I have a colleague using my Moodle installation to teach a writing course. I set up an Assignment activity for him so that his students could upload texts for him to grade and provide feedback on. He wanted this rather than having his students inputting text online. Everything worked out well and he was able to download his students Word docs, annotate them and then re-upload them. He then graded the work and also provided feedback in the platform itself. That was a week ago. However, all the submissions and grades have now disappeared - uploaded files and no more grades. And I can find no reason for this. Has anyone had a similar experience with the Assignment activity in Moodle? Did I perhaps set up the activity incorrectly do you think?
Thanks, Emma. I think you may be onto something when you mention the database. I'm running Moodle 3.0 and received a notification to update the Ordering question type, which I did. That involved reloading the database. Could that have caused the problem do you think? I'm monitoring the activity in the course because I'm mentoring the colleague and the submissions were definitely there before, as were his grades.
Thanks, Richard. This particular assignment had no deadline set and the students are still enrolled. Emma mentioned the database, and my updating the Ordering question type could have been the cause, but if that is the case, then it suggests there's something wrong with the database, I imagine.
Installing a plugin - and clicking on the Update Database button as part of that process - shouldn't have any effect at all on the tables related to assignment submissions
Hmm - then if the students are all still enrolled, I would definitely go with Emma's suggestion to check the logs. Direct interference with the database is an outside possibility (unless you as site admin are the only one with direct access to the database, in which case you would already know if you'd done that ), but I would go to the logs first as Emma said.
Just in case this helps - could it be that a 'resubmission' has been allowed for those assignments? If so, the previous submission is relegated to a collapsed 'history' section at the bottom of each page (the main page for the student, the individual grading page for the teacher).
( http://www.synergy-learning.com/moodle-2-5-improvements-assignment-resubmissions/ has some screenshots of this in Moodle 2.5)