Moodle Gradebook Lesson 2

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Why, hi everybody, and welcome back to video number two in the Moodle Gradebook training series.
In our last episode we talked about the importance of determining your grading
method in advance. That allows you to set your Gradebook up quickly and accurately. Now in this
we're going to explain the Category and Items view. It's very important because that's what
you use to give your Gradebook structure. So
from our main Moodle page, let's come to the left-hand column, find Course Menu,
there's the Gradebook, let's give it a click,
and we're in the Grader report.
Okay, there's two ways to get to where
we need to go. We can come to the upper left-hand corner, choose an action, use the drop-down and there's
Categories and Items with two options.
I'm going to click away, because under the word Grader Report,
we have some tabs and yes, there's Categories and Items. The second tab from the left.
I'm going to click that one,
and it takes us into the Simple View
for editing
Categories and Items. Right under the tabs, you'll see Full View. Let's give that a click so you
can see all of it.
Okay, the beige area surrounding
the content is your class name.
The blue
is a Category. For example, quiz or Field Study.
And then the white objects within the blue boxes are the actual gradeable items.
The name column - well, that's exactly what it is. It names what each item is. A quiz, field
study, tests, etcetera.
In our last video, we talked about the different types of aggregation. We have Sum of Grades
Weighted means of grades, and Weighted
If you noticed this is set to be Simple Weighted
Now I want to show you something - it says Aggregation at the top and right next door, we see Extra
Okay -
use your drop down in the beige box and change to Weighted Means of Grades.
When you do, we have a dynamic screen. Your screen has changed and a column has been added
for Weight.
Weight is the value of that
25%. All right, if we have a 25% quiz value
and were using a weighted means of grades we would add 25.0 into that
and I
see occasionally people put .25,
that's only a quarter of a percent. That would be less.
Something else you should be aware of
when we go to Sum of the Grades - I'm going to change that in my beige area -
notice we see Extra Credit and it just turned the quiz category
into an Extra Credit category. It would be nice but not likely.
Uncheck that. In fact,
Sum of Grades does not work with extra credit. Do not use Sum of Grades if you need
extra credit.
I'm going to come back, I'm going to change to
Sum of
Weighted Grades.
Maximum grade is in fact the maximum number of points that you can get. You can set that
and we'll show you how as we built our assignments.
The aggregate only non-empty grades column gives you a running total for the students'
grades. Now, if the box is checked,
Moodle's going to assume those empty grades correspond to assignments that have not happened,
and so it will not include those empty grades when it does the calculations, but
if the box is not checked,
Moodle thinks all those empties are zeros
and is going to calculate them into the final total.
That's going to lead to screams of anguish and panic emails! My recommendation
is to always include
Aggregate non-empty grades. The next column is exactly the opposite.
Aggregate including subcategories - major Moodle glitch!
It's been reported, they're working on fixing it, but do not use this column.
Drops the lowest
column instructs Moodle to drop the lowest grade item in that particular category. For example,
I'm coming down to the blue area of Field Study and I'm going to drop
at the lowest grades, and in fact,
that item appears - by the way, to make anything count, come to the bottom center where it
says Save Changes.
As you make any changes, make sure you save them or you can spend all afternoon making adjustments
and it won't
the Gradebook.
Multiplicater and offset are only going to work if you enter the Gradebook through
the front page or the main page. If you come down to the bottom, you see the option to add
a grade item.
You can do it, but you will not have access to the Multiplicater or the Offset.
Let's look in Field Study.
First item in Field Study, created in Gradebook,
come across, and you'll see there is no input for those items, unlike the three items
below it.
So, kind of important, but do they do? Well, the Multiplicater column allows you to enter
a number to multiply the grade item total by.
For example, putting two in this column would double the student's grade for that particular
item. It should always, of course, have at least a 1 in that column
The offset column adds the number input to a student's grade. For example, putting 5 in
this column adds five points to every student's grade for a particular grade item.
The Actions - those are the things we came to grow and love (know and love, actually...)
in the new teacher orientation videos, you can
move your items if they end up in the wrong column, you can delete them,
you can edit them,
there's a lot you can do, and the last one is selecting All or
select multiple grade items at the same time.
Well, that's a lot to digest, so take a few minutes
and come back next time. We're going to start with a blank slate. We're going to add Grade Items and Grade
Categories and show you how to put this thing together for yourself.
If you have problems in between then and
watching the video, you can always call us at x3633
or stop in the Library 315 because
we are
here to help!