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Add an assessment

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What you should know first


Summative assessments are included in the Course Outline and are used to determine final grades or marks.

Reference: UniSA Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual 2014.

You must have a published  Course Outline

You cannot add summative assessments until your Course Outline is published.

Here is the link for help on publishing your Course Outlineww

Multiple offerings - one Course Site

Multiple offerings (e.g. internal and external) can be added to the same Course Site.  Where a summative assessment is identical for all offerings, the assessment need only be added once.  During the Add/Edit assessment process select all offerings that share the same assessment.

Add before the due date

All summative assessments must be added before the due date.

Contact learnonline Help if a summative assessment must be added after the due date.

Using a Rubric for marking

The points for the first level MUST be zero for the rubric to calculate correctly.If this does not equal zero, students will not receive their correct grade.

Adding non graded assessments

Grading basis of assessment must match the grading basis of the course

A course that has NGP assessment must not have a weighting

Please follow the link to view the help resources on using ePortfolios for assessment

To make an assessment summative on the learnonline course site, it must first be linked to the published Course Outline.  This does not happen automatically.

Courses copied over from a previous study period may display assessment links already.  These can be re-used for the current study period; but, they will not be summative until they are linked to the current Course Outline.  Courses created with new blank learnonline sites will need to have assessments added from scratch, see Add an Assignment


Make an assessment summative.

Turn editing on

  1. Select Turn editing on.

Select edit icon

  1. Select the Edit settings tool for the assessment which is to be made summative.

Modify assessment method

  1. Select Modify Assessment method

Select offerings

  1. Select the check box(s) for each offering where the assessment is the same.
  2. Select Proceed to settings.

Note: There are many settings and generally only the following settings require attention.  All other settings have the correct defaults.  Advice on changing these defaults and using additional settings can be found in the Changing Settings help option.

Name description and dates

  1. Assignment name will default from the Course Outline.
  2. Enter assessment instructions in Description.
  3. Modify Display description on course page as necessary.
  4. Verify all additional files are uploaded.
  5. Select the date/time for Allow submissions from.
  6. The Due date will default from Course Outline and cannot be changed.  However, the No submissions after date may be enabled and set to restrict the date until which students can submit without an extension.  Note: If "Other" entered in the Course Outline the date can be changed.
  7. Verify Always show description selection

 Submission types

  1. Select one or more submission types for the assignment.
  2. If one submission method is File submission, select the maximum number of files accepted for the submission.
  3. If one submission method is File submission, select the maximum combined file size.
  4. If one submission method is Mahara ePortfolio, select the Mahara site name submissions must come from
  5. If one submission method is Mahara ePortfolio, select the locking behaviour of the pages after submission.
  6. If one submission method is Online text, select the maximum word count if necessary.
  7. Select at least one Feedback type.
  8. If one submission method is Online text, select to enable the markers to comment within the student's submission.
  9. Upload Feedback proforma if necessary.
  10. Select the submission settings.
  11. Select the group submission settings.
  12. Change the notification settings if required.

Select grade

  1. Select Grade.
  2. Enter the maximum mark from 1-100.
  3. Select the required Grading Method.
  4. Select Blind marking to hide student names from markers.
  5. Select Use marking workflow if required.
  6. Select Use marking allocation if required.
  7. Select the Common module settings.
  8. Select Activity completion if required.
  9. Enter Tags if required.
  10. Select if an Exam activity.
  11. Select to Display grade to students.
  12. Select to Restrict file submission types.
  13. Highlight the file extensions to limit the types of files submitted and select the button to select / deslect.
  14. Select to Allow Doc Services Printing.
  15. Select names of personnel able to approve extensions.
  16. Select Save and return to course.

Creating a group assignment

Note: before creating a group assignment, you must first create the groups you wish to use and add them to a grouping for the assignment. Any and all students that are not added to a group will automatically be added to a "default group". Please see the Groups and Groupings help resource.

 Settings for Group Assignment

The settings are in the Group submission settings section on the assignment settings page. Note: you may need to click on the heading text to expand the section.

  1. Set Students submit in groups to Yes.
  2. Select whether all students must submit or just one.
  3. Select the specific grouping that you created for this assignment.

When marking the assignment you will have the option to apply the same mark to all group members or to apply different marks to individual group members. See Marking group Assignments.

Add a Feedback proforma 

Select the assessment

  1. Select the assessment you want to add a feedback proforma to. 

Select Edit feedback proforma

  1. Select Edit feedback proforma

Drag and drop feedback proforma

  1. Drag and drop your feedback proforma into the file upload area or select the folder to manually select the file.
  2. Select Save feedback proforma.

Using a Rubric for marking

Select to edit assignment

  1. Select Edit.
  2. Select Edit Settings.

Select to use Rubric

  1. Go to the Grade section and set the Grading method as Rubric.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and save the changes.

The rubric can be accessed and set up or changed at any time, not necessarily when the assignment is initially created.

Select Assessment

  1. Select the assessment to which you are defining or changing the rubric.

Enter assignment link

  1. Under the Administration block, select Advanced Grading.
  2. Select Define Rubric. 

Select new or use existing rubric

  1. Select to create the rubric from a blank template
  2. Select to create from an uploaded template.  

A.  The points for the first level in each criteria must be zero for the rubric to calculate correctly.

Create from a blank template

Define new rubric

  1. Enter the name of the rubric.  A rubric can be reused across courses so a meaningful name is useful.
  2. Enter a description of the rubric.
  3. Click on Click to enter criterion and enter the name of the first criterion.
  4. Assign a description for each level of feedback.  
  5. Assign a mark for each level of feedback.  The mark for the first level must be zero for the rubric to grade as expected.    
  6. Select Add level to add an additional grading level for the current criterion.

Add criterion

  1. Select Add criterion until all grading criteria are defined.
  2. Select ascending or descending order in which the levels across each criteria are displayed.
  3. Select appropriate options for the rubric.  For summative assessment, the option Display points for each level to those being graded should not be selected as the student is only shown their overall grade, not the marks achieved for each component of the assessment.

Save rubric

  1.    Select Save rubric and make it ready, or Save as draft to enable changes before being visible to students and markers.

Create from existing rubric template

Use existing rubric

  1. Select to display a list of rubrics defined within courses already defined by you.
  2. Enter a search string or leave blank to show all previously defined rubrics.

A.  Each rubric available will display, showing marking criteria and options available.

Select rubric to use

  1. Select Use this form as a template.  The rubric will then display.

Edit rubric

  1. Select Edit the current form definition to make necessary changes to criteria and options.
  2. Select Delete the currently defined form to remove the rubric.

Edit Assignment

  1. Select Edit.
  2. Select Edit settings.

Select Marking Guide

  1. Go to the Grade section and set the Grading method as Marking Guide.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and save the changes.

Marking guides can be set up from scratch or amended from an existing marking guide.

Set up Marking Guide from Scratch

Select Assessment 

  1. Select the assessment.

Select to setup marking guide

  1. Select Advanced grading from the administration block, then Define marking guide.  
  2. Select Define new grading form from scratch

Select settings

  1. Name your marking guide
  2. Describe your marking guide

Criterion settings

  1. Enter the Criterion name
  2. Enter a Description for the students, describing the elements being assessed for the criterion
  3. Enter Description for markers, giving instructions related to the elements being assessed for the criterion.
  4. Enter a Maximum score for the criterion.
  5. Add criterion until all elements of the assessment have a valid criterion
  6. and 7. Add Frequently used comments to ensure consistency of remarks and save time for all markers.

Note:  Marks must add up to the maximum mark assigned to the assessment for the marking guide to save successfully.

Finalise marking guide

  1. Use the arrows to move comments to organise them according to marker needs.
  2. Select the cross to delete any comments
  3. Select to show the marking guide definitions and marks per criterion to students.
  4. Select Save marking guide and make it ready or Save as a draft for future editing.

Set Up New Marking Guide from Template

Setup from template

  1. Select Advanced grading from the administration block, then Define marking guide.  
  2. Select Define new grading form from a template.

Marking guide search

  1. Select to display a list of marking guides defined within courses already defined by you.
  2. Enter a search string or leave blank to show all previously defined marking guides.
  3. Select Search.

  1. Select the marking guide you wish to use as a template.  The marking guide will then display

Edit or delete marking guide

  1. Select Edit the current form definition to make changes specific to the assignment.
  2. Select Delete the currently defined form to remove its association with the current assignment.

Non graded pass is an option for approved courses from SP 5, 2015.

With a non graded pass the following rules must be met: 

  • Grading basis of assessment must match the grading basis of the course
  • Course that has NGP assessment must not have a weighting

 Changes have been made in Moodle to accommodate marking with NGP grading scheme.

The following assessments have been enabled:

  • Assignment
  • Forum
  • Glossary
  • Database
  • Lesson

NGP or F will display as marking options in a dropdown box when enabled.

Quiz's and SCORM packages are not eligible to be assigned as NGP items.

Grade report will display the appropriate NGP options.

NGP options in grade report