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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once all marks and feedback are entered. Click Save changes or Save and show next to move onto the next submission.
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 Selectboxto left of each submission – to select all submissions, click the Select allbox under Select. Scroll to the bottom of the page and from the drop-down menu With selected… select Set marking workflow stateandGo. You will be asked to confirm, click ok.
Select Releasedfrom the drop down options and then save changes. At this stage (and earlier stages) you can choose to Notify studentsby selecting Yesto 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-downmenu 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.