Learn@Illinois Moodle - Deducting Points from a Student's Final Grade

Learn how you can deduct points from a student's final grade by creating a special gradebook item, making it extra credit, and inputting negative point values in the Single view interface. This will work for both percentage and points gradebooks.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleNegativeGrade

  1. Make sure you are on the course homepage.
  2. Click Grades.
    Click Grades
  3. Click Grader report and select Gradebook setup.
    Click Grader report and select Gradebook setup
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Add grade item.
    Add grade item
  5. Enter the "Item name". In this example, it is called Deducted points. In the "Maximum grade" field, enter -0.01 and in the "Minimum grade" field, enter the most points you will deduct (e.g., if you want to deduct 10 points, enter -10).
    Note: The Max grade needs to be negative, but by doing this it appears as a range of “-10--0” to students, leading to less confusion.
    Enter the Item name, Maximum grade, and Minimum grade
    Minimum and Maximum Grades
  6. Click Save changes.
    Save changes button
  7. To the right of the grade item you have just created, click Edit and select Edit settings.
    Click Edit and select Edit settings

  8. Click the "Extra credit" checkbox, then click Save changes.
    Check Extra credit
  9. The Max grade should display as "-0.01+".
    Make sure there is a + next to the points value
  10. Click Gradebook setup and select Single view.
    Click Gradebook setup and select Single view
  11. Click Grade items.
    Click Grade items
  12. Click on Select a grade item and select your grade item (e.g., Deducted points).
    Click on Select a grade item and select Deducted points
  13. Toggle the Edit mode switch to on.
    Turn Edit mode on
  14. Input negative point values. For students who are not being penalized, leave the field empty.
    Enter negative point values

    Note: If you have more than 100 students, adjust the display number in the "Items per page" drop-down at the bottom of the page to a number higher than the total number of students.
  15. Click Save.
    Save button

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Keywordsdeducting, points, grade, grade item, gradebook, negative grades, boost   Doc ID78745
OwnerATLAS-TLTGroupUniversity of Illinois LAS
Created2017-12-14 10:38:51Updated2023-03-16 17:02:50
SitesUniversity of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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