Please refer to guide M09 - Digital Assessment - an Overview for the different phases of digital assessment at UCL.
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What is it?
As well as letting you collect work submitted by students, Moodle Assignment allows you to mark work, both online and offline. It offers a range of ways to give feedback and a place to record a numeric grade.
Why use it?
- Digital feedback is more reliably comprehensible than handwritten feedback.
- It is available to students when they need to refer to it in their subsequent work.
- Different feedback modes are on offer including specific annotations, structured marksheets, general comments, and feedback files (which allow for annotations on student work, screencasts, spoken feedback etc).
- The feedback can be accessed via MyFeedback, which encourages students to cross-reference and take an integrated view of progress.
- MyFeedback also allows students, personal tutors and other selected staff to follow progress over time.
- Moodle Assignment can handle independent ('blind') marking because it allows inboxes of submissions to be downloaded (preserving anonymity if needed) along with a marksheet.
- Similarly Moodle Assignment can handle offline marking by allowing submissions and marksheet to be downloaded, preserving anonymity if needed.
Who can use it?
Single or multiple markers.
Before I start...
Usually assessors need to hide marks and feedback from students until a provisional date. To do this, refer to
Choosing feedback types
When you are setting up your assignment, you decide on the mode of feedback you will give. In your Assignment's settings and scroll to the Feedback types section, which allows you a combination of feedback modes. Further feedback modes are available in the Grade > Grading method setting.
- Annotations (enabled by default in the Grader) - can be filtered, optionally including a bank of your frequently-made comments. See moodledocs for guidance on annotations.
- Feedback files - you can upload files (these could be the student's original submission with your annotations, or a spoken recording, or a screencast, for example).
- Rubric - a marking grid plotting criteria against levels of achievement. See moodledocs for guidance on Rubric.
- Marking guide - a table allowing marks and feedback for each criterion, optionally including a bank of your frequently-made comments. See moodledocs for guidance on Marking Guide.
- Feedback comments - summary comments.
- Offline grading worksheet - summary comment and grade.
- Feedback files - (can be in combination with the grading worksheet) upload files e.g. the student's original submission with your annotations, or a spoken recording, or a screencast.
How do I mark?
- On your Moodle page, add an Assignment and edit its settings, in particular the dates and if you want submission of files. (If possible, tell them to use PDF or Word. Don’t allow zip, or jpgs etc. unless these are necessary in your discipline). Grading is anonymous by default.
After the final submission date, go to the Assignment (e.g. via the Assignments link in the Activities box in the right hand side of your course page). If you didn’t set an end date on Moodle when creating the assignment, click on “View all submissions”, choose “Lock submissions” at the bottom of the page to prevent new uploads.
To mark offfline
- If you want to do offline marking, click on “View all submissions”, choose the relevant Grading action from the Dropdown box, such as 'Download all submissions' and 'Download grading worksheet'.
- The submissions will be downloaded as a zip file that you can extract to your computer.
- Each student will have their own folder (usually anonymised by number) containing their submitted file(s). You can then annotate their submission, or add further files (for example marking sheets, audio or video feedback files) into the same folder.
- The grading worksheet will contain a row for each student (identified by submission number matching the submission folder number, if anonymous) and you can use this sheet to enter the grade and any general feedback.
Once you have finished marking, you need to zip the files back together and upload them to Moodle, where they will be attached as feedback to each student's submission.
To mark online
- Click on Grade in the Assignment to grade each student one-by-one.
- Fill in the feedback box, add some annotations, fill in the Grade, and Save Changes. (Don't tick “notify students” as you should send this all at the same time).
Return marks to students
- When done, go back to the Assignment and click “View all submissions” and choose “Reveal identities”. It is only now that the grades will be added to the Gradebook (see below).
- Make sure that the relevant gradebook is visible for the students: go to Grades>Grade administration>Setup>Gradebook setup>Edit and untick "hidden".
Export Grades from the Gradebook
- You can now export the grades, for instance by clicking on the “View gradebook” in the Settings, selecting Export from the top row of tabs, then choosing the desired file format from the 2nd row of tabs, ticking only the assignment(s) that you want exported, and then Download.
Email students that their feedback and grades are available
- Send email to all students that the grades and feedback should now be available on Moodle in their "My Feedback" section (they won’t get an email apparently). Instruct students to “download the annotated PDF (if any) rather than just previewing it. Preview sometimes displays comments in a way which obscures the original text”.
- Go to Participants via the Navigation box on the right.
- Select “All students” for “Current role”
- Go to bottom of the page, click “Select All”
- Go to bottom of the page, from the dropdown “with selected users” choose “Send a message”
Watch this video on how to use the Moodle Assignment annotation:
(A big thank you to Kris Thielemans from the Faculty of Medical Sciences for providing these instructions)
If you find any inaccurate or missing information feel free to update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).
If you have a specific question please contact the Digital Education team.
- One way to allocate markers to work is to put students and markers into Groups.
- However, if you want to allocate markers on the fly e.g. based on area of expertise, or if dates for each marking stage are a bit more fluid, you can use Marking Workflow - see this Workflow video for an overview; guidance on Workflow is available from moodledocs.
- Multiple markers who don't need to be independent ('blind') can both mark online - but they need to decide in advance how to enter feedback and marks. Where there is blind marking an approach is for one assessor to mark on Moodle and the other to mark downloaded submissions and use the offline grading worksheet to make notes or give feedback.
- Do take active steps to hide marks and feedback from students - otherwise they show one by one as you mark. Refer to the
- Although Moodle Assignment offers several different modes of feedback, feedback is demanding of students. They need to relate the different bits of feedback to each other, to the criteria, to their mark, sometimes to a model answer, and to the decisions they made with their work, sometimes weeks previously. Give focused, concise feedback.
- Uploading an offline grading worksheet will overwrite any existing marks and summary feedback.
Examples and case studies
Elodie Douarin (UCL SSEES) used Moodle Assignment, including rubrics, to help her students relate feedback to assessment criteria. Read her project report.
Questions & Answers