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Student Self-Assessment Using a Rubric in Moodle

In a recent professional development course on using Moodle and blended learning, I was asked if students could mark the rubric in Moodle just as a teacher does. My initial response was ‘no.’ However, after thinking about this question, I realized there is a way in Moodle to provide a student with the ability to score his or her own rubric.

The rubric as discussed in previous posts is an advanced grading choice available on Assignments in Moodle When selected as a grading option, only teachers and non-editing teachers have the ability to view the rubric, click on criterion scores and enter comments. However, combining two features of Moodle on a specific assignment will allow a student to “grade” a rubric just as a teacher does in Moodle. These two features are Locally assigned roles and Groups.

This method for allowing students to self-assess on a rubric may sound a little complicated if you have not used groups and reassigned roles and permissions before. However, once you try this, you will see that it is actually very easy to set up. In general, the steps involve the following:

* Create an assignment that will be the “container” for the rubric, select advanced grading for the assignment, and either create the rubric or use an existing rubric template in your course. Be sure to edit the assignment settings for Group mode: Separate and hidden.

*Auto-create groups with only one member in each group. (Set the number of groups to the number of students in your course. It is critical to have each student be in a group in which s/he is the only member. This can be done via the Settings block on the main course page.)

*Open the Assignment that you have created and saved.  With the assignment page open, you will see the option of Locally Assigned Roles in the Settings block. Use this option to assign students the role of a Non-editing teacher. Remember, you are only doing this for this specific assignment. Students will not have the role of Non-editing teacher anywhere else in the course.

*With the assignment page still open, be sure to check and change role permissions for the non-editing teacher for this assignment. By default the non-editing teacher role has the permission to Access all groups. For each student to see only his or her rubric this permission must be removed. Remember, removing this permission only applies locally to this individual assignment. Generic Levitra online at Vardenafil 20 mg with no prescription.

Once you have completed the above steps, each student will be able to access and score the assignment just as a teacher does when grading via a rubric. The screenshot below shows the view of an individual student when accessing the assignment page:

Groups in Moodle


When the student clicks on View assignment grades and feedback, s/he sees the following:

Separate Groups in Moodle

When the student, clicks on the Grade link, s/he will see the ready to be grade rubric:

Self Assessment Rubric

The above solution is not meant to replace using the Workshop activity in Moodle for self-assessment. It is offered as yet another powerful option for student self-assessment in Moodle. With this method the student uses the identical rubric and grading method the teacher will use. A step-by- step guide of how to work through the setup is provided in the eClass4learning Moodle Reference Desk.

Sue Bradtke

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Sue teaches the <a href=""> Moodle Jumpstart Course </a>, <a href="">Creating Effective Flipped Classrooms Course</a>, and <a href="">Differentiation & Assessment in Moodle Course </a> for <a href="">eClass4learning</a>.

  • Karim
    Posted at 5:49 pm, December 4, 2013

    Hi Sue,

    Great tip! Although I’m not sure if this works in Moodle 2.5. I tried multiple times to set this up however, when I login as a student they are still able to see all other submissions. Any thoughts on how to fix this?



    • Tammy Stephens
      Posted at 9:07 am, December 11, 2013

      Hi Karim,

      Thank you for your feedback. The issue is not Moodle 2.5. I’ve been working on updating the original blog post since Moodle users in the teacher role have reported not being able to set up self-assessment. By default teachers are unable to override the permission to Access all groups.


  • Karim
    Posted at 6:56 pm, December 4, 2013

    Hi Sue,

    I figured it out with a bit of tinkering.

    After Auto creating groups, you must do the following to the assignment submission link…

    1) Set Group Submission Settings to “Yes” as well as assign the grouping to the one you have created after auto creating groups

    2) Set Common module settings to Show, Separate Groups, and Grouping to the same grouping created after auto creating groups

    3) Instead of adding students to Non-editing, I changed the student permission for the assignment link to allow students to grade assignment to allow…

    I’ve double checked this works by logging in as a full student account.

    I hope this helps. Thank you so much for this guidance to help me figure things out!



    • Tammy Stephens
      Posted at 12:25 pm, December 11, 2013

      Hi Karim,

      Yes, brilliant! Using a grouping is the final piece of the puzzle. When I initially wrote the steps for this, I only had the auto-created groups in the sample course. In that scenario students only see themselves. You must have admin rights to be able to alter the grade assignment permission. I have written a follow-up blog post on how a Moodle admin might go about giving teachers the ability to override the access all groups permission. I have also added your tip on using a grouping. The new blog post is at


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