Moodle Workshop is an in-depth peer evaluation activity that offers many options. Students submit their work online, which is then evaluated by one or more peers. Instructors can use the tool to evaluate students, and students can even evaluate themselves. The instructor may provide an example of a submission as well as an assessment of the submission. A scoring rubric can be used to communicate consistent criteria for performance and grading. Works of particular merit can be published as exemplars for class viewing.
Course participants receive two grades for their work: a grade for the submission itself (this is based on the quality of their work as seen by their peers) and a grade for their assessment (how well they assessed their peers). Attachments can be included along with the submission, or if the work is very large (large high-resolution image, video, or audio), an external link may be included.
Teaching, Learning, and Research Possibilities
Peer evaluation makes assessment part of the learning process. Students benefit from receiving and providing feedback on projects, and in the process become more independent learners. Many fields of study incorporate peer evaluation: writing, art, photography, music composition and performance, design, and writing. Peer review requires that students understand the evaluation criteria and can distinguish between poor, good and excellent work.
While peer evaluation can take place face-to-face, there are advantages creating an online activity, and to using the Moodle Workshop tool. Students may feel more comfortable providing feedback in an online environment rather than face-to-face (though they may need to be coached in providing constructive feedback). Providing feedback in an asynchronous environment provides students the opportunity to take their time, reflect, and provide more thoughtful comments.
- The Workshop is designed only for peer assessment, and has little use for other teaching strategies. While there is a good amount of flexibility about how the grades are calculated, the rest of the workshop follows a rather rigid, chronological order. There are many details the instructor must attend to, and these may make the workshop one of the most challenging tools for the instructor to use.
- Understanding how Moodle calculates grades poses another challenge; fortunately it is possible for the instructor to override calculated grades.
- All the assessments are anonymous when seen by the subject, and there currently is no way to change that if that is not what is desired.
- While Moodle Workshop is powerful, there is a learning curve. Alternatives include: Assignment or Forum. VideoANT or VoiceThread facilitate other ways to do peer evaluation of audio or video works.
To learn how to set up a Workshop, see Instructor Guides: Moodle Workshop
Technology Training Services has created a Moodle Workshop Self-Help Guide
Moodle Docs from moodle.org, and open an global Moodle support community