NED - Marking Manager

Blocks ::: block_fn_marking
Maintained by NED Support
This block allows teachers to grade assignments, quizzes and forums within a single interface.
Latest release:
662 sites
42 fans
Current versions available: 4
Changes in Marking Manager version 3.3.2 (2017101000):

In previous versions of the Marking Manager, the cronjob was used to calculate the number of activities that require grading in all courses. For sites with many courses and/or students, this sometimes meant that the cron job would run for a long time and, as a result, put a strain on server resources. In this latest version, we have made the following changes to address this problem:

  1. The cron job method has been replaced with a “Manual” option, which allows users to refresh the block only when needed.
  2. When counting activities, the block will only scan courses where the user has teaching privileges.
  3. It is now possible to only include courses that 1) reside inside preselected course categories AND 2) have the block installed at the course level. Previously, it was one or the other.
  4. There is a new option that allows admins to only see courses where they have teaching privileges.
  5. There is a new option to skip hidden courses when counting activities
  6. Various bug and format fixes

Even with these changes, calculating ungraded activities across many courses is still a resource-intensive task. We will continue to work on improvements and we welcome the input of other developers that have other ideas/suggestions on how to increase efficiency.
Dear NED Plugin users:
We have been maintaining these plugins for many years and raising funds to keep this work going has been an ongoing challenge, especially in the last couple years. To keep these plugins alive, we must shift to a paid membership model. This decision was not taken lightly, since we value and appreciate the spirit of sharing that is demonstrated daily by the Moodle community at large. But we also don’t want to abandon our plugins and the schools that rely on them. We hope that this move will allow us to improve the quality of our plugins and keep pace with the timeline of the Moodle releases. We are still figuring out the details but it’s likely that we will offer a tiered membership system (ex. different prices for individuals vs schools) as well as options for non-profits. We look forward to updating our current lineup of plugins and to creating new plugins to meet the needs of learners and instructors alike.
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Marking Manager Screenshot

At the site level (front page) the Marking Manager block lists all Assignments, Forums and Quizzes that require grading. At the course level, the Marking Manager has 2 parts:

Block: provides quick overview of the number of Assignments, Quizzes and Forums with the following status:

  • Requires Grading
  • Graded 
  • Not Submitted

Clicking on these status links  will open the marking Interface. The block also contains links to a custom Progress Report (see screenshot below). At the bottom part of the block, a status report shows the number of students that:

  • have not logged in for x days
  • not submitted actities for x days
  • have a overall grade less than x percent

Marking Interface: allows teachers to grade Assignments, Quizzes and Forums within a single interface. This interface consists of a left section, where activites are selected, and and right section, where activties are graded. See screen shots below for more info.



This plugin is part of set NED.


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NED Support (Lead maintainer)
Fernando Oliveira: Original maintainer
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  • Fri, Sep 18, 2015, 5:09 PM
    It's great the have this plugin support again with newer Moodles, many thanks for your work.

    I've just installed 2.7 (2015091600) on Moodle 2.9+ (Build: 20150604), everything is ok, just one small bug I've found. If I select Separate Groups, every 2 I mark the groups reset to All Participants.

  • It's only an avatar...
    Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 7:09 PM
    Hi Fernando, I see in your master branch that you have fixed the bug that was causing a problem in Lesson (with the left menu) where .menuwrapper is a css class selector in Lesson. I see that you have added a prefix 'fn-menuwrapper'. Thanks for that. I have not checked out the latest version yet, but can you clarify that the fix is in that?
    Thanks - Mary
  • It's only an avatar...
    Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 9:40 PM looks like the .menuwrapper has NOT been updated in the 2015 September 16th update. In which case I will open a Tracker issue for this Lesson Left menu BUG.
  • Sun, Sep 20, 2015, 8:13 AM
    I want to thank everybody who has contacted me with bug reports. Very helpful! For future reports, please use the Github issue tracker located here: Cheers.
  • Sun, Sep 20, 2015, 8:30 AM
    Thanks Mary. Latest code from Github is now uploaded here.
  • Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 3:59 PM
    Thanks for the great plugin! I bump into one small problem. I have three different assignments which need to be graded in my course. However, for only one I can actually see the student submission. The only unique property of this assignment seems that it is an individual assignment, while the others are group assignments. Can this be the cause; can FN Marking Manager handle group assignments? If this is not the cause, anyone any idea what it can be? Thanks in advance!
  • Mon, Dec 28, 2015, 11:34 PM
    Hi Frank. All group filters are contained in the top part of the grading interface. If your course is set up to have forced separate groups, then you'll need to select the desired group from the menu on the top of the page (same as the standard Moodle method).
  • Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 7:51 AM
    Hi Fernando,
    Thanks for this great plugin. Eagerly waiting for a Moodle 3 compatible version. We are using the current version with moodle 3.0.1 and there are two issues to note:
    1) the block showing total number of quiz "Requires Grading" instead of only from the teacher's group (access all groups permission is set to prevent)
    2) In the list of Marking status "Requires Grading" the the same thing happens. The number on the left reflects the total number of ungraded assignments from all participants irrespective of any entry for the group the teacher is in. It should not even list that quiz in the first place.

    Hope this would be of some help.

  • Sat, Apr 9, 2016, 4:53 AM
    Testers wanted: We have a new version of this block for Moodle 3.0 and 3.1. Please contact me if you are interested in testing it.
  • Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 7:24 PM
    Hi - this is a great plugin, thank you! Please can you advise on the Frontpage settings. I have set it up but only an admin can see it on the dashboard, no other teachers can view it. I'm using Moodle 2.9. Thanks
  • Mon, Aug 1, 2016, 11:40 PM
    Hi Fernando, How is testing going with the 3.0.1 compatible version?
  • Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 9:36 AM
    Hello Fernando,

    Hope you are doing good.
    I am using block "FN Marking". It is good plugin which meet our requirement.
    We are using moodle 3.1 and FN Markeing 2.9 version. We are facing page load problem with this plugin.
    I have attached two screen shots at:

    One is for course page and another one is for FN Marketing block.
    FN Marketing take almost 23 Second each time to load page.

    We have already Opcache enabled on server. still it take too much time. Can you please help me out on this?
  • Wed, Aug 10, 2016, 11:04 PM
    My apologies for the delay in updating this block. . We're currently working on a solution for the long page load on the front page. On this issue, we've decided to add the option of updating the block during the Moodle cron job, instead of every page load. More info to come.
  • Fri, Nov 4, 2016, 8:03 PM
    Hello. Looks like a useful plugin, however for me it doesn't work with grading workflow. Although an assignment is assigned to a specific grader, any tutor can mark it through the marking manager block. Is that a known issue or is there a way to avoid this? Thanks
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