Learn@Illinois Moodle - Setting up the Gradebook Using Percentages

Learn how to set up the gradebook using percentages. Setting up the gradebook with percentages instead of raw points is a popular choice among instructors. A percentage gradebook is particularly suited to classes that designate percentages for each element of the class and do not have precise point values determined for each activity before the course begins.

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

Here is a sample gradebook of the type we will create. The dark grey folders are called "categories".
Gradebook capture 1
Gradebook capture 2

Make the Course Level Aggregation Type "Natural Sum of Grades"

This means that all of the point values in the course are added together to get the total grade.

  1. In the upper right corner, click on the Actions menu gear.
    Actions menu gear
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Gradebook setup.
    Gradebook setup
  3. To the far right of the course title, click Edit.
    Edit gradebook settings
  4. From the drop-down menu, select Edit settings.
    Edit settings drop down
  5. Under "Aggregation", select Natural (Sum of Grades). This means that your gradebook is calculated by adding up all of the points in the course. This setting also makes it possible to add extra credit.
    Aggregation natrual sum of grades
  6. Click Save changes.
    Save changes button

Set up Gradebook Folders or "Categories"

Imagine that we have the following setup in our course syllabus:
  • Attendance 10%
  • Discussion Forum Posts 20%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Tests 30%
In this example, Attendance, Discussion Forum Posts, Assignments, Quizzes, and Tests become our gradebook categories.
The percentages will be entered as point values (i.e. 20% becomes 20 points) under the "Maximum grade" field.
  1. In the upper right corner, click on the Actions menu gear.
    Actions menu gear
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Gradebook setup.
    Gradebook setup
  3. Now you will set up the folders/categories in the gradebook. Scroll down to the bottom of the Gradebook setup page and click Add category.
    Add category
  4. Enter/select the following:
    • Under "Grade category":
      • To the right of "Category name", type in the name of your category (e.g. Quizzes).
      • To the right of "Aggregation,", select Simple weighted mean of grades from the drop-down menu. This will weight your items according to their point values.
        Note: "Mean of grades" will give all items in the category the same weight regardless of point values. Also feel free to select this option.
        Note: "Weighted mean of grades" allows you to assign weights within the category that are different than the point value weights. 
        Also feel free to select this option.
    • Under "Category total", type in the percentage value in the "Maximum grade" field. For example, since quizzes are worth 10% of the grade, type in 10.
    Grade category and totals
  5. Click Save Changes.
    Save changes button
  6. Repeat the same process for each category.

Move All of Your Activities into Folders or "Categories"

Each activity/grade item must be moved manually into the appropriate category. Please see our help page Moving an Activity into a Gradebook Folder ("Category") to learn the different ways you can place activities into categories.

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Keywords:set up, grade, book, categories, category, folder, maximum, grade, grades, boost   Doc ID:77684
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-10-27 16:23 CDTUpdated:2019-08-07 15:49 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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