Earlier this month, Damyon Wiese, posted about HQ starting the development of a new grading interface in the Moodle.org forums. He also posted a link to the specification doc that contains mock ups of the new design.
Check out the initial design below:
I think this is very timely as the grading interface is one of the aspects of Moodle that is being cited as a main reason for schools switching to, or initially choosing, Canvas. Take, for example, the headline of this article about Santa Barbara City College’s decision to move to Canvas. (Although, fair, it is also important to note that California will be paying for the new system and one has to wonder why those same funds were not used for continued Moodle evolution.)
As pointed out by Martin Dougiamas in the same forum, however, most manual grading happens in the Assignment block, and as such, it is important to improve the grading interface and flow there as well.
The question remains, however, whether or not there will be substantial user – and by that I mean in-the-trenches student and teacher – input into this most critical aspect of the LMS. This is your opportunity, Moodlers, to get in the game and actually suggest changes that will make the LMS everyone’s killer app.
What are your suggested improvements to the gradebook or grading in the Assignments block? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!