Provide grades and feedback on individual assignment submissions

Why use it?

Moodle has various ways of marking and providing feedback online.  This method is the most straightforward for providing individual grades and feedback. It allows markers to view the submitted work on the same screen that they provide feedback comments, which should reduce errors and make the marking process easier.

Step 1: Add an assignment

See our Assignment set-up guide (individual and group) for the settings.

Within the Assignment settings, it is possible to restrict the file types that students can submit. For example, if you want to ensure the work shows up on the marking page, you may want to specify that students have to submit a PDF

file. You can do this in the Assignment settings under Submission types, Accepted file types. See our Assignment set-up guide (individual and group) for more information.

Displays the submission type options which include file submissions, media collection, audio and online text. The maximum number of uploaded files. maximum submission size and accepted file types are displayed.



Step 2: Students submit

Note that students do not need to have submitted anything for marks and feedback to be entered.

Step 3: View the submissions table

Once the deadline for students to submit has passed, click on the assignment. This will bring up the Grading summary which will show the number of participants and submissions.  Click on View all submissions to view the submissions table.

Displays the Grading Summary table which includes details about participants, number of submissions made, number of submissions that require grading and the time remaining until the due date. There is a 'view all submissions' button displayed in grey in the top left corner.

The marking/submissions table lists all students and their submissions.  If ‘anonymous submissions’ is enabled submissions are identified by a number unique to this assignment.  N.B. Those with a Manager role can view student identities even when ‘anonymous submissions’ is enabled.

The table has a variety of filters and columns - see more details on the submissions table guide.

Click on the red Grade button to mark an individual piece of work.  It is also possible to enter marks and feedback directly into the submissions table. For more information see our quick grading guide.

Step 4: Grade an individual assignment

Clicking on Grade will bring up a marking screen with grading options on the right hand side. If the student submitted a PDF file, the individual piece of work will appear in a window on the left hand side. If the student submitted a Word document and the conversion to PDF was unsuccessful, this window will be blank. The window will also be blank if the student did not submit anything. PDF files can be annotated using the tools at the top of the page, for more details see our guide on providing feedback using pdf annotation.




Depending on your assignment settings you can enter a grade out of 100 or a scale.

Marking workflow state

Marking workflow is enabled by default. The marking workflow can be updated by selecting the correct option from the drop down list, e.g from Not marked to Marking completed, or In review.

Note: In review is a useful way to flag up any submissions that require moderation from a second marker.

Feedback comments

Text comments can be entered into the text box.

Feedback files

Files can be uploaded and attached for each student. For more details on bulk upload of feedback files, see our guide, Provide grades and feedback with bulk upload of feedback files.

Audio feedback

Audio feedback can be recorded and attached. For more details see our guide on audio feedback.

Save the marks and feedback

Once all marks and feedback are entered. Click Save changes or Save and show next to move onto the next submission.

Notify students

This box is ticked by default. However, if you are using marking workflow (default setting) students will not be notified until all marks and feedback are released. See our guide on using marking workflow for assignments for more information.

Step 5: Release marks

Marking workflow state

Marking workflow is enabled by default. To release the marks using marking workflow see below

When you are ready to release marks to students, select the submissions for which you want to use marking workflow using the Select box to left of each submission – to select all submissions, click the Select all box under Select. Scroll to the bottom of the page and from the drop-down menu With selected… select Set marking workflow state and Go. You will be asked to confirm, click ok.

Select Released from the drop down options and then save changes. At this stage (and earlier stages) you can choose to Notify students by selecting Yes to generate an email.

Students will then be able to review their grades and feedback.

NOTE: If ‘anonymous submissions’ is in use with marking workflow, you will need to reveal student identities before the grades are released. To do this, select Reveal student identities in the Grading action drop-down menu at the top of the submissions table. If you cannot find this option, you will need to ask someone with Teacher (Editor) or higher access to do it.


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