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Moodle Teacher Guide: Grading Individual Activities

This guide offers information, advice and resources on how to create an effective online course.

Graded Activities

Moodle adds a column to the gradebook for every activity that is graded.

The following list of activities automatically generate a grade and a column in the course gradebook:

  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Attendance
  • SCORM packages

Activities that must be manually configured to generate a grade include:

  • Forum - optional grading can be configured in the Forum settings > Ratings section > Aggregate type and Scale
  • Glossary - optional grading can be configured in the Glossary settings > Ratings section > Aggregate type and Scale
  • Database - optional grading can be configured in the Database settings > Ratings section > Aggregate type and Scale
  • Wiki - manually add a gradebook item 

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Grading Assignments

Most graded activities can be configured in the same manner as assignments. Quiz grades are somewhat different in that they are scored based on the point values of the individual questions. In quizzes, a question worth 2 points counts twice as much as a question worth 1 point. For more information about quizzes, see the Create Quizzes section of this guide.

Changing points issued in grade columns created automatically in the Gradebook by a module cannot be changed in the Gradebook. You must go to the Edit Settings in the Module and change the points from there.

To configure an assignment's grade:

  • Under the Grade section >
    • select a Grade type from the drop down list:
      • Scales - for more information about using scales see http://docs.moodle.org/28/en/Scales
      • No Grade - students won't receive a grade for the assignment
      • Numeric Grade - select the maximum grade a student can earn on this assignment - the default is 100
  • Click Save and return to course

 

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Simple Direct Grading

To grade an assignment:

  • Open the assignment from the course homepage
  • Click View/grade all submissions
  • Click the Grade button under the Grade column

Assignment submission grade button

 

  • Under the Submission status section > Download (file submission) or View (online text) student's submission

attached file submission

  • Under the Grade section > enter a grade 

Assignment Grade entry

  • Click Save changes or Save and show next (to grade the next student's submission)

 

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Quick Grading Options

Use quick grading when you want to enter grades for every student on one screen. You can use quick grades in either the assignment's grading screen or the course gradebook.

From the assignment's grading screen

  • Open the assignment from the course homepage
  • Click View/grade all submissions
  • under the Options section > add check to allow Quick grading

quick grading option

 

  • Enter grades in the Grade column textboxes

asignment quick grade box

  • click Save all quick grading changes

 

From the gradebook's Grader report screen

  • From the course homepage
  • Administration block > Grades

Grades link in Moodle Admin sidebar

 

  • Click Turn editing on
  • Enter grades into column textboxes

grader report grade boxes

  • Click the Update button at the bottom of the screen

 

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Using a Marking Guide

Use Marking guides to give students formative feedback on their work.  If "Marking guide" has been selected as the assignment's grading method, click Save and display after you have configured the assignment's settings and you will be taken to a screen where you can create the Marking guide.

 

Create the Marking Guide

  • Select to Define new grading form from scratch

advanced grading screenshot

 

  • Enter a Name and a Description (optional)
  • Enter information for the first assessment criteria in the Marking guide box

marking guide screenshot

 

  • For example:
    • Criterion name = Content
    • Description to students = The content of this essay should contain a clearly stated persuasive arguement based on well researched facts and supported by at least three examples.
    • Description for Markers = The writing sample demonstrates a well articulated arguement with three pieces of supporting evidence.
    • Maximum Mark = 5
  • Add additional criteria by clicking on the Add criterion link Add criterion link
  • Add any Frequently used comments - boilerplate comments to the students
  • Configure Marking guide options - what information will be visible to the student when they submit their assignment
  • Click Save marking guide and make it ready

 

 

Grading with a Marking Guide

  • Open the assignment from the course homepage
  • Click View/grade all submissions
  • Click the Grade button under the Grade column

Assignment submission grade button

 

  • Under the Submission status section > Download (file submission) or View (online text) student's submission
  • Under the Grade section > (you will see the Marking Guide)
    • Enter your comments (optional) in the comment box beside each criteria OR
    • Use Frequently used comments (if previously configured)
      • Cick in the comment box
      • Click on the Frequently used comment you wish to insert

Marking guide grade screenshot

  • Add a score (mandatory)
  • Click Save changes or Save and show next (to grade the next student's submission)

 

 

Calculating a Marking Guide Grade

  • It is not neccesary that the criteria points add up to the maximum points given for the assignment. Moodle calculates the final grade by converting the points earned into a decimal value of the total criterion points possible, and then multiplying the decimal by the assignment's maximum possible points.
  • For example:

     

    Criterion Points Earned       Points Possible
    Content   4 5
    Grammar & Spelling    5 5
         
    Total 9 10

     

    Assignment's Maximum Points = 50

    Assignment grade calculation:

    (9 ÷ 10) x 50 = 45.00

 

 

Edit an existing marking guide

  • Open or edit the assignment
  • Administration block > Advanced grading > Define marking guide

define marking guide link under administration block

 

  • Click on the criterion text to make changes
    • Clicking on the text makes it editable
  • Click Save

 

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Using a Rubric

Rubrics, like marking guides, can be used as an advanced grading method for assignments.  Rubrics are different from Marking guides in that each of the different point values possible for a criterion must be defined whereas only one criterion needs to be defined for a Marking guide.

If "Rubric" has been selected as the assignment's grading method, click Save and display after you have configured the assignment's settings and you will be taken to a screen where you can create the Rubric.

 

Create the Rubric

  • Select to Define new grading form from scratch

Defing rubric button

 

  • Enter a Name and a Description (optional)
  • Enter the following information in the Rubric form:
    • the Criterion
    • the descriptions for each point level
  • For example:

defining rubric criterion screenshot

 

  • Make adjustments to the rubric:
    • Remove point levels by clicking on the X
    • Add point levels by clicking on the Add level link  Rubric Add level link button
    • Add additional criteria by clicking on the Add criterion link Add criterion link
  • Configure Rubric options - rubric's visibility to students and graders
  • Click Save rubric and make it ready

 

 

Grading with a Rubric

  • Open the assignment from the course homepage
  • Click View/grade all submissions
  • Click the Grade button under the Grade column

Assignment submission grade button

  • Review the student's submission
    • Under the Submission status section > Download (file submission) or View (online text) student's submission
  • Assign a grade
    • Under the Grade section >
    • Select the point value for each criteria by clicking on the appropriate box. The selected point will turn green.

graded rubric screenshot

 

  • Click Save changes or Save and show next (to grade the next student's submission)

 

 

 

Calculating a rubric grade

  • It is not neccesary that the criteria add up to the maximum points given for the assignment. Moodle calculates the final grade by converting the points earned into a decimal value of the total critera points possible, and then multiplying the decimal by the assignment's maximum possible points.
  • NOTE: Moodle calculates a rubric's criteria points based on a numeric scale starting at zero.  Therefore, it is recommended to always include a criterion level equal to 0 points. 
  • Calculation Example:
Criterion Points Earned       Points Possible
Content   1 2
Grammar & Spelling    2 2
Mechanics 1 2
     
Total 4 6

 

Assignment's Maximum Points = 100

Assignment grade calculation:

(4 ÷ 6) x 100 = 66.67

 

 

Edit an existing rubric

  • Open or edit the assignment
  • Administration block > Advanced grading > Define rubric

define rubric link under administration block

 

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Unlocking an Assignment

Unlock an assignment submission to allow a student to edit their submission or resubmit.

 

  • Open the assignment from the course homepage
  • Click View/grade all submissions
  • Place a check beside the student's assignment under the Select column

submission selection

 

  • With selected... > choose Unlock submissions from the drop down list

Unlock submission drop down

  • Click Go
  • Click OK to verify

 

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Manually Change a Grade

Change a student's grade:

  • From the course homepage
  • Administration block > Grades
  • Click Turn editing on
  • Enter new grade in the column textbox
  • Click the Update button at the bottom of the screen

Note: Any grade that has been manually entered in the gradebook's Grader report screen will be highlighted in tan.

grade override highlight

 

  • There will also be notification in the assignment's grade section

assignment override notification

 

 

 

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Manually adding a graded item

To manually enter an item to grade, such as a wiki that does not automatically create an item,
go to the

  • Grade Administration Box (under Course Administration)
  • Setup
  • Categories and Items

Scroll to the bottom of the page and on the right side, click on ADD GRADE ITEM

You can then move this item into its appropriate category.

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