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.
Make the Course Level Aggregation Type "Natural Sum of Grades"
- To start, go to Gradebook setup in the Administration block on the left.
- To the far right of the course title, click Edit, and then Edit settings.
- 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.
- Click Save changes.
Set up Gradebook Folders or "Categories"
- Attendance 10%
- Discussion Forum Posts 20%
- Assignments 30%
- Quizzes 10%
- Tests 30%
- Go again to Gradebook setup in the Administration block on the left.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."