Assignment Activity: Using the Grading Guide Grading Method [Faculty]


The Assignment activity allows you to create and use a grading guide as an advanced grading method. The students can have access to the grading guide before submitting their assignments as well as after. You have the option to provide comments for each criterion and overall comments.

In a grading guide you define each criterion, provide a description for the students and for the graders, and then indicate the range of scores possible for the criterion. If you would rather use specific criteria descriptions with assigned points, see Assignment Activity: Using the Rubric Grading Method [Faculty].

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Select grading guide as the advanced grading option

  • Create a grading guide

  • Edit a grading guide

  • Reuse a grading guide

  • Grade with a grading guide

  • Seek further assistance

Select grading guide as the advance grading option

You may select grading guide as the method when you set up an assignment or you may go back into the assignment settings before students have submitted any assignments.  

For more information about assignments, see Assignment Activity [Faculty]

  1. Select the assignment to apply the grading method

  2. Click the Gear icon, Select edit settings


  1. Find the Grade section, in the Grading method dropdown, select Grading guide


  1. Click Save and display

Create a grading guide

  1. In the assignment, click the Gear icon, select Advance grading


  1. On the new page, click New grading form from scratch

  2. In the Name text, name of grading guide

  3. In the Description field, provide instruction or details about the guide

  4. Click on the criterion name to edit it. (It will open up a box for typing into.)

  5. Click the Click to edit links to provide an explanation for students and graders.

    • Description for students - Tell students what is required

    • Description for graders - give graders advice

  6. Click the Click to edit link to allocate a maximum grade for this criterion. It will open up a box for typing into.

[Note: Moodle will scale the points to the maximum you set within the assignment settings if the criterion scores do not add up to that same total.]


  1. Click the button to add one or more criteria (and then repeat the process as above)

[Note: In the Frequently used comments section, you can add comments that you use frequently with this grading guide. This allows you to click on these statements rather than having to re-write them over and over.]

  1. Click either:

    • Save grading guide and make it ready

    • Save as draft

    • Cancel

Edit a grading guide

You can modify or update the grading guide at any time.  If you have already used the grading guide to grade assignments, you will need to review those assignments and update the graded assignments as needed.

  1. In the assignment, click the Gear icon, select Advance grading


  1. On the new page, click Edit the current from definition

[Warning:If you have already used the grading to grade, a warning message will appear. You will need to regrade the students’ attempt if you wish to change their grade in the gradebook.] ""

  1. When you have completed the updates, Click:

    • Continue -  make the grading guide ready for use

    • Back to editing - you will remain on the editing page

    • Cancel - changes will not be saved

Reuse a grading guide

  1. Click on the new assignment

  2. In the Gear icon, select Advance grading

  3. Click create new grading form from a template


[Note: To use a grading guide from a another course that you created, Check the include my own forms checkbox, search for the name and click search] ""

  1. On the new page, find the desired rubric

  2. Click Use this template


  1. Click Continue to confirm


Grade with a grading guide

  1. Click on the assignment ready to be graded.

  2. Click the Grade button

  3. For each criterion, you will type any comments in the large text box.


[Note: you can insert frequently used comments.This allows you to click on these statements rather than having to re-write again.These are created in the grading guide settings] ""

  1. Add points dependent on student work and the criterion


  1. You can also add overall comments in the Feedback comments box.  These can be viewed in the assignment and in the gradebook.


[Warning: The Feedback comments textbox will only appear if you checked the Feedback comments checkbox under Feedback types in the Edit settings page for the assignment.]

  1. Repeat the steps above for all criterion.

  2. Click save changes, move to next student


Seek Further Assistance

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