Grade better with Rubric

Grade better with Rubric

Within Moodle, there are various methods for teachers to grade their students’ work. One of the most popular Moodle activities is the Assignment activity. With this activity, teachers can set up the grading method as follows:

  • Simple direct grading
  • Marking guide
  • Rubric

In this blog post, we will be focusing our attention on the Rubric advanced grading method. The Rubric grading method can be utilised within Moodle for criteria-based assessments. Similar to how a rubric works in real life, it will consist of a set of criteria that is assessed against various levels of achievement in which each grade is assigned to a specified level. When the teacher marks a student’s work, they will select the level of work that the student has achieved for each criterion.

Eg: A criterion provided for Style, Content, Late submission penalty with the various levels provided.

A criterion provided for Style, Content, Late submission penalty with the various levels provided

Set up Rubric grading method for an assignment: 

When setting up your assignment activity (or by editing activity settings), teachers can select the grading method and
set it to Rubric.

Select the grading method and set it to Rubric

Next, on the assignment activity page, click the settings drop-down and select the Define rubric option.

Select the Define rubric option

Note: You will be redirected to this page automatically if this is your first time setting up the activity and selecting the Rubric grading method.

1. Provide a Name and Description for this Rubric on the Define rubric page.

Provide a Name and Description for this Rubric on the Define rubric page

2. Next, provide a criterion and the corresponding levels. Additional criteria can be added via the + Add criterion button, and additional levels can be added via the + Add level button.

Provide a criterion and the corresponding levels

3. Additional Rubric options can be defined below.

Additional Rubric options

Finally, click the Save rubric and make it ready button to apply it to the assignment activity.


Grade student submission with Rubric

 After a student has made a submission on the assignment activity, the teacher can go in and grade the submission.

Grade student submission with Rubric

On the assignment page, the teacher can click the Grade button to grade the student’s submission. In the right panel, under the Grade tab, the teacher can select the grade level for each criterion and provide a comment. In addition, Feedback comments can be provided below for the student to view.

Assignment Grading

The above image displays that the user received a 1⁄2 for Research and 1⁄2 for Grammer. The total assignment is worth out of 4 points since the max points for each criterion specified are 2. This results in the user receiving a 2/4 (50%) total mark.

Total assignment points

In this example provided below, the total assignment would be worth out of /6 points. This user has received a 2⁄3 in Grammer and 3/3 in Research. This would result in a final grade of 5⁄6 (83.33%).

Assignment grade

This will be reflected to the user when viewing their assignment grade:

Assignment Feedback

What about Scale and Point grade types? 


When defining the grade settings for an activity, the teacher has the ability to specify the Grade type.

Grade type

You have the ability to select the Scale, Point, or None grade types. If the Point grade type is selected, then the teacher can specify a maximum grade and assign a grade point within the maximum range. You should also specify the grade to pass when specifying a maximum grade.

You have the ability to select the Scale, Point, or None grade types

If you choose to use the Scale grade type, then you will need to select the Scale from the drop-down menu. The scale grade type is a great way to evaluate the student’s performance. Administrators have the ability to create standard scales which can be utilised across the site in different courses. Teachers also have the ability to create their own custom scales to be used within their courses.

Set up using the scale grade type with the Default competence scale selected with a grade of 1 required to pass

The image above demonstrates an activity that has been set up using the scale grade type with the Default competence scale selected with a grade of 1 required to pass. When teachers assess student’s work they can select a grade from the scale:

Assignment Grade Competent
Exploring course formats in Moodle

Exploring course formats in Moodle

Moodle offers course creators the ability to select from an array of formats to meet their learning goals. The course format refers to the layout of the course, determining how its information is presented to and accessed by enrolled users. Site administrators can enable, disable or delete course formats by going to Admin dashboard > Site administration > Plugins > Course formats > Manage course formats, the page displaying as follows:

Moodle course formats

Note: The default choice is the Topics format which can be changed by visiting the link titled “Course default settings” at the bottom of the above image, which can alternatively be accessed from Admin dashboard > Site administration > Courses > Course default settings. Under the section “Course format”, the drop-down setting “Format” can be changed to any other course format.

Moodle Topics course format

When setting up a course or editing its settings, you can find the course’s edit settings page has a section “Course format” from where the “Format” field can be used to select the course’s format. There are additional settings to company each format:

Default Moodle course formats

Weekly format

In this format, courses are organized on a week-by-week basis. Each section within the course will have a date corresponding to it. Moodle will create a section for each week of your course. The current week will be highlighted for users to see. The course start date and end date will be utilized to determine the number of sections within your course.

Moodle Weekly course format

Note: If you wish for your students to work on the same material at the same time, then this course format would be ideal for you.


Topics format

In this format, the course will be organized into topic sections that can assign titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources, and labels.

Moodle Topics course format

Note: The topics course format is ideal if the course is objective-based. In this case, each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. This is great in scenarios in which students build upon the knowledge from earlier topics.


Single activity format

The single activity format only consists of one section and permits the teacher to add just one activity to the course. The entire course is thus situated around one single activity (by default forum, but this can be modified by a teacher or course creator).

Moodle Single Activity Course Format

Social format

The social format is situated around one main forum (the social forum). This forum will appear on the main page of the course. The teacher or course creator can specify how many discussions they wish to display on the course page.

Moodle Social Course Format

Recommended course formats from the community


Grid format

The grid format is a modular and visual course format. When using this course format, each topic is displayed as a grid icon. When users click the grid icon (topic section), the contents for the clicked topic section will be displayed. Otherwise, the contents of each grid icon are hidden by default.

Grid Course Format

Tiles format

The tiles format displays course topic sections as tiles instead of the default list format found within the topics format. When users click on a specific tile, the content within that topic section will expand below the tile with an animated effect transition.

Tiles Course Format

Course formats available with Virtual Slate


Accordion format

The accordion format displays the topic sections in a list format. However, it doesn’t allow more than one section to be expanded at any given time. This means that if students expand one section whilst another section is open, it will result in the first section being collapsed and expanding the second section. This is why it is referred to as the Accordion format, due to its similar nature to that of an Accordion. Teachers may wish to utilize this course format over the topics format due to its aesthetic and transition appeal.

Accordion course format

Tabs format

The Tabs format displays the contents for one topic on the course page at a time. In many ways, it has similar characteristics to that of a web browser. Only content from the selected tab will be displayed to the users at any given time. For example, clicking Topic 3 in the tabs section above will display the activities and resources available within Topic 3.

Tabs course format

The above tabs have a horizontal layout. This can be changed to a vertical layout in the course settings page, by changing the tabs layout setting to “Vertical” from “Horizontal”. When this is done, the tab navigation appears vertically on the side instead of on the top of the topic view.

Tabs format (horizontal layout)

You can find out more about Virtual Slate via the link below:

2021 Moodle Award Winner – Certified Service Provider of the Year (APAC region)

2021 Moodle Award Winner – Certified Service Provider of the Year (APAC region)

Lingel Learning is proud to announce we are the winners of ‘Moodle Certified Service Provider of the Year 2021 (APAC region)’. The dedicated team at Lingel Learning have excelled this past year in developing and delivering innovative solutions to give our clients the most effective Learning Management System experience possible.

2021 Moodle Award Winner – Certified Service Provider of the Year (APAC region)

The incredible support we received from our clients, our collaboration with Moodle, along with the drive of the Lingel Learning team, has allowed us to celebrate this outstanding achievement today. As a Moodle Partner, we have been deemed experts in our field of educational technology.

2021 has brought new opportunities for Lingel Learning. Over the course of the pandemic, the massive popularity of e-learning has been both rewarding and challenging for us. We have risen to the occasion and measurably accelerated our products, listening to common pain-points from our customers and tweaking our features to deliver what our valued clients need.

    2021 Moodle Certified Service Provider Awards

    Established in 2011, Lingel Learning has prided itself on its commitment to Moodle. With offices in Canada and Australia, we continue to deliver exceptional services to our clients across a range of industries such as Corporate, Government, Education and Not-for-profit.

    Lingel Learning offer its clients the benefit of using Moodle’s latest and greatest features along with enrolmart and the Virtual Slate framework that comes bundled with advanced plugins, integrations, and user-friendly dashboards.

    We’re looking forward to 2022 and continuing to help our clients get the most out of their online learning platform.

    Analyze your learners performance with Moodle Reporting and Analytics

    Analyze your learners performance with Moodle Reporting and Analytics

    Understanding how your learners are performing is one of the most important feature of an LMS. As an administrator or an educator, it’s important to rely on this assessment information to further develop the learning, to track retention level and to inform where learners need to go.


    Course Reports and Activity Completion

    Moodle has always allowed Teachers and Administrators to look at Course Reports and Activity Completion to follow learner’s completion on a course. We can see what our users have been doing throughout their course and when they completed each portion.

    Out of the box Moodle provides a variety of reports, such as:

    Course reports:

    • Competency breakdown report
    • Logs
    • Activity report
    • Participation report
    • Statistics
    • Event monitoring

    Activity reports:

    • Course activity reports
    • Individual activity reports
    • Complete Report


    Moodle Analytics

    With the introduction of Inspire Analytics into Moodle core educators can now support their learners by analyzing their performance. This helps educators go beyond simple descriptive analytics to provide predictions of learner success, and ultimately diagnosis and prescriptions to learners and teachers.

    Built in modules include:

    • Students at risk of dropping out
    • No teaching activity

    Moodle can also be easily extended with new custom models, based on reusable targets, indicators, and other components.

    Virtual Slate Advanced Reporting

    Moodle Administrators have used plugins and third party tools to extend Moodle’s reporting capabilities. Although these tools are great, educators and administrators can lack the skills to take advantage of these tools. To get the most out of Moodle reporting without having to install a third party tools or plugins Lingel Learning has included Advanced Reporting Dashboards directly into Virtual Slate, our custom framework that extends Moodle LMS.

    Virtual Slate Advanced Reporting
    Virtual Slate Advanced Reporting Dashboards

    • Overview Dashboard: quickly get a complete picture of your Moodle LMS from a single dashboard. Use the Date Filters to further analyse your Moodle data and drill down into detailed reports. Access interactive charts and filterable data tables from a single screen.
    • User Dashboard: learn how your users engage with your Moodle LMS. Better monitor your learners through filterable reports which keep track of user engagement, activity and enrolment. Understand who are your most active and inactive users and then drill down into the data to get a detailed understanding of them.
    • Course Dashboard: understand how your learners interact with courses in your Moodle LMS and analyse your course data based on enrolment, completion, activity and inactivity. Get to know your top courses based on enrollment and completion. Improve your learner engagement by understanding the courses that they like and don’t like.
    • Advanced Reporting: get access to course, grade, scorm, resources and certificate reports. You will also get instant access to any new report we develop and upload into Virtual Slate.

    Click here to find out more about Virtual Slate LMS.

    It’s official, we are now a Certified Moodle partner!

    It’s official, we are now a Certified Moodle partner!

    Lingel Learning is pleased to announce we are officially a Certified Moodle partner!

    Moodle, the maker of the world’s most popular learning management system, welcomes Lingel Learning to its network of Moodle Partners – Certified Service Providers in Canada.

    Working across a diverse range of industries, including corporate, government education and not-for-profit, at Lingel Learning we offer a broad range of Moodle services including hosting, development, support, integration, training and course development.

    As a Canadian Moodle Partner, we will continue to improve and create innovative solutions that help our clients get the most out of Moodle’s learning platform.

    Speaking about the recent partnership, Gavin Lindeman, our Chief Learning Architect, said: “We are excited to be working closely with Moodle HQ and be at the forefront of Moodle development. We relish the opportunity to work closely with Moodle HQ, putting forward ideas and helping contribute to Moodle core.”

    Moodle Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, added to this sentiment, saying “Welcome aboard the Moodle Partner program, Lingel Learning! We’re very happy that our Canadian Moodle users will now have more service options that help support the Moodle product.”

    Our strategy is to constantly improve and innovate solutions that help our clients get the most out of Moodle. We offer a diverse range of Moodle services from hosting, development, support, integration, multi-tenancy and training, to course development. We are a dynamic e-learning development company, with a development process that focuses on deliverables which can be adapted to fit with a client’s needs. This is combined with creative design to deliver materials that will result in clearer understanding and retention rates.

    Our track record of delivering exceptional results for our clients is one of the many reasons Lingel Learning have been accepted into Moodle’s Partner network. Some of our notable clients are Gallagher Bassett, The Royal College of Surgeons, Intralot, Pallium, Ausenco and Westland Insurance.

    We are thrilled to become a Moodle Partner and help improve the quality of eLearning in Canadian and furthermore, global organizations.

    How to get the most out of your Moodle Course Design

    How to get the most out of your Moodle Course Design

    Moodle courses are generally dumping grounds for course creators where they dump documents and files for the users to read. When it comes to content creation for courses in Moodle, it’s not just about sharing content instead it’s about creating a flow or a linear path which allows a learner to learn according to a predefined sequence. Good course design takes time, a course should focus on what the learners should be able to do once they complete the course. Therefore, planning your course is essential for creating a productive learning experience for your students.

    Course creators don’t take full advantage of the tools available in Moodle and in the community to develop truly interactive courses. The availability of so many applications and design options makes it difficult to choose and take advantage of these. The tools available in Moodle can help you create interactive course content for your Moodle courses. There isn’t a right or wrong way to use Moodle tools. Though each tool has a primary function yet it can be used in other ways to achieve a variety of learning experiences.


    1. Choose an appropriate Course Format

    Once you have planned your course, choose an appropriate Moodle Course Format and start building your course.There are several formats available in Moodle that help you select a layout for your course, some of them are as follows:

    Weekly Format: It is the most used course format in K-12 schools probably because it is most similar to the physical classroom experience. In this, your course has a block or a section for each week, relevant readings, assignments etc. can be placed together in each week’s block. Experienced teachers who have given several courses in moodle choose weekly format over other formats. It is a good option for schools as it ensures that students consume the information at the same schedule and pace. This is how the weekly format looks in Moodle:

    Moodle Weekly Topics Format

    Topics Format: It’s similar to the weeks format; however, instead of weeks it allows you to organise your content around topics, with a block or section for each topic or section. It’s a good option if you have various topics in your course. Also, the topics format gives the students more freedom if all the topics are not mandatory. This is what topics format looks like in Moodle:

    Moodle Topics Course Format

    It’s a good choice when the teacher wants to add just one particular item such as a SCORM package or a quiz.

    When single activity format is selected, the teacher can choose an activity they wish to use from the drop down menu. Here we selected the activity as Forum:

    Single Activity Moodle Format

    The image below is how a single activity format looks in moodle when Forum is selected as the type of activity:

    Moodle Single Activity Forum

    Social Format: If the course content is more free form then Social Format would be a good choice. It creates a big message board for discussions. This is how social format looks in moodle:

    Moodle Social Course Format

    Accordion (available in Virtual Slate): This format shows your course content in a vertically stacked list of topics which can be expanded by clicking the topic and the content associated with that topic is revealed. There can be zero expanded topics, exactly one, or more than one depending on the content of course. See below for the accordion format:

    Moodle Accordion Course Format

    Tabs Format (available in Virtual Slate): As the name suggests in this format, the topics are shown as tabs on the the top. You can click on the tabs to reveal the content related to the respective topic.

    Moodle Tabs Course Format


    2. Choose an appropriate Course Activity

    Choose activities that can engage your learners with your courses: Activity is a general name for a group of features in a Moodle Course. An activity is usually something that a student does that interacts with other students or the teacher. There are 14 different types of activities in standard moodle that can be used creatively to engage the learner. Some of the examples of activities that can make your course interactive are as follows:

    Lesson: It is one of the most powerful activities in moodle that can be used for interactive learning. The lesson module presents content in a series of HTML pages to the student who is asked to make some sort of choice. Depending on the choice they make, they are sent to a specific page in the lesson. In its simplest form, a lesson can be a series of HTML pages where a student can select a continue button at the bottom of a page and it will send them to the next page in the Lesson.

    Forums: Forums are easy to setup and they promote discussions which is a great way to engage the learners. They can promote communication and collaboration and all learners have a voice. You can start with a simple discussion like “Introduction” to help students develop confidence and experience in using forums.

    Assignments: It allows teachers to provide feedback to students on their work. Students can submit their work in digital form, for example, word files, pdf files, spreadsheets, images, audio and video clips. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to type directly into Moodle using an online text assignment.

    Quizzes: Moodle also has other interactive elements such as quizzes which allow presenting content or review content through multiple choice questions or matching questions. There are also other formats available in Moodle 3.0+ such as Select missing words, drag and drop into text, drag and drop into image, and drag and drop markers. These help you present the content in different ways which makes it engaging for the students.

    Moodle Drop and Drag Quiz Question

    Moodle Drop and Drag Quiz Question


    3. Add video to make your course more interactive

    Adding videos to your course content: Video is a powerful tool that can be used in Moodle. For example, using videos students can easily catch up on a lecture they missed. A video along with written content can help establish a better understanding of the concept. Although it is preferable to upload your videos to moodle, storing them on your own server to retain control but when server space or upload limits are restricted, it is convenient to upload videos to an online site like youtube or vimeo. You can easily embed videos from these sites into moodle.

    You can add questions after videos to reinforce learning and add interactivity: You can also insert the questions with videos using H5P Interactive video content type.H5P allows to create HTML5 based interactive video content that allows you to add multiple choice and fill in the blank questions, pop-up text and other types of interactions to your videos. You can make these changes onto your existing videos. A multiple choice question in H5P interactive video looks as follows:

    Moodle H5P interactive video

    Making a course interactive doesn’t only include selecting the right format and adding the right activities. Just adding a quiz or discussion forum doesn’t make it a good course. Activities should support the learning and reinforce the lessons that the student has just covered.