Grading Assignments

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To grade assignments in Moodle is the same procedure for all assignment types (e.g. Offline Assignments, Advanced Uploading of Files, etc.)

  • Simple Direct Grading is the default grading format. Simple direct grading is generally based on a numeric scale from 0 to 100.
  • Rubrics are advanced grading forms used for criteria-based assessment. The rubric consists of a set of criteria, each having several descriptive levels and a numerical grade assigned to each of these levels.
  • Marking guides is an advanced grading form used for criteria-based assessment. Marking guides consists of a set of criteria, each having a large area for comments and a points box.

Simple Direct Grading


  1. Click on the Assignments link in the Activities block. NUM1
  2. Locate the assignment you want to grade and click on View # submitted assignmentsNUM2
  3. In the Grade column, select each student’s grade from the drop-down menu.  Additionally you may leave some feedback for the student in the Comment box. NUM3
  4. When all of the students have been graded, click on Save-all-my-feedback. This action will save all the assigned grades to the gradebook.

Note about “No grade:” We suggest assigning a grade of “0” if a student has failed to submit an assignment. This will place a value of zero in the gradebook. 

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Turning Quick Grading On


The quick grading option enables easy grading of assignments. You will only need to perform these steps once. Once the quick grading option is enabled, the setting will be saved for use in your other classes. We highly suggest you follow these steps.

Note: To enable this option to grade students’ assignments, an assignment (or other gradable item) must be created in your Moodle course. If none exists, create an offline assignment to input your grades.

  1. Click on the Assignments link in the Activities block. NUM1
  2. Click on View # submitted assignments of any gradable assignment. NUM2
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  4. Check the box next to Allow quick gradingNUM3Note: It is suggested that you increase the number of Submissions shown per page to the number of students in your course.
  5. Click on Save preferences.
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Creating a Rubric for your Assignments


  1. During assignment creation set the Grading method to Rubric. NUM1
  2. Click on the Assignment, and then click Advanced grading under SettingsNUM2
  3. Click on Define new grading form from scratch.
  4. Provide a name for the rubric. Try to remain general with the name of the rubric, as you may reuse rubrics later.
  5. Scroll down to Rubric. Select Click to edit criterion to type the first criterion of your rubric. NUM3
  6. Click to edit level to provide descriptions of the extent to which each level meets the criterion and to change the point value. NUM4
  7. To add more criteria click addCriterion.
  8. To add more levels click addLevel.
  9. Rubric Options determine what is displayed to the students. Select your preferences from the list. NUM5
  10. Once all of the information for the rubric is provided, scroll to the bottom and click saveMarkingGuide
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Grading with Rubrics


  1. Click on the Assignments link in the Activities block. NUM1
  2. Locate the assignment you want to grade and click on View # submitted assignmentsNUM2
  3. A list of students will appear. Scroll to the right of the student names and click Grade to provide feedback.
  4. On the feedback page, the rubric will be displayed. To grade, click on the appropriate levels next to the criteria and the level will turn green. You may also enter comments in the box next to each criteria. NUM3
  5. After providing all of the necessary information, click Save changes and repeat the process for other students. To go immediately to the next student, click Save and show nextNUM4
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Creating a Marking Guide for your Assignments


  1. During assignment creation set the Grading method to Marking Guide. #1
  2. Click on the Assignment, and then click Advanced grading under Settings#2
  3. Click on Define new grading form from scratch.
  4. Provide a name for the marking guide.
  5. Scroll down to Marking Guide. Select Click to edit criterion name to type the first criterion of your marking guide. #3
  6. Under Description for StudentsClick to edit and enter a detailed description of what is being assessed. ClickDescription for Markers to provide hints to others who may be marking using the guide. Finally, click Maximum Mark and enter the number of possible points awarded by this facet. #3
  7. To add more criteria click add criterion.
  8. You may also add Frequently used commentsto easily add them to the comments box during grading. Click Click to edit to edit comments, and Add frequently used to add more.
  9. Once all of the information for the marking guide is provided, scroll to the bottom and click save marking guide and make it ready.
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Grading with Marking Guides


 

  1. Click on the Assignments link in the Activities block. NUM1
  2. Locate the assignment you want to grade and click on View # submitted assignmentsNUM2
  3. A list of students will appear. Scroll to the right of the student names and click Grade to provide feedback.
  4. On the feedback page, the marking guide will be displayed. To grade, enter comments in the box by typing or by clicking on any of the Frequently used comments. Then enter a score for each criterion out of the maximum. NUM3
  5. After providing all of the necessary information, click Save changes and repeat the process for other students. To go immediately to the next student, click Save and show nextNUM4
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Using Existing Rubrics and Marking Guides


Created Rubrics and Marking Guides can be reused as templates once they are created.

  1. Click into the assignment and click Advanced gradingNUM1
  2. Click Create new grading form from templateNUM2
  3. Check the include my own forms box and type the name of your rubric or marking guide into the search bar. Click search. NUM3
  4. Scroll to the desired grading tool and click Use this form as templateNUM4
  5. Click Continueon the next page and the rubric will be ready for use. Follow steps 1-5 in this section to grade.
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Allowing Resubmission of Assignments


 

If an assignment is created using the ‘Advanced Uploading of Files’ option, students can submit their work to be graded. Instructors also have the option to allow students to resubmit their assignments for grading. To send an assignment back for resubmitting, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Assignments link in the Activities block. NUM1
  2. Locate the assignment you want to revert assignments in and click on View # submitted assignmentsNUM2
  3. Click on Grade-Button under the Status column for the student for which you want to allow resubmitting.
  4. Click on Revert to Draft in order to allow this student to resubmit the assignment. NUM3
  5. Your screen will change, reflecting the “Draft” status.
  6. Click on Save Changes.

Note about “Revert to Draft:” You cannot allow for resubmission of assignments, or Revert to Draft once a submission is graded.

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 Create a Custom Grading Scale


  1. In the Settings block click on Grades.
  2. On the top, click on the Scales tab.NUM1
  3. Click on addNewScale.
  4. In the Name box type an identifying line that will make it clear as to what the scale contains. #2
  1. In the Scale box enter the possible outcomes students can score in the order of worst to best. Separate each possible score with a comma. #3
  2. Click on Save-Changes.

Important Note: For assignments created with custom scales to be visible in the Gradebook at least one student needs to be graded.

Note: To utilize a newly created scale for an existing assignment, click on the assignment’s update icon. Next to the Grade drop-down menu, select the custom scale that of your choosing.

Note: In the gradebook, the scale will count the worst score as 0 and the highest score as 100, and will evenly scale the items in between. For example, if the scale is “Needs Improvement, Fair, Good, Excellent” then the grades will factor as 0, 33, 66,100 respectively.

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