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Workshop

Collaborating with peer reviews.

The Workshop activity allows students to create their own projects and assess the work produced by their peers. It also coordinates the collection and distribution of these assessments in a variety of ways.

Typical Workshop is not a short-term activity, and it takes up to several days or even weeks to complete. The Workshop workflow can be divided into five phases. The teacher controls which phase the workshop activity is in at any time.

  1. Setup phase: Teacher creates and determines workshop, students cannot do anything.
  2. Submission phase: Students turn in work within a time frame.
  3. Assessment phase: Peer assessment by students.
  4. Grading/evaluation phase: Teacher grades submissions and peer assessments.
  5. Closed phase: Final grade is calculated. Students may see grades and their work.

Add workshops

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Workshop > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Workshop > Add

How it looks in Snap
How it looks in another theme
 
  1. Type a meaningful name and description. The description displays to students when they view the workshop. Check the Display description on course page box if you want the description to show there.
  2. Determine the grade settings:
    • Workshop has the following Grade strategies:
      • Accumulative grading: Comments and a grade are given about specified aspects.
      • Comments: Comments are given about specified aspects but no grade can be given.
      • Number of errors: Comments and a yes/no assessment are given about specified assertions.
      • Rubric: A level assessment is given about specified criteria.
    • Grade for submission: Set the maximum grade possible for the student's workshop submission, and select any grade categories.
    • Submission grade to pass: Set the minimum passing grade for the submission.
    • Grade for assessment: Set the maximum grade possible for the student’s ability to effectively assess their peers. You can also select any grade categories for this grade.
    • Assessment grade to pass: Set the minimum passing grade for the assessments.
    • Decimal places in grades: Set the number of decimal places for the grade.
  3. Set the following optional items:
  4. Click Save and return to course to show the course main page or Save and display to show the new workshop.

Submission settings

Steps in Snap: Workshop > Edit > Submission settings

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Workshop > Edit > Edit Settings > Submission settings

Set how many submission attempts a student can complete, and what determines a submitted assignment.

  • Require students click submit button: If set to Yes, students must select the Submit button to submit the assignment for grading. Use this setting for assignments with multiple attachments.

    If a student does not select Submit, the status of the assignment is Draft (not submitted) in the gradebook. After a student selects the Submit button, the status changes to Submitted for grading and they can no longer edit it. If you change this setting to Yes after some students have submitted assignments, those assignments will be marked as final.

    When you require students to select Submit, you have the option to revert the submission to draft status. Access the assignment, select View/grade all submissions, then select a student row, and in the With selected drop-down menu below the grading grid, choose Revert the submission to draft status.

  • Require students accept the submission statement: If enabled, students must accept a submission statement to submit the assignment. The text of the submission statement is set by the site administrator.
  • Attempts reopened: Determine if and how attempts can be reopened by students. This feature allows students to continue editing their submissions.
  • Maximum attempts: Type the maximum number of times a student can resubmit.

Assessment settings

Steps in Snap: Workshop > Edit > Assessment settings

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Workshop > Edit > Edit Settings > Assessment settings

Add the instructions for when students assess the workshop activity for other students.

  • Instructions for assessment: Type the instructions for the student assessment of the workshop project.
  • Use self-assessment: Determine if student may assess their own work. If enabled, the students will also receive a grade for the assessment.

Feedback

Steps in Snap: Workshop > Edit > Feedback

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Workshop > Edit > Edit Settings > Feedback

Determine how students may provide feedback on the workshop activities of other students.

  • Overall feedback mode: If enabled, a text field will be available at the end of an assessment so students can enter their overall comments. You can set this feedback to required or optional.
  • Maximum number of overall feedback attachments: Set the maximum number of comments for peer reviews of workshops.
  • Maximum overall feedback attachment size: For feedback attachments, set the maximum size of the file.
  • Conclusion: Set any text to display to the student at the completion of the feedback assessment.

Example submissions

Steps in Snap: Workshop > Edit > Example submissions

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Workshop > Edit > Edit Settings > Example submissions

You can add a practice assessment to teach students how to peer review other students.

  • Use examples: Students can practice their assessment skills by comparing their assessment with a reference assessment.
  • Mode of examples assessment: Determine whether or not the example assessments are required. Options include Assessment of example submission is voluntary, Examples must be assessed before own submission, and Examples are available after own submission and must be assessed before peer assessment.

Set the availability of workshops

Steps in Snap: Workshops > Edit > Availability

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Workshops > Edit > Edit Settings > Availability

You can determine when workshops will be available for participants to submit and assess.

  • Open for submissions from: Determine when you want the workshop to be available to students for submission.
  • Submissions deadline: Set the deadline for when students need to submit their workshop.
  • Switch to the next phase after the submissions deadline: If you want the workshops to be submitted before assessments, then enable this feature.
  • Open for assessment from: Determine when you want the assessments to start.
  • Deadline for assessment: Set the deadline for when students need to finish their assessments.

Determine workshop completion

Steps in Snap: Workshop > Edit > Activity completion

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Workshop > Edit > Edit Settings > Activity completion

You can determine to mark the workshop activity as completed.

  • Completion tracking: Options include Do not indicate activity completion, Students can manually mark the activity as completed, and Show activity as complete when conditions are met.
  • Student must view this activity to complete it: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student views the workshop.
  • Student must receive a grade to complete this activity: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student receives a grade.
  • Expect completed on: Enable this feature and set a date for when it is expected participants will be marked as completed.