General grade settings

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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.

Include scales in aggregation

You can change whether scales are to be included as numbers in all aggregated grades across all gradebooks in all courses. Changing this setting will force all aggregated grades to be recalculated.

If this is checked (and it is by default) then all custom scales will have a corresponding value that is assigned based on the number of options in the scale (ie. three values will have values of 1,2,3) and this will be included in the grade aggregation.

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

Grade publishing settings

Grade publishing is a way of importing and exporting grades via a URL without being logged in to Moodle. Grade publishing is intended for administrators only. Security implications should be thoroughly considered before allowing non-admin users to publish grades.

Grade publishing may be enabled by checking the gradepublishing box. If enabled, administrators are provided with grade export publishing settings in each course gradebook.

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)

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