Moodle 2.5 Assignments

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

Step 1 Editing

Login to course and Turn editing on, located in the Course administration.

Turn editing on

Step 2 Add

Click on the “Add an activity or resource” Add an activity or resource, there is a pop-up window that will have all the activities and resources listed.

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Step 3 General

Give your Assignment a name (e.g. “Report on Topic 1 Content”). The title entered here will be the name that learners see in the course content area. Learners will click on this name to view the details of the assignment and, if applicable, submit their work.

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The description of the assignment, which should include precise instructions for students regarding the subject of the assignment, the form, in which it should be submitted, the grading criteria etc.

Step 4 Assignment settings

Section allows you to determine the assignment characteristics, due dates, when students will be able to submit etc.

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Allow submissions from

Setting prevents students from submitting their assignment before the shown date. This option allows an teacher to set a day, month, year and time (24 hour clock) from which learners can begin to submit their assignments. Please note that this setting does not hide the activity from the learners. Instead, the learner will see the activity, be able to view the instructions and use any materials you have included in the description, but the learner will not be able to submit or complete the assignment until the Allow submissions from date.

Due date

Setting prevents students from submitting their assignment after the shown date. This option allows an teacher to set a day, month, year and time (24 hour clock) before which learners must submit their assignment. By default the Due date is Enabled (ticked) and is set at 7 days ahead of the day and time you selected Add Assignment. To disable this feature, simply ensure the Enable check box is not marked.

Notes on Date Settings

The Due date is displayed for learners in the assignment details, and is also marked in the course Calendar as a visible reminder for participants and provides a link to the activity.

Cut-off date

is the date beyond which students will not be able to send in their assignment as the button for doing so will no longer be displayed. After that date (or time) a teacher may, on request, grant an extension by going to the class assignment grading screen, clicking the “Edit” column and choosing “grant extension” for the relevant student.

Always show description

This setting is used in conjunction with the Allow submissions from setting. If it is set to Yes, the assignment Description will become visible to students at the Allow submissions from date. If it is set to No, the assignment Description will be hidden from students until the Allow submissions from date, only the assignment Name will be displayed (as shown below).

Step 5 Submission types

Allow you to determine how you would like your students to submit their assignment.

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Online text

Allows learners are able to compose and edit text on screen using the standard Moodle HTML Editor.

File Submissions

Allows learners to upload and edit one or more files to form their final submission.

Submission Comments  

Students may leave comments into a text area associated with the assignment. Comments can be used for communication with the grading person, assignment progress description, to let students alert the marker about which file is the master file (in case of inter-linked files), or any other type of communication between student and marker.

Maximum number of uploaded files

This setting determines the maximum number of files which may be uploaded by each learner. As this figure is not displayed anywhere, it is suggested that it is mentioned in the assignment Description.

Maximum submission size

Specifies the size per file of each of the files that the students can upload as part of their submission.

Step 6 Feedback settings

Allow you to determine the type of feedback you will provide to students.

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Feedback Comments

The marker can leave feedback comments for each submission.

Off-line grading worksheet

The teacher will be able to download and upload a worksheet with student grades when marking the assignments.

Feedback files

The teacher will be able to upload files with feedback when marking the assignments. These files may be, but are not limited to marked up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.

Step 7 Submission settings

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Require students click submit button

In previous Moodle versions this setting was known as “Enable Send for Marking button”. The submit button allows students to upload draft versions of the assignment until such time as they are ready to submit. It allows students to keep a draft version of their assignment on the system until submission. Once they click the submit button they indicate to the teacher that they have finished working on the assignment.

 Students submit in groups

If this box is ticked, then students are able to collaborate on an assignment. This might involve for example, working in the same online text area, or one student uploading an MS PowerPoint which another student downloads, improves and re-uploads to the common assignment area.

Require all group members submit

This setting will only appear if the teacher has ticked the “Require students click submit button”earlier. The assignment will not be classed as “submitted” until all members of the group have made a contribution. When one student has submitted, the other members of the group will be able to see who still has to submit.

Group for student groups

If a particular grouping is selected here, then the Gradebook will display any other groups and non-grouped students in the “default group”, while naming the group(s) that are in the chosen grouping. If “none” is selected, then the Gradebook will display the names of all groups and put any non-grouped students in the “default group”.

Blind marking

If this setting is enabled, then a teacher will not see the names of students who have submitted their assignments. Instead, they will see randomly generated Participant numbers. (The student view of the assignment does not change.) Once they have graded the assignment, it is however possible for teachers to see who submitted what by clicking on “Reveal student identities” in the Assignment settings.

Step 8 Notifications

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Notifications to graders

In previous Moodle versions this setting was singular and was known as “Email alerts to teachers”. 

Notify Graders about late submissions

 If enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment late. Message methods are configurable.

Step 9 Grade

Assign the MAX Grade, Specify the maximum grade 1-300pts. to be applied to the assignment. If you will not be giving a grade for the assignment, choose No Grade.

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Grading Method

Choose the advanced grading method that should be used for calculating grades in the given context. To disable advanced grading and switch back to the default grading mechanism, choose ‘Simple direct grading’.

Simple direct grading

Entering a grade or scale item

Marking guide

Is an advanced grading method where a teacher enters a comment per criterion and a mark up to a maximum.

Rubric

Are advanced grading forms used for criteria-based assessment. The rubric consists of a set of criteria. For each criterion, several descriptive levels are provided. A numerical grade is assigned to each of these levels. The rater chooses which level answers/describes the given criterion best. The raw rubric score is calculated as a sum of all criteria grades. The final grade is calculated by comparing the actual score with the worst/best possible score that could be received. 

Grade Category

This setting controls the category in which this activity’s grades are placed in the Gradebook.

Blind marking

If this setting is enabled, then a teacher will not see the names of students who have submitted their assignments. Instead, they will see randomly generated Participant numbers. (The student view of the assignment does not change.) Once they have graded the assignment, it is however possible for teachers to see who submitted what by clicking on “Reveal student identities” in the Assignment settings.

Step 10 Group Mode

When course group mode is turned on, the group mode can be one of three levels: No groups, Separate groups or Visible groups.

Common module settings or groups

Step 11 Restrict access settings

The restrict access section asks for the conditions when the activity (or resource) should be visible. This can be based upon dates, and/or score ranges of other activities and/or if other activities are considered completed. Note that ALL access restrictions (date, grade condition, activity completion condition) have to be met in order for the activity to be made available.

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Allow access from

The Access from date determines the day, month and year students may first access the activity via the assignment name link on the course page. To activate this option, click in the Enable check-box to add a tick.

Grade Condition

This setting determines any grade conditions which must be met in order for students to access the activity. Multiple grade conditions may be set using the 'Add 2 grade conditions to form' button. If there are multiples completion conditions applied to an activity, it will only be accessible to learners when all grade conditions are met.

Before activity can be accessed

Before a learner has fulfilled the the Grade Conditions specified above and the activity is still inaccessible to them, you can choose whether to show the activity grayed-out on the course page with the grade conditions listed (restriction information) or to hide the activity from learner view entirely.

 

Step 12 Save or Cancel

Save and return to course-Allows to save and go back to main Moodle page.

Save and display- Allows to save and display new page/activity.

Cancel- will not save any changes, and send back to main Moodle page.

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