How can you enable staff and students to easily view their grades across Moodle courses, in a single view?
This is the challenge Jessica Gramp and the team at the University College London (UCL) faced back in 2014.
In her MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 presentation, “View and compare assessment feedback in Moodle”, Jessica shared the goals she and her team set:
The “my feedback report plugin” is an an open source plugin available from our Plugins directory. Essentially, the plugin is a reports menu allowing students to see an overview of all their grades and feedback for assessment activities such as Moodle Assignments, Turnitin Assignments (v1 & v2), Workshops and Quizzes.
It provides their visible grades, a link to their submission and any feedback that has been released to them.
During the MoodleMoot presentation, Jessica recapped her institution’s journey with the plugin. Development first began in late 2014, based on an assessment project code. UCL assigned an internal developer to oversee the project the following year.
Jessica explained that the plugin was initially piloted by 850 engineering students in 2015 for one year. In 2016 it was launched into UCL’s Moodle and is now available across the entire institution.
Jessica explained that the feedback report plugin show:
The plugin also allows for code adjustments, enabling the feedback report to show further modules of an administrator’s choosing.
Jessica shared the benefits of the my feedback report plugin:
Let’s take a closer look at what the plugin looks like for students:
Now we have seen it from a student’s point of view, let’s explore what the my feedback report plugin is like for teachers and tutors:
Delving further into the features of the report, Jessica explained that when they clicked a student’s name, the teacher was taken to a course. If a student has not looked at their feedback a cross will appear next to their name.
Personal tutors also got an overview of all their students!
For example they could see how many students have submitted an assignment, the number of late submissions, how many assignments have been marked. This can be broken down course by course for a more indepth look at how a student is performing.
However, this feature was not implemented as some students suggested that seeing this information could demotivate them.
Additionally, department administrators can set up access across a category of courses for the entire department, with breakdown similar to the modular tutor view, at a higher level.
Here is what their dashboard looked like:
The feedback report plugin was released into UCL’s Moodle site in 2016 and by February that year, 14% of users had viewed the report.
Jessica commented that the biggest issue identified by the UCL team for the implementation of the plugin is that the feedback is only as good as the assessment feedback within Moodle. This means that without that feedback, students and teachers could not use the plugin.
This issue was combatted by working with UCL staff to explain a way to put feedback into Moodle in a way which makes it visible in the report. Jessica and her team shared a publicly accessible PDF with teachers and tutors. The PDF explained how to:
Takeaway lessons from the UCL team:
Jessica concluded her presentation by sharing technical tips about this project:
The my feedback report use the Moodle parent role to map students to their personal tutor. This can be automated by the user role assignment and the external database plugin can automate this.
Department admin access requires the legacy category enrolments plugin.
Permissions need to be set at a site level (as the report is site wide), so applying them to the student or teacher roles (course level ) do not work.
The archive feature is not recommended for production installations.
Want more information about the plugin? Watch Jessica’s full presentation below:
If you would like to join the 260 + institutions currently using the my feedback report, you can download it here.
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