Learn@Illinois Moodle - Workshop Activity

Learn how to use the 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.

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Workshop activity icon

Examples of Using Workshop Activity

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch phases?
    Click the empty blue circle icon to switch between phases. The current phase has a solid black circle icon. When a workshop is first open, it should be in the "Setup 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). You may use groups if you would like students to review only the work of those in their smaller groups.
  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 "Submission phase" column by clicking "Allocate submissions". 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.
  5. Can students assess themselves?
    Yes, this is an option. Under "Edit settings" and then "Assessment settings", check the "Students may assess their own work" box.
    Then, under the "Submission phase" column on the main page, click "Allocate submissions". Go to the "Random allocation" tab and check the "Add self-assessments" box. The self-assessment will be in addition to the number of peers they are reviewing.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. How is the submissions grade (the grade for the students' submitted work) calculated?
    The "Grade for submission" is the average of the peer's reviews and (if enabled) their self-assessment.
  9. How is the assessment grade (the grade for the quality of the students' assessment of their peers) calculated?
    The "Grade for assessment" is the score given for how well the student evaluated their peers. This score is calculated based on how close the score a student gave is to the mean score given to that student. To get the assessment scores, you may select various options under "Comparison of assessments". This reflects the amount the students are penalized for being far from the mean. For the least penalty (highest grades) choose "very lax" and for the highest penalty (lowest grades) choose "very strict". Then click "Re-calculate grades" as many times as you need to until you are satisfied with the assessment scores.
  10. How do I edit the assessment criteria?
    In the upper right corner, click the blue Actions menu gear and select "Edit assessment form".
  11. How can I allow students to type in feedback?
    Go to "Edit settings" and then under "Feedback", make sure that the "Overall feedback mode" is set to be either "Enabled and optional" or "Enabled and required".
  12. Why aren't the grades in the gradebook yet?
    It is only when the workshop is closed that the grades will appear in the gradebook. First, make sure that you are in the "Grading evaluation phase" and click the orange "Re-calculate grades" button. You may select various options under "Comparison of assessments" to make the grades higher or lower. For the highest grades choose "very lax" and for the lowest grades choose "very strict". Edit any other grades that need adjusting. Finally, click on the empty blue circle icon to close the workshop.

Best Practices

Groups and Groupings

Related Topics

Moodle.org Documentation