General grade settings

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.3. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: General grade settings.

Location: Administration > Grades > Grade settings

General Grade Settings Screen


General grade settings allow you to enable or disable various features to suit your specific needs. These settings are site-wide settings that will affect all gradebooks used by all teachers.

Graded Roles

Graded roles are the type of user that you want to appear in the gradebook. Sometimes various users will be graded for various purposes. Most of the time "student" is the only one needed.

  • Administrator
  • Course creator
  • Teacher
  • Non-editing teacher
  • Student
  • Guest
  • Authenticated user

Note that you must have at least one of these selected.

Enable outcomes

Outcomes is a unique feature new to Moodle 1.9. It allows the idea of grading things according to a "scale". To enable, just click the box and all teachers will now be able to implement outcomes into their gradebooks.

User profile report

The type of report that will appear on a user's profile page. These are the reports that appear in the gradebooks that are unique to each student or any other user. Custom user reports can also be developed and will appear in this menu as well. "User Report" is default.

Aggregation position

Aggregation position is where you want the averages of the grades to be located. This setting specifically refers to the position number of the column for the averages. It can either appear in the first column or the last column.

Show submitted date for hidden grades

When a grade is hidden, by default a dash (-) mark appears where the grade is supposed to be. Enable this to show the date that the grade was submitted rather than a dash.

Enable publishing

Publishing is the import and export of grades off of Moodle without logging in through a URL. This URL can be useful for allowing others to import the grades but beware of the dangers of bookmark sharing and IP restrictions when using this. By default, only administrators may use this but power can be delegated to other users. Please educate all other users before giving them this feature.

Grade export display type

During the export process, this is the type of grade that is to be shown. Different school districts use different grading systems so this can be changed to suit your district.

  • Real - Grade from minimum to maximum range indicating total points received. Default from 0-100 but may be arbitrary.
  • Percentage - Grade from 0 - 100% indicating the total points received divided by maximum possible amount times 100.
  • Letter- Grade in the form of a letter representing a range of percentages.

Note: Teachers can edit the actual display type right before export.

Grade export decimal points

During the export process, this is the number of decimal places for all grades that is to be shown. Different school districts use different grading systems so this can be changed to suit your district. Number of decimal places range from 0-5.

Note: Teachers can edit the actual display type right before export.

Primary grade export methods

Main type of export that will be used. This helps in recording what type of export was previously used and allow to be identified as "new" or "updated". Types of export include:

  • ods (OpenOffice spreadsheet)
  • txt (Plain text file)
  • xls (Excel spreadsheet)
  • xml (Extensible Markup Language file)