Learn@Illinois Moodle - Setting 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:

Sample Percentage Gradebook - Top
Sample Percentage Gradebook - Bottom

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

  1. To start, go to Gradebook setup in the Administration block on the left.
    Gradebook Setup Link
  2. To the far right of the course title, click Edit, and then Edit settings.
    Edit course level settings in Gradebook setup
  3. 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.
    Natural sum of grades
  4. Click Save changes.

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. Go again to Gradebook setup in the Administration block on the left.
    Gradebook Setup Link
  2. Now you will set up the category folders for each type of content that you wish to have in your course. Scroll down to the bottom of the Gradebook setup page and click the Add category button. A category is what has the little folder icon next to it.
    Add category button
  3. Enter/select the following:
    • Under "Grade category" -> "Category name" type in the name of your category (e.g. Quizzes).
    • Under "Aggregation," select Mean of grades if all activities will have the same weight regardless of point values or Simple weighted mean of grades if there are activities with different point values that you would like weighted accordingly.
    • 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.
    Create Category - Quizzes
  4. Repeat the same process for each category, always selecting "Mean of grades" as the "Aggregation" method, and setting the percentage value as the "Maximum grade." Each category will have a grey folder icon to its left.
    Note: If you need to assign different weights within the category, you can use the "Weighted mean of grades" or "Simple weighted mean of grades."

Move All of Your Activities into Folders or "Categories"

Each activity must be moved manually into that 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.

Verify that the Totals and Weights for each Category are the Same and that the Total Equals 100

Finally, in the main Gradebook setup screen, verify that category weights match category totals and that the Course Total is 100:
 Verify Gradebook setup screenshot

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Keywords:set up, categories, maximum grade   Doc ID:77684
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-10-27 16:23 CDTUpdated:2019-04-22 16:59 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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