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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-43985

Fix lack of checkbox to control feedback whe grading assignment (backport of MDL-33600)

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    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 2.3.9, 2.3.11, 2.4.6, 2.5.2, 2.5.5, 2.6.2
    • Fix Version/s: 2.5.6, 2.6.3
    • Component/s: Assignment
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    • Testing Instructions:
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      1. Run the unit tests
      2. Grade a student in mod_assign and leave the "Notify students" checkbox checked
      3. Verify the student receives an email about updated feedback
      4. Grade a student in mod_assign and uncheck the "Notify students" checkbox
      5. Verify the student does not receive an email about updated feedback
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      Run the unit tests Grade a student in mod_assign and leave the "Notify students" checkbox checked Verify the student receives an email about updated feedback Grade a student in mod_assign and uncheck the "Notify students" checkbox Verify the student does not receive an email about updated feedback
    • Affected Branches:
      MOODLE_23_STABLE, MOODLE_24_STABLE, MOODLE_25_STABLE, MOODLE_26_STABLE
    • Fixed Branches:
      MOODLE_25_STABLE, MOODLE_26_STABLE
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      Description

      In version 1.9, teachers could control whether or not students received notification when assignments were graded or when grades were changed. In the upgrade to version 2.X, this functionality was lost. According to MDL-33600, this will be fixed for version 2.7 which is great.

      However, not all institutions, especially larger ones like the University of Illinois will be able to upgrade to version 2.7 right away. Like is stated on the instruction page for requesting backporting of issues, "Large amounts of change on the stable branches make the lives difficult for institutions to manage upgrades between point releases."

      This is not really an improvement in Moodle functionality; rather it is restoration of functionality that was available in an earlier version and was lost when that version was upgraded. We have found that very large classes (those with several hundred students) are most affected by this lack of control over the sending of feedback to students since assignments may be graded by multiple people and at different times. Instructors often hide grades so that students will not receive access to grades at different times. Additionally, the more students in the class, the more chance there is for grade adjustments to be necessary. In short, teachers of courses should have control over whether students are notified of grade changes in their courses.

      Large institutions are more likely to have larger courses and are also less likely to install the latest and greatest Moodle code due to the issues of change management.

      So, since this is not really a new feature and because it will most likely have the greatest impact on institutions that are least likely to be able to install version 2.7 in May, it is a perfect candidate for backporting. I would request that it be backported to any versions that are currently being supported.

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                  Fix Release Date:
                  12/May/14