Learn@Illinois Moodle - Workshop Activity

The workshop activity is a peer assessment tool that can be used to collect work from students and have students evaluate each other using rubrics, comments, or ratings. Students also receive a grade for how well they assessed their peers, giving students an incentive to provide accurate feedback.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleWorkshop


Examples of Using Workshop Activity

  • Students can peer review drafts as a way to get feedback before submitting their final paper.
  • Final projects can be submitted through Workshop and peer graded instead of (or in addition to) being graded by the instructor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch phases?
    Use the light bulb to switch between phases. When a workshop is first open, it should be in the "Submission" phase. When students are peer reviewing one another, it should be in the "Assessment" phase.
  2. Do I need to use groups?
    Using groups with this activity is not generally needed, as students are matched in the "Allocate submissions" page (see #4).
  3. How can I have the phases switch automatically so that I don't have to manually do it?
    See our help document Making Workshop More Automatic
  4. How are students matched with each other?
    Settings for matching students with other students are available in the "Allocate submissions" page linked from the active "Submission phase" column on the main page. Students can be most easily matched by "Random allocation." Under this tab, you can set the desired number of reviews per submission (recommended) or per reviewer. Using groups with this activity is not generally needed.
  5. Should I use Workshop or Forum for peer review?
    We recommend using Workshop for peer review involving peer grading and rubrics, while using Forum is recommended for giving written peer feedback without peer grading.
  6. Is Workshop for instructor grading too?
    No, workshop is only designed for peer grading. Instructors may create a new assignment for students to submit final revisions or create a grade item in the gradebook to enter the grades manually after reviewing them in the Workshop interface.  

Best Practices

  • Use clear descriptions of activity in the description field including:
    • How students will be graded including any grading guides and rubrics
    • Formatting rules
    • File types that will be accepted
    • Examples of exemplary submissions
  • Specifically, make sure to provide clear instructions under "Edit settings" in the following fields:
    • "General" -> "Description"
    • "Submission settings" -> "Instructions for submission"
    • "Assessment settings" -> Instructions for assessment"
    • "Feedback" -> "Conclusion"
  • Communicate dates in a way that is easy to maintain
    • Rarely use hard due dates (e.g. September 22, 2017) - opt for relative dates (e.g. Tuesday of Week 1) whenever possible
    • Use the year when typing hard due dates so that if it does not get updated, it will be clear that this is the wrong date.
    • When you would like to collect submissions at midnight, consider using 11:55pm instead. Students are often confused when something is due on Monday at midnight, but the system says that it is due on Tuesday at 12:00am.
  • If you are using "Mean of grades" as the calculation method for your category in the gradebook, keep in mind that regardless of the point values you assign the grades for submission and assessment, the grades will be weighted the same.

Related Topics

  • Using groups with this activity is not generally needed, as students are matched in the "Allocate submissions" page.
  • See our Groups and Groupings page for more information.

Moodle.org Documentation

Keywords:peer review, peer grading, allocate, allocation, submission, phase, switch, grading   Doc ID:77284
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-10-10 13:28 CSTUpdated:2018-10-31 12:21 CST
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