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 Fernando Oliveira
    Sat, 1 Apr 2017, 4:11 AM
    Pedro, I'd happy to take a look if you send me login details.
  • Picture of Meindert Jorna
    Sat, 8 Apr 2017, 6:32 AM
    Hi there, this plugin saved my day(s) till sofar as it seems to be the only option to have an overview of submitted assignments e.o. which require grading. But today it stopped working with the error "Invalid course module ID" after clicking on "2 required grading" . Did read all and every comment I could find on this but was not able to fix this. As far as I know I did not change or remove anything critical. The Marking manager does work for other courses but for one it does not - it just stopped with the error..... Really look forward to some help. This is debug info:
    Debug info: SELECT id,course FROM {course_modules} WHERE id IS NULL
    [array (
    Error code: invalidcoursemodule

    Stack trace:
    line 1526 of /lib/dml/moodle_database.php: dml_missing_record_exception thrown
    line 1502 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 408 of /blocks/fn_marking/fn_gradebook.php: call to context_module::instance()
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 6:43 AM
    Hi Meindert, I'd be happy to take a look at the problem if you can send me login details.
  • Picture of Lee Bannister
    Tue, 6 Jun 2017, 12:16 AM
    Any chance of adding to the annotator a resize button that makes small submissions larger and massive submissions smaller so that it fits in the annotator window?
  • Picture of Jonathan Tsoi
    Tue, 6 Jun 2017, 3:44 AM
    Hi Fernando,

    I can't tell if it's the way our Moodle website is set up or if it's how Moodle works, but there was just a tiny CSS problem that I stumbled my way around in the styles.css.

    .ffilemanager {
    margin-left: 0 !important;
    width: 100% !important;

    The css rules are fine, but the selector .ffilemanager targets every instance of the filemanager form element in my Moodle website, not just the one in the NED marking page. For the theme I'm using (More), I don't want the 100% width.

    Trying to fix it, I just made the css selectors more specific:

    #marking-interface .ffilemanager {
    margin-left: 0 !important;
    width: 100% !important;
  • Picture of Robert Bryant
    Sun, 2 Jul 2017, 3:26 AM
    Fernando... Thanks for the good plugin. I have an issue of it working fine for the "manager," but not doesn't show up at all for the "editing teacher." Any suggestions?
  • Picture of Robert Bryant
    Sun, 2 Jul 2017, 3:36 AM
    I went back to the permissions and saw that the editing teacher does not have the "view block" or "view read only" options. Any suggestions?
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Tue, 4 Jul 2017, 11:25 PM
    Hi Robert, Is this a custom role? If so, you'll need to activate "view block". Please feel free to contact me directly if you haven't resolved this yet.
  • 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.
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