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Add a Workshop Activity in Moodle

A Workshop in Moodle is a peer assessment activity with many options. Students submit their work via an online text tool and attachments. There are two grades for each student: a grade for their submitted work, and a grade for their peer assessments of other students' work. For a summary of the Workshop activity see An Overview of the Workshop Activity in Moodle.

Add a Workshop Activity

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon), top right). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. Locate the course Section where you want to add the workshop. (If you are using the Collapsed topics format, first open the Section.)
  3. On the lower-right of the Section, click + Add an activity or resource. The Activity chooser will open.
  4. In the Activity chooser, select Workshop and click Add. The Adding a new workshop page will open.
  5. Configure settings for the workshop. For more information on these options, see Configure Workshop Options (below).
  6. Click Save and return to course to return to your main course page.

Configure Workshop Options

General

  • Workshop name (required) 
    This name displays as a link on your course page. Use something unique that clearly identifies this activity from other course activities. We also recommend keeping the name short.
  • Description
    Enter a summary of the workshop and instructions. The description will be visible to students when they click the Workshop link.
  • Display description on course page
    Select this option to display the description underneath the workshop link on your course page. (This works best if the description is very concise.)
     

Grading settings

  • Grading strategy
    This determines the grading method for submissions. Accumulative grading enables comments and a grade to be given regarding specified aspects. Comments enables students to comment regarding specified aspects but no grade can be given. Number of errors enables comments and a yes/no assessment regarding specified assertions. If Rubric is enabled, a level assessment is given regarding specified criteria. For more on Grading strategies, please see Assessment settings for Workshops in Moodle
  • Grade for submission
    This value reflects the maximum grade that can be obtained for a submission. In the adjacent drop-down menu, select the grade category in gradebook (optional).
  • Grade for assessment
    This value reflects the maximum grade that can be obtained for assessing peers' submissions. In the adjacent drop-down menu, select the grade category in gradebook (optional).
  • Submission/Assessment grade to pass
    Set the minimum grade required to pass the assignment and the minimum grade required to pass the peer assessment. 
  • Decimal places in grades
    This value reflects the number of decimal places for the assessment and submission grades.

Submission settings

  • Instructions for submission
    Students will see the instructions for submitting their work when the workshop is in the Submission phase.
  • Maximum number of submission attachments
    Each student will be able to upload up to the set number of files for their submission.
  • Submission attachment allowed file types
    You can restrict which file types students can submit to the workshop. Enter a comma-separated list of acceptable file extensions, for example "pdf, doc, docx". If you are not restricting the file types, you can leave this blank. 
  • Maximum submission attachment size
    If submission attachments are enabled, each upload cannot exceed this attachment size. If a student can upload multiple files, and uploads files at different times, the total size of all files can exceed the set size.
  • Late submissions
    If enabled, a student may submit their work after the submissions deadline or during the Assessment phase. Late submissions cannot be edited.

Assessment settings

  • Instructions for assessment
    Students will see the instructions for assessing their peers' submissions when the workshop is in the Assessment phase.
  • Use self-assessment
    If enabled, students may assess their own submissions and they will receive a grade for assessment in addition to a grade for their submission.

Feedback

  • Overall feedback mode
    If enabled, a text field is displayed at the bottom of the assessment form. Reviewers can put the overall assessment of the submission there, provide additional explanation of their assessment and/or upload a marked document. You may specify if this is required or optional. 
  • Maximum number of overall feedback attachments
    Each student will be able to upload up to the set number of files for their feedback.
  • Feedback attachment allowed file types
    You can restrict which file types students can submit as feedback. Enter a comma-separated list of acceptable file extensions, for example "pdf, doc, docx". If you are not restricting the file types, you can leave this blank.
  • Maximum overall feedback attachment size
    Each upload cannot exceed this attachment size. If a student can upload multiple files, and uploads files at different times, the total size of all files can exceed the set size.
  • Conclusion
    This text is displayed to participants upon completing the Grading evaluation phase assessment.

Example submissions

  • Use examples
    If enabled, students can try assessing one or more example submissions and compare their assessment with a reference assessment. The grade is not counted in the grade for assessment.
  • Mode of examples assessment
    This feature allows the instructor to make the assessment of the example submission voluntary or mandatory to complete. Assessment of the example submission can be set to mandatory either before students submit their own submission or before they submit their assessment.

Availability

  • Open for submissions from
    Determine when students can begin to submit their work for assessment. Select the Enable check box to set a date and time.
  • Submission deadline
    Determine when the submissions for assessment will be due. The due date will show in the course Calendar, Upcoming events block, and within the Activities block. Select the Enable checkbox to set a date and time.
  • Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline
    If the submissions deadline is specified and this box is checked, the workshop will automatically switch to the Assessment phase after the submissions deadline. If you enable this feature, it is recommended that you set up the scheduled allocation method, too. If the submissions are not allocated, no assessment can be done even if the workshop itself is in the Assessment phase. See Assessment settings for Workshops in Moodle.
  • Open for assessment from
    Determine when students can begin to submit their assessments. Select the Enable check box to set a date and time.
  • Deadline for assessment
    Determine when the assessment will be due. The due date will show in the course Calendar and within the Activities block. Select the Enable check box to set a date and time. 

Edit Workshop settings

You may edit the Workshop settings at any time, however, changing the Grading strategy after students have filled out the form will mean the students need to reassess the students work. Numerical grades will be maintained. You may change back to the original Grading strategy and students previous assessments will be restored. 

  1. On your main course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon), top right). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. With editing turned on, next to the Workshop you wish to edit, click Edit and from the drop-down menu select Edit settings. The Updating Workshop page will open.
  3. The Updating Workshop page shows you the same options available on the Adding a new Workshop page. Here you may change your workshop options as needed, including changing due dates, grading information, and availability of the workshop. For more information, see Configure Workshop Options (above).
  4. Once you have finished making changes, click Save and return to course at the bottom of the page.