Advanced Grading - Marking Guides
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Marking Guides are the latest advanced grading method in Moodle. These forms are similar to rubrics, as the instructor can evaluate one or more criterion with a numeric score and text feedback. You can also create a set of frequently used statements for quick feedback as you grade a student's submission. This feature however, can only be used in Moodle'sAssignment activity.

Moodle Bug: Moodle is currently unable to copy the frequently used comments when performing a course Import. This is a bug and Moodle is addressing it. Please consider publishing your marking guide as a template (see section below) in order to work around this issue.

Creating the Assignment

  1. Login to myPlymouth
  2. Select the myCourses tab and the myCourses window appears.
  3. In the center column, select your class title from the appropriate semester category in the myCourses channel. You will now be looking at your course's home page.
  4. Click on the Turn editing on button in the top right corner.
  5. Navigate to the topic/week of your choice, and click on the + Add an activity or resource menu.
  6. Choose the Assignment radio button and select Add at the bottom of the window.
  7. On the following screen, type out the Assignment name and Description areas (required fields) as well as any other options on the page.
  8. Further down on the page, locate the Grade section. The default grade for this assignment is set to 100 points. Change this grade if you desire (individual criteria will be created later).
  9. Also in this section, locate the Grading method option and change it to Marking guide.
  10. Continue through this page and modify any settings as you desire. Once you are finished, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display.
    • If you accidentally selected Save and return to course, you'll have to access the marking guide form from another location. Click on your assignment name from the main course page and scroll down to the Settings block. Select the Advanced grading option to continue with the process.

Building your Marking Guide

  1. You will now see a page that asks you to either Define new grading form from scratch (left icon) or Create new grading form from a template (right icon). For now, please click on the Define new grading form from scratch icon.
  2. You are now building your own marking guide. Enter in the Name for this guide (the Description area is optional).
  3. Each criteria contains four components: Criterion nameDescription for studentsDescription for markers (instructors), and Maximum marks. Start building your first criteria by selecting the Click to edit criterion name text and typing in its name (see image below) 
  4. Now click on the Description for Students text to type out a short description that will be visible to your students.
  5. If other instructors are to use your marking guide, type a short description of the criteria in the Description for Markers text area.
  6. Finally, type out a maximum grade for your criteria in the Maximum mark text box.
  7. If you are building more criteria, repeat Steps 3-6 in this section until you are finished (select the + Add criterionbutton to add an additional criteria).
  8. Once you are finished with building your criteria, use the Frequently used comments section to create feedback responses that can be added to your students' feedback.
    • Use the + Add frequently used comment button to add more feedback comments.
  9. Use the Marking guide options check boxes to decide whether to show your criteria descriptions to your students (Show guide definition to students) or to display their scores per criteria (Show marks per criterion to students).
  10. Once you have finished your options, select the Save marking guide and make it ready button at the bottom of the page.
    • You may also select the Save as draft' button to review again at a later time.

Note: To edit or delete your marking guide at any time, select the assignment name from your course page. In the Settingsblock, select the Advanced grading option.

Grading Student Submissions

  1. From your course page, select the assignment that is using your marking guide.
  2. Under the assignment information, click on the link that says View/grade all submissions. This will bring you to the student submissions area.
  3. Locate the student that you wish to grade and select the green check mark icon.
  4. You will see your students' submission information as well as your marking guide. To start using the marking guide, simply type into the appropriate feedback box per criterion (see image below) 
  5. To use one of your frequently used comments as feedback, click on the text comment and it will automatically be placed inside the text box.
  6. In addition to the feedback, type out a score as well.
  7. Continue filling out the guide until complete. If you'd like to provide overall feedback to your student, type it in theFeedback comments text box below the guide.
  8. When you have finished grading, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save changes or Save and show next(this will bring up the next student's submission).

Note: When your student clicks inside of the assignment after being graded, he/she will see the graded marking guide form, feedback, and the overall assignment grade (see image below). Moodle will automatically calculate the assignment grade based off of the scores you selected for each criteria.

  • For example, let's say that the assignment was worth a total of 100 points. However, your rubric had five criteria, with each having a maximum value of two points. If a student correctly received a two for each criteria they would receive a rubric score of 10 (five criteria x two max points = 10). The rubric score would immediately be converted to the assignment's 100 point max grade. In this example, the student would receive a 100 for this assignment.
  • If a student received a rubric score of a five (out of a possible 10), he/she would receive a grade of a 50 for the assignment. 

Publishing Your Rubric

If you are interested in using a marking guide again for a future assignment, you can publish it as a template. When you publish a marking guide, it will be available to all Moodle instructors to use in their own class. While they cannot override your original guide, they can modify it to fit their own need.

If you are interested in publishing your marking guide, please contact Katie Martell at 603-535-2579 or at

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