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Blocks: FN - Marking Manager

Maintained by Picture of Fernando Oliveira Fernando Oliveira
This block allows teachers to grade assignments and forums within a single interface.
Moodle 2.3, 2.4

The Marking Manager block has 2 parts:

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

  • Require Grading,
  • Graded 
  • Not Submitted
  • Draft.

Clicking on any of these status links within the block will open the Marking Interface. The block also contains links to the Gradebook and Reports, for quick access. At the bottom of 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 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.

NEW in Marking Manager 2.5: Simple Gradebook. See screenshot below.


Optional:  You have the option of hacking the Moodle base theme so as to hide all blocks in the Marking Manager interface page.  To activate this option, go to Site Administration > Plugins > Blocks > FN Marking Manager (screenshot:  ) 




This plugin is part of set MoodleFN.




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Fernando Oliveira (Lead maintainer)
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  • Dot
    Sun, Sep 15, 2013, 4:11 PM
    Hi Fernando
    I just installed the latest version of FN - Marking Manager on my Moodle 2.5+ (Build: 20130530) and it is not finding the students in the courses. I have added students to the courses using a Cohort group attached to a category. I thought maybe this was the problem but it isn't finding extra students I added manually either. I am also getting a blank page when I select the grade book. I am not using the old assignment types.
  • Picture of David Ha
    Thu, Sep 19, 2013, 2:09 AM
    Hi Fernando,

    Installed the latest version on Moodle 2.5.1 the error I get is
    Error reading from database

    Debug info: Incorrect syntax near '0'.
    SELECT * FROM mdl_assign LIMIT 0, 1
    [array (
    Error code: dmlreadexception

    Stack trace: •line 423 of \lib\dml\moodle_database.php: dml_read_exception thrown
    •line 256 of \lib\dml\mssql_native_moodle_database.php: call to moodle_database->query_end()
    •line 722 of \lib\dml\mssql_native_moodle_database.php: call to mssql_native_moodle_database->query_end()
    •line 756 of \lib\dml\mssql_native_moodle_database.php: call to mssql_native_moodle_database->get_recordset_sql()
    •line 1397 of \lib\dml\moodle_database.php: call to mssql_native_moodle_database->get_records_sql()
    •line 155 of \blocks\fn_marking\block_fn_marking.php: call to moodle_database->get_record_sql()
    •line 130 of \blocks\fn_marking\block_fn_marking.php: call to block_fn_marking->get_standard_content()
    •line 764 of \blocks\moodleblock.class.php: call to block_fn_marking->get_content()
    •line 238 of \blocks\moodleblock.class.php: call to block_list->formatted_contents()
    •line 951 of \lib\blocklib.php: call to block_base->get_content_for_output()
    •line 1003 of \lib\blocklib.php: call to block_manager->create_block_contents()
    •line 353 of \lib\blocklib.php: call to block_manager->ensure_content_created()
    •line 6 of \theme\leatherbound\layout\general.php: call to block_manager->region_has_content()
    •line 847 of \lib\outputrenderers.php: call to include()
    •line 777 of \lib\outputrenderers.php: call to core_renderer->render_page_layout()
    •line 243 of \course\view.php: call to core_renderer->header()
  • Picture of David Ha
    Thu, Sep 19, 2013, 2:20 AM
    We are running MS SQL, and I think some of your query statement are only applicable to MySQL. For example, the statement like "SELECT * from
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Fri, Sep 27, 2013, 10:38 PM
    Hi David, unfortunately we have already spent our budget for this round of coding and, since this issue does not effect our schools (we use MySQL), it will have to wait until our next coding round. I have added this to our list and will let you know when we get around to it. Alternatively, if you are coder, feel free to tackle this on your own. If you want to you want to fund this fix, the coder we work estimates about $200. Thanks.
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 10:18 AM
    This block has been updated for MS SQL. Looking for testers. Also, if anyone has a MS SQL Moodle test site that we can use for testing, please let me know. You can download new code here:
    - Moodle 2.4:
    - Moodle 2.5:
  • Picture of llywelyn morgan
    Thu, Dec 5, 2013, 3:06 AM
    Hi. Great block. Very useful. Are there any plans to include Workshop activities? Thanks
  • Picture of Dan Olson
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014, 1:21 AM
    Hi Fernando, nice block. Thanks for the contribution. Really helps speed up assignment grading. I do have a question: we don't grade forums, yet in the block forum posts show up as "needs grading." This leads to some confusion. Is there any way to turn of forum grading as part of this block?
  • Picture of Gillian Hazel
    Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 9:03 AM
    Hi there, loving this block, thanks. Is there any way that 'No Grade' could be added to the grading scale? At the moment I only have Satisfactory or Non Satisfactory but when I mark the same course through Moodle Gradebook I have a 'No Grade' option. Thanks
  • Picture of Aster Blistok
    Sat, May 17, 2014, 2:21 PM

    can this tool be customized to work with quz type where manual grading is required (eg. essays)?

  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Sat, May 31, 2014, 11:16 PM
    Yes, it can, but that would require further coding work. I'm currently trying to round up funds to upgrade this plug-in (for Moodle 2.7) . I've got 2 schools that have expressed interest so far. Let me know if you work for an organization that might be willing to pitch in. Cheers, Fernando.
  • Picture of Todd Diakow
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 12:37 AM
    Hi Fernando. Just looking for an update with progress on updating FN Marking Manager for 2.7. Is this work progressing, and if so when is an anticipated release date.
  • Picture of John Provasnik
    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 4:25 AM
    This was amazing. Any plans to have this compatible for any 2.6 Moodle Version? We had to stop using it because the block now causes our course pages to take 1 minute or longer to load (we are using Moodle 2.6.2).
  • Picture of Aaron Hardy
    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
  • Picture of John Provasnik
    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
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    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.
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