You work in four phases.
Setup phase: You set the assignment. Decide on how you want it submitted. Assessment form can take different formats. I used the rubric one here which was great in terms of setting up a paperless rubric; finally a tool that does this!!! Allocating grades and scores using this rubric was good but it has no comment options. I want kids to be able to assess using a rubric and give written comments as well. You can also include examples which I did. This is a good idea as kids get the hang of the standard required and the nature of the task.
It is vital that you get all kids to submit here before going to the next phase. Otherwise you will have heaps of problems. Once you go into the Assessment Phase it is tricky to go back. Best to get all work in before hitting the Assessment Lightglobe.
The grading part is really problematic, especially if students don’t do a good job of peer assessment. It seems to be impossible to easily get in and remove or edit a student assessment that is clearly way off the mark. Eg I had on student whose five grades were 48, 47, 64, 52, and 14. I wanted to remove the 14 grade altogether and recalculate. I could not work out how to do it. Parents will complain if “little Jonny” gets marked down by the kid who gave 14 but I cannot work out how to remove it.
Navigating the results page is difficult.
Grading is not anonymous to the students and it should be. (At least that should be an option). Students can see the name of the student whose work they are grading. Anonymous grading needs to be an option.
The peer review assignment type is much better in terms of usability. I just wish it did rubrics rather than just Binary Criteria. I wish it could be upgraded to work with Moodle 2.0. http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&rid=3915&filter=1 The writers of the Workshop module should take a close look at the usability features of this module. It is much more “assessment and feedback friendly”.