Gradebook Examples

Within the PolyLearn (Moodle 2.1) Gradebook, faculty can use it three different ways. The aggregation is very useful for weighted if used correctly. Below are some examples of how a gradebook can be setup based on the faculty members needs to display total, weight by category, or weight by category and item.

Examples


Total Points Only

Go to the Course Category total and click on the Edit Menu under the Actions Column

The Aggregation is defaulted to Natural

The default of the gradebook is to be unweighted and be the sum of the grades of all the assignments, to make sure see if the boxes under the weight column are checked, unchecked boxes will automatically show you the weight of the category and the weight of the assignments within the category based on the point value.


Weighted by Category

PolyLearn (Moodle 3.1) Gradebook can be used to display grade items, weight by categories, and a course total. Check the box under the Weight column to customize the weight for any category in your Gradebook. For example if your course had many items weighted by categories (Homework 25%, Quizzes 25% Exams 40%, and participation 10%), then this is the setup for your course. The weighted categories (25% + 25% + 40% = 10) equal 100% but will not show up at the bottom of the Weights column. If it doesn't equal 100%, the values you enter will be changed by PolyLearn to equal 100% for you. Notice the value under Max grade is the total points that can be earned and not the percentage %. ( see video example)

NOTE: This is an example of a Gradebook aggregation using Natural, then checking the Category box to weight (similar to the OLD "Simple Weighted Mean of Grades option).

weighed mean

Please see the tutorials on Weighting Grades by Category.

  • In class graded items can be create by clicking on the Add grade item button.
  • Categories are created by clicking on the Add category button. Items can be placed into categories by clicking the box in the Select column and then choosing the category in the Move selected items to list.
  • When finished adding items, make sure to Save changes.


Weighted by Category and Item

PolyLearn (Moodle 3.1) gradebook can be used to display grade items, weight by categories, individual weights, and a course total. For example if your course had many items weighted by categories (Homework 40%, Quizzes 40%, Participation 20%), then this is the setup for your course. The weighted categories (40% + 40% + 20%) equal 100% in the Course Total row. Each grade item can be given a weight with the Weighted mean of grades aggregation (image #2). Weighted mean of grades (33.333% + 33.333% + 33.333%) must = 100%.

simple weighted

Please see the tutorials on Weighting Grades by Category for starters.

Drop Lowest grade when the items are not all the same points

If you have graded items (example: Homework) and you want to drop the lowest grade, weight the Homework category, you can...

Within the Setup tab, check to see that all the weights for the homework assignments are the same, even if the point values are not. You can check the box under the weight column and change the assignment weights so that they are all equal.

screen image of drop lowest

So when the instructor views a student's grades they will see that the gradebook dropped the lowest percentage score vs the lowest value score since different assignments could have different point values.

Please see the tutorials on Weighting Grades by Category for starters.

NOTE: This Weighted mean of grade aggregation must also equal 100% for this to calculate correctly.

  • If weighting, the course aggregation should ALWAYS be set to Natural.
  • In class graded items can be create by clicking on the Add grade item button.
  • Categories are created by clicking on the Add category button. Items can be placed into categories by clicking the box in the Select column and then choosing the category in the Move selected items to list.
  • Check the box under the weight column and type into the Weight box the percentage/weight of the assignments (making sure to equal 100% for the category).
  • When finished adding items, make sure to Save changes.

 

If you have any questions about YOUR gradebook, please feel free to email polylearnsupport@calpoly.edu for support. You may be able to find a workshop to attend. You can also schedule an individual consultation.