The latest versions of Moodle have some excellent feedback management features that are designed to streamline the administration associated with providing quality feedback to large cohorts of students. These features enable Moodle teachers to perform actions in bulk, rather than individually and also support off-line marking – allowing marking to take place regardless of whether an internet connection is available or not.
Downloading all submitted assignments
- Should you be unfamilar with this process, please complete the instructions as described on the page, Downloading all submitted assignments
Using The Grading Worksheet
The grading worksheet is simply a spreadsheet which can be updated with student grades / feedback, before being uploaded back into Moodle (where the students would then see their results as normal on their individual grading pages).
- From the Grading Action menu (see below), select Download grading worksheet
If this option is not immediately visible, you will need to turn it on via the Assignment settings
- Save the resulting file and open in Excel before entering grade information and feedback comments as required.
- Re-save the file (in .CSV format). It is important that you do not change the name of this file.
Once the grading worksheet has been updated as necessary, simply re-upload it to Moodle to transfer the changes into the gradebook:
- From the Grading Action (see above) menu, select the Upload grading worksheet option
- Browse for your completed grading worksheet and press the Upload grading worksheet button
- Moodle will display a preview of the change that it will be making as a result of the upload, check it and confirm the upload when ready.
Uploading Multiple Feedback Files
As well as grading and adding feedback comments, it’s common for staff to also make feedback files available to their students. These files are usually annotated versions of the students original submission, enabling staff to comment ‘in-line’ – adding valuable context to the feedback provided.
Where submissions have been downloaded (see above) and annotated with appropriate feedback, the resulting feedback files can now be uploaded back into Moodle in a single step.
It is important that you do not rename the first part of the original student files – this uniquely identifies the student submission and enables the response file to be associated with the original file upon upload.
- Add all of the edited files to a zip file (there should be no folders inside the zip itself, only the individual files)
- From the Grading action menu (as previously mentioned), choose Upload multiple feedback files in a zip
- Browse for the zip file and upload it to Moodle
- Click the Import feedback file(s) button and Confirm the upload