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Moodle Quick Help Guide

Getting Around in Gradebook

At the top of gradebook pages is a list of views or reports. Here are the ones you might need most often:  

  • Grader report: default view for instructors. Click “Turn editing on” to start entering grades. This is used for grading, not for setting up categories and weights.
  • User report: default view for a student to see their own grades, but an instructor can load one for any user.
  • Single view: information about either a single user, or about grades on a single item.
  • Gradebook Setup: for setting up things like categories, weighting, etc. 
  • Course Grade Settings:  where an instructor can modify how the course total and different gradebook reports display. 

There are many other options in this list of choices. For more information about different choices, open an option and then click on the Moodle Docs link at the bottom of the page.

It's fine to build your gradebook as you go, but you should set up categories for items that will be treated similarly, such as homeworks and quizzes, as early as possible, so that you can easily make certain that they contribute to the final grade in the way that you want. See more about setting up a gradebook

Moodle Gradebook Terminology

Aggregation: How grades are calculated. you can choose Natural or Highest, and Natural is the right choice in most cases.

Natural weighting: the default way to aggregate grades. It sums up points (and will show you weights that tell you what percentage of the course total those points represent), unless you customize the weights. 
Exclude empty grades: (Selected by default) If checked, empty grades are excluded from calculations and don't count against students. If this is unchecked, empty grades are calculated as "0" and your students may be alarmed by low course totals early in the semester.
Drop the lowest: Exclude one or more grade items with the lowest value from being calculated in the category total. NOTE: 
you can drop lowest grade(s) ONLY if all of the items in the Grade Category have the same maximum points. 

Value (grade type) : the grade type for a numeric grade. 

Text (grade type) : the grade type for textual feedback.

Scale (grade type): the grade type for descriptive scaling like good-fair-poor or whatever scale you define.

None (grade type) : an assignment that cannot have a grade assigned. 

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