This video, and the accompanying how-to guide below, covers the basics of setting up your Moodle gradebook. See Moodle.org for complete gradebook documentation.

The Moodle Gradebook is a convenient tool for faculty to record and calculate student grades over the course of the semester. Students enjoy being able to track their progress in Moodle. Please note that the Moodle gradebook does not send grade information to ACData, and faculty will still need to enter official grades into ACData separately.  

Need more help, or have a more complex scenario? ATS staff are happy to meet for individual consultations, just enter a ticket on askit.amherst.edu to get in touch.

What’s Your Grading Strategy?

Let’s start with an example syllabus. This course has various types of assignments and activities that count differently toward the final grade.

  • Projects (2): 20% of final grade
  • Quizzes (4): 10% of final grade
  • Response Papers (2): 25% of final grade
  • Participation: 20% of final grade
  • Final Exam: 25% of final grade

Here’s how items on a syllabus translate into the Moodle gradebook:

  • Each group of items, (e.g. projects, quizzes & response papers) is called a “Category”.
  • Each individual assignment or activity is called a “Grade Item”.
  • The percentage toward the final grade is called the “Weight”.

Gradebook Setup

To get started, go to your Administration block in Moodle and click Gradebook setup.

gradebook-setup

If our Moodle site contains activities, we will see these here already. 

gradebook

Create Your Categories

For our example course, we would create three categories: Projects, Quizzes and Response Papers.

Click add category.

add category

Enter a name, and pick an aggregation method. Within a category, it’s likely you simply want an average of all the items in the category. In this case, select Mean of Grades.

mean-of-grades

If you click “Show more...” you will have some additional options. The exclude empty grades option is important to note because this is the default for the whole gradebook- if a student has not received a grade in Moodle for an item, it will not count toward their final grade.

This is also where you can set a category to drop the lowest grade. 

show-more

exclude-empty

Click save changes at the bottom when you are done!

 

Add or Move Your Grade Items

Moving Existing Items Into a Category

If your grade items already exist in in Moodle, which is the case in our “Quizzes” and “Response Papers” category, simply check off the items, and then at the bottom of the screen move them into the appropriate category.

  check-quizzes

move-items

Add a New Grade Item

If your grade item does not exist in Moodle (which is the case for our Projects, Participation, and Final Exam items), you will need to create the item in Moodle. This will provide a place for you to manually record student grades for that item. 

Click add grade item.

add-grade-item

The main things to fill in are the name and the max grade value. 

item-name

At the bottom, set the appropriate category. 

item-category

Click Save!

 

Set Your Overall Aggregation Method

Click edit in the course level category, which sets the aggregation method for the whole grade book. 

edit-settings

Here are the two most common options:

Weighted Mean

weighted-mean

  • Calculates the average of all categories or top-level items, taking weights into account.
  • This is a good method to use if you want to add items on the fly during the semester, or if you generally want to give a grade as a percentage of 100.
  • This method tends to be the most user-friendly.

Natural 

natural

  • Simply adds up the point value of all the items in your course. That number becomes the maximum grade for the class, whether it is 100 or 385. 
  • You can still weight items or categories.
  • This is a good method if you have a pre-planned point system for your class. 

 

Set Your Weights

With either aggregation method, you can now enter your desired weights in the weights column. Click save at the bottom when you're done.

  add-weights

Add Grades

To enter or view the actual grades, click grader report in the administration block, OR if you are out on the main course page, click Grades. For moodle activities like quizzes or assignments, the grade will automatically come in from the moodle activity.  

grader-report

To start adding grades for manually added grade items, click turn editing on.

turn-editing-on

Type in the grades. Remember to click save when you’re done! 

add-grades

What Students See

To see what your students will see when they view their grades, click User Report in the Administration Block.

user-report

You can select a student from the "Select all or one user" menu to see their view. Remember, since the gradebook is set to exclude empty grades, this will show them a running total of how they are doing so far.

user-report-view

To adjust which columns appear in the student view, go to the Gradebook, and then in your Administration Block, toggle open the Setup section, and click Course grade settings.

course-grade-settings


Need more help, or have a more complex scenario? ATS staff are happy to meet for individual consultations, just enter a ticket on askit.amherst.edu to get in touch.