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The grader report page is the main teacher view of the new gradebook in Moodle 1.9. For versions prior to 1.9, look here.
- 1 Basics
- 2 Display
- 3 Editing
- 3.1 Altering the grades
- 3.2 The significance of altering the grades in this screen
- 3.3 Calculating totals
- 3.4 Hiding columns or individual grades
- 3.5 Recalculating
- 3.6 Changing the Order of Assignments within Categories
- 3.7 See also
The gradebook collects items that have been graded from the various parts of Moodle that are assessed, and allows you to view and change them as well as sort them out into categories and calculate totals in various ways. When you add an assessed item in a Moodle course, the gradebook automatically creates space for the grades it will produce and also adds the grades themselves as they are generated, either by the system or by you.
The grades displayed are initially displayed as the raw marks from the assessments themselves, so will depend on how you set those up e.g. an essay out of 36 will appear as however many raw marks that student got, not a percentage (although this can be changed later, see below).
Note that various default options for the gradebook are set at system level by the administrator and can be marked as being overridable by you, or fixed. This means that the options will not always be set up the same way for every user when they see the grader report for the first time.
Along the top are several rows: first the course, then the category, then the actual column (e.g. an essay or a category total). When you start off, every essay, quiz etc is in the uncategorised category, which is named after the course by default, but can be changed if needed.
You can add a row showing the range of possible scores by going to My report preferences and selecting Show ranges.
There are three ways that the categories can be displayed
- Grades only - without the category totals column
- Collapsed - Category total column only
- Full view - grades and the aggregates (the totals column for the category)
Each section has a small icon immediately to the right of its name. Clicking this will cycle through these display modes for that category. + goes to grades only view, o goes to full view and - goes to collapsed view.
Other layout options
The defaults for these options can be set at site level by going to Administration->Grades->Report settings->Grader report.
- You can add a row showing the range of possible scores by going to My report preferences and selecting Show ranges.
Highlighting rows and columns
When your gradebook starts to grow, it can be hard to keep track of which student and which assignment a cell refers to. Highlighting solves that.
- Clicking on empty space in the cell that contains the students name will toggle the highlighting of that entire row
- Clicking on empty space in the cell at the top of each column will toggle highlighting of the entire column
Sorting by columns
You can sort by any column. Click the symbol near the top of a column to sort by that column. This will change the symbol to a single downarrow. Clicking again will sort lowest-to-highest, changing the symbol to an uparrow. The arrows will toggle between these two states until you click on a different column.
Highlighting scores that are either adequate or unacceptable in red and green
Turn editing on and click on the edit icon in the controls cell at the top of the column. You can then (maybe need to click 'show advanced') see the option to enter a 'grade to pass'. Once set, any grades falling above this will be highlighted in green and any below will be highlighted in red.
Note that the highlighting will not show if the Grader report is viewed in the editing mode.
Categorising the grades
The 'Choose an action...' drop down on the upper left will let you switch to other views
- Edit categories and items will allow you to set up your assessments in different categories e.g. 'classwork', 'homework' etc.
Each category will then have its own Category total column.
In Moodle 1.9.5 onwards, administrators may enable a static students column (in Administration > Grades > Report settings > Grader report) for teachers to scroll grades in the grader report using a horizontal scrollbar. (Note that this feature is not available for IE6 users or for users who have have the screenreader setting in their profile set to Yes.)
In Moodle 1.9.5 onwards, each grade cell in the table has a tooltip indicating the user and grade item to which the grade belongs.
Note: Editing anything in the gradebook refers to editing the grades only and none of the available operations bear any relationship to editing the main course page i.e. the appearance of your course page cannot be influenced by anything you do in the gradebook. The "Turn editing on" button functions separately from the main course one, so editing can be on in the gradebook, but simultaneously off when you switch back to course view. This is because editing grades and editing the course page are separate capabilities. Roles such as 'non-editing teacher' may only have one or the other.
Altering the grades
You can click "Turn editing on" at the top right to show an edit icon next to each grade. Clicking on the icon will bring up the editing screen for that grade which will allow you to set the grade, its written feedback and a number of other attributes.
Alternatively, you can click on "My report preferences"' and choose "Quick grading" and "Quick feedback" to make the report appear with editable boxes containing each grade, so you can change many at once. This capability can be a real time saver, but make sure to save at reasonable intervals lest a pageful of changes be lost. You can lose unsaved changes by bringing up a new page in the browser, such as a Moodle manual page. If you want a manual page or the like, be sure to bring it up in a new tab.
Quick feedback is switched off by default, but you can easily switch it on or off using the "Show Quick Feedback" link above the grader report, when editing is on. Alternatively you can switch it on and off in the page "My report preferences".
The significance of altering the grades in this screen
If you make changes here, they're highlighted in this screen going forward. The orange highlight represents a grade altered outside of its native assignment page.
Rather than a simple average or sum, Moodle can perform very complex calculations to produce the totals for each category and for the whole course. e.g. you want to take an average of 3 items from one category, double it, then add it to the average of another category.
You can do this using calculations. Either turn on editing, then click Show calculations, or go to My report preferences, choose show calculations, then save and turn editing on. You will then see a small calculator icon next to each total column which, when you click on it, will take you to the page Edit grade calculation where there are instructions.
To choose how the grades are aggregated for the totals within categories, you can turn editing on and click on the little editing icon for the category. You can then choose to have means, medians, modes etc. You can also leave out empty grades and choose other settings.
Hiding columns or individual grades
Turning on editing then clicking the "Show show/hide icons" link will give you the familiar show/hide eye icon next to each grade and at the top of each column. For more information, read about grade hiding.
If you change any part of an assessment e.g. alter the maximum grade for one of the questions in a quiz, you may find that the columns do not yet reflect the change you have made. Click Turn editing on twice to force the gradebook to re-check.
Changing the Order of Assignments within Categories
Assignments are listed across the top in the order they are created. The order is not affected by the date the assignment is due, the title of the assignment or the ID number.
Move an individual Grade item or Grade Category
On the "Edit categories and items" page of the gradebook there is a series of icons under the 'Actions' column one of which is a up/down arrow called 'move'. Click on the icon and then click on one of the empty boxes to where you want to move the item to.
Move a number of Grade items simultaneously
On the "Edit categories and items" page of the gradebook, under the 'Select' column tick the check boxes of the grade items you want to move. Now scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the 'Move selected items to' option list. Select the category from the list where you want to move the grade items to.
Other ways of moving grade items
There is one way you can change the order of display. Let's say you have an assignment that is in the middle someplace, but you want it on the end of the category. Edit the assignment to uncategorized and come back to the Grader report screen. You will see that the assignment has departed from the category and is Uncategorized. Then edit the assignment again, returning it to its original category. Return to the Grader Report screen. Now the assignment should be on the end of the category.
If you have two or more assignments in the wrong place, repeat the process, finishing with the assignment you want to be on the extreme end.
- Edit grade calculation
- Grade preferences
- Video showing the basic gradebook setup and use
- Video showing how to change the display of grades in the gradebook
- Video explaining the different gradebook reports
Using Moodle forum discussions: