Moodle 2/Joule 2: Simple Gradebook No Categories

Uploaded by parsongeo on 03.01.2013

In this short video, I'll show you how to set up a gradebook with no categories. This
is gradebook recipe number one in the faculty resource center. I should point out that I'm
showing you a sample class on the sandbox no actual student information is being revealed
in this video.
This is the user report, which is what the gradebook looks like to a student. You can
see that Eileen Student has completed about half of her assignments and she's currently
earning a B. You may also notice that the number of points displayed is incorrect. I
created another video to explain how this total is calculated and what you should tell
your students. However, this gradebook is one of the simplest to use and will show your
students an accurate "at this point in the course" grade, both in percentage and letter.
Now, the strengths for this gradebook are it's very easy to use and it's simple for
students to understand. The current "so far" grade is always available for the students
and it will be accurate. Extra credit can be applied against the student's total grade
and you can drop low grades. Now, the weaknesses for this gradebook are you're not able to
weight assignments or categories.
So, to set up this gradebook, click on the Categories and Items tab. If your gradebook
already has categories, delete them at this time and then arrange the various items in
your gradebook in the same order that students will meet these items during the course. If
you intend to drop some number of low grades enter that number at the top of the gradebook.
I can drop the two lowest grades, or none. If you intend some of the graded items to
be extra credit click the Extra Credit checkbox for those items. One tip for you, your students
will find it easier to understand extra credit activities if you place them last in the gradebook;
also, consider naming extra credit activity something that will indicate the fact that
they're extra credit in the gradebook, oh, for example, something like "Opinion Paper
(Extra Credit)." Check that the number of points possible is correctly reflected at
the bottom of the screen; it should be correct, but it never hurts to check. And then click
the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.
Next, click the Settings tab. Now, for the most part the settings that you see here will
be at their default values, and that will be correct. I should point out that there
are two places where you can show rank to the students; if you elect to do that, this
could be a FERPA issue, so please leave that at the default "hide." I'll leave everything
at the default accept Show Letter Grades -- I will click Show. Show Hidden Items I'll click
Show Hidden and for Hide Totals If they Contain Hidden Items I will Show Totals but Exclude
the Hidden Items. When I've done all of that I'll click Save Changes.
That's about it for this gradebook. It's very simple and easy for students to understand.
If you need help setting up your gradebook please contact the staff of the Virtual Campus.
Remeber, help is only a phone call or click away.