How to Configure and Use the Moodle Grade Book
All grades for each student in a course can be found in the course grade book. The grader report collectsitems that have been graded and allows the instructor to view, change, and sort them into categories. Thegrade book also allows the instructor to calculate totals in various ways using excel type formulas.Various default options are set at the system level by the site administrator. These options can beoverridden by the course instructor.
Grade Book Definitions:
– a group for grades, e.g. Assignments, Exams, Participation, Research Papers
– any activity for which a student will be graded
– the method used to calculate a single grade from a group of grades
Aggregate only non-empty grades
– graded items that have not been assigned a value (graded) arenot counted in the final grade calculation. The setting is enabled by default.
– the weight given to a grade category or graded item
Grade Book Best Practices:
The Moodle grade book provides many options for maintaining course grades and for providing eachstudent a private view of their progress in a course. The flexibility of the grade book also adds somecomplexity. This tutorial will cover the most frequently used grading methods.If you plan to place assignments into categories, it is best to configure the grade book before creatingassignments.
Prior to setting up the grade book:
Decide on an aggregation method (how the grades will be calculated/averaged).2.
Create grade categories (assignments, exams, quizzes, research papers, participation, etc.).a.
Each category can have its own aggregation method.b.
Category sections in the grade book can be collapsed to make entering grades easier.c.
Categories can be created at any time, even after the graded items are entered. It will savetime and effort if created before entering grade items.3.
Decide whether or not to grant extra credit.
Four basic aggregation methods are listed below. Moodle has other aggregation methods, but most of them have little relation to how grades are commonly calculated. You may use a different method foreach category and for the overall grade.1.
Mean of Grades
– each graded item is converted to a fraction. The overall grade is a simpleaverage of the fractions converted to a percent value. The result is the sum of all grades dividedby the total number of grades. Each item (regardless of points) has the same weight.