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Workshop is a peer assessment activity with many options. Students submit their work via an online text tool and attachments. There are two grades for a student: their own work and their peer assessments of other students' work.

Workshop is similar to the Assignment module and extends its functionality in many ways. However, it is recommended that both course facilitator (teacher) and course participants (students) have at least some experience with the Assignment module before the Workshop is used in the course.

  • As in the Assignment, course participants submit their work during the Workshop activity. Every course participant submits their own work. The submission may consist of a text and attachments. Therefore, Workshop submission merges both Online text and Upload file types of the Assignment module. Support for team work (in the sense of one submission per group of participants) is out of scope of Workshop module.

  • The submissions are assessed using a structured assessment form defined by the course facilitator (teacher). Workshop supports several types of assessment forms. All of them allows multi-criteria assessment in comparison to the Assignment module where only one grade is given to a submission.

  • Workshop supports peer assessment process. Course participants may be asked to assess selected set of their peers' submissions. The module coordinates the collection and distribution of these assessments.

  • Course participants get actually two grades in a single Workshop activity - grade for their submission (that is how good their submitted work is) and grade for assessment (that is how well they assessed their peers). Workshop activity creates two grade items in the course Gradebook and they can be aggregated there as needed.

  • The process of peer assessment and understanding the assessment form can be practiced in advance on so called example submissions. These examples are provided by the facilitator together with a reference assessment. Workshop participants can assess these examples and compare their assessment with the reference one.

  • The course facilitator can select some submissions and publish them so they are available to the others at the end of Workshop activity (in comparison to the Assignment module where submitted work is available only to the author and the facilitator).

Step 1 General


Whatever you type here will form the link learners click on to view the workshop, so it is helpful to give it a name that suggests its purpose.


Add a description of your workshop here. Click "Show editing tools" to display the rich text editor, and drag the bottom right of the text box out to expand it.

Display description on the course page

If this box is ticked, the description will appear on the course page just below the name of the workshop.

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Step 2 Grading Settings

Grading Strategy

What you choose here determines the assessment form students will use and also the strategy for grading submissions. For more detailed descriptions see Grading Strategies. Note:Grading strategies can't be changed once we have entered the submission phase of a workshop

  • Accumulative grading: Comments and a grade are given regarding the aspects of the workshop specified.

  • Comments: Comments are given but no grade can be given to the specified aspects

  • Number of Errors: A yes/no assessment is used and comments are given for specified assertions

  • Rubric: A level assessment is given regarding specified criteria

Grade for Submission

This sets the maximum grade a student can attain from a teacher for a given submission. It is scaled between 0-100

Grade for Assessment

Sets the maximum grade a student can receive for assessing other students’ work. It is also scaled between 0-100

Decimal places in grade

Decide here how many decimal places are allowed in the grade.

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Step 3 Submission Settings

Instructions for submission

Explain here what students must submit.

Maximum number of submission attachments

If you wish students to attach files, select how many here, up to a maximum of 7. If you leave it at 0 then they can only enter text.

Maximum File Size

Decide here how large a file students can upload. The size will depend on the course upload limit.

Late Submissions

Ticking this box will allow students to submit after the deadline.

Once the workshop has been made we can then set more settings relating to submissions. This is done through clicking on the menu highlighted below which is found when you click on the workshop’s link or after clicking “Save and Display” on completion of the workshop. To access the menu simply click on “Allocate Submissions”. It is highlighted in the picture by the red box. See the section Submission phase.

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Step 4 Feedback

Overall Feedback Mode

If this is enabled, a text box appears at the bottom of each assessment form for reviewers to give an overall comment about the submission. Depending on whether is it set to "Enabled and optional" or "Enabled and required", reviewers will either have the choice of leaving overall feedback or they will be forced to do so.

Maximum number of overall feedback attachments

Choose here how many (if any) files you wish reviewers to attach to their overall feedback, up to a maximum of 7.

Maximum overall feedback attachment size

Decide here how large a feedback file students can upload. The size will depend on the course upload limit.


It is possible to add some custom text which the students will see once they reach the end of the workshop process. This might be a general summary or suggestions on what should be done next, such as writing a blog post to reflect on the experience.

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Example Submissions option

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Step 5 Availability

This section deals with setting submission times and assessment times for the workshop. That is the time when students can start submitting as well as the deadline for submitting, and similarly the time assessments for other students’ work start and when they must finish assessing other students work.

All dates - open for submissions from, submissions deadline, open for assessment from and assessment deadline - are displayed in the course calendar.

Availability lets teacher decide if they want a workshop with a closed schedule or one that is open ended. Setting an opening time but leaving the deadline open makes it an ongoing activity. To set the opening time and deadline for either submissions or assessments teachers must click the enable button next to the option they want to set. Once the enabled has been checked the 5 drop down boxes will be activated and available for change.

The first three boxes correspond to the date and we can either set this box by box or by selecting the date in the calendar that pops up when any of the date boxes are selected. The last two boxes correspond to the time in 24 hour time, the first of the two being hours and the second being minutes. Teachers simply set the desired time for each of the sections they wish to activate.

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Step 6 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 7 Restrict Access

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.

Allow access until

The Access from date determines the day, month and year students may NOT 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.

***Activity completion condition

This can keep the student from accessing this activity, resource, or topic until an certain activity or resource has been meet.

(This will have to be set up on the course main page Course Administration > Edit Settings > Enable completion tracking)

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 8 Set up Phase

In order to set the criteria for an assignment, teachers need to fill out an assessment form during the setup phase. Students can view this assessment form in the submission phase and focus on what is important about the task when working on their assignment. In the next phase-the assessment phase, students will assess their peers’ work based on this assessment form.

According to the grading strategy chosen in the grading settings, teachers will get corresponding original assessment form to edit by clicking ‘Edit assessment form’ button in the first page of the workshop setup for the assignment. The grading strategy can be one of Accumulative gradingCommentsNumber of errors or Rubrics. Teachers can set each criterion in detail in the assessment form.

Step 9 Submission Phase

Once the workshop has been made we can then set more settings relating to submissions. This is done through clicking on the menu highlighted below which is found when you click on the workshop’s link or after clicking “Save and Display” on completion of the workshop. To access the menu simply click on “Allocate Submissions”. It is highlighted in the picture by the red box.

Manual Allocation

Here,a teacher can manually choose which students review whose work. A student can review work even if they have not submitted anything themselves.

Random Allocation

The teacher is given 5 settings that determine how the random allocation will work.

  • Number of reviews: Here the teacher picks between 0 and 30 reviews for either each submission or per reviewer. That is the teacher may choose to either set the number of reviews each submission must have or the number of reviews each student has to carry out

  • Prevent Reviews: If the teacher wishes for students of the same group to never review each other’s work, as most likely it is their work too in a group submission, then they can check this box and Moodle will ensure that they are only allocated other students out of their group’s work to access

  • Remove current allocations: Checking this box means that any manual allocations that have been set in the Manual Allocation menu will be removed

  • Can access with no submission: Having this box checked allows students to assess other students’ work without having already submitted their own work.

  • Add self assessments: This options when checked make sure that as well as assessing other students’ work they must also assess their own. This is a good option to teach students how to be objective to their own work.

Assessment phase

Students can assess example submissions for practice before assessing their peers' work if this feature is enabled. They can compare their assessments with reference assessments made by the teacher. The grade will not be counted in the grade for assessment.

Grade calculation method

This setting determines how to calculate grade for assessments. Currently there is only one option- comparison with the best assessment.

The Comparison with the best assessment tries to imagine what a hypothetical absolutely fair assessment would look like.

For example, a teacher uses Number of errors as grading strategy to peer-assess one assignment. This strategy uses a couple of assertions and assessors just need to check if the given assertion is passed or failed. That is, they only need to choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each criterion in the assessment form. In this case, there are three assessors, Alice, Bob and Cindy. And the assessment form contains three criteria. The author will get 100% grade if all the criteria are passed, 75% if two criteria are passed, 25% if only one criterion is passed and 0% if the assessor gives ‘no’ for all three assertions. Here are the assessments they give to one certain work.


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