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Peer Assessment using a Moodle Forum

“Peer Assessment” – buzz phrase in education – is an activity to which Moodle lends itself beautifully. I have used the Moodle workshop module in the past for peer assessment  (see here) It can be set up  in many different ways and at levels from basic to advanced. However,  its complexity dissuades some from trying  it. The “new, improved” Workshop for Moodle 2 which can  be tested here is much more user-friendly and I await its arrival eagerly.

In the meantime, and if you only want a quick, very simple peer assessment task, it is possible to tweak a Moodle forum to do the job. The following screencast shows one way to do this. If you scroll down below the screencast, there are instructions how to set up your forum to achieve this.

The key to making a forum a place for students to peer assess is to enable ratings and then give them the permission to rate each others’ submissions. (What they submit might be text or an attachment such as an image, slideshow, movie/sound file)

  1. In the settings for your forum, in “grade”, choose how you want the ratings to work. I chose “average”. All students must grade(rate) each others’ submissions and then each classmate will have an average mark.
  2. I kept to the numbers scale for simplicity but you can use customised scales if you wish
  3. In course admin>assign roles, click on the “override permissions” tab. (If you are a teacher and you don’t see this tab then ask your Moodle admin to give you the rights to “override permissions”)
  4. Click on “student” and scroll down to the forum section
  5. To allow them to rate/grade each others’ submissions click the “allow ” button for “rate posts”
  6. If you don’t want them to be able to see  who has given which grade to whom , then click the “prevent” buttons for “view any rating” and “view rating”.
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  1. Thanks for this great idea. My 2 cents:

    1. You have to be an admin to override role permissions in standard Moodle systems. Its not possible for normal teachers.

    2. I think its better to override this permissions in the forum role settings. They are available after creating the forum and going to the forum settings a second time as new tab. So you can define a single single forum for peer grading. In the way you describe you are making this settings for all forums in your course.


    Comment: Ralf Hilgenstock – 21. February 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  2. Hi Ralf! I think ( though I can’t remember for sure) I said in the video you need admin to allow you to override permissions – I don’t want to watch it again as I hate hearing my own voice! But your point about overriding permissions in the forum role settings is a very good one; thanks!

    Comment: admin – 21. February 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  3. You voice is great. As anon-native speaker ist easy and nice to hear you.

    Why didn’t you ‘write’ a Moodle 2.0 audiobook 🙂

    Comment: Ralf Hilgenstock – 21. February 2010 @ 6:49 pm

  4. Ralf,

    I’m a little confused. What do you mean by, “They are available after creating the forum and going to the forum settings a second time as new tab.” How do I get to the new tab?

    Caryl Gordon

    Comment: Caryl Gordon – 30. March 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  5. I had done this before and forgot the steps. Thanks for posting the video and such elegant steps. Just another example of the very accurate and high volume help you can find from other moodle teachers. I found this tip using google. I can solve almost any moodle question with a good google search and 10 minutes. Love it!

    Comment: Joe Rowe – 21. May 2010 @ 11:42 pm

  6. Thank you for sharing this mode of assessment with Moodle! Right now, I am exploring peer assessment in my science course. This will definitely be useful!

    Comment: Marissa – 19. November 2010 @ 8:44 am

  7. I love your blog.

    Very inviting, professional and useful.

    I will be back

    Comment: Ian – 01. December 2010 @ 12:30 am

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