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

To Start: From within your Moodle gradebook, click on the Scales tab.
Selecting the Scale Gradebook SettingCheck to see if the scale you need is already created. If not, contact Educational Media Technologies, or follow the “Creating a Scale” instructions further down this page:

Selecting a Scale

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

Step 2: Click the Type drop down menu and select Scale. NOTE: For Ratings, you must first select an Aggregate type before Type will appear.
Selecting Scale from AssignmentStep 3: Scroll through the list of available scales and make your selection by clicking on it.
Selecting a Default ScaleStep 4: When finished, scroll down and click on the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the page.

Creating a Scale

If your desired scale doesn’t exist (check carefully; we have a lot!), you can create your own.

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 detail you put into 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.

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.

Overriding the Default Letter Grade Scale

Step 1: From within your Moodle gradebook, click on the Letters tab. Check to see if the default matches your desired letter grade scale. If not:

Step 2: Click the Edit tab and click the check mark for Override site defaults and then adjust the Grade letters settings to your course’s requirements.
Overriding default letter gradesStep 3: When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

Show Letter Grades to Students

Step 1: To show students a letter grade in the gradebook, open your Moodle gradebook, select the primary Setup tab and the Course grade settings secondary tab.
Changing Course grade settingsStep 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.

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

For Moodle help, contact the NMC Technology Helpdesk at 231-995-3020

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