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Moodle Workshop Activity

The workshop is a powerful peer assessment activity. Students add submissions which are then distributed among peers for assessment based on a grading scale defined by the instructor.

You will work through 5 different phases in the Workshop. At the end of each phase, you will be able to manually go to the next phase.

Quick Links

Moodle Submission Phase Assessment Phase

Grading Evaluation Phase

Student View of Assessment Phase
Closing the workshop  

Setup Phase

The different phases of a Workshop

How can students assess peer work?

  • anonymously
  • review examples
  • evaluate their own work
  • random or defined peer reviews

Step 1

From the Add an Activity or Resource Pop-up, select Workshop.

Select Workshop from the Activity and Resources menu.

Step 2:

Give the workshop a unique name and description.

Give the workshop a name and description

Step 3

Set the Grading Settings.
You will set a grade for the submission and the assessment.

You will set a grade for the submission and assessment

Grading Strategy

  • Accumulative grading: each criterion has its own grade, weight, and comment box for feedback.
  • Comments: No grade is given, but markers can leave comments.
  • Number of Errors: markers decide whether the work has passed or failed each criterion.
  • Rubric: a numeric grade is given based on the level of achievement markers choose for each criterion.
Grade for Submission

Set the maximum grade a student can obtain for a given submission.
Note. This is the grade that is only for the submission.

Grade for Assessment

Set the maximum grade a student can receive for assessing other peers’ work.

Step 4

Set the submission settings.

Set all of the Submission settings

Step 5

Set the Assessment settings.

Set each assessment setting

Step 6

Set preferences that will allow a feedback text box to appear at the bottom of each assessment form for reviewers to complete.

Set the feedback preferences

Step 7

You can add examples of submissions for students to review, and you can require, or not, that they submit the examples.

You can add examples for sudents to review.

Step 8

Set the availability of the workshop. You can set an open and close date for the submission and assessment.

Set the availability of the submission and assessment.

Step 9

Click Save and Display.

Click save and display.

Step 10

Next click on edit the assessment form.

Click on Edit the assessment.

Step 11

Here you will write specific questions which you would like students to answer about the work they are reviewing. You can add multiple Aspects to the review as you see fit. There will also be a section for overall feedback for the author.

Write specific questions for the reviewer to answer. There will also be an additional comments box.

Submission Phase

Student – Add Submission

The student will click on the Add submission button to upload their work.

click on "add a submission" to submit to the workshop"


Details of Submission Phase

During the submission phase and throughout the workshop you will be able to view student progress. You can determine how many have been works have been submitted and allocated. When you are ready to go to the Assessment phase you can easily switch by using the “Switch to the next phase”

Review the submission details.

Assessment Phase

Once the submission deadline has passed the workshop will automatically move to the assessment phase or you can manually move to the Assessment Phase.

Step 1

After students have completed the initial submission, you can use the submission allocation or allocate submissions link to assign students to review peer work.

Note. You can set the allocation to be set automatically after the submission deadline.  

Click on Allocate Submissions to go directly to the submission allocation page.

Step 2

You can control how submissions are allocated for review by using the drop-down menu.

  • Manual allocation: you will be able to manually assign reviewers to each student’s work.
  • Random allocation: you can set the number of reviews that students need to complete, and then it will randomly assign students a review.
  • Schedule allocation: submissions will automatically be allocated after the submission deadline.Choose how submissions are allocated

Student View of Assessment Phase

Step 1

The student will select the "Assess" button listed under each assigned paper.

This is the student view of the assessment phase

Step 2

The student will answer each question in the assessment form.

the student will complete the assessment form.

Grading Evaluation Phase

The grades for a Workshop activity are obtained gradually at several stages and then they are finalized. Below the Table, you can set the Comparison of Assessments setting.


  • If you are using the assessment strategy of comments then no grade will be given to the submission.
  • If you are using the assessment strategy of Number of Errors than a yes/no assessment is given.
  • The assessment strategy of Accumulative Grading and Rubric allow a reviewer/student to give a numerical score. A Grading Rubric is going to be more in depth and you will be able to create the rubric.

The grading evaluation phase

(Grades for students are listed directly below Re-calculate grades button)

Grading a workshop


Closing the Workshop

After your students have completed the Workshop you will need to close it in order for their grades to be visible in the Gradebook.

Closing the Workshop

The table below explains the meaning of the grades that are displayed.


- (-) < Alice There is an assessment allocated to be done by Alice, but it has been neither assessed nor evaluated yet
68 (-) < Alice Alice assessed the submission, giving the grade for submission 68. The grade for assessment (grading grade) has not been evaluated yet.
23 (-) > Bob Bob's submission was assessed by a peer, receiving the grade for submission 23. The grade for this assessment has not been evaluated yet.
76 (12) < Cindy Cindy assessed the submission, giving the grade 76. The grade for this assessment has been evaluated 12.
67 (8) @ 4 < David David assessed the submission, giving the grade for submission 67, receiving the grade for this assessment 8. His assessment has weight 4
80 (20 / 17) > Eve

Eve's submission was assessed by a peer. Eve's submission received 80 and the grade for this assessment was calculated to 20. Teacher has overridden the grading grade to 17, probably with an explanation for the reviewer.




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