Moodle 3.2: Overview of the Gradebook Display of Number Grades, Scales, and Feedback

Applies to: Moodle 3.2.

The Moodle Standard gradebook display shows scores or scale values for each item in the gradebook. The Course Grade Settings page of the gradebook contains the option to display the value in the Grade column nine different ways: Real (a number or text value), Letter (using the Letter grade settings), or Percentage; and every combination of any two methods.

The drop-down menu showing all the options available for how to display a student's grade in the grade column of the gradebook.

Real is the default setting and will display points for activities with a value or score, and text if the activity uses a scale.

Things to consider when using scales for activities

  • It is best to use Real. All other options will cause confusion for both students and instructors.
    • The actual text of the scale grade will display in the gradebook.
    • Note: Any activity using a numeric score will display the value.
  • If the Grades option is set to Percentage, Moodle will divide 100% equally by the number of descriptor items in the scale and display a value.
    • The lowest item in a scale is always 0%.
    • The highest item is 100%.
  • If the Grades option is set to Letter, Moodle first uses the percentage method to calculate a value, but then uses the letter grades as defined in the Letter options in the Gradebook.

Examples of how scale grades display in the grade book

Scale

Real

Percentage

Letter

Excellent

Excellent

100%

A+

Good

Good

66.6%

D

Needs Improvement

Needs Improvement

33.3%

F

Poor

Poor

0%

F

Seeing feedback in the gradebook

You can see some feedback in the Standard gradebook view with Editing turned on. You will only see 10-12 characters.

  • Mouse over the feedback box to see the full text.
  • You can also use the Student view option in the gradebook drop-down menu to see the full feedback on activities within the gradebook area.

gradebook column with Editing turned on which then shows a small portion of the feedback column next to the grade column for each assignment.