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The Moodle Workshop is a peer assessment tool that enables students to review each other’s work. Editing Teachers can set up criteria that the student’s follow on how to provide feedback, for example comments or rubrics.
Please note: If you wish the Workshop to be anonymous for students so that they do not know who they are reviewing then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set this up as it requires a permission change.
Setting up the Workshop
1) Press Turn editing on and then press Add an activity or resource where you want to add the Workshop on your Moodle page. In the pop-up window check the Workshop activity and then press Add.
2) In the settings page the first section is General. Enter the name of your Workshop and also enter an explanation in the Description section about the assessment. For example, enter details about what file type students should submit in and the date when they should submit by.
3) In the Grading settings select the appropriate Grading strategy from the following options.
A score is given based on set criteria.
Students are able to write comments based on themes set by the academic but no score is given.
Number of errors
Comments are enabled with a yes/no assessment provided based on feedback.
Score provided via a rubric
Grade for submission
This is the mark given to the student for submitting. If no mark is to be awarded then set this to 0.
Submission grade to pass
If you use activity or module completion in your Moodle page then you can set a grade to pass.
Grade for assessment
Allocate a mark that will be given for someone who completes a review. If no mark is to be awarded then set this to 0.
Assessment grade to pass
Works same as Submission grade to pass except for it is relevant to the assessment aspect of the Workshop activity.
Decimal places in grades
Set the decimal places of marks given.
4) The Submission settings section provide guidance on what the students need to submit and how to submit in the Instruction for submission text box. Please ensure you fill out the Insruction for submission with information about when you want them to submit by and what will happen to the assignment so that tudents are aware of the process.
Maximum number of submission attachments
This option allows you to choose how many files can be uploaded as part of a submission.
Submission attachment allowed file types
Enter the file types you wish to allow to be submitted. Use a comma to separate between file types. If you do not want to restrict then leave blank.
Maximum overall feedback attachment size
Leave as maximum upload limit of 250mb
Check this box if you want to allow students to submit after the deadline for submitting or during the assessment phase.
5) Write some instructions about what to do when students come to do the peer review in the Instructions for assessment text box. For example, you may want them to answer questions or you may expect them to download the submission and add comments in Microsoft Word.
Check this box if you want the students to self assesses their own work.
6) In the Overall feedback mode drop down menu select from the following options.
No feedback allowed.
Enabled and optional
Feedback is available but is not required.
Enabled and required
Student is required to write feedback.
Number of overall feedback attachments
You can select up to seven attachments that students can upload as part of the reviewing process. This feature should be enabled (one should be fine) if you want your students to download an assignment and add comments onto and then upload as part of feedback.
Feedback attachment allowed file type and Maximum overall feedback attachment size
These will be enabled if you select the previous option. It is recommend you leave the default settings.
This textbox is for overall feedback about the peer assessment activity and will be seen by all students once they are able to access their feedback.
7) In the Example submissions section if you check the Use examples box then you can submit an example submission, which students can practice on to see how the activity works.
If the Use examples checkbox is ticked then the Mode of examples assessment dropdown menu provides you with the following options:
Assessment of example submission is voluntary
Students do not have to provide feedback for the example submission.
Examples must be assessed before own submission
Feedback for the example submission must be done before the peer assessment.
Examples are available after own submission and must be assessed before peer assessment
Students perform their self-assessment.
8) In the Availability section you can enable dates and times of when submissions and peer assessment can take place from.
Open submissions from
When students can submit their assignments.
The deadline for submissions.
Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline
Check this box if you want to automatically switch to the (peer) assessment phase. If this option is checked then scheduled allocation method must be selected.
It is still recommend you manually change phases to ensure you are aware of what stage the peer assessment activity is at.
Open for assessment from
When students can begin peer assessing the submission allocated to them.
Deadline for assessment
The deadline when the peer marking must be completed by.
9) Common module settings and Restrict access can be left as default settings. Press Save and display to move onto the Phase stages.
The Workshop Phases allows you to control the workflow of the peer assessment activity.
Once you have created the settings of the Workshop the activity will move into a set of phases, Setup phase, Submission phase, Assessment phase, Grading evaluation phase and then Closed. The current phase is always in green.
The phase options will differ depending on what was selected in the Workshop settings. Once you move to the next phase you cannot always go back to a previous one, depending on what stage you are at.
The green ticks in the phase indicate that this part of the phase is complete.
The grey ticks indicate that you can add information.
The red tick means a task needs to be completed.
The Description you wrote in the settings will appear below and be visible to students.
In the Setup phase you will have a chance to review some of the options you would have encountered in the settings of the Workshop.
Set up workshop description
This is related to the Description section in the Workshop settings.
Provide instructions for submission
This is related to the Instructions for submission in the Workshop settings.
Edit assessment form
This section is where you write criteria for what students should provide comments for (if you have enabled comments in the Workshop settings).
If you click in Aspect 1 you can enter text to provide guidance on what the student should comment on.
It is possible to add more Aspects by clicking Blanks for 2 more aspects. You can also preview what it will look like by clicking on Save and preview.
When you have completed entering the aspects press Save and close. The Edit assessment form option will now have a green tick next to it.
12) When you have completed the Setup phase then you can click on Switch to the next phase link. This will then move to the Submission phase and allow students to submit (if the date/time settings allow them to). You can also move to the Submission phase by clicking on the light bulb icon.
When switching to Submission Phase you will receive a confirmation pop-up. Press the Continue button.
In the Submission phase you will be able to set up the allocation of the peer assessment and students will now be able to upload their submission.
Recommendation: It is highly recommended that you contact your students to inform them that they are now able to submit and also include any deadline dates.
Provide instructions for assessment
This is related to the Instruction for submission in the Workshop settings and is guidance for students on how to submit.
Submit your work
This is relevant for students and can be ignored.
Set up scheduled allocation
This allows you to select how the peer marking allocation will be distributed. The scheduled allocation is recommend if you have checked the box for Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline in the Workshop settings.
Click on the Manual allocation tab to manually allocate who reviews who.
In this page you can select who the participant is reviewed by from a dropdown call add reviewer.
You can also select who the participant reviews by selecting from the Add reviewee dropdown menu.
If you select the Random allocation tab then you can select the number of reviews. It is likely that ‘1 per reviewer’ will be the most appropriate.
You can also remove current allocation by selecting the checkbox and also if you want participants to be able review without actually having submitted anything then tick the Participants can assess without having submitted anything check box.
If you select Scheduled allocation then the peer marking allocation will be automatically done once the submission deadline has passed. This is the recommend option if you have enabled a deadline date/time for submissions.
Check the Enable scheduled allocation tick box to set up this option.
Current status informs you if this option has been enabled.
Allocation settings enables you to set further options. Number of reviews allows you to select how many submissions need to be reviewed, it is likely that ‘1 per reviewer’ will be the most appropriate.
Remove current allocations and Participants can assess without having submitted anything options are the same as for Random allocation.
When you have selected how you want to allocate the peer assessment press the Save changes button. To return back to the Workshop phase settings click the link on the breadcrumb trail at the top of the Moodle page.
If you checked the box for Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline in the Workshop settings then when the deadline passes it should move to the Assessment phase. If you are ready to move to the next phase then press the light bulb on Assessment phase or the link provided.
This phase is where students will undertake the peer reviewing process. If the box for Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline was ticked in the Workshop settings then when the deadline passes it will move to the next one.
Recommendation: It is highly recommended that you contact your students to inform them that they are now able to undertake the peer review exercise and inform how long they have got to do it.
In the Assessment phase you will see below the list of students that submitted and who has provided peer assessment. If you want to read what feedback a student has received click on the blue score within the Grades received column. If you want to see what feedback the student gave click on the blue score within the Grades given column.
If you checked the box for Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline in the Workshop settings then when the deadline passes it should move to the Grading evaluation phase. If you are ready to move to the next phase then press the light bulb on the Grading evaluation phase or the link provided.
Grading evaluation phase
This phase is related to the allocation of marks if you have allowed this in the Workshop settings.
Calculate submission grades
If a score was enabled for submission of an assignment you will be able to review it in this section.
Calculate assessment grades
If a score was enabled for peer assessment you will be able to review it in this section.
Provide a conclusion of the activity
This is overall feedback to all students. It is also worth explaining that to access their feedback they need to click on the title of their submission within Your submission when they go into the Workshop activity. It is related to the Conclusion text box in the Workshop activity.
Switch to the next phase
When you are ready to move to the Closed phase click on this link or press the light bulb on the Closed column.
In the Closed phase the Workshop activity is now complete. In this phase students can now access the feedback provided to them by their peers.
Recommendation: It is recommended that you contact your students to inform them that they are now able to access their feedback. If students provided feedback by downloading submissions and annotating them then explain that the feedback will need to be downloaded.
The Workshop activity is now complete.