Setting up Categories and Items in Grades
Click on “Grades” in left column
“Grader report” page appears. In the drop-down menu at top left, select “Categories and items: Full view”.
Add category (scroll to end of page) – Use only if you have two or more items to calculate.
Generally use this option if there are multiple categories such as Discussions, Assignments, Journals, etc. that are weighted (the average of items in the category has particular percentage value of the total grade) or summed up for a total.
Sum of grades (add all the points earned)
If you are using “Sum of grades” but have multiple items in a category (a discussion each week; 5 assignments, etc.), setting up a category for each group item makes it easier for you and your students to see what has been completed and what may be missing.
To create a category, click “Add category”. In the “Grade category” window, enter a short name for the column. Under “Aggregation”, select how this column will be graded. If all the points in the column will be added, select “Sum of Grades”.
Weighted means of grades (categories must equal 100%)
Be sure to select “Weighted means of grade” in the drop-down menu at the top of the page next to the name of the course. The “Weight” column will appear. Scroll down to the end of the page and click “Save changes”.
Note: Any time you add or change anything on the “Categories and items: Full view” page, scroll down and click “Save changes”.
Select “Means of grade” so Moodle will average all the items in the category. Keep the “Grade type” as “Value”; select the “Maximum grade” for the entire category. For example, if there will be 10 assignments for the semester each with a value of 10 points, the “Maximum grade” for this category is 100 points.
Note: “Category total” needs to be added, otherwise the average for the category cannot be calculated. Category totals default to 100 but should be adjusted on the “Categories and items: Full view” page. After noting possible points for a category, do not forget to scroll down to end of the page and click “Save changes”.
Next make certain the “Parent category” selected is your course (example: MAT-090-4 Basic Math) and not another category you may have created. Click “Save changes” to be brought back to “Categories and items: Full view”. It is on this page you will add the weight for each category if your categories are weighted.
Add grade item (scroll to end of page) – Use this option if you need to add a column for a graded item
“Add grade item” if a face-to-face course has the occasional online participation in a forum to make up for missed class; a mid-term and a final paper have been assigned; or a couple of labs. Moodle is a great way to share grades with students in this case. Creating an item in these cases simply adds a labeled column to “Grades”.
“Grade items” can be grouped into categories, such as labs, reflections, discussions, etc.
Click “Add grade item”. On the “Grade item” page, provide a short name for the column; keep “Grade type” as a value; set “Maximum grade” for the item itself (example: mid-term, “Maximum grade” 100 points).
If the “Grade item” is part of a category, select this category from the drop-down menu under “Parent category”. Click “Save changes”.
To hide a Category or an Item
In “Categories and items: Full view” find the Category or Item to be hidden. To the right of the Category or Item, click on the eye icon to hide what has been selected. If you build “Grades” in one sitting, consider hiding Items until they are graded.
Finally, make certain the check boxes in the “Aggregate only non-empty grades” is selected at the course level and for each of the categories and items, otherwise Moodle will put a zero for the grade which will have a negative impact on the calculation.