Moodle Workshop Guide

Moodle Workshops are a great tool for students to view, grade and assess their own and other course members' work as a group. There are many options that can make this educational tool vary in complexity and create peer reviewed projects.

Workshop Modules
Module I
Creating a Workshop
Module II Workshop Settings
Module III Editing Grading Strategy Elements
Module IV Grading Student Work and Student's Assessments

I. Creating a Workshop

1. Go to the homepage of the desired course.

2. Go to the top right corner and click on Turn Editing On.

3. Select the desired Topic Area in the course outline.

4. Click on Add an Activity… drop box.

5. Select Workshop.

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II. Workshop Settings

1. Review the following screen shot of the settings window.

2. Type a title in the Submission Title: (This will appear as a link on the course’s main page.)

3. Type the directions of the assignment in the Description:

4. Grade for Assessments: Select the amount of points the student’s assessments of their own work and/or classmates work should be worth. Generally, this is the average grade students give each other. (Except the instructor also gives a grade here in the accumulative strategy.)

5. Grade for Submission: Select the maximum amount of points the instructor could assign to student’s submitted work. Both the Grade for Assessments and the Grade for Submission are added to give a total grade for this workshop activity.

6. Grading Strategy:

a. Select No Grading, Accumulative, Error Banded, Criterion, or Rubric.

Grading Strategy Table

To gain a better idea of which strategy will best fit the assignment's needs, view the screen shots in Module III and Module IV

Attributes
Explanation
Example
No Grading No grades will be given to the submitted work and/or assessments. This may be used to practice submitting work and assessing peers’ work thought comment boxes.
Accumulative The grade for assessments and submission will be combined to form the final grade for the workshop. This may be used for a final project; the instructor will grade student’s submitted work and grade the quality of student's assessment(s).
Error Banded Grade is based on a yes/no scale and specific qualifying statements created by instructor. This may be used to make sure that certain criterion were addressed in article reviews.
Criterion

Grade is determined by statements that will determine the quality of the submitted work.

This may be used to assess research papers.
Rubric Grade is based on elements and subcategories to which specific statements of quality were met. This may be used to assess papers in which different books were critique.

b. Grading Strategies can not be changed after work has been submitted.

7. Number of Comments, Assessment Elements, Grade Bands, Criterion Statements or Categories in a Rubric.

a. Select the number of items that will be used to grade submitted work.

Workshop Table
To gain a better idea of which strategy will best fit the assignment's needs, view the screen shots in Module III and Module IV
Attributes
Explanation
Example
Number of Comments A Student can make 0 to 20 comments on peers’ work depending on the number that is selected.

(Associated with No Grading Grading Strategy.)

A Student will make 5 comments about a peers’ work.
Assessment Elements The instructor can create 0 to 20 statements that students and instructor will use to measure quality of submitted work.

(Associated with Accumulative Grading Strategy.)

Has less than 3 spelling errors. Has no formatting issues.
Grade Bands The instructor can create 0 to 20 statements that will be used with a yes/no scale to determine the quality of the submitted work.

(Associated with Error Banded Grading Strategy.)

Has creative ideas; Meets length requirements.
Criterion Statements The instructor can create 0 to 20 statements that would be used to assess the quality of submitted work.

(Associated with Criterion Grading Strategy.)

An excellent paper. A mediocre paper. A weak paper.
Categories in a Rubric The instructor can create 0 to 20 categories then 1 to 4 subcategories to measure quality of submitted work.

(Associated with Rubric Grading Strategy.)

Editing: Free of all errors; few errors; many errors.

b. It is strongly recommended to use this feature.

c. This number can not be changed after work has been submitted.

8. Number of Attachments expected on Submissions: Select the maximum number of attachment files a student can submit.

9. Allow Resubmissions: Select

10. Number of Assessments of Examples from Teacher: Select the number of items that will be uploaded and used for examples.

a. The instructor will have to assess the example work.

b. The student will have to assess the examples before work is submitted.

11. Comparison of Assessments: Select Very Lax, Lax, Fair, Strict or Very Strict. This will determine how Moodle should compare a student’s assessments of a peer’s work to the assessments made by the instructor.

12. Number of Assessments of Student Submissions: Select the number of assessments a student should make. Assessments of Teacher Examples and Self Assessments should be included in this number.

13. Weight for Teacher Assessments: Select 0-10 to determine how the instructor assessment is weighed against the student’s assessment.

a. Selecting 0 turns this option off.

b. Selecting 1 gives the instructor’s and the student’s assessments the same weight.

c. Selecting 2 or higher gives the instructor’s assessment more weight than student’s assessment.

d. The Weight for Teacher Assessment can not be changed after work has been submitted.

14. Over Allocation: Select

a. Selecting 0 will cause all students to make the same number of assessments.

b. Selecting 1 or 2 will cause some submissions to be evaluated more than others.

15. Self Assessment: Select

16. Assessments must be agreed: Select

a. Selecting Yes will allow a student to respond to feedback provided by another student.

b. Selecting No will let a student read assessment of his/her work only.

17. Hide Grades before Agreement: Select

a. Selecting Yes will allow the student to see the grade the teacher assigned for the assessment.

b. Selecting No will hide the grade until the student of the submitted work and the student assessor can agree. If an agreement is not reached, the grade will be shown when workshop dates are closed.

18. League Table of Submitted Work: Select 1-20, 50 or 100 from the drop box.

a. Selecting 0 will not display a table with submissions at the end of the Workshop completion dates.

b. Selecting 1-20, 50 or 100 , will show each student and the instructor the number of student submissions when workshop dates are closed.

c. It is strongly recommended to select 0, due to the possibility of Submission Titles identifying classmates.

19. Hide Names from Participants: Select

a. Selecting Yes, students will not be able to see the author’s name of submitted work or the assessor’s name.

b. Selecting No, students will be able to see each other’s names.

c. It is strongly recommended to select No if League Tables will be used.

20. Use Password: Select . It is strongly recommended to select No. The Moodle course is already password protected.

21. Password: Type a password in the box.

22. Maximum Size: Select how large a file a student will be allowed to submit.

23. Select the desired start and end dates and times for submission(s) and assessment(s).

24. Release Teacher Grades: Select the date and time that the instructor’s grade should be released to student.

25. Group mode: Select No Groups, Separate Groups, or Visible Groups in the drop box.

a. No Groups will allow the entire class to participate with each other.

b. Separate Groups will allow members of a group to only interact with each group member.

c. Visible Groups will allow members of all groups to interact with each other and view each other’s work.

26. Visible to participants: Select

a. Selecting Show will allow students to view the workshop links.

b. Selecting Hide will hide the workshop links from students.

c. This may be changed at anytime.

27. Save Changes: Left click on Save Changes.

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III. Editing Grading Strategy Elements

Review the following descriptions and screen shot to better understand the of Workshop’s Grading Strategies.

1. Accumulative Grading Strategy.

a. The instructor will type a specific qualifying statement or statements depending on the number of Assessment Elements chosen in Step # 6 of Module II.

b. The qualifying statements may be measured from 10 different types of scales.

2. Error Banded Grading Strategy: The instructor will type a specific qualifying statement or statements depending on the number of Grade Bands chosen in Step # 6 of Module II.

3. Criterion Grading Strategy:The instructor will type a specific qualifying statement or statements depending on the number of Criterion Statements chosen in Step # 6 of Module II.

4. Rubric Grading Strategy: The instructor will type a specific qualifying statement or statements depending on the number of Categories in a Rubric chosen in Step # 6 of Module II.

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IV. Grading Student Work and Student’s Assessments

Review the following descriptions and screen shots to better understand Workshop’s Grading Strategies.

1. Accumulative assessment: Once a student submits work, the assessors will complete something that may look like this:

2. Error Banded assessment: Once a student submits work, the assessors will complete something that may look like this:

3. Criterion assessment: Once a student submits work, the assessors will complete something that may look like this:

4. Rubric assessment: Once a student submits work, the assessors will complete something that may look like this:

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By Laura M. Christensen 2007