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Blocks: AJAX Marking Block

Maintained by Picture of Matt Gibson relaxing in the Alps Matt Gibson
Shows a teacher all of the unmarked work which has been submitted by their students across all of the courses they teach in. It's most useful when placed on the front page, and it allows the work to be viewed and graded through a pop-up interface, which then updates the block once the work is marked.

The aim of this block is to avoid having to search through each of your courses to find out whether there is anything that needs marking.

When placed on the front page, it shows teachers how many pieces of work need to be attended to, broken down by course, or by cohort. The list then expands when clicked to show individual modules and students. When you click on a student, a pop-up opens, allowing the work to be marked and saved, then the block updates itself to show one less item in need of attention.

The block has been thoroughly tested on a copy of a large university database with >50,000 users and has been optimised so that it doesn't impact on DB performance at all.

Current status is that the development is paused (bug fixes only) whilst I work on other urgent projects. Once the Moodle logging 2.0 proposal in core is built and released, there will need to be a complete rewrite to make it maintainable for the future, but that is some way off.

If you want to stay current, follow @AJAX_Marking on twitter, which has general information about new features etc.




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  • Picture of Brent Sawatzky
    Fri, Sep 27, 2013, 6:18 AM
    I'd like to jump back to a comment I see by Dan Olson's (July24). In our program, we are all fans of this block and find that it works great 95% of the time. Our only concern comes from teachers who found that a few marking items don't show up in the block. It seems to be tied to the students more than the assignment, as the same students have problems in multiple assignments, where others are fine. Looking into it, we see nothing obviously different in the student accounts, so it's difficult to give you much. Thanks for the block and hoping this little issue can be resolved.
  • Picture of Glen MacPherson
    Tue, Nov 26, 2013, 6:42 AM
    I've scanned the posts and can't find exactly what I need: It seems that Ajax will let me mark Forum posts, but it doesn't clear them from the marking list, and so I don't know what's marked or not. Has this been reported, or, is it on the "to-do" list? I'd love to help, but the last language I felt fluent in was Fortran!
  • Picture of Nathan Browne
    Wed, Jan 15, 2014, 1:20 PM
    This Plugin is fantastic.
    Is it planned to show Lesson Essay's that need grading too? These make up a part of our courses along with other assessment types.
  • Picture of Nathan Friend
    Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 5:18 PM
    Just posted this any suggestions? BTW Great block. Cheers Nathan.
  • Picture of Chris Maki
    Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 2:32 AM
    We are finding the same issue as Brent Sawatzky pointed out. Assignments submitted by certain students do not show up in the marking block. It is not assignment specific, but seems to be student related. Nothing we have tried, including resubmitting, refreshing, logging in \as the student and clicking on the Submit assignment button again seems to help. Has anyone found a resolution to this? As others have said, it works great otherwise.
  • Picture of Manuel Mohedano
    Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 1:02 AM
    Hello Matt... I've installed this block on differents serves (Moodle 1.9) and I allways get the same error when clicking on the link that is on the name of each group: A pop-up window with the error message 'Course module is incorrect'.

    The url in the pop-up has this format:

    Is there a quick way to override this link?
    Thanks in advance for your time...
  • Picture of Manuel Mohedano
    Fri, Feb 14, 2014, 2:43 AM
    I have another problem I have not been able to solve: Strange characters are displayed when there is a tilde (aacute accent) or ñ (é instead of é, ñ instead of ñ...). The web server, database and all the tables are in UTF-8 ... The other blocks and modules that are installed are displayed correctly.

    I tried to use the functions 'utf_decode', 'str_replace' or 'stripslashes', but nothing changes ... What am I doing wrong?
    Thank you very much for your time.
  • Picture of Brendan Lalor
    Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 1:02 AM
    I'm in Moodle 2.6.2, and although the proverbial AJAX wheel spins, none of the assignments I need to grade show up (there's "Total: 0" message). I am enrolled as Teacher. Is this plugin by chance not yet supported in 2.6?

    Thanks for the help.
  • Picture of Mitchell van Gerwen
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 10:08 PM
    Hello Brendan,

    This plugin only supports Moodle till version 2.4. beyond 2.4, this plugin doesn't work (well).

    The maintainer of this plugin doesn't have any spare time left to maintain this plugin. So, until nobody else have the skills / knowledge and is willing to help Matt, I am afraid this is the end of this great plugin sad

    Another plugin with the name "grade me" is available. except for one bug, that plugin seems to work for 2.6. nevertheless, that grade me plugin will lighten the grading work smile
  • Picture of Brendan Lalor
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 11:44 PM
    Thank you!
  • Picture of Harrie Phillips
    Wed, Apr 9, 2014, 1:51 PM
    I have a working 2.5 version - we had a developer go through and fix many issues (resubmissions, multiple attempts etc). I have supplied this to Matt for him to go through and check and then upload for everyone. In the meantime, feel free to message me and I can forward you a copy. You would need to test the copy with your version prior to using however.
  • Picture of Teddi B
    Thu, May 8, 2014, 5:43 AM
    We are running either 2.5 or 2.6 (we have a test server that's at 2.6.2 and the actual site may be 2.5 still...not sure). We have run into an issue where one teacher (possibly others) is grading assignments, but the list isn't updating for him. Is there a known way to solve this?
  • Picture of Aster Blistok
    Sun, May 18, 2014, 9:43 AM
    Hi, I've been using this plugin on Moodle 2.7 and it works great! However I wanted to make pop-up window for marking to be opened in lightbox. I was looking where to put either rel attribute or class but I can't find the place. I see that url for grading popup is located in yui/markingtree.js file, but I don't know where to add lightbox class or rel attribute?
  • Picture of Graham Bowman
    Sun, May 25, 2014, 10:58 PM
    Harrie, any chance you could share the code you have with the fixes? Would be most grateful!
  • Picture of Matthew Koelling
    Tue, Jul 1, 2014, 6:30 AM
    Besides Aster was wondering if anybody else had tried using this in 2.7?
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