This page tells you how to get into the Moodle Gradebook. Once in there, you can format the Gradebook to suit your marking purposes, view automatically generated marks, manually enter students' marks and monitor students' progress.
When to use
Visit the Gradebook early in the process of course creation, to get a feel for how it works and perhaps to set up categories to put gradable items in throughout your course.
Visit the Gradebook throughout the semester to organise or add grading items, update student grades and aggregation methods, view student progress and direct formative feedback to students who most need it.
When you make an activity (such as a Quiz, Assignment or Forum) assessable in a Moodle course, the Gradebook automatically creates a column for the marks the activity will generate. Marks are added to the Gradebook either automatically (as with automatically marked multiple-choice quizzes) or by you (for example, for extended writing tasks). You can also manually create new "grade items" (e.g. for graded activities completed outside Moodle).
The Gradebook has 4 useful views:
- The Grader report lists all the grade items created in the course, and collects students’ marks for these items in a grid format.
- The Outcomes report lists all the learning outcomes you have defined for the course (e.g. Communication, Problem-Solving) and the overall class progress in relation to these outcomes. (See the page Create an outcome.)
- The User report shows you what students see when they access the Gradebook.
- The Simple view shows a hierarchical view of all grade items. This view allows you to define how grade items are categorised (as Quizzes, Tests etc.) and how these categories are aggregated to produce the final mark. (Also see Customise the Gradebook).
These views are further described in the Step by step instructions section of this page.
Step by step instructions
The Grader report lists all the "grade items" created in the course, and collects students’ marks for these items in a grid format.
To access the Grader report, open any course page, and in the Settings block, under Course administration, select Gradebook setup.
If this is your first time opening the Gradebook, the Grader report view will automatically display. Otherwise, if a different report displays, select Grader report from the tabs at the top of the page. All Gradebook reports and views are accessible from these tabs.
Once the Grader report opens, you can toggle between the following 3 views within it by clicking the tiny icon to the right of the course name within the table:
- Aggregates only—no grade columns, only category totals column
- Grades only—all the grade columns, no category totals column
- Full view - all the grade columns and the category totals column (Default)
- Single View - grade columns and marks for a specific activity
Once in the Grader report, you can:
- sort marks into ascending or descending order by clicking the Move icon .
- click Turn editing on to edit the marks manually and provide feedback or comments on an assignment.
- hover over a student’s mark to view the feedback you have provided.
- add feedback on a marked activity directly in the Gradebook, either by clicking the Edit icon to the right of the mark, or by enabling Quick Feedback in Settings > Grade administration > Setup > Preferences: Grader report. Note that additions or changes to feedback made directly in the Gradebook will not be pushed back to the original activity (so students will still see the original feedback when they open the activity). For this reason, we recommend that you make changes to feedback within the activity itself wherever possible. For general help with giving feedback, see Giving Assessment Feedback.
- You can further customise the Grader report by selecting Settings > Grade administration > Setup > Grader report. For help, see Change Gradebook Viewing Preferences.
To view the Outcomes report in the Gradebook, click the Outcomes report tab.
The Outcomes report lists all the learning outcomes you have defined for the course (e.g. Communication, Problem-Solving) and the overall class progress in relation to these outcomes. (See Create an outcome.)
To view the User report in the Gradebook, click the User report tab.
The User report shows you what students see when they access the Gradebook.
On this page, you can:
- select a specific student's view using the drop-down box in the top right corner, or select All Users to generate a list of grade reports for the whole class.
- customise what users see, go to the Course Grade Settings page (Settings > Grade Administration > Setup > Course Grade Settings) and make your changes in the User Report section.
To see the Simple view in the Gradebook, click the Simple view tab.
The Simple view shows a hierarchical view of all grade items. This view allows you to define how grade items are categorised (as Quizzes, Tests etc.) and how these categories are aggregated to produce the final grade. (Also see Customise the Gradebook).
On this page you can:
- create new grade categories by selecting Add category.
- organise grade items using the move icon (for detailed instructions, see Move items between categories).
- lock individual grade items or entire grade categories using the lock icon, or hide them from students using the Hide icon. Note: Hiding a grade item in the Gradebook also hides the mark within the activity itself.
- select an aggregation type for a category (from the Aggregation drop-down). This allows you to specify how marks within the category are combined and counted towards the course total (“aggregated”).
For more information about defining grade categories and applying different aggregations, see the page Customise the Gradebook in Moodle.
If you experience technical or other issues, consult the Where to get help page.