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Grade Assignments in Moodle

The Submissions page for Moodle assignment activities allows you to do several important grading functions. Grades entered on this page will appear in the corresponding grade column of the gradebook. We recommend using this method instead of manually editing grades in the Grader report, especially if you want to provide feedback comments or files.

View Submission Files or Text

To begin grading, you can access student submissions (either online text or files) from the Submissions page.

  1. On your course page, click the name of an assignment activity. The assignment page opens and displays the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions page will open.
  3. A table of submissions displays showing student names, when submissions were last modified, and links to the submissions.
    • To view Online text submissions, under the Grade column heading, click Grade (Grade icon, looks like a pencil in a box.). The Grading page will open showing the full text of the student's submission.
    • To view File submissions, under the File submissions column heading, click the file name. You will be prompted to save the file to your computer. (You can also access the file by clicking Grade).

Download All Student Submissions at Once

In addition to viewing student submissions to assignments individually from within Moodle, you can download all submissions to a particular assignment as a .zip file. This can be helpful if you wish to print submissions, or view them in a separate window while grading.

  1. On your course page, click the name of an assignment activity. The assignment page opens and displays the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions page will open.
  3. Above the table of submissions (top left), in the Grading actions drop-down menu, click Choose and select Download all submissions. Submissions will automatically download to your computer as a .zip archive.
  4. The .zip file will download according to your browser and computer settings. Locate and unzip the .zip file.
    • All files will automatically be renamed with students' names prepended.
    • For online text submissions, you will receive an .html page for each student's online text submission. You can open this in a browser or in a word processing application such as MS Word.
    • For file submissions, you will receive the file type submitted by the student.

Enter Grades and Feedback for One Student at a Time

You can view each student's submission, and enter grades and feedback on individualized pages. This method ensures feedback is saved after you review each student's submission. Use this method if you are grading online text submissions, grading with Rubrics or Marking Forms, or if there is more than one instructor or TA grading the assignment.

  1. On your course page, click the name of an assignment activity. The assignment page opens and displays the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions page for the assignment will open.
  3. Below the Submissions table, under Options, are settings that let you control which students to show in the Submissions page:
    • To filter the table to show only those students with submissions, or submissions that require grading, use the Show drop-down menu.
    • To change the number of students shown on the page, type a value in the Submission shown per page entry box.
      As you set options, the page will automatically refresh to reflect changes.
    • If there is more than one page of students, below the table, you'll see links with page numbers, next and previous.
  4. To grade a student's submission, in the Grade column for the student, click Grade (Grade icon, looks like a pencil in a box.).  The Grading page will open.
  5. On the Grading page for each student, you will be able to view online text (if enabled), download submitted files, enter and reply to Submission comments, enter Feedback comments, upload Feedback files, and grade the submission.
    • If you are grading an online text submission, the screen opens to show information about the status and due date, with a full view of the student's submission. To collapse the online text area, click the [-] above the entry. To expand it click the [+].
    • Export to portfolio downloads online text as an HTML file (web page format) that you can open in a Web browser. 
      Note: You can download all students' submissions from the View/grade all submissions page. See Download All Student Submissions to a Moodle Assignment.
    • If you are grading with Rubrics or a Marking form, a form will be displayed the grading page.  For details, see Grade with Rubrics in Moodle.
  6. Complete your entries as needed, then:
    • to save entries and return to the Submissions page, click Save changes.
    • to save entries and move to the next student on the Submissions page, click Save and show next. 
    • if you have not made any changes on a page, click Previous or Next to open the grading page for the previous or next student.

Enter Grades and Feedback for Multiple Students at Once

Quick grading lets you enter grades and feedback for multiple students directly on the Submissions page.
Note: This method is not compatible with advanced grading (Rubrics or Marking forms), is not recommended for online text submissions, and is not recommended if there are multiple instructors or TAs grading in a course at the same time.  In these cases, see Enter Grades and Feedback for One Student at a Time (above).

  1. On your course page, click the name of an assignment activity. The assignment page will open and display the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions page will open.
  3. The Submissions page will open displaying the Submissions table, with a row for each student, and columns determined by the settings for the assignment. To be able to enter grades and feedback directly on the Submissions table, below the table, under Options, select the Quick grading check box.
    Note: Once you select the Quick grading option, Moodle will remember the setting the next time you open this Submission screen.
  4. Also under Options, are settings to control which submissions show in the table:
    • To filter the table to show only those Students with submissions, or Submissions that require grading, use the Show drop-down menu.
    • To change the number of students shown on the page, use the Submissions shown per page drop-down menu.
      Note: If there are more students than one page can hold at that setting, links to pages will appear below the table.
    As you set these options, the page will automatically refresh to reflect changes.
  5. (Optional) To make the Submissions table more compact, you can "collapse" columns you are not using at the moment:
    • To collapse a column, at the top of the column, under the column name, click the Minus icon [-]. The screen will refresh with the column collapsed, and a Plus icon [+] at the top of the column.
    • To reopen a collapsed column, first hover over the Plus icon [+] (at top) to see the column name. To open the column, click the Plus icon [+].
  6. Enter grades in the boxes under the Grade column heading. Scroll right in the table to find boxes under the Feedback comments column heading and type in your feedback. Once you've input student grades and feedback for this page of students, click Save all quick grading changes to save your work.
  7. If there is more than one page of students, below the table, you'll see links with page numbers, next and previous.
    You must click Save all quick grading changes before navigating to another page or you will lose any grades or feedback comments.

Grant Extensions Beyond The Cut-off Date

Ordinarily, students cannot submit their work beyond the assignment's cut-off date (if enabled). However, you can grant individual students an extension as follows:

  1. On your course page, click the name of an assignment activity. The assignment page will open and display the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions page will open.
  3. The Submissions page displays the Submissions table, with a row for each student, and columns determined by the settings for the assignment. Under the Edit column heading, hover your cursor over the Actions icon (Actions icon, right pointing arrow, hover your mouse to access additional options) in the row corresponding to the student for whom you want to grant an extension. A menu will pop open next to the icon:
    Screenshot of pop open menu for granting extensions
  4. Click Grant extension. The extension dates page will open.
  5. Click Enable next to the Extension due date and edit the drop down menus to specify the new due date.
  6. Click Save changes. The Submissions page will open and the extension will be reflected under the Status column heading for that student.

Upload Multiple Feedback Files Using a .Zip File

If you like to make comments on files (such as using Track Changes in a Word document, or adding comments to a PDF), you can return annotated files to students through a Moodle Assignment. Additionally, Moodle can automatically match feedback files to the correct student provided you have downloaded all submissions to a .zip file, preserved the original file names assigned by Moodle, compressed the files into a new .zip file, and upload the .zip file to a Moodle Assignment. This is especially useful if you want to annotate several files and don't want to upload these files individually to return feedback to students.

  1. On your course page, click the name of an assignment activity. The assignment page will open and display the description of the assignment and a summary of submissions.
  2. Below the summary, click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions page will open.
  3. Above the table of submissions (top left), in the Grading actions drop-down menu, click Choose and select Download all submissions. Submissions will automatically download to your computer as a .zip archive.
  4. Unzip the .zip archive on your computer. You will see a folder containing multiple files each beginning with students' names.
  5. Open individual files to add your annotations, and save files to record your changes.
    Important: Do not change file names when saving, otherwise Moodle will not be able to correctly upload feedback files.
  6. Create a new .zip file (see instructions below)
  7. On the assignment Submissions page, above the table of submissions (top left), in the Grading actions drop-down menu, click Choose and select Upload multiple feedback files in a zip. The Upload multiple feedback files in a zip page will open.
  8. Drag and drop the new .zip file into the Upload a file box. (Alternatively, click Choose a file... to open the File picker pop-up window where you can manually select the file from your computer.)
  9. After the .zip file has been selected, click Import feedback file(s). The Confirm zip upload page will open displaying a list of all files you have modified.
  10. Click Confirm to upload the files. A confirmation screen will open showing the total number of uploaded files. Click Continue to return to the Submissions page.

Windows Users

If you do not currently have software to compress and extract files, you can download a free program to install on your computer. OIT recommends using 7-Zip, a file compression and extraction program.

To compress a folder or group of files into a Zip file using 7-Zip:

  1. Right-click the folder or files you wish to compress and select 7-Zip, then Add to archive... The Add to Archive pop-up window will open.
  2. In the Archive field, type the name that you want to use for this group of files. In the Archive format field, choose zip from the drop-down menu and click OK. The Add to Archive pop-up window will close and the files will compress. 
  3. A new ZIP file will appear in the same directory (folder) as the files you selected.

Mac Users

For Mac users, there is no need to download additional software to compress files as this feature is already included in the operating system.

  1. To compress a folder or group of files, right-click (control+click) on the folder or files and select Compress "...".
  2. A new ZIP file will appear on your computer in the same directory (folder) as the files you selected.