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Grading guides, like Rubrics, are a type of Advanced Grading Method provided in Moodle.

When grading with a Grading guide, the teacher designs a simple set of criteria and then, when assessing student work, is presented with a form where they can leave a comment and a score for each criterion. The form then totals the scores to calculate a grade according to the Grade settings for the Assignment (see Grade Calculation in Moodle).

Unlike a Rubric, a Grading guide does not let you rank each criterion according to more than one level; rather, each criterion has one comment box, and one box for entering a numeric score.

Grading guides are created and reused very much like Rubrics.  For step-by-step instructions, see Grade with Rubrics in Moodle.

Note: Currently, Assignments are the only activity type that can directly use Grading Guides. To grade another activity type with a Grading guide, you can set up an Assignment activity that does not include the option for students to submit work, and then set up a Grading guide for the assignment to assess other activity. For example, you could set up an ungraded Wiki activity called "Unit One Wiki", and a graded Assignment called "Unit One Wiki - Grade." For help setting this up, contact the Instructional Media Lab at (413) 545-2823 or