Troubleshooting Assignment Grading

Sometimes something will appear missing or misbehaving when attempting to grade assignments one-at-a-time.

If none of the below options work you can always grade assignments offline entirely!

Can’t see or Grade all Students

A new issue as of Moodle 3.8 this is the cause of an overzealous Filter on your selection of students. It can be toggled from the View all submissions page.

  1. Enter the assignment in question.
  2. Click the View all submissions button.
  3. Locate the First name and Last name filter at the top of the page and ensure both have All selected.
  4. Return to grading.

Can’t see Inline Annotation Buttons

In most cases this will be due to insufficient space or too small a screen.

  • Simply resize the window for more space (if possible)
  • Use the Collapse Panel toggles in the bottom-right corner of the page to give the Annotation area the space it needs.

Student’s Submission Appears Blank

Sometimes a student submission may appear totally blank or may appear unchanged from the file you provided them. This is a quirk of PDF editors and files and here are some things you and your students can do to smooth out the grading process.

Completely Blank PDF

Sometimes a PDF file isn’t saved right or the conversion process will add a blank cover page.

Check to see if there’s more than one page present from the page navigation controls to the top left of the previewed document, your grading may actually start on page 2.

Filled in Responses Missing or an Empty Template

Chances are that your student used a quick and convenient way to save their PDF that doesn’t play nice with all other PDF readers, including Moodle. This is most often seen from students using a Mac and the default software of Preview (as well as a number of other applications.)

NOTE: this will often add a blank cover page to the exported file.

This can be easily remedied by having students ensure their file is properly exported:

  1. While in Preview expand the File menu at the top of your screen
  2. Click the Export as PDF… item near the bottom of the list.
  3. Save the file like any other and submit it to Moodle.