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How do I bulk upload feedback files to a Moodle Assignment?

Configure the Assignment activity

Firstly, check the Assignment activity settings page:

Feedback types settings showing both Feedback files and Offline grading worksheet options ticked
  1. In the ‘Feedback types’ setting section, Feedback files (1) and Offline grading worksheet (2) must both be selected.
  2. Click on Save and display.
  3. Click on the View all submissions.

Create student folders for feedback

  1. From the ‘Grading action’ drop-down list, select Download grading worksheet.
Grading action drop-down list showing Download grading worksheet option selected
  1. Open the downloaded spreadsheet.
  2. If the Assignment has been configured to hide the student identities during the marking process follow the steps in PART A, otherwise skip to PART B.
PART A: Student identities hidden (“blind marking”)
Using the information contained within the downloaded spreadsheet (example illustrated below)…

Snapshot of a downloaded spreadsheet. First column contains Identifier heading, Participant 6028356, Participant 6028357, Participant 6028355, Participant 6028359 (numbers are highlighted in the snapshot)

…you will need to create a folder on your computer for each student with the following naming convention: Participant_idnumber_assignsubmission_file_
(Using the example screenshot above, the folder for the first student in the table – row 2 – would be: Participant_6028356_assignsubmission_file_)

*** Skip PART B and got to Step 4 ***
PART B: Students identities not hidden
Using the information contained within the downloaded spreadsheet (example illustrated below) …
Snapshot of downloaded spreadsheet. Column A: Identifier, Participant 6028662, Participant 6028661, Participant 6208660, Participant 6028659 (numbers are highlighted in yellow). Column B: Full name, Edward Green, Fran Yellow, Helen Violet, Ian Brown (names highlighted in green)
…you will need to create a folder on your computer for each student with the following naming convention: Fullname_idnumber_assignsubmission_file_

(Using the example screenshot above, the folder for the first student in the table – row 2 – would be: Edward Green_6028662_assignsubmission_file_)
  1. Once you have created folders for each of the students to whom you wish to give feedback, add any feedback files for each student to their respective folder (the feedback files themselves do not have to follow any specific naming convention).
  2. When ready to upload your feedback files, create a zip file containing all of the folders that you have created.

Upload Feedback files

  1. In Moodle, go to your Assignment activity and click on View all submissions.
  2. From the ‘Grading action’ drop-down list at the top of the page, select Upload multiple feedback files in a zip.
Grading action dropdown list with 'Upload multiple feedback files in a zip' selected
  1. Drag your zip file into the ‘Upload a file’ area, or click on [Choose a file…] to browse for the zip file.
Upload multiple feedback files in a zip dialog box with 'Import feedback files' and 'Cancel' buttons
  1. Click on Import feedback file(s).
  2. On the next screen, click on Confirm.
Confirm zip upload dialog box with a Confirm and Cancel button
  1. You’re then presented with a report page detailing how many feedback files were added. Click on Continue to return to the ‘View all submissions’ page.
  2. In the submissions table, you will now notice that students have feedback files allocated to them.
Updated on January 30, 2020

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