We use workshops extensively at our University, but due to the fact that we have many instructors in each course, with separate groups, I removed permissions from them to move the phases. They used to interfere with each other to let a student a little more time to submit.
That forces me to move the phases for all courses manually.
I have set them up so that it moves automatically from submission to assessment phase with a scheduled allocation.
However, I need an improvement to the module so that it can move from assessment phase to closed phase automatically at the end of the assessment phase.
The required clicks for each workshop are currently five:
1. Click on the light bulb to move the workshop to the grading phase.
2. Confirm the movement.
3. Click on the Regrade button so that grade averages are calculated. Wait until this happens (some courses are large, this takes sometimes half a minute or more).
4. Click on the light bulb of Closed phase.
5. Confirm the change of phase. Wait (in our largest course it has taken half an hour for a single workshop to show me the result with the workshop closed, as the operation triggers sending the grades to the grade book).
I found that I can't rush this process by moving to the next workshop or the index of grade items gets screwed and grades are not sent to the grade book.
I would need some kind of addition to the module so that these five operations are done without my intervention, on the background. Is this possible? This is now taking me 5 hours of work every week (80-100 workshops per week all need closing at the same time).
Is something like this in the plans?