Moodle – Individual Assignment (formative)

Assessment Type: Coursework

Below is the TEL recommended workflow for a formative individual Moodle Assignment. Recommendations for setting up an individual summative Assignment are here. The guidance provided is for general use.

1. Provide detailed information about the Assignment

It’s important to provide all the necessary information for students about the Assignment, including marking criteria and hand-in dates and expectations. This could be provided via a detailed resource such as a Moodle Page.

2. Create an individual Assignment

When creating the Assignment, check that the Group submission setting is not active. Don’t forget to use Tag setting to flag the Assignment as ‘Formative’. Students can submit a range of files PDF/Word/PPT or specialist files, (or even online text), so make sure to specify the file type(s) you want them to use.

3. Provide submission instructions in the Description

Use the ‘Description’ box to provide clear and complete instructions for submission. For example, be sure to include the date, time and format for submission.

4. After the deadline, lock student submissions

After the deadline has passed, lock the student submissions to prevent any changes being made.

5. Provide feedback/annotations and marks on the submission

There are several different ways to provide feedback, however for text-based assignment we recommend that you either – add feedback/annotations and marks online in the Moodle grading interface, or, use the batch upload/download and grading worksheet to return marks and feedback.

Use of advanced marking and feedback approaches such as Marking Guides and Rubrics is also possible.

6. Release Marks and Feedback to Students with Marking Workflow

When you are ready to release marks and feedback to students, the simplest way to do this, and to send students a notification, is to use Marking Workflow. Please note that in order to release marks/feedback, you will also need to lift anonymity. Your students will now be able to review their marks and feedback in Moodle.

Notes on Archiving Policy

An archive snapshot of Moodle is taken every year on or around the 1st August, with previous versions of Moodle being available in the Moodle Archive. Any Assignments present in Moodle at the time of the snapshot will be available in the archive to any student or member of staff who was enrolled in the course at the time that the archive copy was made. If you don’t want assignment questions to be present in the archive copy of your unit, remember to remove them ahead of archiving taking place.

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