Learn@Illinois Moodle - Deducting Points from a Student's Final Grade

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 Administration block, click on Gradebook setup.
  2. Gradebook setup
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Add grade item button.
    Add grade item
  4. In the "Item name", enter the name of the grade item.
  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).
  6. 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.
    Enter item name, max and min
  7. Click the Save changes button.
    Save changes button
  8. After grades have recalculated, click the Continue button.
  9. In the second to last column of the grade item you have just created, click Edit.
    Edit item
  10. Click the "Extra credit" checkbox and click the Save changes button.
    Check the extra credit box
  11. The Max grade should display as "-0.01+".
    Final display
  12. In the Administration block and click Single view.
    Single view
  13. Select the grade item you have just created (e.g. Deducted Points) from the "Select grade item..." drop-down menu.
    Select grade item
    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.
  14. Input negative point values. For students who are not being penalized, leave the field empty.
    Enter negative grades
  15. Click the Save button.
  16. You will be notified that grades were set. Press the Continue button.

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Keywords:deducting, points, grade, grade item, gradebook, negative grades   Doc ID:78745
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-12-14 10:38 CDTUpdated:2018-10-31 13:20 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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