Anonymous assessment is a method to achieve a fair and legally secure examination and should be used whenever possible and suitable. On these pages, you can read about why anonymous assessment is good and what difficulties may arise. You can also read about examples of assessment situations that are more or less suitable for anonymous assessment.
Anonymous assessment – when possible and suitable
Anonymous assessment means that the students' identity is hidden from the teacher during the assessment. This can be used to achieve a fair and legally secure examination. Anonymous assessment should be used whenever possible and suitable, but it should not compromise the pedagogical idea of the examination. When anonymisation is not possible, you can use other methods to ensure a fair assessment.
Why is anonymous assessment good?
Anonymous assessment helps you as a teacher to reduce the risk of preconceived notions affecting the assessment. This provides security for both teachers and students. It also makes student representatives less vulnerable.
How to implement anonymous assessment at KTH
Many ways to take an exam at KTH are suitable for anonymisation. Several functions, such as Assignments and New Quizzes in Canvas and Möbius, have built-in support for anonymous assessment. Here you will find more information on how you can anonymise the examination.
Assessment situations that are not suitable to anonymise
It is not always appropriate to use anonymous assessment. For example, oral presentations and process-focused examinations are unsuitable for anonymisation, and you as a teacher need to ensure an equal and fair assessment in other ways.
Practical difficulties with anonymous assessment
Some things can be more difficult when implementing anonymous assessment. Certain functionality is limited in Canvas, and it is more complicated to get back to a previously graded student in SpeedGrader. It also becomes more challenging to keep complementary examinations anonymous, and you need to know how to handle de-anonymisation in case of disciplinary matters.