Workshop: The Setup Phase Moodle ISU
Introduction

Workshops are an assignment with a peer assessment component. A typical workshop is a long-term activity and can take up to several days or even weeks to complete. The workshop workflow is divided into five phases. You will manually move the workshop from phase to phase when you are ready to move on.

There are many options in creating a workshop.  For additional assistance, contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu.

This guide will help you to:

You will want to see the additional Workshop guides for more information about each phase

Create a Workshop

Follow the step-by-step instructions for creating a workshop.

For additional help contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu.

To create the workshop:

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the week/topic where you would like to add the workshop.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource.
  4. Select Workshop.
  5. Click Add.

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General

  1. In the Workshop name field, Type the name of the workshop. This will show to the students on the front page.
  2. In the Description field, Type instructions for the workshop and any other information you would like the students to see.

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Grading Settings

For more information on how the assessment grade is calculated, see Workshop module.

  1. From the Grading strategy dropdown menu, Select which grading method you would like to use.
  1. Accumulative grading: Grades and comments are given for specific aspects of the work.
  2. Comments: Only comments are given during the assessment phase.  No grade is given.
  3. Number of errors: Comments can be given and a checklist of yes/no is given as a grade regarding specified assertions to be considered during the assignment.
  4. Rubric: A rubric with specific grading requirements set by you (the instructor) is used to assign a grade.

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  1. From the first Grade for submission dropdown menu, Select the maximum grade for the student’s own submission grade.
  2. From the second Grade for submission dropdown menu, Select the gradebook category where the grade should be placed in the gradebook.  If you do not use categories in your gradebook, leave as Not categorized.

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  1. From the first Grade for assessment dropdown menu, Select the maximum grade for how well the student assesses others.
  2. From the second Grade for assessment dropdown menu, Select the gradebook category where the grade should be placed in the gradebook.  
  1. If you do not use categories in your gradebook, leave as Uncategorized.

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Note: After creating the workshop you will need to edit the assessment form.  For information on editing the assessment forms, see Workshop: Editing the Assessment Forms.

Note: Grading strategies cannot be changed once the workshop has moved to the Submission Phase.

  1. Decimal places in grades: This option will allow you to specify the number of decimal places in the grades.

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Submission Settings

  1. In the Instructions for submission text field, Type instructions to the students for submitting their work.  These instructions will be shown to the the students at the beginning of the Submission Phase.

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  1. In the Maximum number of submission attachments, Select the number of files the student may need to submit.
  2. In the Maximum submission attachment size, Select the maximum size of an individual file to be uploaded.

Note: 1MB is generally more than sufficient for most word documents.  If your students are turning in files that include pictures (i.e., Magazine layouts, PowerPoint files) you will want to increase the file size as well as discuss how to compress images.

  1. To allow students to submit work after the submission deadline, Check Late submissions.

Assessment Settings

  1. In the Instructions for assessment text field, Type instructions to the students for assessing their peers’ work.  These instructions will be shown to the the students at the beginning of the Assessment Phase.

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  1. To allow students to assess their own submission and receive a grade, Check Students may assess their own work.

Feedback

  1. The Overall feedback mode, provides a text field at the bottom of the assessment form. Reviewers can put the overall assessment of the submission there, or provide additional explanation of their assessment.

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  1. The Maximum number of overall feedback attachments limits the number of attachments the reviewer can attach.

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  1. The Conclusion displays a text to all participants at the end of the activity.

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Example submissions

  1. Use examples - Allows the user to assess examples without it being counted for a grade.
  1. These examples are provided by the instructor.
  1. The Mode of examples assessment menu bar provides three options
  1. Assessment of example submission is voluntary
  2. Examples must be assessed before own submission
  3. Examples are available after own submission and must be assessed before peer assessment

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Availability

  1. To set a specific submission window, at the end of the Open for submissions from line, Check Enable.
  1. This option determines when the students will be able to submit their work.  However, the Setup Phase must be completed and the workshop must be in the Submission Phase in order to allow submissions.

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  1. From the Open for submissions from dropdown menus, Select the desired date and time.

Note: If you do not enable Open for submissions from, the students can submit their work as soon as you move to the Submission Phase.

Note: The time is military time, so 5:00 pm is 17:00.  Midnight is 0:00, or the first hour of the day.  We strongly suggest NOT using midnight.  Friday at midnight will be displayed Saturday at 0:00 and may cause confusion.

  1. To set a submission deadline, at the end of the Submissions deadline line, Check Enable.
  2. From the Submissions deadline dropdown menus, Select the desired date and time.

Note: If you do not enable the Submissions deadline date, the students can submit their work at any time during the Submission Phase.

Note: ISU Maintenance on IT services may be any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday beginning at 11:00 pm through 6:00 am the following day.  We strongly suggest NOT having any due date/times during these windows.

  1. To set a specific assessment window, at the end of the Open for assessment from line, Check Enable.
  1. This option determines when the students will be able to assess their peers’ work.  However, the Setup and Submission Phases must be completed and the workshop must be in the Assessment Phase in order to allow assessments.
  1. From the Open for assessment from dropdown menus, Select the desired date and time.

Note: If you do not enable Open for assessment from, the students can submit their work as soon as you move to the Assessment Phase.

  1. To set an assessment deadline, at the end of the Deadline for assessment line, Check Enable.
  2. From the Deadline for assessment dropdown menus, Select the desired date and time.

Note: If you do not enable the Assessment deadline date, the students can assess their peers’ work at any time during the Assessment Phase.

Common Module Settings

For more information, see Groups and Groupings.

Restrict Access

For more information, see Conditional Release..

Activity Completion

For more information, see Activity Completion.

Save the Workshop

Please note that, while you are saving the settings of the workshop, you have not yet completed the Setup Phase.  Based on some of the criteria selected in creating the workshop, you will have a list of items that will need to be completed.

To save:

  1. Click Save and display to view the workshop.  
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the workshop.

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Note: Your next step will be to edit the assessment form.  

For more information on editing the assessment forms, see Workshop: Editing Assessment Forms

For more information, see Workshop settings.

For additional information, contact ITRC (208)-282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu.


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