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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  • Thu, Oct 2, 2014, 10:55 PM
    Did an update for 2.6. Can be found here ... wasn't sure how to add changes to yours
  • John Provasnik at Moodle Moot US
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 8:05 PM
    @ Aaron -- I'd love to update my sandbox with your version to see if it solves my problem -- what are the updates you did? Do you have any documentation outlining changes for this 2.6 version? I only saw info about 24 and 25 in the readme txt
  • Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 3:41 AM
    Thanks for the update, Aaron. Unfortunately, this plugin requires a pretty major overhaul in order to deal with load times in Moodle 2.6+. Hopefully we can pull together some funds to get this done in the next few months.
  • Sat, May 16, 2015, 10:00 PM
    Thanks for a good plugin.
    I often use Assignment in practical exercises, I turn of the possibility for students to send information to the system. I just use it to grade the practical exercise. The problem is that Simple Gradebook don't show that I had grade the students exercise. In Moodles integrated gradebook i see it, but not in the Simple Gradebook. Is it possible to solve that i want to se that the student is graded, without that they have to send some files etc to the system?
  • Sat, Jun 6, 2015, 12:04 AM
    Hi Fredrik, which version of Moodle are you using?
  • Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 3:04 AM
    So when is the support for the latest versions of Moodle coming out? (for 2.9, etc...)
  • Wed, Jul 15, 2015, 2:07 AM
    Next version of the Marking Manager block should be ready by mid September.
  • Tue, Sep 1, 2015, 9:04 AM
    What versions of Moodle is the next update going to cover and will it also alert for quiz essay responses?
  • Wed, Sep 2, 2015, 2:19 AM
    Next version will work in Moodle 2.7 -2.9. Yes, quiz tracking will be included. It should be ready by next week.
  • Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 5:32 PM
    good plugin, but it is very much load the system, I have 2 cores and 4 GB of RAM and after installing the plugin page of the course with 400-700 students loaded 2-3 minutes
  • Mon, Sep 7, 2015, 12:20 AM
    Hello Александр, some performance improvement were made. Please download latest code and test. Thanks.
  • Fri, Sep 11, 2015, 2:23 PM
    no positive effect, I have Moodle 2.8.7+ (Build: 20150820)
  • Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 6:37 PM
    Very thrilled to have this now for 2.8, but we're experiencing some issues with quizzes that have both multiple choice questions and essay questions in the same quiz, not being notified. If there's a quick fix or something in our quiz settings, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!
    Here's a screenshot -
  • Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 10:42 PM
    Hi Rachel, I am unable to reproduce this problem. Can you provide more info? I'd be glad to take a look at your course, if you can send me login details or I could set you up in a test course so you can reproduce the issue. Either is fine on my end.
  • Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 9:46 PM
    We currently have version 2015080903 installed and we were having errors so i was excited to see that a new version came out 2015080904 (or at least that's what it says in our plugin overview should be the new version.) However when we download the new version from this page, the version.php file still have it listed at 2015080903.
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