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Delegated Grading

How to Use Delegated Grading

Delegated grading in Blackboard allows instructors to assign specific users in their course to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions. These assigned users provide provisional grades which must be reviewed by the instructor before posting into the Grade Center.

Setting-up Delegated Grading
Grading Delegated Submissions
Reconciling Grades


Setting-up Delegated Grading

  1. Enter into your Blackboard site and select the Content Area where you would like to place the Assignment.
  2. Click on the Assessments button and select Assignment.
  3. Enter in an assignment Name and a Points Possible value. Optionally enter in instructions and attach any files you wish to include.
  4. Click on the Grading Options section and select the Enable Delegated Grading checkbox.

  1. Select which submissions each user should grade. Note that only Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Graders are possible choices for delegated grading.
    1. None – This user will not be grading any submissions.
    2. Groups – This user grades all members of a Blackboard course Group.
    3. Random Set – This user is given a random set of all submissions.
    4. All Submissions – This user will be grading all student submissions.
  2. Optionally select whether or not the user should have access to other graders’ work.
  3. Users identified in the Reconcile Grades column will have access to approve and post final grades. By default, this is reserved for Instructors of the course.
  4. Optionally change the Submission Detail and Display of Grades settings, and set the availability dates.
  5. Click Submit to save your changes.

Grading Delegated Submissions

Once students have made submissions, the assigned graders will be notified of attempts that need their attention.

  1. Enter into your Blackboard site.
  2. From the Control Panel select Grade Center then one of the following:
    1. Needs Grading – Locate a submission for the Assignment and click on the student’s name under the User Attempt column.
    2. Full Grade Center – Locate the column for the Assignment and click on the drop-down arrow next to the column’s name. Select Grade Attempts from the menu.
  3. Proceed with grading as normal; mark-up or download the submission, provide feedback, and enter in a grade. Remember to click Submit to save your remarks and the grade in the Grade Center.

Reconciling Grades

After submissions have been graded by the assigned graders, the instructor of the site will need to review the given grades and reconcile any differences.

  1. Enter into your Blackboard site.
  2. From the Control Panel select Grade Center.
  3. Locate the column for the Assignment and click on the drop-down arrow next to the column’s name. Select Reconcile Grades from the menu.

  1. This brings you to the Reconcile Grades page. From here, you can view details about a submission, see grades given by assigned graders, and reconcile any given grades.
    1. Details – To see details about a submission, click on the expand button.
    2. Add Graders – To add a grader, click on the plus button.
    3. Grader Progress – To see the status of your assigned graders, click on the Show Grader Progress button.
  2. To reconcile grades, click on the blue reconcile button. This will show you the lowest, highest, and average given grade given by the assigned graders.

  1. Enter in a grade then hit the Enter key on your keyboard to save the grade. This will save the grade to the Grade Center and will make the grade visible to students.