Internal - Faculty & Staff

Moodle Gradebook

All the grades for each student in a course can be found in the course gradebook, or ‘Grader report’ in Settings > Course administration > Grades.

The grader report collects items that have been graded from the various parts of Moodle that are assessed, and allows you to view and change them as well as sort them out into categories and calculate totals in various ways. When you add an assessed item in a Moodle course, the gradebook automatically creates space for the grades it will produce and also adds the grades themselves as they are generated, either by the system or by you.

The grades displayed are initially displayed as the raw marks from the assessments themselves, so will depend on how you set those up e.g. an essay out of 36 will appear as however many raw marks that student got, not a percentage (although this can be changed later, see below).

Note that various default options for the gradebook are set at system level by the administrator and can be marked as being overridable by you, or fixed. This means that the options will not always be set up the same way for every user when they see the grader report for the first time.

1. Grade Settings

Course grade settings determine how the gradebook appears for all participants in the course.  Course grade settings are found in Settings > Grade administration > Course grade settings or via the gradebook Settings tab.

2. Gradebook Preferences

Faculty can set their preferences for the grader report via the gradebook ‘My preferences’ tab. These settings will apply to all courses for that teacher. The teacher may change them at any time.  The default grader report preferences are set by an administrator in Settings > Site administration > Grades > Report settings > Grader report.

3. Graded Roles

Graded roles are the type of user that will appear in the gradebook. Most of the time “student” is the only one needed.

4. User Report

The default user profile report setting has just one option, ‘User report’, unless a custom user report has been added to the site.  Faculty can view the user reports for all or selected students in the course in Settings > Grades administration > User report.

5. Scales

Scales can be included as numbers in all aggregated grades across all gradebooks in all courses. Changing this setting will force all aggregated grades to be recalculated. If this is checked (and it is by default) then all custom scales will have a corresponding value that is assigned based on the number of options in the scale (ie. three values will have values of 1,2,3) and this will be included in the grade aggregation.

6. Publishing Grades

Grade publishing is a way of importing and exporting grades via a URL without being logged in to Moodle. Grade publishing is intended for administrators only. Security implications should be thoroughly considered before allowing non-admin users to publish grades.Grade publishing may be enabled by checking the grade publishing box. If enabled, administrators are provided with grade export publishing settings in each course gradebook.

AdvantagesChallenges
Allows students to monitor their progress.Provides students with feedback on assignments.Centralizes grade data within the course site.You must create each assignment, deliverable, test or forum as a graded item.  Meaning you must give each graded item points possible as well as weight the items within the course gradebook.