Posted by , Last modified by Katherine Martell on 02 October 2017 09:16 AM
Setting up your Moodle Gradebook may seem like a daunting task, but it is well worth the effort. A fully functional Gradebook acts as the grade hub for your course, where scores and feedback are shown to students whenever they access it. The Gradebook is also transferable, meaning it gets copied over in full the next time you teach the course. However, the best part of the Gradebook is the course grade column, where Moodle automatically calculates a student's course score based on your selected grading method. This column provides students a better idea of how they are doing in your class.
Unfortunately, creating your Gradebook isn't a simple setting to enable. In all honesty, it is one of the more complex things to master in Moodle. Before you begin, it's best to separate the process into three separate phases; analyzing your syllabus, organizing your assignments in Gradebook Setup, and applying your course grading method. These phases are covered in detail below, as well as some of Gradebook's more Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Gradebook Questions
Phase 1: Analyzing Your Syllabus
Setting up your Moodle gradebook begins with analyzing your course syllabus. Open your syllabus and locate your grading section. Most courses use one of the three following grading styles to calculate a student's final grade (see image below). For now, just keep in mind what grading style your course most likely resembles.
Now it's time to analyze each gradable item in the course to see how they relate to the overall grading structure. On a scrap piece of paper, write down each assignment or activity that you plan on submitting a grade for (these are called gradable items). Think about the following questions as you prepare your list of gradable items (use the image below as a reference):
Phase 2: Organize Graded Items in Moodle's Gradebook Setup
Now that we have an idea of how our gradable items break down, it's time to organize them in your course's gradebook.
The Gradebook Setup displays a list of all your gradable activities that Moodle sees in your course. Items such as Assignments, Quizzes, and graded Forums are listed here since their grades come from their respective areas. We will also manually add our off-line activities here as well. However, before we add those items, let's first create some categories to help organize our similar activities (quizzes, homeworks, etc.).
Keep in mind that categories should only be added when you have several items to organize. Do not create a category for just one single item. Instead, we will use the Add grade item button to create our single columns. A grade item is distinguishable from other Moodle activities by their unique icon (see image below).
Phase 3: Apply Grading Methods
With our Gradebook Setup organized and structured properly, it's time to apply our course grading method and any categories that we have added. Since Moodle calculates a total score automatically, all grade items are stored in the course category (at the top of the Gradebook Setup). By default, each course is set to use the Weighted mean of grades method, which is basically adding up all the student scores divided by the total amount of points possible. Depending on your course grading method, you may wish to change this to Natural, which is a sum of grades. These grading methods are discussed at the top of this page.