It’s midterm grade time, and you may find a surprise in your Moodle Gradebook– that being that it’s changed since last semester. If you missed our warning over the summer, you may be scrambling to get your math straight now. Let’s give you a quick run-through on the traditional methods used for calculating grades.
Moodle’s easiest grading strategy for most is Weighted Mean of Grades. This enables instructors to assign percentage values (weights) to categories or items. Those values add up to 100, and then all the math is taken care of. Tests 50%, Papers 30%, Quizzes 10%, Participation 10%. In text form, it’s simple enough, right? So check out this graphic where 3 papers have a weight of 10% each.
The 100 you see is the total score for the assignment, but that score is scaled back to 10% of the overall grade (times 3 papers equals 30%!). This is a great and easy way to calculate grades. If your class is always changing, making a category called “Papers” with a 30% weight would allow you to have as many/few papers as you want!
The next most common calculation method we see is totaling points available (Moodle calls this Natural): 3 exams at 100 points each, 2 papers at 50 points each, 10 class exercises at 2 points each, 10 homework assignments at 5 points each (equals 470 points– a not-so-nice and round number). The method is to sum the points earned, divide over the 470 points available, convert to percentage, then you have the grade. It’s simple and easy, but there’s a new distraction in the gradebook for when this method is in use:
The Weights column is present, but will not adversely affect your math UNLESS you check the box. You may see a reason to weight an item when you’re using the Natural aggregation method, but most instructors don’t see a reason for it. Leave those boxes un-checked, and let Moodle do the math! (What reason would there be for weights in Natural? Well, Moodle requires most grades to be 0-100. If your scoring scale is big enough that a project is worth 300 points, then you’d need a weight to scale a 100-point grade to have a 300-point impact.)
After you make an assignment or grade item, you can make it extra credit (in certain aggregation methods) by editing the grade settings and checking the “Extra Credit” box.
How do you switch between all these methods?? Go to the gradebook and choose Categories and Items from the dropdown menu:
Click Edit next to your overall course grade and choose Edit Settings.
On the next page, choose the proper option under Aggregation.
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For videos, check out these tutorials by logging in with your King’s username/password.
- Accessing the grade book and grade book overview
- Create grade categories
- Natural weighting
- Edit the grade book
- Creating a custom scale
- Single rating scale: “Like” rating
- Export grades
- Import grades