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Moodle Guide

The development of this guide is ongoing; we will continue adding Moodle LMS Tips, Guides, and Instructions. On the left-hand sidebar, you will find a list of Moodle LMS features or options. To learn more about that option or feature, click on the link.

Adding Grade Categories

To add a grade category, you will need to be in the Gradebook Setup Page (Actions Menu > Gradebook Setup.

What are Grade Categories?

Grades can be organised into grade categories. A grade category has its own aggregated grade which is calculated from its grade items. There is no limit to the level of nesting of categories (a category may belong to another category). However, each grade item may belong to only one category. Also, all grade items and categories belong to at least one, permanent category: the course category.

Adding a Grade Category

To add a Grade Category, click on Add Category on the Gradebook Setup page.

Grade Category Settings

the drop-down menu will allow you to select an aggregation method for the specific Grade Category.
Exclude Empty Grade

If this option is checked, then the aggregation will ignore all grade items for which there is not a grade.,If this option is unchecked, all non-graded items will receive a grade of 0.

Note. An empty grade is a missing gradebook entry. This could mean that the student has not yet submitted an assignment, that the assignment has not been graded, or the grade has been manually deleted.

Drop the Lowest

This will drop the lowest x number of grades from the report.

Note: When using natural weighting - drop the lowest is only allowed when:

  • all children of the category have equal weights
  • all children of the category have equal max grade
  • there are no sub categories in the category
  • there are no extra credit items in the category

Grade Category preferences highlighted


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