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Before setting up your Moodle course gradebook, please first create your course grading breakdown and selecting a matching grade aggregation method.

Set up the course grade aggregation method

To view and change the settings of your Gradebook, first click the Grades tab in the course navigation bar under the course title on the course homepage. This will take you to the Grader report page.

Grades tab in 4.0

The Grader report shows enrolled students, the graded activities in your course, and any assigned grades. Click on the Grader report drop-down menu to select the Gradebook setup option to set up your gradebook.

The grader report drop-down menu

Grade aggregation is how your gradebook calculates grades. We currently have Weighted Mean of Grades, Simple Weighted Mean of Grades, and Natural enabled for CCA instructors to use, but either Weighted Mean of Grades or Natural should meet your needs. Please visit the Course Grading Breakdown and Grade Aggregation page before setting up your gradebook.

To set up the course grade aggregation, once you are on the Gradebook setup page, you should see the course aggregation method displayed below Course total is set to Weighted Mean of Grades by default. To change the aggregation, click Edit and select Edit settings.

Edit course aggregation from gradebook setup

Select the aggregation method that works for your course using the Aggregation drop-down menu. Make sure to click Save changes at the bottom of the page, which will take you back to the Gradebook setup screen.

Set up Grade Aggregation

Create Grading Categories (If Needed)

You can create a grading category by clicking the Add category button on the Gradebook setup page.

Create Category

Be sure to change the default 0.0 weight for your category to match your syllabus. As long as your total course gradebook is calculating based on 100 points, you can think of the category weights as percentages, most likely as you have stated on your syllabus. For example, if Assignments are worth 60% of the overall grade, you would change your Assignments Category weight to 60.

Category Weight

Note: If you decide to use grading categories for your Moodle course, make sure that each activity you add to your course is moved into a category! The sections below will walk you through how to do this.

Assign the Grade Category to an Activity

Once you have set up your gradebook (setting course-level grade aggregation and creating your categories) you can start creating assignments (known in Moodle as activities). When you create an activity, you can select the desired grade category, and those grade settings will be applied accordingly.


Moving Activities and Grade Categories

You can also reorganize existing activities, grade items, and grade categories from the Gradebook setup page. An up/down arrow displays on the left side of any activity, graded item, or grading category. Click the arrow icon next to the item you wish to move.

Move Graded Item or Category_Moodle.png

The screen will update to show all of the available "slots" where you can move the selected item. Each of these "slots" is marked by a right-arrow and dotted-line box. Slots within categories will be indented in line with the category titles.

Choose Where to Move Graded Item_Moodle.png

If you would like to move several items at once, select the boxes to the far right of your items, and then find the prompt at the bottom of the page that says, "Move selected items to" and then choose the category where you want to move the items.

Move Selected Prompt

Once you have set up the basic settings for gradebook and added some activities to your course, it's time to revisit the gradebook and prepare it to be shared with your students. Visit the Assign Weights to Grade Categories and Grade Items page to set the weights for individual items and grade categories.