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Using workshops

The main screen of a workshop created with the options by defect is the following:

Main page workshop

In her can see that the flow of work of a workshop is formed by 5 phases. A typical workshop can cover days or even weeks. The profesorado can change the activity of a phase to another.

The itinerary of a typical workshop form it the phases of configuration, sending, evaluation, evaluation of qualifications and closing (ending). However, also it can use an itinerary advanced that it was recursive.

The progress of the workshop visualises in the called tool of planning of the workshop. In her they show all the phases of the workshop and shows stood out the current phase. Also they list the tasks that the user has in the current phase with the information of if it has finalised , has not finalised still or even if it has suspended .

In this page shows a summary of the phases and of the qualification of a workshop in Moodle, to know in detail the possibilities that there is in the creation of a workshop (strategies of included qualification) visits the following link

Phases of a workshop

  • Phase of configuration

In this initial phase, the participants of the workshop can not do at all (neither modify his sendings or his evaluations). The professors use this phase to change adjust of the workshop and modify the strategy of qualification of the forms to change the evaluation. Can change to this phase anytime that it need change adjust them of the workshop.

  • Phase of sending

In the phase of sending, the participants of the workshop realise his sendings. The dates of the control of access can adjust even if the workshop is in this stage and the sending can allow in an only window of time given. The sending begins and finalises in the date (day and hour) that have specified .

  • Phase of evaluation

If the workshop uses the characteristic of evaluation by pairs, this is the phase in which the participants of the workshop evaluate the sendings that has assigned them . As in the phase of sending, the access can be controlled by a date from which can begin or until a date in which it finishes the evaluation.

  • Phase of evaluation of qualifications

The greater task during this stage is to calculate the final qualifications of the sendings and of the evaluations realised by the students and provide a feedback or feedback to the authors of the works and to the evaluations of other students. The participants of the workshop no longer can modify his sendings neither his evaluations in this phase.

The professors can sobrescribir manualmente the qualifications calculated. Also they can choose sendings that can be published so that they turn into available for all the participants once the workshop have finalised.

  • Phase of closing (ending)

When the workshop happens to this last phase, the final qualifications calculated in the previous phase enter in the book of qualifications of the course. The participants can see his sendings, the evaluations that have realised of other sendings and - in case that the profesorado has chosen sendings to make public them - the sendings published.

Describing the workshop

Diagram Qualification Workshop

Diagram of calculation of qualifications in the workshop


The qualifications of a workshop obtain gradually in several stages and when they have finalised. The previous diagram illustrates the process and also provides the information in which it stores the values of the qualification in the tables of the database.

As it can see , each participant obtains two numerical qualifications in the book of qualifications of the course. During the stage of evaluation of qualifications, the professors can allow to the module of workshop calculate these final qualifications. It fits to indicate that the final qualifications store in the book of qualifications when the activity happens to the phase of closing. Therefore the profesorado can edit the qualifications until it was satisfied with them and then can close the workshop. Of this way will enter the qualifications in the book of qualifications. The professor can change to the previous phase, recalcular or sobrescribir the qualifications and close the workshop again, so that the qualifications update in the book of qualifications (fits to remember that the profesorado can also sobrescribir the qualifications in the book of qualifications manualmente).

During the evaluation of qualifications, the report of the qualifications of the workshop provides a global summary of all the individual qualifications. The report uses several symbols and his own syntax. It is important fixed in the direction of the symbols < and >.

Examples of qualifications


Qualification by sending

The final qualification of each sending calculates like average ponderada between the qualifications of evaluation given by all the evaluadores (also known like revisores) of this sending. The value rounds to the number of decimals that have adjusted in the form of configuration of the workshop.

The profesorado can influence in the qualification of a sending given of two ways:

  • Providing his own evaluation, possibly with a higher weight of the that have the pairs that evaluate.
  • Sobrescribiendo The qualification to a fixed value.

Qualification by evaluation realised

The qualification by the evaluation realised tries to estimate the quality of the evaluations that a participant has given to his pairs. This qualification (known also like qualification of the evaluation) calculates by means of a system artificial intelligence that works internally in the module that treats to do the typical work of professor.

During the stage of qualification of the evaluation, uses a sub-application to calculate the qualifications of the evaluations. For the moment, only there is a sub-available application called Comparison with the best evaluation. The text to continuation describes the method used by this sub-application. It fits to indicate that they can develop more than a sub-application for the qualification of the evaluation like extensions of the workshop.

The qualifications of the evaluation show between keys () in the report of qualifications of the workshop. The final qualification of the evaluations calculates like the average of qualifications by the evaluation.

There is not an only formula to describe the calculation. However the process is deterministic. The workshop chooses one of the evaluations like the best %u2013 the one who is more near of the average of all the evaluations %u2013 and gives him 100% of the qualification. Then it measures a distance' %u2018of the rest of evaluations from the best and gives them a lower qualification satisfied are more move# away of the best (taking into account that the best represents a consensus of the majority of evaluadores). The parameter of the calculation is how much strict has to be , that is the rapidity that the qualifications fall if they differ of the best qualification.

If there is only 2 evaluations by sending, the workshop can not decide cual of them is %u2018correct'. It imagines that you have two evaluadores, Ana and Carlos. The two evaluate the sending of Javi. Ana says that it is very bad and Carlos that it is excellent. There is not form to decide who has reason. Therefore the workshop simply says that both have reason and to both gives them 100% of the qualification by his evaluation. To warn this, there are two options:

  • Already it was providing an additional evaluation, so that the number of evaluadores is impar and the workshop will be able to choose the best. Usually the professor attends and provides his own evaluation of the sending to judge it.
  • On the other hand it can decide if it trusts more in an evaluador. For example, if it knows that Ana is much better evaluating that Carlos, can increase the weight of the evaluation of Ana, allowing modify his weight in 2 (in place of the weight by defect, 1). For the proposals of calculation, the evaluation of Ana will consider as if they had 2 evaluadores that have the same opinion and therefore it is as if it has chosen like the best.

To continuation shows a diagram resumiendo the cycle of life of a workshop in Moodle.

Cycle of life workshop

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