Q. I want to get my NILE site ready for an External Examiner. What do I need to do?


FIRSTLY - Please read the guide 'What do we do about Internal Moderation? A guide for staff’  - and then follow these steps:


  1. Prepare the External Examiner Shared Folder (this can even be done at the start of the Year, when setting up your NILE site)
  • From the menu bar on the left, click External Examiner (this link is not available to students)
  • Click Open shared folder (this contains two folders: Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  • If you have only one Assessment, you can remove the other one – click the box to the left of the folder icon, and click Delete
  • If you have more than two Assessments, you can copy either, to create a new one
    (Each folder contains a marking template ‘External Examiner assessment moderation template’, which your EE can download to use.  
    If not suitable, you can leave or remove it)
  • Rename each folder with an Assess ID and Assessment Description  (e.g. AS1 – 800 word Written Assignment;  ES1 - 2,000 word Essay)


  1. Enrol an External Examiner to your site:
  • Go to the NILE site
  • At the bottom left of the screen – click onto “Users and Groups” (in the Control Panel section)
  • Then Click onto “Users
  • Then click onto “Find Users to Enrol


  • Browse > change search term to Last Name
  • Type the surname into the blank text box > click Go
  • Select the person (External Examiner usernames* start with 581) > click Submit
  • Change Role from Student to External Examiner > Submit

         *You should only be enrolling ‘581…’ accounts for External Examiners. 
           If you cannot see a 581… account for them, please contact externalexaminers@northampton.ac.uk

  1. Add the names of the students whose work is to be externally moderated:
  • From the Control Panel, click Users and Groups > Groups
  • Move your cursor over the title of the External Examiner group,
  • and click the grey drop-down arrow that appears at the right of the title
  • Click Edit Group
  • Scroll down to Add Users
  • Click the box to the left of each name to be added, then click Submit
  • Click Submit at the next screen (to confirm)


  1. Check that the names and grades of the students are appearing in the Grade Centre:
  • From the Control Panel, click Grade Centre
  • Click External Examiner (this is called a Smart View – it is a view of all grades, focused to the names in the External Examiner group)
  • If you have more than one External Examiner, and need to set up another Smart View then follow the guidance in the linked document.


  1. Share information relevant to the Assessment with your External Examiner by uploading it into the relevant Assessment in the Shared Folder (this can be done after Internal Moderation). Click below for a guide for External Examiners
  • Upload
  • Upload Files
  • (Check top-right, to make sure that Single File is selected, and not Multiple files)
  • Choose File
  • Submit


  • Last Updated Jun 16, 2019
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  • Answered By Learning Technologists

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