Learn@Illinois Moodle - Setting up the Gradebook Using Points
Learn how to set up a simple points gradebook. To use the points gradebook, all assignments and their precise point values must be established before the course begins. When assignments are altered or deleted, it affects the weight of all other items in the gradebook.
For a more permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleGradebookPoints
Here is a sample points gradebook setup. Note that a 100 point maximum grade is worth 10% of the course grade because the course total is 1,000:
Do the Math
To set up this gradebook, doing the preparatory math is the most difficult part. Once the percentages are decided, it is simply a matter of changing the point values for each activity. In the screenshot above, we have a course that is worth a total of 1,000 points.
Note: This is a recommended point total because it makes the percentages easy to double check and is big enough to use chunks of larger round numbers of points for various assignments. For example, if we were to use 100 points, our final exam would only be worth 15 points, causing students to perhaps mistakenly assume that the exam is not very important.
Just as in the percentage gradebook, let's imagine that we have the following setup in our course syllabus:
|Discussion Forum Posts||20%|
Now we translate each of these percentages into point values out of 1,000 (by adding a 0) and double check that they add up to 1,000:
|Discussion Forum Posts||200 points|
The tricky part now is that you have to make the activities in each category add up to the number of points and have a non-decimal value.
|Attendance||100/1= 100 points each|
|Discussion Forum Posts||200/8 = 25 points each|
|Assignments||300/6 = 50 points each|
|Quizzes||100/2 = 50 points each|
|Tests||300/2 = 150 points each|
Edit Maximum Grades
The total points for each activity needs to be edited within that activity instead of in the gradebook. The gradebook display reflects the points as they are set in activities. See Editing Maximum Grades
for instructions on how to do this.
Make the Course Level Aggregation Type "Natural Sum of Grades"
See Make the Course Level Aggregation Type "Natural Sum of Grades" to make sure that your Gradebook setup page is set to "Natural Sum of Grades" at the course level.
Note: This is the default, but it is a good idea to double check.
Optional: Use Categories in a Points Gradebook Setup
You may add category folders to the gradebook for organizational purposes.
Note: When you use categories, the weights displayed next to the activities are the weight within the category rather than the weight for the course as a whole.
In the example below, the points gradebook is set up using categories of activity type:
Creating a Category to Drop the Lowest Grade
If you need to drop the lowest quiz/assignment/etc., you will need to create a category for that type of assignment. Please see our help page Dropping the Lowest Score for more information.