Using Restrictions on an Assignment

Restrictions are an extremely useful tool embedded within assignments that allow the instructor to control whether or not a student is able to attempt an assignment based on the date, the student’s grade, prior assignment completion, and much more. Restrictions can also be used for any activity or resource in Moodle, such as a quiz or file viewing. Continue reading “Using Restrictions on an Assignment”

Using Kaltura Media Assignments

  1. First, you’ll want to start by adding your media assignment to your Moodle page. Open the course you would like to have the assignment in, and select “Turn Editing On”.¬† From here, scroll to the section of your course that requires the media assignment, select “Add activity or Resource”, and, in the next menu select “Kaltura Media Assignment”.
  2. Next, continue through settings as you would any other assignment. This includes:
    1. Naming the assignment
    2. Providing a description
    3. Setting availability  and a due date
    4. Changing grading settings
      1. For elaboration on any of these settings, see our posts on assignments
  3. Once your settings are in place, you will be able to edit your media assignment from your course page, in the event that you need to edit your settings after publishing your assignment. Find where the assignment is listed, and with editing still turned on select “Edit”.
  4. With this assignment in place, students will be able to submit a video from their own devices, which can then be received, watched, and graded by you according to the criteria established in your settings.

Using Rubrics and Grading Guides

There are many advantages to using a scoring guide to grade assignments (Cornell University Center for Teaching Innovation):

  • Assess assignments consistently
  • Save time in grading
  • Give timely, effective feedback and promote student learning
  • Clarify expectations and components of an assignment
  • Refine teaching methods by evaluating rubric results
  • Students understand expectations and components of an assignment
  • Students become more aware of their learning process
  • Students improve work through timely and detailed feedback
Moodle offers two different scoring guides: Rubrics and Grading Guides. Continue reading “Using Rubrics and Grading Guides”

Collecting student observations using the Feedback activity

Feedback activities are the most efficient method within Moodle for collecting observations from students about the course, topics or specific assignments. This feedback can be set to have names attached or be done anonymously, and uses many of the same question methods as quizzes, allowing instructors to provide a variety of multiple-choice or open-ended responses. The results can be restricted to teacher-view only, or shown to the entire class. It differs from the Survey tool in that¬† it allows you to write your own questions, rather than choose from a list of pre-written questions, and unlike Moodle Quizzes, you can create non-graded questions. Continue reading “Collecting student observations using the Feedback activity”