Using the Blind Grading Feature

One of the great features that Moodle allows for is blind grading, where the name of the student submitting the assignment is not known to the instructor. When you create a new assignment in Moodle, one of the many settings that can tailored is the “Grading” setting. One grading option is “Anonymous Submissions,” which you can switch to “yes” as shown on the screenshot below.

Students are then each assigned a Participant ID number in place of their name. You can choose to “reveal student identities” (see screenshot below), but this would work only after all the assignments have been graded to keep this process blind.

To make sure that the grading remains blind, it is worthwhile to ask students not to include their names in the submitted pdfs or Word documents.

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 Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus remote proctoring of exams is now available for any Moodle quiz activity. There are two proctoring systems available:

  1. LockDown browser, where students take the quiz through an application on their desktop that does not allow internet activity, web browsing or the use of any other applications.
  2. Respondus Monitor, which uses a webcam to monitor the student during the exam. Recordings are saved and then can be viewed by the instructor. You must also use LockDown browser in order to use Respondus Monitor.

Continue reading “Using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor”

Making the course available to students


You will need to access Course Settings to activate the course for students. Look in the upper-right part of the screen for the little gear icon next to ‘Turn editing on:’

When you click the little downward-facing triangle, the first choice is “Edit settings”:

Click on that, and then scroll down until you see “Course visibility.” It will be set to “Hide,” change it to “Show”:

Then, at the bottom of the page, click Save—and the course will be visible to students.

Copy materials from another course

It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions, files, quizzes and assignments, from a previous course rather than reloading them. During this import,  you do not have to include student submissions and grades, which would be the most commonly-used option.

First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to. Continue reading “Copy materials from another course”

Create an Assignment

First, make sure editing has been turned on in the course, as described in the “Editing a Course” post.  Go to the course section (week or topic) where you want to create an assignment.  From the “+Add an activity or resource” link, choose Assignment under Activities.  Then click the “Add” button at the bottom of the pop-up window.  You will then be working within the Adding a new Assignment window.  Continue reading “Create an Assignment”

Assignment Submission

The Moodle Assignments tool is a great way to have students submit their work to you. It will free up space in your email inbox, store all student submissions in a consistent location, and allow you to give students feedback online. It can also help mitigate issues where large files get “stuck” in student’s email outboxes and arrive in your inbox late (Moodle records detailed submission time information, and usually uploads files faster than they can be emailed). You can give the students ‘template’ files, and also accept short text submissions (rather than full files) or audio/video recordings. There’s also a variety of feedback types you can provide, including annotated PDFs and audio responses. Continue reading “Assignment Submission”