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The workshop activity enables the collection, review and peer assessment of students’ work. Students can submit any digital content (files), such as Word documents or spreadsheets and can also type text directly into a field using the text editor.

Students are given the opportunity to assess one or more of their peers’ submissions. If desired, submissions and reviewers may be anonymous. Students obtain two grades in a workshop activity: one grade for their submission and another for their assessment of their peers’ submissions. Both grades are recorded in the gradebook.

Click Add Activity Click in the section of the course page that you would like the questionnaire to appear.

Select Workshop from the menu. Then click Add at the bottom of the pop-up window.

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This will redirect you to a page where, in the General section, you enter the name and summary of the workshop.

In the following sections, you may choose to enable the following options:

a. Example submissions: so that students may assess one or more submissions and compare their assessment with a reference assessment. The grade is not counted in the grade for assessment. Under the Example submissions field, ensure the “Example submissions are provided for practice in assessing” checkbox is selected.


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b. Use peer assessment: so that students may be given other students’ submissions to assess. Students will receive a grade for their assessment and a grade for their own submission.

c. Use self-assessment: so that students assess their own submission. Students will receive a grade for their assessment and a grade for their own submission.

In the Submission Settings and the Assessment Settings sections, you may detail the instructions of the students’ submission and assessment.

In the Available section, you may select when the submission and assessment dates will be open. Click “Enable” to the right of each submission opening and deadline to activate that date. Selecting the checkbox for “Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline” will automatically open up the assessment period after your specified deadline for submissions. 

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7. After selecting the desired settings, click the Save and return to course button to add the workshop assignment to your course.

8. From your course page, click on the your workshop activity. This should bring up the administrative options page for the workshop:

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In the above table, you should ensure that you complete the checklist for each item in the columns. If an item is incomplete, clicking on the item will direct you to the workshop settings page where you can complete it.

Setup phase: Ensure that you’ve appended a description of your workshop within workshop settings. You may provide instructions for submission under the “Submission settings” category within workshop settings in the “Instructions for submission” text box. Finally, click “Edit assessment form” to access your assessment settings:


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This page will vary depending on your selected grading method, but should include a section where you may enter a series of “aspects”, or criteria by which students assess submissions. For example, when grading an essay submission, these aspects may be “Fluency”, “Coherence”, or “Structure”. When finished, click Save and close to return to your previous page.

You may have set a date and time for the submission period to automatically begin, but while editing the workshop you may turn on and off any section you desire at any time by clicking on the lightbulb icon above each section:

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Clicking these lightbulb icons will override your pre-determined automatic on/off settings you made previously. When you select the lightbulb, you’ll be taken to a page that informs you of the stage you are initiating. Click Continue to successfully activate the section.

Submission phase:

Click on the “Provide instructions for assessment” link and add assessment instructions under the “Assessment settings” field.

The “Allocate submissions” link will take you to a page that gives you several options for how submissions are assessed. Once drafts are submitted, you may manually select who reviews which drafts throughout the entire class under “Manual allocation”. “Random allocation” allows you to determine how many reviewers should review one submission. Your desired number of reviewers will then be randomly allocated to review each submission:

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“Scheduled allocation” works similarly to “Random allocation”. Under “Scheduled allocation”, you may select a checkbox that allows you to automatically initiate a random allocation immediately after the submission deadline has passed. You may determine a specific number of students to review each submission under “Allocation settings”.

Assessment phase:

 Students will be presented with the “Instructions for assessment” and see who’s paper they are to review. Students click the Assess button and are presented with their peer’s submission and the assessment form provided by the instructor:
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In the Grading evaluation settings area below the table, choose a setting for the “Comparison of assessment”, which specifies how strict the comparison of assessments should be. The stricter the comparison, the more similar the assessments need to be in order for a high grade to be obtained. Then click the Re-calculate grades button to calculate student grades based on their reviews.

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To view student submissions and leave instructor feedback, click on the title of the student submission in the Submission column of the Workshop grades report. Instructors can leave feedback and override the grade calculated by student reviewers. If the instructor chooses to “Publish submission”, then the feedback from the instructor is revealed to ALL of the students in the course when the Workshop is closed.

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Closed section

The grades and feedback are not released to students until the Workshop is set to the Closed phase.  There are several sections available to the student on the screen:

  • “Your grades” – students see both submission and assessment grades
  • “Your submission” – the student can click on the title of their submission to view what they submitted
  • “Published submissions” – a listing of any submissions, including feedback, that have been made public by the instructor
  • “Assigned submissions to assess” – a link to the submission and feedback that was left by themselves

To delete a workshop, please see this post.