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Advanced Grade Item Options in the Moodle Gradebook

From the Gradebook setup page, you can control advanced options for all grade items including whether grades are displayed as numeric, percentage or letter grades. This page describes how to view and edit these options for grade items (activities and  manually created columns) and category totals.

View and Edit Advanced Options

To edit advanced options for grade items and category totals:

  1. From the course page, in the Administration block, under Course Administration click Gradebook setup. The gradebook will open to the Gradebook setup page.
  2. On the Gradebook setup page, in the Actions column (at far right), in the row for a grade item or category title, click Edit, then select Edit Settings (Edit Grade Item Icon). The Edit grade item page will open.
  3. On the Edit grade item page, you may need to click the Grade item or Category total headings to view and adjust settings. Click Show more... to see all advanced options.
  4. Set the options (details below) you want to use in this gradebook.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.

Grade Display Type

The Grade display type setting controls how a category total or grade item will display in the Grader report and the User report.

  • Letter: The numerical value is converted to a letter value using the scale found on the Letters tab of the gradebook. To configure the letter scale used for this conversion see Letter Grades in Moodle.

  • Percentage: The numerical value is divided by the maximum possible points and displayed as a percentage of the maximum points.

  • Real: The item's raw numerical value.

Overall Decimal Places

The Overall decimal places setting determines the number of decimal places to display for each grade item. This setting does not round values for calculations. If the value is used in a custom grade formula, the real numerical value will always be used, which is made with an accuracy of 5 decimal places. For additional information on custom grade formulas see Custom Grade Formulas in the Moodle Gradebook.

Grade Type

The Grade type setting controls the kind of values that can be input for a grade item. Only Value and Scale types can be used in Moodle aggregations. Only Value, Scale, and Letter grade types can be used in custom grade formulas.

Grade Types for Moodle Activities

The grade type for an activity-based grade item (such as an assignment or quiz) is generally set on the activity settings page. There are 4 grade types:

  • Value (Points): A numerical value between the Maximum grade and Minimum grade.
  • Scale: An item from a predefined list of terms (such as Check Minus, Check, Check Plus). See Standard & Custom Grading Scales in Moodle.
  • Text feedback only: Only text can be input into the Feedback field of a student's grade. Feedback displays by default on the User report.
  • None: This option prevents grades from being recorded and prevents calculation in the Grader Report and User Report.

Grade Types for Manually-created Grade Items

For manually-created grade items, a different set of grade types is available (for details on manually adding a column to the gradebook, see Create & Organize Items & Categories in the Moodle Gradebook):

  • Value: A numerical value between the Maximum grade and Minimum grade.
  • Scale: An item from a predefined list of terms
  • Text feedback only: Only text can be input into the Feedback field of a student's grade. Feedback displays by default on the User report.
  • Letter: Allows you to enter or import a Letter grade which can be used in a custom grade formula. See Add a Manual Letter Grade Item in Moodle.
  • None: Available for category totals only. This option prevents grades from being recorded and removes the category total from the Grader Report, User Report, and Categories and items page. The category total will return after switching to a different grade type.

ID Number

Setting an ID number provides a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes in custom grade formulas. If the activity is not included in a custom grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.

Additional Settings

  • Hidden: If checked, grades are hidden from students.
  • Hidden Until: If set, grades are released after the set date.
  • Locked:  If checked grades are no longer automatically updated by the related activity and cannot be edited by Non-Editing Teachers.
  • Locked After: If set, grades are can no longer be edited after the set date.

If you need help with additional advanced grade item options, contact the consultants the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or instruct@umass.edu.