Setup Grades Area

  1. Login into your Moodle.
  2. Click on the course name to go into your Moodle course.
  3. In the Administration block of your Moodle course, click on Gradebook Setup.
  4. This will display all the activities in course that have a grade entry attached. Now you should set up categories based on the grading scheme in your syllabus. For example, organize all your assignments, discussions and quizzes into their own category
  5. To create a category for Assignments, Scroll to the bottom of the page & click on the Add category button.
  6. Give the category a name and select an aggregation type for the category. If you would like to exclude empty grades in the calculation, check that box. For all other options, click on the for more information.

    There are nine category types. Depending on the description below, select the category that best represents the gradebook you would like for the course.

    • Natural - This is the sum of all grade values, scaled by weight. This is the only type that does not convert the grades to percentages internally.
      • Newest aggregation in Moodle 3.0
      • Replaces Sum of Grades
      • Default aggregation
    • Mean of grades - The sum of all grades divided by the total number of grades.
    • Weighted mean of grades - Each grade item can be given a weight, which is then used in the arithmetic mean aggregation to influence the importance of each item in the overall mean.
    • Simple weighted mean of grades - The difference from weighted mean is that weight is calculated as Maximum grade - Minimum grade for each item. 100 point assignment has weight 100, 10 point assignment has weight 10.
    • Mean of grades (with extra credit) - An old, now unsupported aggregation strategy provided here only for backward compatibility with old activities.
    • Median of grades - The middle grade (or the mean of the two middle grades) when grades are arranged in order of size.
    • Lowest grade - The result is the smallest grade after normalization.
    • Highest grade - The result is the highest grade after normalization
    • Mode of grades -
    • The mode is the grade that occurs the most frequently. It is more often used for non-numerical grades.

  7. Now, that you have an Assignment category, you can move the assignment grade items to the Assignments category.
  8. Click on the symbol to the left of the grade item.
  9. Click on the box where you would like the selected grade item to be placed.
  10. The grade item is now in the assignment category.
  11. Continue to create categories and move grade items until the gradebook looks like your syllabus. Example of 3 categories with two grade items.
  12. If you are using Natural aggregation (default), you can then determine the weight of each category and the weight of each grade item. Click on the box to the left of a category weight and enter the value and click the Save Changes button.
    1. For example Assignments is set to 30.435, but I want Assignments to be worth 50 percent of the total grade.

  13. You will see that the system automatically changed the weight of the other categories.
    1. Assignments was 30.345; now it is 50
    2. Discussions was 26.087; now 18.75
    3. Quizzes was 43.478; now 31.25

  14. You can also determine the weight of each grade item in the category. Click on the box to the left of the weight for grade item, enter the weight and then click the Save changes button. The system will automatically change the weight of the other grade item(s) in the category.
    1. For example, Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 are to be of equal value so click on one of them and change the weight to 50.
    2. Assignment 1 was 28.571; changed to 50

  15. Both grade items in category have the same weight. Assignment 2’s weight was automatically changes when you saved the change for Assignment #1.
  16. Change the weights of each category and grade item until you have the gradebook that you need for your course. Remember to click on the Save Changes button. In this example, the final gradebook is the following:
    1. Categories
      1. Assignment category - 50%
      2. Discussions category – 15%
      3. Quizzes category – 35%
    2. Grade items
      1. Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 – 50% each
      2. Customer Relationships and Customer Value – 70%
      3. Discussion 2 – 30%
      4. Chapter 1 quiz – 15%
      5. Test – 85%

    3. Note:

      For other types of aggregation, please review Moodle help and play with the gradebook setup.