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Using Scales & Letters in the Moodle Gradebook

Scales

Scales are a way of evaluating or rating a students’ performance. Moodle offers a standard set of numeric scales, as well as the ability for you to create custom scales. Scales may be used in:

  • Forums.
  • Glossaries.
  • Assignments.

Creating a Scale

From within your course in Moodle open your grade book by selecting Gradebook setup from the Administration block menu and then clicking on the Scales tab. Check to see if the scale you need is already created. If not, contact Educational Media Technologies, or follow these instructions:

Step 1: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Add a new scale button and fill in the Name.

Step 2: In the Scale box, create your scale, separating each item by a comma. You must order the comma separated elements in increasing order of value. For example an A, B, C, D scale must be entered as D,C,B,A.

Step 3: Fill in the Description box with a detailed description of the scale. Your students will have access to the description. The more details you put in the description, the more students will understand what each scale item means.

Step 4: When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

NOTE: If the scale you want to create is one that you need to use across several course sections, ask Educational Media Technologies to create the scale for you as a site-wide scale.

Selecting a Scale

Step 1: When creating an Assignment, go to the Grade section of the settings; for a Forum or Glossary, go to the Ratings section of the settings.

Step 2: Click the Type drop down menu and select Scale.

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Step 3: Scroll through the list of available scales and make your selection by clicking on it.

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Step 4: When finished, scroll down and click on the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the page.

Letters

Letter grades represent a range of grades. For example, 100-93% is an A, 92.99-88% is an A-, etc. You can adjust these representations to reflect your grading percentages. Note:  You can also change the Letter to a 4.0 scale by adding 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5, etc.

Changing Default Letters

Step 1: From within your course in Moodle open your grade book by selecting Gradebook setup from the Administration block menu and then clicking on the Letters tab. Check to see if the default created is correct for your course. If not:

Step 2: Click the Edit tab or Edit grade letters link.

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Step 3: Check mark the Override site defaults box and then adjust the Grade letters settings to your requirements.

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Step 4: When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

Showing Letters in the Gradebook

Step 1: To show students a letter grade in the grade book, open your course grade book by selecting Gradebook setup from the Administration block menu.

Step 2: Click the Couse grade settings tab.

nullStep 3: Under Grade item settings, use the drop down menu for Grade display type to select Letter, Letter (percentage), Letter (real), or any of the other display types listed.

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Step 4: When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

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