Dataform Grading

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.7. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Dataform Grading.

The Dataform activity can be used either with or without assigning course grades. By default the activity does not appear in the course gradebook but it can be easily added to gradebook by selecting a grade scale in the activity settings. Once the activity is gradable teachers can assign activity grades to participants in a variety of ways including automatic grading and advanced grading methods such as marking guide and rubrics.

Making the activity gradable

Simply select a grade scale in the activity settings. This will add a grade item to the


Grading methods

Simple direct grading

The simplest and most straightforward grading method is to assign activity grades to participants directly in the Moodle gradebook.

Calculated and automatic grading

A more dynamic direct grading method can be applied by using an activity grade calculation. You can enter a formula consisting of certain patterns. Whenever the values of these patterns change during the activity, the Dataform will update the activity grades.

A special pattern ##numentries## allows for automatic grade upon submission of entries. For example, if you select grade scale 5 and set the calculationn to ##numentries##, the grade of a participant will be updated on every submission of a new entry to a max grade of 5 points. A useful application of this feature can be to restrict access to course activity until participants accepted terms by opening and submitting a an entry in a designated Dataform activity.


Marking guide

Supported but not implemented in Dataform 2.6.


Supported but not implemented in Dataform 2.6.

Tips and tricks

Jump to course gradebook

You can jump directly to the course gradebook by clicking ‘Gradebook’ in the administration block. This link appears only when the activity is gradable.

See also