[ay15-16] Moodle- Gradebook in Moodle 2

Using the Gradebook in Moodle 2, including Categories and Items

Setting up the Gradebook

1. Access the gradebook from your course homepage by clicking the Grades link in the Administration block.
2. The default view for instructors is the “Grader report” which displays students as rows and graded items as columns. Clicking the Turn editing on in the top right corner will allow to quickly edit any student’s grade for any assignment.
3. The "Grade history" is a chronological log that shows when students received grades on certain assignments and how it was done.
4. The “Overview report” is only relevant for students and displays a student’s grades for all Moodle courses that he/she is enrolled in.
5. The "Single View" allows you to isolate an individual student or assignment for viewing.
6. The “User Report” is the default view for students and displays a specific student’s grades for each graded item in the course.
7. The “Categories and items” tab allows you to add graded items your course and categorize them according to your grading style using preset or custom aggregations and other settings.
8. The "Course grade settings" tab allows you to format how you and your students will see the grades in the Moodle gradebook.
9. The "Grader report preferences" allows you to change what you want to see and what you don't want to see in the "Grader report" tab
10. The “Scales” tab allows you to create custom scales that can be utilized in graded activities.
11. The “Letters” tab allows you to view and edit the different percentages that correspond to each letter grade for the course.
12. The “Import” tabs allow you to import grades into your course from a CSV or XML file.
13. The “Export” tabs allow you to export your course’s grades to an OpenDocument spreadsheet, Plain text file, Excel spreadsheet, or XML file.

Gradebook Overview

Accessing the gradebook for students

1. Access the gradebook from your course homepage by clicking the Grades link in the Administration block.
2. The “Overview report” is only relevant for students and displays a student’s grades for all Moodle courses that he/she is enrolled in.
3. The “User Report” is the default view for students and displays a specific student’s grades for each graded item in the course.

Overview of several functions of the gradebook

CategoriesCategories are sections in the gradebook that can be weighted differently than other categories. For instance, say a course grade consists of 20% quizzes, 20% homework, 50% exams and 10% participation. In the gradebook, the instructor would create a category for quizzes, one for homework, one for exams, and one for participation. The instructor could then enter the weights for each of these categories so that final grades would be automatically calculated with the weights.
ItemsAn “item” is the Moodle term for any activity for which a grade is received, whether it’s an exam, a paper, an online lesson, or a participation grade. Items are automatically created for Moodle activities (such as quizzes or dropboxes), but can also be added for offline activities.
AggregationIn a category, nine types of aggregations can be selected for calculating grades. One of the most popular options is to take the mean of all the assignments in that category. Another option is to take the highest score from all the assignments in that category. The values that come from aggregation are then used to calculate the final grade for the course.
Grading itemsOf course, Moodle allows instructors to enter grades by hand for items that are not automatically graded for Moodle. Instructors also have the option to override automatic grades given on quizzes, lessons, etc. NOTE: overriding grades may cause improper point totals so it is highly suggested to make edits to grades of quizzes, assignments, etc. within the activity itself.
Quiz data analysisMoodle provides statistical analysis of online quizzes that can help instructors measure student comprehension.
Exporting and importing gradesMoodle makes it very simple to export and import grades from Excel spreadsheets, plain text documents, etc. With just one click, you can duplicate the grades from your Moodle course. This is especially helpful for instructors who feel more comfortable doing final grades in Excel, or for holding the grades for safekeeping.

Adding and Editing Categories

Adding a category
1. First, go to the grade book by clicking the Grades link in the Administration block.
2. Next, click the Categories and items tab at the top of the grade book.
3. At the bottom of the next page, click the Add category button.
4. Give the category a name and aggregation. To learn how each aggregation is calculated, open the help page by clicking the question mark icon next to “Aggregation”.
5. When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page to return to the categories and items page.
Moving items to a category
1. In the categories and items page, select the items that you would like to move into a category by checking the box in the far right column for the item.
2. At the bottom of the page, use the “Move selected items to” drop-down menu to select the destination category.
Additional category options
1. From the categories and items page, click the "edit" button on the right side of the category you want to edit.
2. The "Grade category" section allows you to edit things such as how the category score will be calculated and how assignments will be treated to calculate this grade.
3. The "Category total" section allows you to edit the range of the score for the category and allows you to set certain parameters on how grades relate to passing the course and how they are displayed in the gradebook.
4. The "Parent category" section lets you specify if the category is a sub-category of another category and how it is weighted compared to other categories.

Adding and Editing Items

Adding an item
1. First, go to the grade book by clicking the “Grades” link in the Administration block.
2. Click the Categories and Items tab at the top of the page.
3. At the bottom of the page, click the Add grade item button.
4. Give the item a name and fill out the other fields as desired. You can use the “Grade category” drop-down menu to select the category you would like the item to be graded in.
5. When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page to return to the categories and items page.
Moving items to a category
1. In the categories and items page, select the items that you would like to move into a category by checking the box in the far right column for the item.
2. At the bottom of the page, use the “Move selected items to” drop-down menu to select the destination category and click Continue on the next page.

Grading Items in the Gradebook

Editing grades in the gradebook
1. First, access the gradebook by clicking the Grades link in the Administration block.
2. Clicking the Turn editing on button at the top right will enable fields to add a grade or change an existing one.
3. This process only works if “Quick Grading” is enabled (it is by default). To turn “Quick Grading” on, click the “My preferences” tab.
4. Change the “Quick Grading” setting to “Yes” if it is not already set to “Report default (Yes)”.
5. When finished, click the Save changes button to return to the gradebook.

Alternative method for editing grades in the gradebook
1. From the gradebook, click the Turn editing on button at the top right of the page.
2. Click the edit icon next to a grade to open the Edit grade page.
3. Override the grade by checking the Overridden box and writing the new grade in the “Final grade” field. You can also add explanations for the change in grade.
4. When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page to return to the gradebook.

Having problems with the gradebook? Visit the Possible Problems with Gradebook page.



Keywords:gradebook moodle2 moodle 2 2.1 2.0 categories items add edit grade   Doc ID:20887
Owner:Deborah H.Group:Moodle
Created:2011-10-21 14:17 CDTUpdated:2015-08-31 14:49 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
Feedback:  7   2