Moodle 3.2: Use a Scale for Grading Activities

Applies to: Moodle 3.2

A scale can be used for non-numeric grading and is defined by an ordered list of values.

  • Example: Very Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent

All new Moodle sites come with several pre-existing scales. If the existing scales do not suit your needs, you may create your own scales. Scales within your course site may be applied to any activity that uses grading.

WARNING: The Moodle gradebook cannot add any items graded with a scale to a course total. You may see a numeric value for some scales in the gradebook, such as 4 or 5. Those numbers only represent that the scale has 4 or 5 descriptors associated with it.

Creating a new scale for grading activities/items

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Gradebook setup.
  3. Choose Scales > View from the drop-down menu in the upper right.
  4. Scroll down and click Add a new scale.
  5. Type a Name for your scale.
  6. Enter descriptive terms, ranging from negative to positive, separated by commas.
    • Example: "Disappointing, Not good enough, Average, Good, Very good, Excellent!"
  7. In the Description field, enter a short, detailed description for your scale.
    • Example: "Disappointing/Excellent (6 parts)"
  8. Scroll down and click Save changes. You will now be able to find your scale in the grade options for an activity.
  9. Return to your course homepage.

Applying a scale to a graded activity

  1. Go to the course homepage and click Turn editing on.
  2. Find the activity you want to grade based on a scale.
  3. Click the Edit menu Edit activity menu to the right of the activity.
  4. Choose Edit Settings.
  5. Scroll down and click Ratings to see the options.
  6. Select Scale in the Type box; choose the scale you wish to use from the options in the Scale box.
    ratings menu expanded to show how to set the Type box to scale and choose a scale from the Scale options box
  7. Scroll down and click Save changes.