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Moodle Gradebook: A Simple Guide

A quick, easy introduction to some of the basic features of the Moodle Gradebook

Jeff DeSurra

on 1 November 2013

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Transcript of Moodle Gradebook: A Simple Guide

Moodle Gradebook: A Simple Guide
How It Works
Using a Traditional Gradebook
How To Set Up the Gradebook
Setting up Grade Categories
Other Gradebook Functions
Manually Editing the Gradebook
Need More Help?
Contact Moodle Support at moodle@fuller.edu
In a traditional class, teachers grade their papers, then re-enter them into their gradebook, doing any calculations by hand.
But in Moodle...
The activity grades are automatically added to the gradebook, and the gradebook does all of the calculations automatically!
Any graded activities added to the course are automatically added to the gradebook.
The gradebook is used to view student progress and set up the organization and calculations for the class. It is NOT used for grade input (except in rare situations).
Categories are used to organize the gradebook. This makes it easier for students to organize assignments and make it easier to understand their grades. It also allows groups of activities to be graded together (e.g. items graded by a particular weight).
How to Add Categories
It is usually best to create categories before adding activities to a course. In any case, it is always preferable to group items in categories to help with organization.
Access the Gradebook
Just click the "Grades" link under the "Course Administration" block (on the left side of the screen with the default theme).
Click on the "Categories and Items" tab
Click the "Add Category" at the bottom of the gradebook
Name the category and click "Save Changes"
How to Move Items Into Categories
You have two options
If the activities have not been created yet...
You can use the activity settings to assign it to the correct category when you create the activity!
If you have already created the activities...
And you have two more options!
To move activities individually:
Go to the "Categories and Items" Tab
Use the "Move" icon in the activity's row...
... and click the box where you want to move the item.
To move a group of activities:
Select the checkboxes at the end of the activity rows of the items you want to move...
... and select the category to which you want to move those items from the menu at the bottom of the gradebook table.
Setting up the Aggregations
There are three ways to aggregate grades in Moodle
Sum of Grades
Simple Weighted Mean of Grades
Weighted Mean of Grades
Sum of Grades adds all of the activity points together and gives the students grades based on what they earned.
Simple Weighted Mean of Grades works with categories. Each category is given a particular weight. All items in that category are graded according to the number of points they are worth, and then the sum of those grades is weighted to give the student a final category grade that counts toward the final grade.
Weighted Mean of Grades is similar to Simple Weight Mean, except that each individual assignment can be given its own weight. Those individual items are graded by their worth and then weighted according to its weight.
To Set Up The Aggregations
Go to the "Categories and Items" tab
Aggregation is just a fancy way of saying how Moodle calculates the grades in the gradebook.
You can set the aggregation for the entire course and for categories using the drop-down menu
Setting Up Weights
If you are using the "Weighted Mean" method, you can set the weights for categories or activities using the number in the weight column.
You can use either whole number or decimal numbers to set up weights. Just make sure you're consistent throughout the course!
In this example, the forum is worth 5 points, the paper is worth 100 points, and the midterm is worth 24 points. The students' total grade will be the number of points they earn out of the possible 124.
In this example, the four papers are each worth 100 points. The category total has been set to 30 points. With the course total set to be 100 possible points, this category has been set to have a weight of 30% (30 out of 100 possible course total points).
In this example, the forum test is worth 30 percent of the grade, the test quiz is worth 30 percent of the grade, and the Quizzes category is worth 40 percent of the grade.
Note: Items within a category can also have their own weight. In this category, the first and second quizzes makes up 15% of the Quizzes category (each), the third quiz makes up 30% of the category grade, and the essay quiz makes up the remaining 40%.
Weights can also be used as a multiplier. In this example. The forum test has a weight of 1, meaning it has a normal weight. The test quiz has a weight of 2, meaning it is worth twice as much as the forum.
In general, it is best to do all grading through the individual activities rather than the gradebook.
To manually edit the gradebook, go to the view tab of the gradebook, and click the "Turn Editing On" button in the top right corner of the screen.
The gradebook will now have input boxes. Enter the appropriate grades in the boxes and then click the update button at the bottom of the table.
Note: any changes made to the gradebook will override any other grades entered! If you try to change the grade through its associated activity and have edited the grade previously in the gradebook, it will not make any changes in the gradebook!
To Undo a Change in the Gradebook, enter the view tab with editing turned on. Click on the "Pencil" icon next to the grade you want to change.
Uncheck the "Override" check box, and click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the screen.
If you are using "Simple Weighted Mean" use the Category total to set the weight.
Dropping the Lowest Grade
Moodle can automatically drop the lowest grade(s) of any activity you choose!
Go to "Categories and Items" in the Gradebook
Select "Full View"
Enter the number of low grades you would like to drop (e.g. to drop the lowest grade, enter "1"; two lowest grades, "2"; etc.)
Save changes
Changing the Grade Display
By default, the gradebook shows "real" point values (e.g., if a students scored 10/15 points, his/her grade would display as 10 points). This can be changed!
Enter the gradebook, and click on the "Settings" tab
Scroll down to show the "Grade item settings" section
You have three options for the display type:

Real: shows the actual number of points a student earned (e.g. 10/15 = "10" in the gradebook)
Percentage: the total percentage of points the student earned (e.g. 10/15 = "66.67%")
Letter: the equivalent letter grade (on a standard scale) is displayed (e.g. 10/15 = D)

You can show just one of these, or two: one displayed normally and one displayed in parentheses. (e.g. for "Real (percentage)", a 10/15 grade would display as "10 (66.67%)")
Once you've set your option, click "Save Changes"
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