Grading

Initial Gradebook Setup

Gradebook Overview

 

Categories

Weights

Moving Items

Grade Scale

Aggregations

Moodle allows you to aggregate your grades in different ways, depending on how you want your grades calculated.  There is a detailed list of aggregation strategies accompanied by the examples and the mathematics used to calculate grades.  Whether an instructor employs the Moodle grade book or not, having a clear understanding of exactly how a grade is calculated is essential to assigning grades.   Moodle allows for granular control of categories and weights in aggregating grades.  Moodle's documentation goes into detail. 

Moodle Grade Aggregation

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Example Calculations

 

Raw Scores

Normalized Score

Assign 1

75/100

.75

Assign 2

35/50

.70

Assign 3

10/10

1

Assign 4

85/100

.85

All raw scores are first normalized to a value between 0 and 1:

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Simple average of normalized grades:

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Simple Weighted Mean

Normalized grade multiplied by weight, divided by sum of weights:

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This is equivalent to:

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Natural

If the weights are not adjusted, the default weight for each item is the maximum points possible, and the calculations are identical to Simple Weighted Mean. Natural aggregation allows for weights to be overridden.

 

Weighted Mean

Sample Grades

Category

Percentage

Weight

Category Subtotal

Daily Work

90%

30%

.90 * 30 =  27

Participation

25%

10%

.25 * 10 = 2.5

Tests

75%

50%

.75 * 50 = 37.5

Final

65%

10%

.65 * 10 = 6.5

 

First, Moodle calculates the percentage score in each category.  You may select whichever aggregation method you prefer for each category.  Categories may have different aggregation methods, which may be different from the overall aggregation method.

Final Calculation:

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The calculation may seem redundant because the weights add up to 100.  Moodle does not require that weights add up to 100 in this method:

 

Category

Percentage

Weight

Category Subtotal

Daily Work

90%

1

.90 * 1 = .9

Participation

25%

1

.25 * 1 = .25

Tests

75%

3

.75 * 3 = 2.25

Final

65%

2

.65 * 10 = 1.3

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(Note:  there was no attempt to use equivalent weights between the two examples)

 

Student View of Grades

Grading Moodle Assignments

Grading Moodle Quizzes

Grading Moodle Discussion Forums

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A Moodle Discussion forum can be graded within Moodle. The grades are automatically entered into the Moodle grade book. Students are able to view their grades and can receive individual feedback. There are two main ways of grading a discussion forum; whole forum grading and ratings. Whole forum grading allows you to see all of a student's contributions (posts and replies) to the discussion forum on one page and assign them a single grade. When the ratings option is used, each individual contribution is graded and then those grades are used to calculate a grade for the whole forum.

 

Whole Forum Grading

Adding Whole Forum Grading to a Forum

 

Grading a Forum using Whole Forum Grading

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Ratings

Adding Ratings to a Forum

Other Grade Items

You can also add your own entries to the gradebook that aren't linked to a Moodle activity like an assignment or discussion forum. This could include in-class activities for face-to-face classes or other activities completed outside of Moodle.


Adding Other Grade Items

Grading Other Grade Items

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Bulk Insert Grades

Grading Methods

Detailed View

Quick Grading

Feedback

audio/video feedback

Grading Guides

Rubrics

Feedback Files

Grading Workflow

Overriding Existing Grades

Excluding Individual Grade

Exporting Grades

Reordering Gradebook Items

When viewing the gradebook, items are listed in chronological order, based on when the assignment or activity was added to the course site. This order might be different than the order the activities appear on the course site and/or the order you'd like them to appear in the gradebook. If a course uses categories for grading, this method can also be used to put assignments into the proper grading category.

Instructions

  1. Log into Moodle and enter the course you want to adjust.
  2. Click Grades in the left menu. If that menu is not visible, click the three lines in the upper left corner to make it appear.
  3. Click the dropdown menu and choose Gradebook setup.
  4. Click the up/down arrow to the left of the item you want to move.
  5. The screen will change, showing numerous checkboxes indicating where the item can be moved.
  6. Click the checkbox that corresponds to the location you'd like the item to be.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until all the items are in the desired order.
  8. Note: If you are using categories, make sure to keep each gradebook item within the proper category.