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Refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards

How to: Download all submissions from a Moodle Assignment dropbox

  • When students have submitted their work to your assignment dropbox, and the deadline has passed, you can download all the submissions together as a single .zip file
  • You can use this feature to mark the submissions offline before uploading back into the module for feedback.
  • If you wish to share submissions post grading (for example; if the submissions are group posters) you can post the zip file back into the module for all students to access.

To download submissions:

  1. When the submission deadline has passed, navigate to the relevant module and click on the 'Moodle Assignment' activity.
  2. Select 'View all submissions' at the bottom of the Grading Summary.

View all submissions beneath Grading summary

The student information table will then be loaded for this assignment.

3. On the student information table, your first task should be to Lock Submissions by selecting All > With selected... Lock Submissions > Go.

[If there are some students who have not yet submitted or you are expecting late submissions then at some point you will need to reopen the box for those students to allow them to submit.]

Selecting all students and locking submissions

4. A popup will appear to make sure you wish to lock the submissions. Click 'OK'.

Locking all submissions pop up

5.  Scroll down to Options and make sure that the 'Download submissions in folders' checkbox has been ticked.


6. Now, scroll back up to the "Grading action" drop-down menu (top of the page) and select 'Download all submissions'

Grading action dropdown to download all submissions

The .zip file will either be sent directly to your downloads folder OR A pop-up window will appear giving you the option to Open file or Save file.

Zip file pop up

Note:  The zip will automatically be saved in your Downloads folder on your computer. It will be named the same as your Module short name (click on Edit settings on the Module page and you can see Module short name in the 'General' section)

This zip file contains a folder for each student. (If anonymous it will show their Moodle student ID—not the same as their SATURN/Campus ID)

The next steps take place outside Moodle, on your computer.

 Folders with student assignment submissions

Accessing the downloaded zip

Downloaded submission zip in Downloads

(We recommend this is carried out on a desktop PC or Mac or a Surface Pro rather than an iPad.)

Unzip the folder, extract the files and move them to a new folder that has been named to match the Module short name.

Location of the Module short name 

  1. Click on the 'Actions cogwheel' on your Moodle page
  2. Select 'Edit settings'
  3. The "Module short name" will appear in the General section

Module short name in Edit module settings page

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