Assignments

Overview

The assignment module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work a student submits is visible only to the teacher and not to other students.

An assignment can require a student to:

  • Submit a digital file (e.g., word docs, video clips, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Submit an answer into a text field
  • Submit both a file and a text field response
  • Neither - this will allow an “offline” assignment to be placed in the Calendar and Gradebook

When reviewing and grading assignments, instructors can provide feedback comments or upload files such as marked-up student submissions or annotated pdfs. Grades will be recorded in the course Gradebook.

Assignments are beneficial Moodle placeholders for in-class activities. For example, if students are giving presentations in class, creating an assignment activity allows you to include assignment instructions, a due date, and a point value.  The due date will appear in the Moodle calendar, and a grade item for this assignment will appear in the Moodle Gradebook.

 

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How to Create an Assignment

The assignment module allows faculty to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including grades. The work a student submits is visible only to the teacher and not to other students.

A new feature for assignments is the ability to share additional files with the student from the assignment page. This feature can be used to provide important instructions or examples to students regarding the assignment.

An assignment can require a student to:

  • Upload a file submission.
  • Type into an online textbox.
  • Neither-- this assignment will serve as a reminder, and will be placed in the Calendar and Gradebook.

Assignment settings

Follow the instructions below to create an assignment:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  3. Click Turn editing on.
  4. Click Add an activity or resource in the section of your choice.
  5. In the pop-up window, click the radio button next to Assignment.
  6. Click Add at the bottom of the window.
  7. Provide a Name and Description.
  8. Configure the parameters for the assignment.
  9. Click Save and return to course when you are finished.

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Adding Additional Files

A new feature for assignments is the ability to share additional supporting assignment files. This feature can be used to provide important instructions, examples of student work, or supplemental assignment materials.

Follow the instructions below to add Additional Files:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click on the Assignment title.
  3. Find the Gear Menu on the top right of your course.
  4. Click Edit Settings.
  5. Locate the Additional Files section.
  6. Click to add a file or drag and drop a file.
    • Note: If you want to click to add a file follow these steps:
      1. Click on the Add... icon.
      2. In the File Picker Menu select Upload a File.
      3. Click on the Browse button to locate your file.
      4. Click Upload this file once the file has been selected.
      5. Click on the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the screen to complete update.

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Downloading Student Submissions

While you can view student’s submissions individually, you can also download all submissions as a zip file. This is helpful if you would like to grade in a separate window or print the papers.  If you are downloading student submissions, it is recommended that you ask students to include their name as part of their filename.

Follow the instructions below to download all student submissions:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click the Assignment title.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Find the Grading action drop-down menu at the top left side of the screen.
  5. Choose Download all submissions.
  6. According to your browser's settings, the submissions will either automatically download, or you will be prompted to save.

Submissions will download to your computer as a zipped archive.

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Using Feedback Files

Using Feedback Files allows instructors to upload files with feedback when grading the assignments. These files may be, but are not limited to, marked up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.

Follow the instructions below to use feedback files:

  1. Create a new assignment with File submissions.  The Feedback files is enabled by default.Make sure Feedback Files is checked
  2. Follow previous instructions to download all of the student submissions.
  3. Make the changes to the student files, but keep the same filenames, this is how Moodle will recognize which paper is which. Once finished select all the files and combine them into a .zip file.
  4. From where you downloaded the student files, you will now select Upload multiple feedback files in a zip.
  5. Select and upload the created .zip file. This will finish the process of uploading feedback via files.

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Grading an Assignment

Although you can manually edit grades in the Grader report, when grading an Assignment activity, we recommend grading from the Submissions page. If you grade an assignment in the Grader report, a glitch with Moodle might occur where your assignments will lock in the Gradebook.

You can grade multiple students at once directly in the Submissions table with Quick grading enabled (group grading is not available when Quick grading enable), or open each submission on its own Grading page.

Follow the instructions below to enter grades and feedback for multiple students at once:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Find the assignment.
  3. Click on the Assignment’s name to open it.

You will see the Grading report for the assignment which will display whether students have submitted work, how many submissions need grading, the due date, and time remaining to submit.

  1. Click the View/grade all submissions link.

The Submissions page will open displaying the Submissions table, with a row for each student, and columns determined by the settings for the assignment.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  2. Find the section titled Options.
  3. Check the box next to Quick Grading.

NOTE: Once you select the Quick grading option, Moodle will remember the setting the next time you open this Submission screen. If you are using a Rubric then Quick Grading will not be available.

  1. For each student's submission, the columns in the table provide information or let you perform an activity.
  • Select: To lock, unlock, or revert submissions to draft status, select the checkbox for a student, then, below the table, use the With selected drop-down menu.
  • User picture: If the student has uploaded a profile picture it will show here, otherwise you see a generic silhouette.
  • First Name / Last Name: Click First name or Last name to sort the list alphabetically
  • Status: The Status column displays whether a submission has been made, is a draft, is late, has been graded, etc..
  • Grade: In the Grade column: This is where you will enter the grades for all of the students. Since you clicked on Quick grading, a box should have appeared for each student in the grading column. You can now go down the list and enter a numerical grade for each student.
  1. Click Save all quick grading changes.

If there is more than one page of students, below the table, you will see links with page numbersnext and previous.  You can view the entire class roster by selecting All from the Assignments per page drop-down list.

  1. Click Save all quick grading changes.
  2. Click a page link to move to a different page of students.

You can also download a Grading Worksheet, which allows you to do grading in a Worksheet program and then upload it at a later time. This is possible as long as Offline Grading Worksheet is enabled under Feedback Types.  This options is very useful when grading large classes.

Follow the instructions below to download Grading Worksheet:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click the Assignment title.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Find the Grading action drop-down menu at the top left side of the screen.
  5. Choose Download Grading Worksheet.
  6. Save the file and make the necessary changes to the Grades and Feedback column.

Follow the instructions below to upload Grading Worksheet:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click the Assignment title.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
  4. Find the Grading action drop-down menu at the top left side of the screen.
  5. Choose Upload Grading Worksheet.
  6. Select the modified file, and enable the option to allow updates.
  7. Confirm the changes made.

Follow the instructions below to enter grades and feedback for one student at a time:

You can view each student's submission, and enter grades and feedback on a separate page. Use this method if you are grading online text submissions, grading with Rubrics or Marking Forms, or if there is more than one instructor or TA grading the assignment.

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click the Assignment title

You will see the Grading report for the assignment which will tell you students have submitted work, how many submissions need grading, the due date, and time remaining to submit.

  1. Click the View/grade all submissions link.
  2. Find the Grade column on the right hand side of the student you want to grade.
  3. Click the pencil icon, located within the Grade column.

  A new page will open where you can see the details of the Submission status.

  1. On the Grading page for each student, depending on the settings for the Assignment activity, you will be able to view online text, download files, enter and reply to Submission comments, enter Feedback comments, and grade the submission.
  2. Click on Save Changes.

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Using a Rubric

Rubrics are a tool faculty can use to outline their grading criteria for a given assignment. It provides a structure to the assignment grading process and allows students to see what kind of assignment they are expected to produce. Using a Rubric is a three part process. The assignment needs to have the rubric option enabled, the rubric then needs to be created or uploaded, and then you grade with the rubric.

Rubrics are created as part of an Assignment, and the maximum points outlined in the Rubric is equivalent to the maximum points a student can receive for the assignment.

Follow the instructions below to enable a Rubric within an Assignment:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Go to an Assignment's settings by either creating a new Assignment or clicking Edit > Edit settings next to an Assignment's title.
  3. Find the Grade Section.
  4. Find the Grading Method drop-down menu.
  5. Select Rubric.
    • Enabling a Rubric for an Assignment
  6. Scroll to bottom of the page.
  7. Click Save and display.
  8. Skip to step 4 below to format your Rubric.

Follow the instructions below to format the Rubric:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click on the Assignment title
  3. Click on the Advanced Grading link under the Administration block on the left-hand side.
    • Advanced Grading options for an Assignment
  4. There are two options to choose: “Define new grading form from scratch” and “Create new grading form from a template.”
  5. Provide a Name and Description for your Rubric
  6. Format your Rubric! Edit criteria by clicking on the box that you would like to change:
    • Rubric Template
    1. Name: Title of the rubric.
    2. Add Level: Add levels to criteria by clicking Add level. It is important to include a level with 0 points to correctly calculate the scores.
    3. Add Criterion: Add more criteria

NOTE: For help with designing rubrics, visit http://www.calstatela.edu/cetl/rubrics.

  1. Under Rubric Options, choose other settings you would like to apply to your Rubric.
  2. Click Save rubric and make it ready.

Follow the instructions below to grade with a Rubric:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click on the Assignment title.
  3. Click on the View/grade all submissions link.
  4. Select a submission.
  5. Click on the Grade button in their row (a small pencil in a box).
  6. You will see the Rubric on the Submission status page.
  7. Click the levels that you think best reflect the student’s performance on the assignment.
  8. Save Changes.

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