How to Use Moodle Gradebook

We’re going to take a break from video and backup stuff to talk about something a little more immediate and frequent in use, and that’s how to use Moodle gradebook. This is something that, as a teacher or student, you will need to interact with on a frequent basis.

It’s not complicated to use, so this won’t take very long for me to get you up to speed on, and since I have room to elaborate this time, I may touch on some side notes about different bits of this just because the more information I can provide, naturally the better.

To use the grader, you are presented with a spread sheet-like system with rows and columns for each graded activity, such as assignments, quizzes, lessons and so forth. Anything you haven’t categorized will appear in the general category, which you can change and update at any time, like any spreadsheet of standard information form. Neat huh?

You can add rows showing the possible ranges of grading by selecting “show ranges” in “my report preferences”.

You can choose one of three ways for the categories to display: Grades only (no category totals column), Collapsed (category total column only), or Full view, which shows everything.

You are able, through standard spreadsheet UI (if you are at all familiar with OpenOffice Spreadsheet or MS Excel, you will be right at home) to sort and filter and highlight multiple items to remove, modify, duplicate or copy.

You may sort by online or offline activity, category, date modified, alphabetical, score range, label or any number of standard database-type key items, just as with a spreadsheet or database form, which if you use Moodle, you will have become familiar with beforehand guaranteed.

One useful thing you can do is set up grade alerting on different items in the gradebook. To do this, click “Turn editing on”, and click on a grade’s edit icon.

From here, you can set feedback values and other notification criteria related. You can also do this by selecting “Quick grading” and “Quick feedback” in your preferences, and do these items through all-open editing in mass. Just remember to save at certain points so you don’t lose massive progress in this form pending browser or internet failures (which seem more likely to happen when they can have dire consequences!).

Note that the gradebook can do a multitude of other things, such as reporting, automation of statistical updates, exporting to for other applications to view, setting up chat, forum and email notifications for students, and a whole host of other things.

I will talk more on how to use Moodle gradebook in the future, and I will talk in detail about how to do other things like this, which are al invaluable to making your life as a teacher less strenuous and unnecessarily difficult.

For now, though, this is a good step into familiarizing yourself with the gradebook as an interface from the teacher’s side of things. I want to emphasize the spreadsheet/database mentality this uses, because if you’re not accustomed to this way of thinking, it’s recommended you take about fifteen minutes to read a tutorial on spreadsheets and columnar data in general. That’s really about all the time it’ll take you to come to grips with that idea.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.