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Using Moodle for double blind marking – good for students and academics?

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📥  Event Review

Last month, 15 colleagues attended this event delivered by Dr Steve Cayzer, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The full session is available to view online; please take a look if you would like to refresh your memory or to catch up with the event.

For information on how to use Moodle for double blind marking, have a look at Steve's slides.

Background and reasons behind the the Department of Mechanical Engineering exploring the use of Moodle for double blind marking

Lessons learnt from exploring the use of Moodle for double blind marking, producing a set of requirements.

Steve gave an interesting and informative talk about how to use Moodle effectively for double blind marking, discussing the options available to academic and support staff, the advantages and the problems, concluding that the rubric and criteria based methods were both useful tools.

Steve asked the audience to participate in discussing what usabilities would be useful additions to Moodle – examples of some of the suggestions are below. These suggestions have been fed back to the e-learning team:

  • Alert of high discrepancies between markers
  • Can Moodle help automate the protocol for disagreements
  • Single student upload (students enter assignments only once)
  • Direct upload to SAMIS once convenor agrees mark
  • Can only see 'your' students (ie workflow). It is clear for which students you are supervisor (1st marker) and for which you are assessor (2nd marker)
  • You can only enter 'your own' marks
  • Possible to have range of marks and place for comments.
  • Export to Excel/CSV for moderation
  • Option for students to see final/average mark (without knowing individual marks)
  • See overall mark before Moodle saves it
  • Parallel (ie 1st/2nd marker) workflows
  • Automatic allocation of second marker with notification
  • Criterion marking - comments against each criterion (in criteria based marking)

If you have any experiences which you would like to share then please leave a comment or get in touch by emailing us.


LITEbox Event: Using Moodle for double blind marking

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📥  LITEbox Event

Using Moodle for double blind marking – good for students and academics?

Date: Tuesday 30 June 2015
Time: 1.15pm - 2.05pm
Venue: 8 West 1.28

Please send an email RSVP to to confirm your attendance

In theory Moodle makes double blind marking rigorous, effective and painless. But what happens when the Moodle capability is unleashed on a large number of academics? In this discussion Steve Cayzer will report on such an experiment: the MSc Projects in Mechanical Engineering. Having tried this already with a large group of academics, the session will cover all aspects including the good, the bad and the ugly.

The session is intended to be highly interactive, seeking your feedback on how to use our resources to make double blind marking better for both students and academic staff.

Dr Steve Cayzer is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Mechanical Engineering. He is the Director of Studies for four Postgraduate programmes, and has been convenor for more units than is wholly respectable. Steve is enthusiastic about any innovation that makes teaching and learning more effective. He is also a leader on one of the University MOOCs, “Make an Impact”.


Further Information:

Steve's event was very successfully completed - and the session is now available to catch up: