Advanced Grading in Moodle

What is advanced grading?

Advanced grading is a grading method that can be used in Moodle Assignments and Forums.

Advanced grading allows Moodle Teachers to define one of two grading forms – either a Marking guide or a Rubric.

Dropdown menu showing "Simple direct grading", "Marking guide" and "Rubric".

In this example marking guide, you can see predefined criteria, with allocated marks and space to enter feedback comments

Example of Marking guide with criterion, comments and maximum mark.

How do staff and students use it effectively?

Clear marking criteria will help students understand what any particular assessment task is looking for. Marking guides and Rubrics can help ensure assessment guidelines, success criteria and next steps are clear for students and staff.

Staff can decide which options they use when setting up their Marking guide or Rubric but we would recommend you consider the following:

  • Choose the setting to make the criteria descriptions visible to students in advance, and let them know that they can view these by accessing the assignment submission point.  You may need to highlight to them how to view the marking criteria at the early stages.  
  • If you’re using the Rubric or Marking guide for formative feedback, you can choose to hide the points awarded from students.
  • It’s important to include feedback comments and to personalise the feedback provided.  You can choose how to use the rubric and marking guide in combination with feedback comments. You can either have feedback comments for each assessment criterion, or you can make an overall feedback comment. 

In this example rubric, you can see a simple rubric with criteria and levels selected. You can add feedback comments for each criterion.

Example of a rubric with certain levels chosen.

How might I use it?

To get set up, please view the following guidance videos:

Watch this short video [6 mins 17 secs] which demonstrates how the set up a Rubric:

Rubrics – Advanced marking in Moodle video

Watch this short video [7 mins] which demonstrates how the set up a Marking guide:

Marking guide – Advanced marking in Moodle video

Downloading marked grading forms

Although you can see completed rubrics and marking guides inside of each student’s grading page, it is also possible to see and download the associated grades and feedback for all your students in one go. 

  • In the Course navigation menu, click onto the Grades tab
  • Select either Rubrics Report or Marking Guide Report (as appropriate) from the drop down menu at the top of the page
  • Select the activity you wish to view the feedback for and press the Submit button

All relevant grading information appears on the screen, and can be downloaded for offline review.

Reusing grading forms

The Advanced grading tab within an assignment or forum activity enables Moodle Teachers to select or switch between grading methods.  If you have selected an advanced grading method on this page (rubric or marking guide) a management screen will appear.

To use an existing grading rubric or marking guide, select Create new grading form from a template.

Screenshot of Moodle's advanced grading screen. Includes a 'Create new grading form from a template' icon.

By default, a number of pre-defined templates will appear, however a search function located at the top of the page will enable you to search for and reuse your own rubrics and marking guides.

Screenshot of grading form search tool. A check box labeled 'include my own forms' has been selected.

Note: Only rubrics and marking guides that you have previously been marked as ‘Ready for usage’ (i.e. that are attached to an existing activity) can be re-used this way.

Sharing grading forms with others

At the current time, there is no export/import option for rubrics and marking guides, however the workaround is to create a new activity (such as an assignment) and attach the relevant grading form to it. You can then create a backup of this activity and share the resulting .mbz file with others.

By restoring the activity, the attached grading form is restored too.

Note:  If you delete all of the activities that make use of a specific rubric or marking guide, you also delete all copies of that grading form.

Case study

Dr Sabina Gheduzzi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, on Using a rubric for an open ended assessment.

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