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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-18722

Hiding marks and feedback from students until they are ready for release

    Details

    • Type: New Feature
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Deferred
    • Affects Version/s: 1.9.4, 2.0
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Assignment (2.2), Gradebook
    • Labels:
      None
    • Environment:
      All/any
    • Affected Branches:
      MOODLE_19_STABLE, MOODLE_20_STABLE

      Description

      It does not seem possible to prevent students from seeing feedback and grades for an assignment, short of hiding the assignment altogether.

      Sometimes it is useful to hide grades and feedback from students, at least for a limited period, because:

      (1) the marks may be provisional (e.g., subject to moderation);

      (2) it may be considered better to release the marks to all students at the same time.

      Currently the only way of achieving this seems to be to hide the assignment altogether. But this prevents students from resubmitting where appropriate. It also means that teachers can't mark work that has been submitted early, before the deadline.

      Could we have a setting for each assignment that prevents marks and feedback being given to the student (through the assignment or through the gradebook)?

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            deanthayer Dean Thayer added a comment -

            I'd add to it that I'd like the ability to send an email to the students letting them know about feedback once I "un-hide" the feedback.

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            deanthayer Dean Thayer added a comment - I'd add to it that I'd like the ability to send an email to the students letting them know about feedback once I "un-hide" the feedback.
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            carolinemoore Caroline Moore added a comment -

            It seems to me that if activity grading was overhauled so that all grading happened through the Gradebook interface (and therefore all grades were viewed through the Gradebook user report interface), this problem would be resolved by simply hiding the assignment within the gradebook, while leaving it visible on the actual Moodle page.

            Ideally, Moodle should develop a consistent grading interface for all activities, for clarity and ease of use.

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            carolinemoore Caroline Moore added a comment - It seems to me that if activity grading was overhauled so that all grading happened through the Gradebook interface (and therefore all grades were viewed through the Gradebook user report interface), this problem would be resolved by simply hiding the assignment within the gradebook, while leaving it visible on the actual Moodle page. Ideally, Moodle should develop a consistent grading interface for all activities, for clarity and ease of use.
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            daveyboond Steve Bond added a comment -

            The solution to this is to hide the grades (and feedback) via the setting in the Gradebook. Click 'Grades' and then turn editing on. In the 'controls' row at the top, click the edit button for the assignment in question. Then you can either hide the grades altogether, or else set a release date for the grades. Once this is done, the assignment itself is still visible, but a student visiting it will not see any grades or feedback that have been given.

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            daveyboond Steve Bond added a comment - The solution to this is to hide the grades (and feedback) via the setting in the Gradebook. Click 'Grades' and then turn editing on. In the 'controls' row at the top, click the edit button for the assignment in question. Then you can either hide the grades altogether, or else set a release date for the grades. Once this is done, the assignment itself is still visible, but a student visiting it will not see any grades or feedback that have been given.
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            simoodle Roger Emery added a comment - - edited

            Can I suggest additional date fields in the assignment set up to be "feedback release date" and "grade release date" which will be much more user friendly for staff setting up assignments, but feed the data into existing gradebook functions.

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            simoodle Roger Emery added a comment - - edited Can I suggest additional date fields in the assignment set up to be "feedback release date" and "grade release date" which will be much more user friendly for staff setting up assignments, but feed the data into existing gradebook functions.
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            marina Marina Glancy added a comment -

            I assume this issue was about mod_assignment (and not mod_assign that is used now) and is no longer relevant. Can somebody confirm please?

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            marina Marina Glancy added a comment - I assume this issue was about mod_assignment (and not mod_assign that is used now) and is no longer relevant. Can somebody confirm please?
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            jgramp Jessica Gramp added a comment - - edited

            Hi Marina,

            No, this is definitely still an issue for mod_assign (the new assignment module).
            Can this issue be updated to reflect that it is still a problem in the latest Moodle version (v3) and that is affects mod_assign? I don't think I can do this myself.

            Here's why it's important:

            Although staff can go in and hide the assignment in the gradebook, most will not know they have to do this, which means (unless they have marking workflow enabled, which again they probably won't know about) students will see grades and feedback as and when it's provided to each individual student.

            In most cases, feedback and grades should be released to ALL students at the same time.

            Setting a 'grade release date' AND a 'feedback release date' (or 'post date' as it's known in Turnitin) within the assignment settings itself would easily enable staff to define when feedback and grades will be made visible to students. This method has the additional advantage of showing students when they can expect to receive their feedback.

            Ideally, the feedback should be able to be revealed separately from the grades, so students have a chance to reflect on their feedback first, without simply disregarding it when they find out how well they've done.

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            jgramp Jessica Gramp added a comment - - edited Hi Marina, No, this is definitely still an issue for mod_assign (the new assignment module). Can this issue be updated to reflect that it is still a problem in the latest Moodle version (v3) and that is affects mod_assign? I don't think I can do this myself. Here's why it's important: Although staff can go in and hide the assignment in the gradebook, most will not know they have to do this, which means (unless they have marking workflow enabled, which again they probably won't know about) students will see grades and feedback as and when it's provided to each individual student. In most cases, feedback and grades should be released to ALL students at the same time. Setting a 'grade release date' AND a 'feedback release date' (or 'post date' as it's known in Turnitin) within the assignment settings itself would easily enable staff to define when feedback and grades will be made visible to students. This method has the additional advantage of showing students when they can expect to receive their feedback. Ideally, the feedback should be able to be revealed separately from the grades, so students have a chance to reflect on their feedback first, without simply disregarding it when they find out how well they've done.
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            marina Marina Glancy added a comment -

            Hello Jessica, please look at the list of existing issues and see if any of them describes the problem you see:
            https://tracker.moodle.org/issues/?jql=project%20%3D%20MDL%20AND%20resolution%20%3D%20Unresolved%20AND%20text%20~%20%22release%22%20and%20component%3DAssignment

            If you find the issue, please comment/vote on it. Or feel free to create a new one providing as much details as possible

            I'm going to close this issue since original description, discussions and votes are no longer relevant to the current situation.

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            marina Marina Glancy added a comment - Hello Jessica, please look at the list of existing issues and see if any of them describes the problem you see: https://tracker.moodle.org/issues/?jql=project%20%3D%20MDL%20AND%20resolution%20%3D%20Unresolved%20AND%20text%20~%20%22release%22%20and%20component%3DAssignment If you find the issue, please comment/vote on it. Or feel free to create a new one providing as much details as possible I'm going to close this issue since original description, discussions and votes are no longer relevant to the current situation.
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            jgramp Jessica Gramp added a comment -

            As suggested, I have checked and there are no open tickets I can see that explain this improvement request, now this one has closed.

            Therefore, I have opened a new ticket. Please vote for it here, if you would like to see the usability of the Moodle Assignment improved significantly: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-57006

            Thank you.

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            jgramp Jessica Gramp added a comment - As suggested, I have checked and there are no open tickets I can see that explain this improvement request, now this one has closed. Therefore, I have opened a new ticket. Please vote for it here, if you would like to see the usability of the Moodle Assignment improved significantly: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-57006 Thank you.

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