3 Great Things!

The Moodle Gradebook- ins and outs
January 22, 2014

The Moodle Gradebook- Friend or Foe?

The Moodle gradebook can be a terrific tool for students and faculty but it can also be a source of frustration. You may look at the picture above and cringe or think- WHAT?! There are so many options in the Moodle gradebook! Assignments that a student could see when they last checked grades aren't there today? What do all those terms mean- weighted mean of grades, sum of grades. simple weighted mean of grades and others can be more aggravating that anything else. This issue of 3 Great Things! will share 2 methods for setting up your gradebook and a collection of excellent YouTube videos to help you along.

Great Thing #1 Weighted mean of grades- this is the mode to use when your grade distribution looks something like this:

Assignments 30%, Discussion Forum Posts 30%, Final Project 20%, Final Exam 20%

In this example there maybe several assignments, several discussion forum posts (weekly posts for example), a final project with 2 parts, and a Final exam. The maximum grade for each item is 100 but each category is a specific percentage of the overall grade. This is a common grading scheme. To set your gradebook to reflect this set up:

1. Insure the maximum grade for each grade item is 100. Do this within each individual assignment in your course.

2. In the gradebook with editing turned on, click Categories and items

3. Set the overall aggregation to: Weighted mean of grades- See picture above, label Step 3

4. Populate your gradebook with individual grade items and categories- mostly for traditional courses using Moodle as a supplement. Remember, Assignments, Advanced Forums, and Quizzes automatically create gradebook entries. You simply need to move the item into the right category.

5. For each category set the aggregation to Simple weighted mean of grades. See picture above, label Step 5

6. Set the weight of each category. See picture above, label Step 6

Save changes, confirm that your course total is 100% and you are set.

Great Thing # 2

A very basic way to set up the gradebook is the Sum of grades aggregation. This simply adds all points together. You must provide students with a scale.

  • Course total points 1000
  • 900-1000 pts A
  • 800-899 pts B and so on

In this set up points per item is flexible, as long as the total points matches the scale you share with students.

Great Thing #3

Videos! Here are links to several Moodle how-to gradebook videos that have been useful to many faculty:

Moodle Gradebook Video 1- Basic Set up: http://youtu.be/B1i5iNnaKB4

Moodle Gradebook Video 2 Sum of Grades: http://youtu.be/Wh_xifXrakA

Moodle Gradebook Video 3- Simple Weighted Mean of Grades:

http://youtu.be/hvmMonXo9JU

Moodle Gradebook Video 4 Weighted Mean of Grades:

http://youtu.be/yXZtiiVeh-g

Configuring Grade Categories: http://youtu.be/rz5DC5QYlfA

Bonus Great Things!

Bonus Great Thing 1: Moodle uses military time, this means 11 PM translates to 23 PM. Have an assignment due at 11:55 PM ? You'll need to tell Moodle to restrict access at 23:55 PM. This applies to any Moodle option where the time is set: assignments, forums, quizzes etc,

Bonus Great Thing 2: Is your grade book registering points in the thousands? You entered a score of 80 but the total reads as 8000? Check the Extra Credit column on the Categories and items page. Un-check that block, refresh the page and the points should revert to normal.

Bonus Great Thing 3: Several faculty report problems when they "close the eyeball" on an item so students no longer see it. Doing this often hides the item in the gradebook and creates confusion all around. But there is a solution!

From Randall: You can hide course items in the course front page but make them visible in the gradebook by opening the eye in the categories and items. This will prevent users from seeing the assignment when they are in the course and will also prevent the user from accessing to the course item but will display the course item in the user grader report.
Quizzes no longer have the eyeball in the gradebook. The quiz visibility is now totally controlled by the quiz settings itself.

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