Within Moodle it is possible to export all submissions for a particular assignment, potentially facilitating offline grading. You might want to do this in order to use programs such as Acrobat or Word to read, comment on, or otherwise markup files to provide students feedback. These files then can be uploaded back into Moodle, which  also can be done in bulk. Learn how to annotate Assignment files using an iPad and Notability.

Batch export/download assignment submissions

  1. Click the assignment for which you wish to download submissions.
  2. Click the [View all submissions] button.
  3. To download all student assignment files into a single folder:
    1. At the bottom of the page, ensure Download submissions in folders is unchecked.
    2. Select Download all submissions option from the “Grading action” drop-down menu.
    3. This will download a zip file, which will include files with students’ names appended to each file name.
  4. To download student assignment files into individual folders:
    1. At the bottom of the page, ensure Download submissions in folders is checked. This will create a folder named for each student containing whatever file(s) the student submitted.
    2. Near the top of page you, select Download all submissions option from the “Grading action” drop-down menu.
    3. This will download a zip file.

Batch import/upload feedback files

After downloading submissions as described above and providing comments or other annotation, you may want to upload them back in order to provide students feedback.  Please note, in order to enable this capability, your assignment needs to be configured to accept feedback files.  To do this:

  1. Click the gear menu, and then click Turn editing on.
  2. Find the assignment for which you want to enable feedback files and click the Edit link to the right, and then click Edit settings.
  3. Under the Feedback types section and open it if it’s not expanded.
  4. Ensure Feedback files is checked.
  5. Click the [Save and return to course] button.

Upload feedback files to new assignment activity

Note also that you can set this option when you initially create a new Assignment activity.

Assuming the following are true, you can upload feedback files back to the assignment:

  • your assignment is configured to accept feedback files
  • you have downloaded submissions as described above and commented/annotated them

To upload feedback files:

  1. Create a zip file of the feedback files on your computer, making sure to leave the filenames exactly as they came from Moodle when you downloaded them.
  2. Click the assignment to which you want to upload feedback files.
  3. Click the [View all submissions] button.
  4. Near the top of page you, select Upload multiple feedback files in a zip option from the “Grading action” drop-down menu.
  5. A new screen will appear and you will be asked to select the zip file containing the feedback files.  Once you upload them, Moodle will confirm and the feedback files will be available for for students to view.
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