Moodle Q&A: forum emails, resubmit assignments, remove from gradebook

Posted on: September 19, 2012 | By: Dan Reis | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

Question MarkIn this Moodle Q&A post, Elon faculty ask how their students can stop receiving an email every time someone posts in a forum. We also cover how to give a student a chance to resubmit a file after they’ve submitted something.

In a previous post, we walked through enrolling yourself in your course as a student to experience Moodle from a student perspective. Now, we’ll cover how to remove yourself as a student from the course.

In this post, we answer questions about:

Read other Moodle questions from faculty.

Emails from a forum

Q. My students are getting emails whenever anyone posts to a forum. Can they turn that off?

A. Yes, they can choose whether or not to receive emails from a forum. When they post a reply in a forum, they will see a box that says: “Subscription”. This is where they can choose to receive emails from the forum. They need to select a choice each time they post a reply in a forum. See the screenshot below.

Forum subscription

If students have already posted a reply and they want to stop receiving the emails, they can unsubscribe from it.  Once in the forum, look in the upper-left column and click on “Unsubscribe from this forum.”


Please note: Faculty members have an option to require all students to subscribe to a forum. If this is activated in the forum settings, only the instructor can change this setting and stop the emails.

Resubmit an assignment file

Q: How do I delete a submitted assignment so the student can resubmit a file, i.e. give them another chance to submit a file?

A: The answer to this question depends on how you created the assignment. If you created the assignment with “Advanced upload a file” then yes, you can reject any single student’s submission and allow them to submit a new file (see the directions below). If you created the assignment using “Upload a file,” the only way to do this is to edit the assignment settings to Allow students to resubmit. This will allow ALL students to resubmit a file. For this, and other reasons we recommend using “Advanced upload a file” for all assignments where students upload files.

Directions to allow a student to resubmit a file using Advanced upload a file

To do this, click “Grade” on the student’s submission,

Grade an assignment

and then click on “Revert to draft.” This will allow the students to delete that document and upload a new one.

Revert to draft

Learn how to create an Advanced upload a file assignment and how to grade an advanced upload a file assignment.

Remove yourself from the gradebook

Q: Why am I in the grade book for my course?  How do I remove myself from the grade book?

You are in the grade book because you are enrolled in your course as a student, in addition to the teacher. So, when you change “roles” to a student, you can experience your Moodle course exactly as a student. This is helpful if you want to submit assignments, receive feedback and view the grade book like a student would experience it.  More information on acting like a student.

To remove yourself as a student,

  1. Go to: Course Administration/Users/Enrolled Users.
  2. Find your name and click on the small, black “x” next to “Student.” That’s it. See the screenshot below.

Remove student role

Image by Flickr user FrozenCapybaraCreative Commons licensed BY-NC-SA 2.0

Dan Reis

Dan Reis is an Instructional Technologist with Elon University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies.

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