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Learning Topics for Moodle 2

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All Moodle assignments have three grading method options:

  1. Simple direct grading, the default choice, involves; grading against a single scale student feedback through online text and/or file attachment
  2. Marking guide, an advanced grading option, involves; grading against a set of criteria statements, each with a maximum mark student feedback comments available against each criteria, with the possibility of saving frequently used comments, overall feedback possible through online text and/or file attachment (as per Simple direct grading)
  3. Rubric, an advanced grading option, involves; grading against a set of criteria, with statements and associated marks for levels of each criteria student feedback comments available against each criteria, overall feedback possible through online text and/or file attachment (as per Simple direct grading)
    (See Turnitin Assignments for information about grading options in a Turnitin assignment)

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Create a marking guide

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Next to the assignment you want to create a marking guide for, click on the assignment-icon icon or the name of the assignment activity.
    Note: You can either create a new assignment or edit an existing assignment.
  3. In the Administration block, click Advanced grading.
    advanced grading
    Note: You may access the same page during the add an assignment (link) process.
  4. Select Marking Guide from the drop down menu.
    choose-marking-guide
  5. Click Define new grading form from scratch
    new grading from scratch
    1. Give your marking guide a title and introduction.
      marking guide title
    2. In the Marking guide section, click inside the box and give a description to edit criterion name, Description for Students, Description for Markers and Maximum mark.
      criteria 1
    3. Click Add criterion to add more criterion.
      criteria 2
      Note: You will now have the option to arrange the order of your criteria and delete if required.
  6. Add frequently used comments.
    1. In the Frequent used comments section, select Click to edit.
      frequent comments
    2. To add more comments, click Add frequently user comment.
      frequently used comments
      Note: You will now have the option to arrange the order of your comments and delete if required.
  7. Once complete, click Save marking guide and make it ready.
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Provide feedback and grade using a marking guide

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Next to the assignment you want to create a marking guide for, click on the assignment-icon icon or the name of the assignment activity.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Navigate to the student you would like to provide feedback. In the Grade column, click on the tool-grade icon.
  5. Provide feedback and scores against each criterion as required.
    marking guide feedback
    1. a. To use the Frequently used comments, click the box you would like to comment on.
    2. b. To select the comment you would like to use, click the add icon icon.
      moodle feedback
      Note: You may like to hide or show student and/or marker descriptions for a less crowded screen.
      moodle feedback
  6. Use the Feedback section to enter overall feedback or upload response files.
  7. Once complete, click Save changes.

Create a rubric

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Next to the assignment you want to create a marking guide for, click on the assignment-icon icon or the name of the assignment activity.
  3. In the Assignment options click Grade, then from the Grading method drop-down menu select Rubric.
    Note: You need to use a grade type other than 'No Grade'
    rubric select
  4. Once complete, click Save and display.
  5. In the Settings block, click Advanced grading.
    advanced grading link
    Note: You may access the same page during the add an assignment (link) process.
  6. Select Rubric from the drop down menu.
    choose-rubric
  7. Click Define new grading form from scratch.
    new grading from scratch
    1. Give your rubric a title and introduction.
      marking guide title
    2. To edit criterion, select the Click to edit criterion link.
      rubric edit criterion
    3. Select the Click to edit level link to adjust level and points.
      rubric edit points
    4. Click Add level to add more levels to an individual criterion.
      rubric add points
    5. Click Add criterion to add more criteria.
      Note: To delete criteria or levels, click the red cross icon.
  8. Select other rubric options as required.
  9. Once complete, click Save rubric and make it ready.
    Note: Please ensure that each criterion includes a level with 0 points. If not, the sum will not be correct.

Provide feedback and grade using a rubric

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Next to the assignment you want to create a marking guide for, click on the assignment-icon icon or the name of the assignment activity.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Navigate to the student you would like to provide feedback. In the Grade column, click on the tool-grade icon.
  5. Select the appropriate level for each criteria and write additional feedback as required.
    Note: Moodle will automatically tally the points for each level selected and scale these to the overall grade for the assignment.
  6. Provide feedback relating to each criterion in the empty boxes provided. These can be found in the furtherest right.
  7. Once complete, click Save changes.

Check the status of a submission

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Next to the assignment you want to create a marking guide for, click on the assignment-icon icon or the name of the assignment activitiy.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Navigate to the student you would like to provide feedback. In the Grade column, click on the tool-grade icon.
  5. In the Submission status field, you can check the status of the submission.
  6. Once complete, click Save changes.

Related Information


Suggestions to use this tool

  • Use your colleagues - Collaborating with other lecturers or tutors will help your rubrics and marking guides be easier to interpret for students and less ambiguous. It can help you clarify exactly what you expect out of your students, and ensure greater reliability among different markers.
  • Share with students - Both marking guides and rubrics have options to make them available for viewing by students prior to assignment submission. If you draw your students' attention to the grading criteria, they're more likely to meet expectations for the assignment.
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