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Marking moodle assignments


At Roehampton the moodle assignment is mainly used for assessments that either don’t require Turnitin or are of a nature that Turnitin is unable to process such a podcasts, video assignments or work that includes mainly screenshots, pictures or codes.

That said, Turnitin can also be integrated into moodle assignments for assessments with several parts such as podcasts + scripts/essays. See Marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio incl Turnitin rubrics section below.

Before you start marking – filter & lock assignments

  1. Access the assignment link and click View all submissions which produces a list of all users enrolled on the course including staff, suspended students and the ones who haven’t made a submission.
  2. Scroll all the way down and change the filtering options as per the screenshot. This excludes suspended students and all non-submitters. Change the filter to No filter or Not submitted if you want to include students who haven’t submitted.
  3. Select your tutor group from the group dropdown list at the very top of the moodle page if applicable.
  4.  7 day cut-off deadline: If your department/school/institution enforces the former, the moodle assignment would have been set up using a 7 day cut-off deadline after the due date. Students may resubmit up until the cut-off deadline. Work submitted after the due date is highlighted but the inbox remains open until 7 days after when it automatically closes from everyone. To prevent students from overwriting their work while you are marking between due & cut-off date, you need to lock their assignments which will prevent them from changing their submissions at this stage. Bulk or select individual users and lock their submissions. Their status will change to submission changes not allowed. 








Marking & feedback

After you’ve locked submissions, click on Grade which opens the marking and annotation screen. NB Annotations currently only work with pdf until we upgrade to the new moodle version in summer 2018.

If the work doesn’t display in the viewer (see above note), you can download it from the right hand panel.

Marking group assignments: If the group submission function was used, comments and marks added to one assignment of a particular group will be replicated automatically for all other group members.

If you need to award a different mark to individual group members, for instance when they didn’t pull their weight or didn’t end up engaging at all, make sure you change the group submission settings in the marking screen from Yes to No. That way the feedback for this individual won’t overwrite that of the rest of the group. If you have a large number of students who you need to award the same mark for disengagement for, you may want to consider putting them into a separate group and apply this mark and feedback to the entire group.

If students were added to groups or different groups after you’ve already marked that group, those students continue to show their old mark & feedback from the other group they were in previously. To refresh their marks and bring them in line with the rest of the group, simply go into any of the marked assignments and Save Changes which will update the mark and feedback for that individual.

Grade – enter the mark in the grade field. NB If you are using Turnitin to mark different parts of an assessment, for instance, please ensure you still enter the final mark here.

Marking workflow state – change to Marking Completed to confirm whether the paper is ready for moderation. Later on, moderators may want to change the status to In review or later on to Ready for release. You can also bulk change the workflow of your entire group in the All submissions overview by selecting them and choosing Set marking workflow from the bottom dropdown list.

Feedback comments – enter your overall feedback here.

Feedback files – upload any feedback sheets, annotations, drawings or similar if applicable.

In-text annotations & feedback tools

Similar to Turnitin, moodle assignments support in-text comments and other annotations.

  1. Choose between different coloured comments. Click on the little icon in the top right hand corner to convert into a Quick Mark for future use. Click onto the cursor icon to move your comments, enlarge the box or delete them by clicking on the trash icon.
  2. Highlight text in different colours.
  3. Use stamps such as wrong or false.
  4. Draw circles, boxes, arrows or use the pen tool. 

Save your changes. If you exit without saving, you’ll get a pop up reminding you to save changes first. Make sure the Notify students tick box remains un-checked. We don’t want students to be emailed about their feedback until marking for the entire class has been completed.

Marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio incl Turnitin rubrics

If you have Turnitin enabled in your moodle assignment such as for the essay or script part of an audio podcast assignment, you may mark those parts in Turnitin. You will be able to access Turnitin Feedback Studio in the marking screen or when viewing all submissions by clicking on the originality report percentage. If a rubric has been attached to the Turnitin part of the assignment, you’ll be able to see it in Feedback Studio as normal. Select the relevant rubric scales and enter any feedback in Turnitin if appropriate. With group assignments, you only need to access one single Turnitin file per group. 

NB The final/overall grade must be entered against the moodle assignment in the grading screen. You may enter feedback and a mark in Turnitin also but you need to ensure that a mark is entered against the moodle assignment first and foremost.  

If a student’s assignment has not successfully gone through to Turnitin, you’ll see a Resubmit to Turnitin link (see screenshot) and won’t be able to launch Feedback Studio for this submission. If you are using multiple parts whereby one part can’t be accepted by Turnitin such as an audio file, simply ignore this.

Deleting students’ assignments

The latest version of the moodle assignment plugin does not allow empty submissions. This mean you can only replace students’ submissions or remove them if there are more than two files. You are able to replace students’ work by clicking on Edit < Edit Submissions in the submissions overview screen. Alternatively, you might want to upload a coversheet or a word document saying non submission. 

Moderation, double marking & investigating suspected misconduct

You may want to change the marking workflow of individual assignments to In review or Ready for release whilst you are double marking or investigating suspected misconduct. You could use In Review to signal that assignments are awaiting investigation. Once moderation and investigations have been completed you may bulk change all assignments to Ready for release. 

Releasing marks & notifying students

  1. Bulk select all assignments and choose Set marking workflow state from the bottom dropdown list and hit Go.  If applicable, you may want to exclude any papers which are awaiting investigation. 
  2. Select Released from the dropdown on the following screen and choose to notify students which fires off an email to their UR email. If you have notified them in error or too early, hide the entire assignment inside the gradebook (Course admin < Gradebook setup < Select assignment and hide). Alternatively, you may choose not to notify them just in case but still release the marks and email them at a later stage. 
Once released, marks will be visible in the moodle gradebook and will show on the grades report. Changing the marking workflow status back, will not unhide the marks. You will need to hide the assignment in the gradebook if you don’t want students to access their marks and feedback after it has been released – see 1. for instructions on how to do this.
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