More often than not, each piece of assessment has multiple criteria such as knowledge, process, communication. A grade is recorded against each criteria.
Is there a way of recording multiple criteria for one piece of assessment?
I'm using 1.8.4 with the default gradebook and the only way I can see this happenning is if I create 3 assignments for the one assessment item and grade each and the categorise.
My second question:
Is there a way of adding the same criteria i.e., communication, across assessment items? For example, assignment 1 communication mark + asssignment 2 communication mark, assignment 3 communication mark etc?
If the second question is possible, is it then possible to develop standards, such that a student gets X if the get an A for communication, A for process and C for knowledge across all assessment items?
The term to search for is 'outcomes', but this is a 1.9 feature.
- We ran into the same problem, so decided to include the multiple criteria into the assessment itself in the form of an assessment criteria grid. The 1.9 gradebook doesn't do exactly what we need, so we'd probably still be using this method even in 1.9.
It's a fairly simple solution, and works very well considering its reliance on only the text editor. It also has the advantage of being in the exact format that our EV requires.
- When we need to track multiple examples of evidence against one criteria, we just use a different color of text in the grid.
We had originally planned an extensive system using categories and multiple assignments (we'd have needed around 350 assignments in each course to do this), but the solution that we eventually put in place made things so much more simple, and far clearer for both learners and lecturers.
PS the Quicktime link at the bottom of the assessment is an MP3 file, we do audio assessments of our students work, which takes about 1/3 of the time that it would take to write up an assessment, and the students love it!
So let me get this straight. Via this rubric, your markbook only records one mark for a piece of assessment? But the feedback is essentially covering all the criteria. So you still need to record your marks in a book/spreadsheet etc and can't use moodle to do it for you? Am I right about this?
If not, how do you get all the assessment recorded in the markbook?
I don't worry so much about the final grade with the various criteria (original post Q2), as I can easily-enough put that into a spreadsheet. If you solution does away with "350 assignments," I'm all ears, I'd love to see an example.
I'll try and explain this further, but what makes sense to me may not translate well over a forum post!
If you want an overview of how this all fits together then I will put something together, as it seems that there is a lot of people wanting to achieve this functionality who are not satisfied with the 1.9 gradebook.
We are working towards all of our assessment being completed in Moodle (several courses are already entirely Moodle based in terms of assessment), we don't need to do any kind of external tracking or recording in spreadsheets at all.
When work is IVed or EVed, this is all completed within Moodle, we have no paper in our assessment process, nor do we need any application other than Moodle to track what we do.
- The standard gradebook view displays 18 units/Assignments for a National Diploma.
- Then within these 18 units we have the grading grid that I posted above, we use this to track evidence against individual assessment criteria.
- The result is essentially the same as having 18 categories which each contains an assignment for every assessment criteria (350 assignments), the process is however infinitely easier to achieve and far more efficient to manage since it only uses 18 assignments with the assessment criteria being based within the assignments themselves.
Tracking multiple projects in one assignment.
We just use different colour text to signify different projects that meet the same criteria, for example;
|Develop some ideas.||
Continuously and independently develop some ideas.
Each project also has an MP3 comment which is a file that gets tagged on to each assignment.
An assignment/unit therefore consists of the following;
- Grading Grid
- An MP3 comment for every project
I realise that it's hard to believe that this relatively primitive system is capable of tracking all that criteria and being entirely paperless, but it really works!
We ran into the problem of having to create a huge range of assignments to track all of the criteria in the course, and this solution (proposed by a student) was such an easy way of solving the issue that we didn't possibly think it would work, but in reality it does. It was really a case of 'not seeing the wood for the trees'.
In fact, 2 weeks ago we had an EV visit, and recieved glowing feedback and this method of tracking evidence was highlighted as an area of good practice.
Please ask if you have any questions, I will try and put together a video that actually take you through the process.
We currently use this solution for the assignments that exist in one course.
However, it you wanted to track assessments for one student across many moodle courses, you could setup a 'grading course' whose sole role it is to track grades across all of the other courses. All of your assignments and assessments would be administered on this one course, and then you could link to the assignments that you create by putting the URL in the other courses.
The 'MyGrades' course has 30 assignments setup within it.
The 'Module 01' course has a link to Assignment 01 in the 'MyGrades' course.
This would allow you to keep all of your resources within seperate courses, but all of the grades in one place.
Does that make sense?
Thank you! I created a My Grades course (I used the currently empty metacourse I'd set up for the 30 module program and renamed it). In the My Grades course I created a Test Assignment. My questions now are:
1. Inside the module 01 course, how do I actually make that link to the Test Assignment? Ie, inside module 01, am I
"Adding a Resource" which I know has a file link capacity in it but does not seem to be the right thing to do here;
am I embedding the web link in some instructions in some way, like in the description of an assignment in module 01 and if so, then is there not some confusion about grades with two assignments going for the same thing (i.e. do I make the module 01 assignment nongraded); or
am I using some other strategy?
2. How do I discover, what is the actual web address of the grading course Assignment to use as the web link?
I am embarrassed not to know these basic things, but, I have not had to do it before now.
Thank you so much,
What you need to do to get the link working is copy the address of the assignment from the 'MyGrades' course (right click it, copy the web address).
And then in the 'Module 01' course add a resource and create a 'link to a webpage' pasting the copied address into the relevant box.
Hope that helps.
A video explaining this would be very good; my school is trying to bring this online for all subjects and we all use multiple criteria for the same project. I'm still very new to all this. Let me just clarify...you're using 1.9 and have modified the "gradebook"? I'm using 1.8.4 so we'd need to upgrade? Since only a couple of teachers are using it at the moment, that shouldn't be a problem.
I also get the impression that you can track the various criteria accross multiple projects; am I right?
We actually use 1.8 at college, we have made no modifications at all to the Gradebook. Everything we use (for the most part) is off the shelf Moodle.
It sounds like what you do is exactly what we do. However, read Nicolas' posts below, it maybe that 1.9 would be a better option for you.
Please take a look at the moodle docs on the topic: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Outcomes
I would need to be able to write comments against each outcome in order for me to effectively assess a students work.
Essentially what the outcomes in 1.9 provide is a tickbox for individual assessment criteria, which would most likely not meet internal quality assurance processes let alone external verification processes which for the most part require the accurate 'signposting' of evidence against individual criteria.
1.9 outcomes offer us this:
Has an outcome/criteria been met? Yes/No
What was the quality of the work produced? (scale attached to the outcome)
What we need:
Has an outcome/criteria been met? Yes/No
Where specifically within the assignment has this been demonstrated?
What action needs to be taken by the student?
On a National Diploma we don't actually need to record the quality of work produced at criteria level as this is done through having different levels of the same criteria through the Pass, Merit and Distinction bandings.
I think this will satisfy your requirements.
Does this outcome feedback input box display in the main grading window or the gradebook 'overview' area where the other quick feedback boxes are displayed?
I haven't had a chance to test it out yet, but if it offers the same functionality as what we are already getting, then it would make sense to change it. Although we would probably need to convert the grades into a grid format for when our EV comes in (The official Edexcel documentation uses a grid format for the assessment format)