provided for scores, feedback, and notes. Other graders do not see this information unless enabled.


After you provide a grade, the Needs Reconciliation icon appears in the Grade Center cell. No score appears until the instructor role reconciles the grade.

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4. Notifications for Grades to Reconcile

After delegated graders begin providing grades, instructors receive notifications that grades needs reconciling. These notifications appear in the following areas:

  • Needs Grading page
    • Needs Reconciliation appears on the action bar.
  • My Blackboard on the Updates page
  • Grade Center grid
    • The Needs Reconciliation icon appears in the cells.
  • Notification modules
  • Individual email notifications, if enabled
  • SMS, voice, and daily-digest email notifications, if enabled

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5. Reconcile Grades

The instructor role reviews all grades and feedback made by graders, and determines the final grades. Regardless of how many student attempts an instructor role is assigned or even if none are assigned, all instructors can reconcile grades.

The Reconcile Grades page is accessible from several locations, including the Needs Grading page and the Full Grade Center.

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Access Reconcile Grades Page

The instructor role selects Reconcile Grades from the grade column’s contextual menu. Other grader roles who have graded attempts see the Needs Reconciliation icon in the Grade Center, but do not have access to the Reconcile Grades page.

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Reconcile Grades Page

On the Reconcile Grades page, the instructor role can view all the grades that all graders assigned and see who has grading to perform. For large classes, filter the list by status and grader. Scores that appear with a comment icon have feedback. On this page, you accept the grades set by another -OR- review grades assigned by multiple graders and set the final grades.


  1. Show Grader Progress: Click to view the progress of all graders, what the grader assigned for the average grade for the assignment, and the number of attempts.
  2. Show Detail View: Click the icon to view existing grades, feedback, and view a rubric if one has been associated. From this view, you can hide all the graders’ feedback, add new feedback, and determine the final grade.
  3. Add Grader: Click the icon to open a pop-up window to add one or more graders for this student.
  4. Determine Final Grade: Use the drop-down lists to assign a final grade for each student. Or, use the Final Grade drop-down list in the column header to reconcile grades in bulk for highest, lowest, or average of the graders’ scores.

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Reconciled Grades Appear

After you reconcile grades, the Needs Reconciliation icons are replaced with the scores you assigned. You can view the scores and feedback each grader assigned on the student’s Grade Details page in the Grade History tab. Students see their reconciled scores and feedback in My Grades. They can also click the name of the assignment to view the feedback from all graders on the Review Submission History page.

When reconciling grades, instructors have the option to not show delegated graders’ feedback to students and provide their own.


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Delegated Grading and Content Exchange

Delegated graders and settings are carried over to the new course when you use the following content exchange functions:

  • Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy)
  • Copy Course Materials into a New Course and select the check box for Include Enrollments in the Copy
  • Archive/restore, as users and their settings are part of an archived course

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Without Enrollments

When you copy a course without enrollments into a new course, the delegated setting is brought over as enabled for all existing delegated grading assignments. The instructor copying the course is set to grade all submissions and reconcile grades.

When you copy or import a course without enrollments into an existing course, the delegated setting is brought over as enabled for all existing delegated grading assignments. All current users who can reconcile are also set to grade all submissions.

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