This advice is for academic and professional services staff looking to implement or enhance the use of online submission, assessment and feedback in their department.

If you are new to this area, we recommend requesting support in the first instance, so that specialists can advise you on the most appropriate methods and considerations you need to make when implementing online submission, assessment and feedback. After submitting a request you will be contacted by a specialist to discuss your requirements further.

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Training, help and case studies

 Online submission of assignments with Moodle

For help with:

  • Setting up an online submission activity;
  • Marking and feedback of online submission activities;
  • Releasing and revealing grades against online submission activities;

Please see the Online assessment and feedback for assignments in Moodle online course.

The following case studies may also be of interest:




 Online feedback for assignment with Moodle or annotated PDFs

For help giving feedback for online submission activities, please see the Online assessment and feedback for assignments in Moodle online course.

The following case studies may also be of interest:





 Automated assessment with Moodle quizzes

For help with creating automated assessments through the use of Moodle quizzes, please see the Quizzes in Moodle online course.

The following case study may also be of interest:




 Peer assessment with WebPA or the Moodle workshop activity

For help with WebPA or the Moodle workshop activity and using them to run different types of peer assessment, see the guide to Peer Assessment in Moodle.

The following case studies may also be of interest:




 Portfolio assessment

If you wish to learn more about portfolio assessment options, please request help.




 Learning log assessment

If you wish to learn more about learning log assessment options, please request help.

 Open book exams in Moodle

These instructions are in line with the agreed general guidance. You will need an accessible document with the exam question ready to load into Moodle using the steps below.

Assignments should have the following configuration set before releasing to students. An example assignment with this configuration is available for reference.


  1. Create a new Assignment activity in Moodle, in a prominent place on the course so that it is easily visible and accessible when it is released to students (e.g. in the top section). 


  2. In the General section choose:

    1. In Assignment name, type a name for the assignment - making it clear that this is the exam submission activity.

    2. In the Description box, enter the instructions for the exam.

    3. In the Additional files section, upload the exam question as an accessible document (word or pdf). 

      General section


  3. In the Availability section choose:

    1. Allow submissions from should be set to the start of the 48 hour period. 

    2. Set the Due date to the end of the 48 hour period. 

      Availability section of Moodle


  4. In Submission types:

    1. In Submission types, tick File submissions only

    2. Maximum number of uploaded files is normally set to 1 (but can be increased if the exam requires multiple files). 

    3. Maximum Submission size should be set to 40Mb – (this is a Turnitin restriction) 

    4. In Accepted file types, tick the box for Turnitin file types only. 

      Submission types options


  5. In Feedback types:

    1. Feedback types can be set as appropriate for the expected marking.

    2. Tick the Offline grading worksheet to allow for a marking sheet to be downloaded. 

      Feedback types options


  6. In Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings:
    1. Set Enable Turnitin to Yes, and keep the other settings as default. 

      Turnitin options


  7. In Grade, choose:
    1. Grade set to either point or scale depending on assessment level (UG or PGT) 

    2. Anonymous marking should be enabled 

    3. Marking Workflow should be enabled 

    4. Marking allocation should be enabled 

      Grade screen


  8. In Common module settings choose:

    1. Change the availability to Show on course page

    2. Set Group Mode as No groups (this is a cosmetic change and bears no consequences for the assignment if not changed). 

      Common module setting options


  9. In Restrict access choose:

    1. Add a date restriction and set to the start of the exam.

    2. Ensure the eye icon eye icon remains open which will make the assignment link visible (but not able to be clicked) to students.  

    Restrict access options


  10. Save changes





 Examinations

If you wish to explore options for running examinations online, please request help.


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Frequently asked questions

 What can I do to mitigate the effects of extra screen time when marking online?

Using an electronic device for extended periods of time may result in:

  • eye strain, including fatigue and irritation;
  • head, neck, back and shoulder aches; and
  • an inability to sleep.

To mitigate these issues, you should ensure that:

  • your device's screen is about an arm's length away from you and positioned directly in front of your face;
  • you use electronic devices in rooms with good lighting; and
  • you take regular breaks away from your computer.


It is also recommended to use specialist software to mitigate the effects of excessive screen time.

f.lux changes the colours of your computer's display to match the time of day – brighter during the day and warmer at night. For more information see f.lux installation and help.

Mobile devices may include a blue light filter, such as Android's Night Light or the iPhone and iPad's Night Shift settings.


As well as the online training options above, you can also request face-to-face training in online submission, assessment and feedback processes to take place within your department either to a group of staff or on a 1:1 basis.

A Moodle user mailing list is also available. When you join this you will receive the latest Moodle update information from ISS, and will be able to post questions to the community of Moodle users about online submission, assessment and feedback methods and systems.

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