# LSU Scales

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Scales are a way of evaluating or rating a students' performance. Moodle offers a standard set of default numeric scales that can be edited. This page shows another set of scales that are similar

## Contents

## Reason for LSU scales

Depending on your aggregation method, Moodle revalues the lowest value in your scale to either 0 or 1. This can be confusing and inconsistent. As a more logical alternative, the lowest value in a scale was set to 1/n or 1. As there is also a no grade option available, missing 0 was not seen as a problem.

## Editing a scale

If a scale has not yet been used, you will see an edit, move, and delete icon in the edit column.

Once a scale is used for an activity, it is no longer possible to move or delete it, and you can only edit the scale name and description.

## Edited default scales

The LSU scales always start with 1 (the default Moodle scales always start with 0). Here the standard Moodle scales have been edited to reflect this change.

*The Cool Scale*- Not cool, Not very cool, Fairly cool, Cool, Very cool, The coolest thing ever!- (Valued as 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/6, and 6/6 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 respectively in the
**sum aggregation method**)

- (Valued as 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/6, and 6/6 respectively in

*General Introductions (The Affirmative Scale)*- Welcome!, Glad to have you here!, Great post!- (Valued as 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1, 2, and 3 respectively in the
**sum**aggregation method)

- (Valued as 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 respectively in

- If you would like two options in your scale (incomplete and complete) type "incomplete, complete" in the scale box.
- (Valued as 1/2 and 2/2 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1 and 2 respectively in the
**sum**aggregation method)

- (Valued as 1/2 and 2/2 respectively in

*Generic Social Forum*(This scale only worked prior to the averaging function) - Please clarify., I don’t understand., Hmmm. Tell me more., Interesting, Very cool., Awesome!- (Valued as 1/7, 2/7, 3/7, 4/7, 5/7, 6/7, and 7/7 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 respectively in the
**sum**aggregation method)

- (Valued as 1/7, 2/7, 3/7, 4/7, 5/7, 6/7, and 7/7 respectively in

- "Refer", pass, merit, distinction
- (Valued as 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1, 2, and 3 respectively in the
**sum**aggregation method)

- (Valued as 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 respectively in

- "Hesitant" Fail, Acceptable, Average, Excellent
- (Valued as 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively in the
**sum**aggregation method)

- (Valued as 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 respectively in

- "Stars" ☆----, ☆☆---, ☆☆☆--, ☆☆☆☆-, ☆☆☆☆☆
- (Valued as 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, and 5/5 respectively in
**any normalized aggregation method**) - (Valued as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 respectively in the
**sum**aggregation method)

- (Valued as 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, and 5/5 respectively in

## Caveats

Moodle uses the last entry to determine the number of points in the scale for computing percentages. For example, if your scale is 0,5,6,7,8,9,10 then Moodle will use a 1-7 point scale **regardless** of your chosen aggregation method.

- When using a
**normalized**aggregation method, 0 will become 1/7, 5 will become 2/7, 6 will become 3/7, 7 will become 4/7, 8 will become 5/7, 9 will become 6/7, and 10 will become 7/7 for grade computation, respectively. - When using the
**sum**aggregation method, 0 will become 1, 5 will become 2, 6 will become 3, 7 will become 4, 8 will become 5, 9 will become 6, and 10 will become 7.

The numbers you enter for your scale are **NOT** calculated as entered, the system calculates the number of entries and then creates a scale from 1 to the total number of entries (n) with their values calculates as 1/n, 3/n, 4/n, 4/n....

## Range

**Be aware** that Moodle choses the **lowest and highest** entries within your scale (not their numerical equivalents) and uses those values for the range. Using the star example from above, Moodle will show **☆---- - ☆☆☆☆☆** as the range. Unfortunately, when using an odd numeric scale like 0,5,6,7,8,9,10, the range will be shown as 0-10 when in reality it is 1-7. We are working to resolve this issue.