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Grade Assignments in Moodle

There are several approaches you can take to grading a Moodle Assignment activity. This article explains how to enter grades by opening the Assignment activity, then entering grades on the assignment Submissions page.
Note: Although you can manually edit grades in the Grader report, when grading an Assignment activity, we recommend grading from the Submissions page.

You can grade multiple students at once directly in the Submissions table (with Quick grading enabled), or open each submission on its own Grading page. Note: For grading online text submissions we recommend you Enter Grades and Feedback for One Student at a Time.  This lets you view the submission and enter grades or feedback on the same page.

Enter Grades and Feedback for Multiple Students at Once

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

  1. If editing is on, click Turn editing off. This will give you additional screen space to view the table on the Submission page.
  2. Open the assignment. On the Assignment page, below the assignment description, the Grading summary shows how many students have submitted work, how many submissions need grading, the due date, and time remaining to submit.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
    Screenshot showing the location of the View/Grade link (Click to enlarge)
    The Submissions page will open displaying the Submissions table, with a row for each student, and columns determined by the settings for the assignment.
    Screenshot of the Assignment Submissions Page (Click to enlarge)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 [+].
  7. For each student's submission, the columns in the table provide information or let you perform an action. (Which columns are present is determined by the settings for the assignment.)
    Select: To lock, unlock, or revert submissions to draft status, select the checkbox for a student, then, below the table, use the With selected drop-down menu.
    User picture: If the student has uploaded a profile picture it will show here, otherwise you see a generic silhouette.
    First Name / Last Name: Click First name or Last name to sort the list alphabetically
    Status: The Status column displays whether a submission has been made, is a draft, is late, has been graded, etc..
    • sreenshot: The student has not yet submitted work.
    • Draft (not submitted): You have required student to click the Submit button, and the student has submitted work but has not yet clicked Submit to indicate their submission is final.
    • Submitted for grading / time late: The assignment is submitted, and if required, the student has clicked the Submit button. A time highlighted in red below "Submitted for grading" indicates a late submission and tells how late the submission was made.
    • Submission changes not allowed: The submission has been set to Prevent submission changes (in the Edit column) or locked (using the With selected drop-down menu).
    • Graded: The submission has been graded
    Last Modified: Shows when the assignment was last updated by the student.
    Grade: In the Grade column:
    • If the activity is set to use a numeric scale, enter a score a student in the entry field (below the entry field the total possible points will be displayed, e.g., /100)
    • If the activity is set to use a non-numeric Scale, select an option from the drop-down menu.
    • If you are grading with a Rubric or Marking form, you cannot enter a grade here (the score will appear when you complete the form).
    • Click the Checkmark icon (The Checkmark icon opens that submission on its own page) to view and grade a submission on a separate page. Because this opens on a new page and leaves the Submissions screen, click Save all Quick grading changes before you click the Checkmark icon.
    Edit: In the Edit column, you can lock a submission or update the student's grade:
    • To lock the assignment for a student, click the Actions icon (The Actions icon looks like a menu) and select Prevent submission changes. This is useful if, after the due date, you want to grade, and student has not click the Submit button (leaving the submission in Draft status. 
    • The Update grade option is the equivalent to the Checkmark in the Grade column (see above) and opens the submission on a separate page.
    Online text: You can view an online submission from here.
    • Because a new page opens, click Save all Quick grading changes then click the Magnifying glass icon (The ) to open the online submission.
    File submissions: If a student has submitted a file, File icons will appear in the column.
    • Click a file icon to download the submission to your computer. 
    Submission comments: In the Submission comments column, you'll see a Comments link followed by the number of comments made (e.g., Comments (2)).
    • Click Comments (#) to read and/or leave a comment.
    Feedback comments: This feedback will also show in the Grade report.
    • In the text entry box, enter feedback for the submission. (To enlarge the entry box, drag from the bottom-right corner).
    Feedback files: If you have already uploaded a Feedback file for a student, you will see a file icon here (click to download).
    Final Grade: The Final grade column shows the grade as displayed in the Grade report.
  8. Once you've input student grades and feedback for this page of students, click Save all quick grading changes to save your work.
  9. If there is more than one page of students, below the table, you'll see links with page numbers, next and previous.
    Submission page numbers
    First, click Save all quick grading changes, then click a page link to move to a different page of students.

Enter Grades and Feedback for One Student at a Time

You can view each student's submission, and enter grades and feedback on a separate page. 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. Open the assignment. On the Assignment page, below the assignment description you'll see a Grading summary detailing how many students have submitted work, how many submissions need grading, the due date and time remaining to submit.
    Screenshot showing the location of the View/Grade link (click to enlarge)
  2. Click View/grade all submissions. The Submissions screen 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.
      Submission page numbers
  4. To grade a student's submission, in the Grade column for the student, click the Checkmark icon (The Checkmark icon opens that submission on its own page).  A new page will open where you can see the details of the Submission status.
  5. On the Grading page for each student, depending on the settings for the Assignment activity, you will be able to view online text, download files, enter and reply to Submission comments, enter Feedback comments, 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.

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. If editing is on, click Turn editing off. This will give you additional screen space to view the Submissions table.
  2. Open the Assignment. On the Assignment page, below the description, the Grading summary shows how many students have submitted work, how many submissions need grading, the due date, and time remaining to submit.
  3. Click View/grade all submissions.
    Screenshot showing the location of the View/Grade link (Click to enlarge)
    The Submissions page will open displaying the Submissions table, with a row for each student, and columns determined by the settings for the assignment.
  4. In the Edit column, click on the icon 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
  5. Click Grant extension. The extension dates page will open.
  6. Click Enable next to the Extension due date and use the drop down menus to specify the new due date.
  7. Click Save changes.