Blocks: NED - Marking Manager

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


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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  • Picture of Danah Smallwood
    Fri, 1 Sep 2017, 10:35 AM
    Hi Fernando, I'm having a similar problem to Robert with it not showing on the front page or dashboard, the block is there for the teacher to see, but nothing is appearing on the block even though there are assignments that need to be graded by them. Any suggestions?

    It works fine on the course page, just not the home or dashboard for the non-editing teacher role.

    Thanks for your help
  • Picture of Andy Hill
    Thu, 7 Sep 2017, 4:54 PM
    Hi Fernando, looks like im having similar issues, i think. My block works fine but when i click on the requires marking i get the new window which shows me the marking table but where the name is supposed to be i cannot see any data for that student or even who that student is, no name is being displayed and cannot click anything to grade. Also no slider in the table is available for me to slide left or right.I am running the latest version of moodle with the latest adaptable theme. Any idea's?

    Thanks Andy
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Sun, 10 Sep 2017, 1:35 PM
    Hi, can you verify that your cron is running properly? If so, please report this issue on Github: . Please include version of Moodle and plugin.
  • Picture of Doug Stevens
    Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 6:30 AM
    This is what we're getting - but only on some courses:
    Default exception handler:
    Invalid course module ID Debug: SELECT id,course FROM {course_modules} WHERE id IS NULL
    [array (
    Error code: invalidcoursemodule
    * line 1533 of /lib/dml/moodle_database.php: dml_missing_record_exception thrown
    * line 1509 of /lib/dml/moodle_database.php: call to moodle_database->get_record_select()
    * line 6905 of /lib/accesslib.php: call to moodle_database->get_record()
    * line 432 of /blocks/fn_marking/fn_gradebook.php: call to context_module::instance()

    Looks similar to Meindert Jorna's error above. Would love some help if anyone has run into this or has a potential solution. We are running 3.3.
  • Picture of Clinton Webb
    Fri, 6 Oct 2017, 9:59 PM
    Hello Fernando, I am having a similar issue with the plugin giving me the "Invalid course module ID" error when clicking on a course, as listed on some others. Any fixes garnered for this issue yet? It only occurs on one of our instances and also on only one course. Any information would be appreciated.
  • Picture of Clinton Webb
    Fri, 6 Oct 2017, 10:06 PM
    P.S. Some things that I have noticed on the course that might be a factor maybe not but:

    We are running on a Windows Server 2012R2 instance
    We do not have unoconv installed on the server (that's IT's responsibility)
    The instructor for this course has added a Word Doc (docx) for students to view as guidelines for the assignments. All of the courses that are working with the plugin do not have this doc on their assignments.

    Just food for thought.... smile
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 11:07 PM
    Hi Clinton. Please try latest version.
  • Picture of J. Michael Williams
    Sun, 22 Oct 2017, 2:49 AM
    I notice that when I grade an assignment that is a group submission when I enter the grade and click submit it does not save the grade and go to the next group submission. I have to go to the default grading mechanism of Moodle to grade a group submission and have it actually save the grade.
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Wed, 1 Nov 2017, 2:46 AM
    Hi Michael, Can you provide me with access to your site (or a test site)? If so, can you email a link to an activity that has this problem?
  • Picture of Lee Bannister
    Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 1:56 AM
    Two things that I have noticed that could be improved is,

    1) When annotating, ".jpg" files open to a blank window, but ".JPG" files open nicely. Does this happen to anyone else? is there a fix or any thought?

    2) It would be nice to be able to rotate a submission so that it is more easily be to annotated. Having a picture submission sideways makes it hard to highlight nicely. Could the rotate left and rotate right buttons be added to the annotate bar?
  • Picture of Euan McMillan
    Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 6:03 PM
    Hi Ferando,
    I have been trying to figure out if I have a problem or not, and decided that the way that I am using this might be the issue.
    Basically I am doing exam preparation, with a quiz which is randomly selecting questions from a question bank, the problem is that students are able to redo the quiz, many times to gain practice. And I am looking for a notification of this redone quiz for which the student may have already submitted and been marked for this quiz!
    I need to manually mark as it is a spoken answer. and the student needs to practice to get better at speaking.

    When I first loaded Marking manager, it showed many instances of quizes that needed marking, now it does not seem to be working! Could this be the problem?
    How do I trouble shoot this?

    Thanks in advance
    Euan McMillan
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 3:18 AM
    Hi Euan, Are you using the latest version of the plugin? Hard to tell what the problem is but I could take a look if you want to send me login details.
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Tue, 14 Nov 2017, 1:46 AM
    Using the latest version, 3.3.2 build 2017101200, in Moodle 3.2.5 and 3.3.3, with debugging set to Developer, I am seeing a bunch of warnings, "pix_url is deprecated. Use image_url for images and pix_icon for icons." Appears to be at least one for every item that needs to be graded listed in the block on the current page I am viewing.
  • Picture of J. Michael Williams
    Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 3:05 AM
    PLeaseeeeeeeeeee update for Moodle 3.4.
  • Picture of Harrie Phillips
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018, 9:39 AM
    Is there a way to ensure that inactive students (those without a current enrolment in a subject as their access end date has passed) are not displayed in the block? Currently, it shows our active and inactive students and we do not want to mark work for students whose enrolment period has expired. Thanks!
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