How does the workshop activity work?
Moodle’s Workshop module is a peer assessment activity with numerous options. Students receive two grades, one for their own work and another for their peer assessments of other students’ work. Workshop creates two grade items in the course grade book. Some of the basics of using the Workshop module:
  • Every student submits his/her own work. The Workshop module does not support team work (i.e., in the sense of one submission per group of students).
  • The submissions are assessed using a structured assessment form defined by the instructor. Workshop supports several types of assessment forms.
  • Workshop supports peer assessment. Students may be asked to assess a selected set of their peers’ submissions. The module coordinates the collection and distribution of these assessments.
  • To help students understand the assessment form (and the process of peer assessment in general), instructors can provide example submissions and a reference assessment. Students can assess these examples and compare their own assessment with the reference provided by the instructor.
  • At the end of a Workshop activity, the instructor can publish selected submissions so they are available to other students (in contrast to the Assignment module where submitted work is available only to the submitter and the instructor).
  • Workshop is similar to the Assignment activity (e.g., students can submit their work via an online text tool and by attaching additional files) and it extends Assignment’s functionality in many ways. However, it is recommended that both teacher and students have at least some experience with the Assignment activity before the Workshop is used in a course.
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