Today’s #UPtechTip is a short video tour of the new grading workflow available in Moodle 3.2. If you are looking for an easy way to view student work, add annotations, provide feedback, and enter grades all from one powerful, flexible screen, this one is for you!
UP Tech Tips
Up Tech Tips is a series of handy technology related hints, tips and tricks written especially for University of Portland faculty who are engaging with technology in the classroom or in hybrid and online classes. Tips are written and/or curated by Ben Kahn, Academic Technology Specialist and Trainer at the University.
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Fall is in the air! Err, not really. We’re still experiencing Summer heat in Portland. But, classes have begun at UP; students, learning, and #uptechtips have all returned from Summer vacation!
This tip focuses on the Moodle Announcements forum. This is a simple but effective tool for communicating with students. If you are using Moodle extensively to deliver documents, host discussion, and accept student work, this tool is worth a look! It lets you (and only you) post news updates to your Moodle course. Students can check the page for news, and they will also receive email updates daily of any new posts.
I like the Announcements forum as a communication strategy for the following reasons:
- It provides a redundant source of vital class information for students in case of email issues
- It gives them another reason to log-in and engage with course materials
- It’s much easier to refer back to past announcements here than to dig through email
#UPTechTip: Using Announcement Forum
If you’ve ever imported material from a past semester into a blank new Moodle course, you know firsthand the need to go through all of the course activities – assignments, quizzes, etc. – and change the due dates to line up with the new semester. (it simply wouldn’t do due to have an assignment in a Spring course that was due last Fall!) Instead of doing this one at a time, you can utilize the Dates report in Moodle to attend to all due and open/close dates from one page. File this one under serious time-savers!
Well, it’s end of the term time. Final grades are about due and the time of reckoning for students who have incomplete work is now.
In this video, I will be showing you how to bulk insert zero grades into empty slots in the Moodle gradebook. In order for Moodle to calculate student grades correctly and fairly, you need to make sure to mark any missing work as a zero. Otherwise, it will not be factored into the student’s final grade calculations.
I realize adding zeros is not of the part of the teaching process that most enjoy, but at least in this video, you’ll be learning a quick and painless way to complete this un-fun task.
Greetings! Today’s tip is in the form of a quick preview of a new email feature coming to UP campus soon. In this short video, learn how using the Focused Inbox and help keep distractions at bay and concentrate on what’s important. Don’t like the Focused Inbox? This video also shows you how to turn this feature on or off.