Moodle for Students: Workshops

Apples to: Moodle 3.0, 3.2.


The workshop activity module allows for the collection, review, and peer assessment of students' work. Students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents or spreadsheets, and can also type text directly into a text field.

Submissions can be assessed using:

  • Multi-criteria assessment forms (similar to a weighted rubric)
  • A system that rewards points for existing criteria. (Yes/No)
  • Open comment boxes.

The process of peer assessment and understanding the assessment form can be practiced in advance with example submissions provided by the teacher. Students are given the opportunity to assess one or more of their peers' submissions. Submissions and reviewers may be anonymous if desired.

Students obtain two grades in a workshop activity -

  1. A grade for their submission. 
  2. A grade from their peers' assessment of the submission(s).

Both grades are recorded in the gradebook.

This article will cover:

  • Submitting file(s) or text to a workshop
  • Changing your workshop submission
  • Evaluation options for each workshop type
  • Assessing the peer submission
  • Viewing Your Workshop Results

Submitting file(s) or text to a workshop

The Workshop must be in the Submission phase in order for the student to enter text or upload and attach files.

  1. Click a workshop link on the home page.
  2. On the workshop page there should be Instructions for submission.
  3. Click the Start preparing your submission button.
  4. Enter text into the HTML text editor box and/or upload files if that is an option.
  5. Click Save changes.

Changing your workshop submission

Students can edit their text, remove files, and/or upload a different file if the Workshop is still open and in the Submission phase.

  1. Click the Workshop link.
  2. Click Edit submission.
  3. On the Instructions for submissions page, change the Title, Submission Content, and download, rename, move or delete files. (If you have submitted the maximum number of files, you will need to delete one or more files before being able to upload another one.)
  4. Click Save Changes.

Evaluation options for each workshop type

The Workshop must be in the Assessment phase in order for students to begin their evaluation(s).

Each workshop will have one of the following methods for the peer evaluation method:

Evaluation Method

Rate or Choose a Value

Enter Text or Comments

Accumulative Grading



Number of Errors









Assessing the peer submission

  1. Click a Workshop link on the homepage.
  2. On the Workshop page, there should be Instructions for assessment.
  3. You may need to expand the heading to view the actual text.
  4. On the Workshop page, there should be Assigned submissions to access. You may need to expand the heading to view the actual text.
  5. For each allocation, click the Assess button.
  6. Complete the assessment form for this workshop grading strategy.
  7. During your assessment of the submission, you may:
    1. Click Save and continue editing to preserve your work.
    2. Click Save and close if you finish your evaluation.
    3. Click Cancel to leave and not start the assessment at this time.
  8. If the workshop is still in the Assessment phase, you can return and click the Re-assess button to continue or change your evaluation.

Viewing Your Workshop Results

Students will be able to see peer reviews, instructor comments, and grades for a workshop once the instructor changes the workshop to the Close phase. Each comment or grading by peers will be listed anonymously.

Viewing instructor comments and grade

Students can see comments by clicking the link to the workshop on the home page and opening the activity.

  • Instructor comments are directly below the student's name and link to their submission.
  • Your review of the peer submission will appear separately below the instructor's comments.
  • To view your workshop grade, use the Grades link in the Course Administration block.

If you want to access your original submitted file(s), your file(s) with instructor markup, or teacher response files, you should return to the assignment page and download the files.

Viewing peer assessments

  1. Click the appropriate workshop link on the homepage. On the Workshop page, your instructor Feedback will be visible under your submission links and information.
  2. Click the link of your submission €“ your name to view peer evaluation(s).
  3. There will be one or more assessment form areas.
    • You may need to expand it to see the peer evaluation(s).
    • Your peer score is in the Assessment form header area.
    • Peer assessments are anonymous.
  4. Exit the workshop when finished.