Viewing and Editing Grades

The Gradebook is available to all students and will list all grades that have been recorded. The entire Gradebook as well as individual grade columns can be hidden from students' view. Each assessment activity will have a column in the Gradebook. These columns as well as the Course total column can be hidden and released at the discretion of the instructor.

The Course total grade may become a source of confusion for students. Although the automatic calculation may be accurate, it may not indicate the correct grade position of the student in relation to the course assessment strategy. By default, Moodle calculates the course total grade as a percentage by aggregating each posted grade. The course total value displayed depends on the aggregation method.Therefore, as grades are posted, the course total will change. Refer to the Assigning Weights to Grade Items documentation page for more information on aggregation methods.

Maximum mark in standard activities is set as 200. By default, grades are set to display two decimal places. This applies to the assessment activity and to its associated column in the grade book. You can adjust this in either or both locations. Note, however, that rounding grades for display does not impact the Course total calculation.

Typically, Moodle calculations are accurate to four decimal places. Changing the decimal display will cause the value to be rounded based on standard rounding rules. For example a grade calculation of 12.5276 will display as 13 if set with no decimal places or 12.53 if set to two decimals.

View Gradebook

To view the Gradebook, click Grades in the navigation block to open the Gradebook. The Gradebook will display the Grader report on the View tab.

The Grader report, if not already selected, appears by default when you access your Gradebook. It displays all course grades in spreadsheet format. A horizontal scrollbar is displayed at the top and the bottom of the spreadsheet whenever the grade columns do not fit within the page. This navigational functionality allows for smooth and stable horizontal scrolling through grades while student names remain static. From here, grades can be analyzed or updated. However, whenever possible, updates to grades should be made using the related grade item (assignment, journal, forum, etc.) or through an offline grading worksheet rather than directly in the Gradebook.

It is possible that grade values updated directly in the Gradebook will not copy to the related grade item. Students would then see different grades for an item depending on where they are viewing it.

The average grade of each assessment item is displayed along the bottom of the report. Grades in each column can be sorted. Each assessment item in the Gradebook can be accessed by clicking on its title.

Entire grade columns can be hidden and released manually by the instructor or triggered by a release date. Individual student grades can also be hidden and released in the same manner.

Types of Grade Report View  

The other two types of grade report view are Outcomes report and User report.

  • The Grade History report allows you to display and download the grade history for a single student, activity, and grader within a given timeframe.
  • The Outcomes report link is used in combination with a scale to grade students based on how well or to what degree, they have achieved a stated course outcome. The outcomes need to be established in the course by the instructor. Special grading scales may also need to be designed and linked to the outcome for grading purposes.
  • The Single View allows you to segregate a single user or item.
    • Single User View allows you to segregate a single student’s grade. Clicking on the single view icon next to each student’s name in the grader report takes you to the single view page displaying all the grades for the particular student.
    • Single Grade View allows you to segregate student grades for a single item. Clicking on the single view icon next to each item in the grader report takes you to the single view page displaying the grades all students have received for the particular item.
      It also offers a bulk insert option which allows you to bulk insert grades for empty grades.
  • The User report link allows you to see Gradebook of all or just one student selected from the drop-down list. It is also offering information about calculated weight of all activities as well as the contribution each activity has to the course total.

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