Moodle 2.8, 3.0: Give Students a Running Total of their Grade
Applies to: Moodle 2.8, 3.0.
Students appreciate the ability to see a current, up-to-date value or 'running total' of their progress in a course. The Moodle grade book can do this by incorporating the Exclude Empty Grades function. Exclude Empty Grades is a category setting -- for the full course level category and any sub-category (i.e. Quizzes, Homework).
In Moodle 2.8 and 3.0, the Exclude Empty Grades function is on by default in NEW course site grade books. It is also on for any NEW categories you create in new or copied course sites. Exclude Empty Grades means activities without scores will NOT be counted in the course total or an individual category total. Only activities with real scores will used to calculate the student's current progress, expressed in a percentage value.
Since the Exclude Empty Grades is on by default for NEW site grade books and categories, you will have to manually enter a zero (0) score to include a missed grade item in the grade calculation. Ungraded activities will NOT be counted in the course total calculations. (I.E., the student who does no course work for several weeks will appear to have an A in the course, unless the missing course work is graded as a zero).
Additional Resources: Enter Grades and Feedback in the Gradebook.
Using the exclude empty grades function.
- Go to the course homepage.
- Find the Administration block:
- Click Grades.
- Select Gradebook setup (3.0) or Categories & items (2.8) from the drop-down menu in the upper right.
- For a category heading, click the Edit link, then the Edit Settings link.
- Select or deselect Exclude Empty Grades.
- Scroll down and click Save changes. You will be returned to the Gradebook setup or Categories and Items page.
Special Note: IF YOUR COURSE WAS COPIED FORWARD FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION OF MOODLE you may have categories (the full course level and sub-categories) set to INCLUDE EMPTY GRADES. This is a known occurrence as categories that are NOT marked to Exclude Empty Grades are brought forward and subsequently marked to INCLUDE Empty Grades.