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”

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”

Using Zoom in Moodle

If you want to use Zoom with your class you may want to use the Zoom tool in Moodle to make it easier for your students to join the meetings.

When you create a meeting in Moodle the students will see those meeting links right in Moodle. If you create the meeting using the Zoom webpage or App you will have to share the meeting information separately using email or a calendar invite. Using the Zoom tool saves you that extra step and makes finding the link easier for students so they don’t have to dig through emails. Continue reading “Using Zoom in Moodle”

Viewing the Gradebook

There are numerous views and screens available of the Moodle gradebook, but only a few are commonly used.

When you first access the Gradebook by clicking on “Grades” under the Navigation box, the Grader Report view is shown as the default.

This view shows all the grades for all the students in the course, with scrollbars along the right side and bottom for classes with a large number of students and/or assignments. ┬áTo sort the students by a grade column, click on the arrow symbol next to the column name. ┬áThis will allow you to toggle between ascending and descending views of the grade column. Continue reading “Viewing the Gradebook”

Giving Extra Time for a Test, Quiz or Assignment

For students with the accommodation of extended test time, you will need to adjust the total time for a test, quiz, and if applicable, an assignment. You may also want to change the time of an exam or assignment for students in a different time zone. This is done easily using a User Override. If you are adjusting for a group of students, use the Group Override option.

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Creating and Using Groups

Creating groups in a Moodle site can be useful in a number of ways: You can create discussion areas for group projects, keep multiple sections of the same course separated, set different due dates for assignments based on group membership, and even create individual research logs by creating a group for each student. Continue reading “Creating and Using Groups”