Grading Assignment Submissions using Anonymous Marking – D2L Tutorial

This tutorial is for faculty who have previous experience using the Assignments tool in D2L and will cover the steps involved when you wish to grade student submissions for an Assignment using Anonymous Marking.  For further information or assistance, go to our Team Dynamix Support portal and click the appropriate Category to submit a ticket. 

Steps for enabling Anonymous marking 

  1. Go to the Assignments tool in your course.
  2. Either create a new Assignment, or click on the drop-down menu (down arrow) next to the title of the Assignment you want to set for Anonymous Marking and select Edit Folder.

    Click Edit Folder

  3. Give your Assignment a Name if needed, then click Evaluation & Feedback on the right.

    Click Evaluation & Feedback

  4. Under Anonymous Marking, select Hide student names during assessment.  Finish editing the Assignment and click Save and Close.

    Select Hide student names during assessment

  5. You will now see a symbol next to your Assignment title indicating that it has Anonymous Marking enabled.

    Anonymous marking enabled symbol

 Steps for grading using Anonymous marking 

  1. Go to the Submission area for the assignment and click the Evaluate link for an assignment.  Note that student names are anonymized.

    Click Evaluate

  2. You will not see student names in the Submission areas, nor in the names of the submitted files if you choose to download them for offline marking.  Add your feedback, and/or upload your feedback files, and click Save DraftYou will NOT be able to Publish individual student grades – you will need to Publish All at the same time.

    Add feedback and click Save Draft

  3. Once you have finished saving all Draft feedback, return to the main submission area, select all students and click Publish All Feedback.  In the Confirmation pop-up box, click Yes.  You may need to refresh your browser window to see that the submissions have been published.

    Click Publish All Feedback

Things to Remember 

You can enable and disable Anonymous Marking as you need to, but once it is enabled and you have a submission, you will NOT be able to disable it. 

If you publish some assignments, and not all (for example if you are grading assignments before all students have submitted), after publishing you will be able to see all student names (so you will not be able to grade any new submissions anonymously).

Camosun Faculty Story #43: Carl

Carl is the Chair of, as well as an instructor in, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Camosun.  While I talked to Carl almost 2 years after we all moved to online teaching, he remembers it well. “Having to suddenly shift into an online world for those last three weeks of the semester was very challenging. Fortunately, we already had existing relationships with our students, but one of my concerns was making sure students came to the synchronous online classes.”

Carl’s program is designed to be a face-to-face program, which is not surprising given the nature of the hospitality industry.  “What we do is interact with people, and the types of learners attracted to our program are face-to-face learners. In addition, they’re typically very young learners coming into a two-year diploma and during that first semester they are also learning how to learn, so the challenge was finding ways to keep them engaged.  I think all of us were quite surprised at how engaged the students were and surprised that attendance was in some ways better than face-to-face classes because of the convenience created through online learning.”

Fortunately, Carl had scheduled development time in May/June 2020 to redesign his fall courses for online delivery.  “It was really about rethinking our courses and creating plans B and plan C for the fall.  We had time as a department to step back and say, okay, how are we going to get ready for this?”  Carl counted himself fortunate as he was going to be teaching our Post Degree Diploma students a third-year course in Fall 2020. which meant “because of the nature of a cohort program, I already had an established relationship with those students. Students were very familiar with my expectations about how I teach so my work was more about adjusting expectations for the online world.  For example, considering how to be accessible to students for online, and how to bring in guest speakers (as I normally do) to enrich my class.” 

While Carl feels that he was able to achieve what he wanted to when he moved to online teaching in the fall of 2020, “for those in the department teaching first-year classes it was a different experience. I know some of our learners were struggling with being self-directed and engaged in their first semester in the program.”  Luckily, they were able to run some of their lab classes in person, so faculty could spend time building relationships and giving students more in-person support to help them succeed overall.  Creating a community of learners online was one of the challenges Carl’s program faced. “We try to create a family of students in our program, and then beyond our program, we have graduates who are very connected to our program and often hire our students for work terms. I think the biggest concern I had was that we would lose some of those relationships, lose that larger community as a program.”

Being online, however, proved to be an asset when bringing in guest speakers. “Because we were using Collaborate, our guest was able to speak to the students from Tofino and talk about her property, whereas in the old world, she would not likely have been able to come to Victoria.  I would not likely have delved in that world had it not been for that shift to online learning and being able to bring the outside world into the classroom, I think that was very powerful.”  Carl took a few additional risks with Collaborate to engage with students. “I use a lot of team-based exercises in my classes and while I was worried about recapturing those, I was able to replicate them using breakout rooms, which surprised me.”

Like other faculty, one of the lessons Carl learned moving his courses online “was a reminder that you need to have a very well laid out curriculum and a clear vision of what your course is going to look like.  Then, you need to consider what tools, what pedagogies, to use to deliver that course and engage with student in the online environment, rather than reverting back to your face-to-face pedagogy.”

In addition to adding remote guest speakers to his in-person classes, using Collaborate, Carl told me one of the tools in D2L he will continue to use is the Checklist tool.  “Checklists have been a lifesaver.  They really help your students stay focused, especially when they have multiple courses, and students agreed when I asked them for feedback.” In addition, Carl discovered the Discussions tool in D2L.  I don’t think students are huge fans of it in some ways, but online Discussions help keep students focused on the course material and create conversation. There is nothing in those discussions that is not in my assessments, and when in person, I even allow a little bit of time in class for them, after a lecture, to go to the computer lab and respond to a question in a discussion,” which can help clarify the connection between the discussions and the rest of the course.

Carl has some advice for faculty moving courses online.  First, “think of it as an opportunity rather than a threat because it’s a chance to add to your skill set.”  Then it’s about finding comfort in taking risks and being humble and honest with your students.  “I think it’s okay to feel uncomfortable because it puts you more in line with the student perspective which helps build rapport. Whether you’re teaching face-to-face or online, it’s all about how you create that relationship with students in the first few weeks of the course.”  In addition, learn how to be flexible.  “Don’t be afraid to being those curve ball moments into the classroom for students to see firsthand. I think that helps build capacity, strength, and resilience, all those things we want our learners to be ready with when they go into the workplace.”

Moving forward, Carl does see room for online courses in his program, specifically with some of the Business classes students are required to take.  “One of the positive outcomes of these COVID years is the addition of choice to how students can access courses. Students are now able to make more informed choices about whether they want to be in a classroom or whether they want to be online and having more options is good for students.”

Carl’s final words to me spoke to new directions for his program and the college.  “We shouldn’t be afraid to reinvent ourselves as instructors, as teachers, don’t be afraid to make a leap in a new direction, because it’s all possible.  Two years ago, I would never have imagined that this is where we would be, faculty who never intended on delivering courses online, now online instructors.”

Introduction to Kaltura Express Capture in D2L – Kaltura Tutorial 

This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using Kaltura in D2L, as well as the Assignments tool. For further information or assistance, go to our Team Dynamix Support portal and click the appropriate Category to submit a ticket. 

This tutorial will cover the steps involved when you wish to create a simple video right within D2L.  Kaltura Express Capture allows you to created videos using your webcam and audio within various assessment tools in D2L (such as Assignments) as well as in your My Media area. Kaltura Capture Express recordings are saved in your My Media space in D2L. 

Scenario 1: Adding a Kaltura Capture Express recording to My Media 

  1. Go to your course in D2L. 
  2. Go to My Media.Click My Media


  3. Click Add New and select Express Capture.Click Add New and select Express Capture


  4. You will see your webcam video appear with a red round record button at the bottom centre. Click the Settings icon at the top right of the video to change your camera and/or microphone settings.  Click the record button to begin recording your video.Click Record


  5. After the countdown (from 3) ends, start talking (note that it’s good to have a script or very clear idea of what you want to say to avoid having to re-take or edit your video(s) later.  Click the Stop button to end the recording.Click Stop


  6. Click the Play icon to play the video.  Click Record Again to re-record your video.  Click Download a Copy to download the video to your device.  Click Use This to save the video to My Media.Click Use This


  7. Once the video is saved to My Media you can change the Name, add a Description, etc. See the Tutorial Uploading Media to My Media (page 4) for more information.

Scenario 2: Adding a Kaltura Capture Express recording as feedback to an Assignment submission 

  1. Go to your course in D2L.  Go to Assignments (through the link on your Navbar, or in your My Tools drop-down menu, or in a draft Topic in the Content tool).
  2. Go to the Submissions area for an assignment and go to a specific assignment submission. 
  3. In the Overall Feedback box, click the Plus drop-down menu and select Insert Stuff.

    Click Insert Stuff

  4. In the Insert Stuff pop-up box, click Add from My Media.

    Click Add from My Media

  5. Click Add New and select Express Capture.

    Click Add New and select Express Capture

  6. As per step 4 in the previous scenario, you will see your webcam video appear with a record button at the bottom centre. Click the Settings icon at the top right of the video to change your camera and/or microphone settings.  Click the Record button.
  7. As per step 5 in the previous scenario, after the countdown (from 3) ends, start talking (note that it’s good to have a script or very clear idea of what you want to say to avoid having to re-take or edit your video(s) later.  Click the Stop button to end the recording. 
  8. Click the Start Over icon in the centre of the video to play the video.  Click Record Again to re-record your video.  Click Download a Copy to download the video to your device.  Click Use This to save the video to My Media. 
  9. Click Save and Embed.

    Click Save and Embed

  10. Click Insert.

    Click Insert

  11. Publish or save your feedback as Draft and continue to the next submission. 

Things to Remember 

You can add a Kaltura Express Capture video into the HTML editor wherever it appears in D2L.  For example, you could add a quick video into a News post or a Discussion post.  But we recommend if you are creating videos you want to use for more than one iteration of a course (a video for more than just in the moment feedback), use the regular Kaltura Capture on your device.  See the tutorial Introduction to Kaltura Capture for more information. 

All videos you create using Kaltura Express Capture will be saved in your My Media area no matter where you create them, so you should delete them from the My Media area periodically (e.g., a year after a course has ended) so you don’t end up with hundreds of feedback videos in your My Media space.   

Camosun Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning January Bulletin

In this bulletin from the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning you will find articles, links, and learning opportunities that may be of interest to you. For general information please contact CETL . For information specifically about online teaching, contact eLearningNote that registration links are for Camosun faculty and staff only.

What’s the number one message we’ve heard from instructor conversations this fall? They’ve continued to use and build on their online experience as they returned to the in-person classroom and would like to keep developing more of these online resources and skills. Three words capture some key messages: DIVERSITY, COMPLEXITY, and FLEXIBILITY. What else did they have to say? Read more…

Camosun Communities of Practice (ONLINE)

Start the new year off by joining one of Camosun’s peer-led communities.

Feel free to drop-in, or contact Martha McAlister to get on a distribution list.

Teaching and Learning CoP Next: February 3, 3-4pm 

This is a time to meet as an inter-disciplinary group of faculty with common challenges and passions for teaching and learning. We can learn so much from each other! Come and share ideas and inspiration around effective classroom strategies, assessment, marking, rubrics, engaged learning, supporting students with different learning needs, and any other topics that arise through collegial conversation.

Indigenous Education CoP Next: February 3, 9-10:30am  

For any Camosun employee interested in Indigenization including (but not restricted to) those who have completed TELTIN TTE WILNEW. You may be seeking greater understanding, maintaining momentum, looking to spark some ideas, or simply to enjoy the connection, inspiration, teaching, and learning that happens in circle. Join us as we explore current issues, through discussing articles, documentaries, or a situation that arose recently in your work.

Accessible Education CoP Next: January 18, 12-1pm 

Join us to talk about practical approaches for increasing our collective capacity to deliver accessible learning opportunities for persons with disabilities. We explore the intersectionality of accommodations, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in post-secondary education. We seek to enhance the experience of all students by identifying and learning more about where accessibility-related barriers occur in our teaching and learning practices, and sharing ideas and expertise for removing barriers to learning.

Mindfulness in Education CoP Next: January 11, 9-9:30am 

Take a break, for guided meditation in a collegial environment. During this stressful time of uncertainty, it seems more important than ever to stay connected in community, and practice our mindfulness.

Chair Share CoP Next: January 7, 8:30-9:30am.

All chairs and program leaders are welcome! Feeling isolated in your role?  You are not alone! Meet with other chairs and program leaders from across the college to discuss whatever is on your mind. Topics are emergent, so come with your ideas and leave feeling more energized and connected.

As you prepare for your 2022 Winter courses, eLearning has a few updates:

  • Kaltura Express Capture has been enabled in D2L. Express Capture allows you to make short video recordings on the fly, automatically uploading them to your My Media area. Just go to your My Media area, click the Add New button, and select Express Capture. If you are using a phone or tablet, you can choose between front or back camera. Perfect for those quick intro videos, skills videos, audio assignments, or feedback videos.
  • Changes to the Assignment tool. Anonymous marking has now been enabled to help reduce marker bias during the assessment process. The transition to the new assignment create/edit interface is also now complete so the old interface is no longer accessible.
  • A reminder that with the new D2L/Colleague integration, a D2L course site is generated for all course sections automatically. If you do not want a D2L course site to support your course, please contact eLearning to have the site removed.
  • Do you need eLearning support? Submit a ticket request through eLearning’s new Ticketing Portal. Using portal will help us respond to your needs in a more timely and efficient way.
  • Visit the eLearning Tutorial website for self-serve support and the eLearning blog for a look at what’s new in eLearning.

CETL Learning Opportunities

Faculty Book Club February 1, 8, 15, 3:30-4:30pm ONLINE REGISTER HERE

Pulling Together: Indigenization Guide for Teachers (study group) HYBRID DELIVERY REGISTER HERE

  • Join us for a series of guided conversations on the Indigenization of teaching and learning at Camosun College. February 2-March 30, every second Wednesday, 9-11am.

Copyright Q&A February 8, 11am-12pm ONLINE REGISTER HERE

  • Course packs are due on March 15th for the spring/summer term. Now is a great time to get your questions answered about copyright, fair dealing, and using copyrighted materials in your class.

Instructional Skills Workshop May 2-5, IN-PERSON, Lansdowne Campus REGISTER HERE

  • The 3½ day peer-based workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn in a fun, safe environment with colleagues from across the college, and improve your teaching practice. (More info)

Great Teachers Seminar May 9-12, IN-PERSON, Honeymoon Bay Retreat Centre REGISTER HERE

  • Venture beyond the limits of your usual environment and deepen your connection with colleagues. Engage in a learning process of shared information and experiences, self-reflection, and action planning. Explore a variety of teaching strategies, innovations, instructional challenges and solutions. (More info)

FLO Blended Learning May 16-June 3, ONLINE AND IN-PERSON at both campuses REGISTER HERE

  • Learn research-based concepts, principles, and strategies that will make facilitating a course with both online and face-to-face components effective and engaging. This course will help you create seamless lesson plans that utilize the most applicable elements of both the online and face-to-face environments.

 Stay tuned! Registration will open mid-winter for the following spring offerings:

With Scheduled Development Intents due on February 1st, now is a good time to start planning what you want to do with your time. In addition to the offerings above, below are some other spring CETL offerings planned:

(NOTE: For planning purposes, faculty can assume most of these workshops will be one to 1.5 hours)





Getting started with D2L to support face-to-face classes

Setting up your gradebook

Working with master courses

Quizzes in D2L

Advanced quizzing

Getting started with D2L to support your blended and online classes

Use D2L to create and deliver great assignments

Part 1: Designing effective assignments

Part 2: Creating, grading and providing feedback in D2L

Streamline the marking process using rubrics and other feedback Tools

Part 1: Intro to feedback and rubrics

Part 2: Creating and using rubrics in D2L

Creating Discussions

Advanced content creation using templates and accessible design

Content Management in D2L

Spring Cleaning


Text-to-Speech support for students: An orientation to the ReadSpeaker tools in Your D2L course

Introduction to the ALLY tool in D2L

Using the accessibility reports in D2L: What do I need to do?

Creating accessible content for your online classroom: 7 things you can do right now!

Using student stories and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to design for accessibility


Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Supported practice sessions: On-demand small group sessions on practice or groups


Enhancing your courses with video (Kaltura intro)

Going deeper with videos and Kaltura

Creating great accessible Kaltura capture videos

Open Education/Open Educational Resources (OER)

Intro to Open Ed and OER

Introduction to H5P

Introduction to open pedagogy

Intro to Creative Commons

Intro to Open ETC’s WordPress

Redesigning your course to be more open

Introduction to common open tools and resources


Aligning assessment with outcomes

Feedback and formative assessment

Alternative assessment

Deterring Plagiarism

Self and peer assessment

Online tools to design and manage assessments


New student onboarding: A faculty perspective

Check out CETL’s new website!

 We hope our new look will help you more easily find what you need including:

Library workshops especially for faculty in January

 Faculty Library Research Refresher—Online, Wednesday, January 5th, 12:00pm to 12:45pm

For new or returning faculty, join this online session to see a demo of the Camosun library’s main search tool, Single Search, and the variety of online resources available. We will take a look at the range of available databases, and show you how to find resource citations. This session will be of interest to instructors who want to integrate library research and resources into their assignments or D2L course.

Faculty APA refresher—Online, Thursday, January 6th, 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Needing an APA Refresher before you dive into the semester? This 45 minute session for faculty will provide an overview of APA Style 7th edition and the library resources available to help you guide your students to the appropriate library resources and supports. Bring your questions if you have them!

Academic integrity for faculty: Promoting library resources to your students—Online, Friday, January 7th 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Want to promote academic integrity in the classroom and wonder where to start? This short session for faculty provides an overview of available library resources to help you support, encourage and guide your students in their understanding and practice of academic integrity. By using library research guides, citation guides, videos, tutorials and librarian support, students will feel more confident to complete their assignments with integrity.

Have questions or would like to set-up a one-on-one session with a librarian? Please don’t hesitate to contact me or your subject liaison librarian.

 Healthy Together!

 CAL faculty support

Office of Student Support

 Library workshops


eLearning Where to get Help Reminders for Winter 2022

As the Winter 2022 term begins, I wanted to remind you of some important information related to D2L, both for faculty and students.   

First, how you contact us for support has changed! If you need help with D2L, Collaborate, or Kaltura, you can now submit a ticket on our eLearning Support Portal. Click Faculty or Student, then select your issue, or click “My Issue is Not Listed.” 

In addition, you can find out more about D2L by opening the following documents: