Simple Steps to Setting Up the Moodle Gradebook

Make sure the Gradebook is enabled in the Course Settings by clicking Edit settings in the course administration menu on the side.

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Then scroll down until you see Show Gradebook to students and select YES and save changes

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Now Click on Grades on the Course Settings Menu

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Click on Categories and Items

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 Click on Add Category

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Enter a Unit of Study or a type of assessment (test, lab, assignment) into the Category name field. Keep simple weighted mean of grades for now.  You can experiment with other settings later.

Click on Save Changes

Keep adding all of your units this way.

 To add Assignments, get back to your course page and Turn on Editing.

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Add an assignment to a section by click on Add an Activity or Resource.

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Click Assignment under ACTIVITIES. Fill out the assignment details.  In the Grades section, select the Category the assignment falls under

For detailed directions on how to add an assignment check out the video below.

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If you put the assignment into Moodle, you can give feedback online to students. Students can also keep track of assignments they have turned in and ones they still need to complete.  Moodle sends automatic assignment reminders when new assignments are created.

The next blog post will talk about the AISC MS Grading Scale

“Doesn’t Meet Expectations, Beginning to Meet Expectations, Approaching Expectations, Meets Expectations”

Something that will take us one step closer to standards-based reporting.

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I know some of you don’t believe me, but Moodle can really help you when it comes to grading and keeping track of student assignments.  I see so many teachers still carrying around these paper grade books.   I am sure these grade books have been working well enough for you for ages; so why change?  Why should you use Moodle as your grade book?

Here are 5 very good reasons to Start Using the Moodle Grade Book

  1. Students can upload files, links or copy and paste in submissions.  It serves as a record of their learning.  It documents the exact time they turn it in.
  2. You can easily see who has submitted assignments and who has not.
  3. You can give grades and feedback to students right in the Moodle grade book.  Students can see this and keep track of their work better.  They even get notifications of assignments that are due!
  4. Students can use Poodl to complete activities that record their voice or use their webcam.  The teacher can use the Poodl feature to give verbal feedback.
  5. Moodle does the math.  You can set up your grade book so different items have different weights.  No more calculating manually.

Also, in Moodle, you can set up customized grading scales.  Our own Ryan Sager has come up with the MS grading scale (Meets Expectations, Approaching Expectations, Doesn’t Meet Expectation) which will help us transition to Standards Based grading next year.

My next post will be about how to set up the Moodle Gradebook.  So follow my blog so you don’t miss out!