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.

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  1. In the top right corner, click the Actions menu gear.
    Actions Menu Gear
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Gradebook setup.
    Gradebook setup
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Add grade item.
    Add Grade Item
  4. In the "Item name", enter the name of the grade item.
    Grade Item Name
  5. 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.
    Minimum and Maximum Grades
  6. Click Save changes.
    Save Changes
  7. In the second to last column of the grade item you have just created, click Edit.
    Select Ediyt
  8. From the drop-down menu, select Edit settings.
    Edit Settings
  9. Click the "Extra credit" checkbox, then click Save changes.
    Checkbox Extra Credit
  10. The Max grade should display as "-0.01+".
    Grade Item Display
  11. At the top of the "Gradebook setup" page, click the drop-down menu labeled "Gradebook Setup". 
    Gradebook Dropdown
  12. In the drop-down, select Single view.
    Select Single View
  13. Select the grade item you have just created (e.g. Deducted Points) from the "Select grade item..." drop-down menu.
    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.
    Select Grade Item
  14. Input negative point values. For students who are not being penalized, leave the field empty.
    Input Negative Values
  15. Click Save.
  16. You will be notified that grades were set. Press Continue.

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Keywords:deducting, points, grade, grade item, gradebook, negative grades, boost   Doc ID:78745
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-12-14 09:38 CSTUpdated:2022-09-26 08:13 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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