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Moodle Blog 12: Scales and the Moodle Gradebook

Sunday, 17. February 2008 von admin

wink movieThis follows on from a brief and basic look at the Gradebook and how to mark in Moodle. The default grading system is a mark out of 100, but it is possible to set your own grade – or scale – that can be used, not just for assignments but also for evaluating student’s  performance in a forum or glossary. If you’re an administrator of Moodle or have editing rights, you can access the Scales area in the admin block of your particular course. You  might find that there’s one already there ‘separate and connected  ways of knowing’ but (in Moodle 1.8) you just need to click on Add Scale to start creating your own. Click the image  for  a Wink screencast explaining Moodle Scales in the Gradebook. that explains and shows how to add a new scale. Suggestions? Letter grades from A -E; National Curriculum Levels ( no, not sub-levels, please – though Moodle will allow this if you really really want to) or even friendly phrases: Very good! Satisfactory; room for improvement , etc. Another useful thing to be aware of is that once saved, it becomes a ‘custom scale’ ie – just for that course – but (in Moodle 1.8) if you move the arrow down in the Action area, you can make it a ‘standard’ scale – that is, a scale available over the whole Moodle site.  The next time you set up an assignment, that new scale will be available as an option for you to use – but beware: once used, you cannot then go back and edit it. Happy Scaling!

Moodle Blog 11: Marking in Moodle – Basic Gradebook

Monday, 11. February 2008 von admin

marking in moodleOk so you’ve taken the plunge – you’ve set up an assignment – the students have uploaded their work – now how do you mark it?

In an ideal Moodle world, all your sets will have been uploaded for you and enrolled on your course and you will just have to click on ‘view …submitted assignments‘ and a list of the students in your class will appear, alphabetically, waiting for you to mark their efforts.

Unfortunately in the real world, if there hasn’t been a school-wide policy, students will have enrolled themselves into your course – maybe coming from different classes – and they will all be lumped together on your gradebook page. Never mind – we can still mark their work, but next blog will show how better to organise your groups in order to filter through just the students you need.

Also in our Perfect Moodle world, the grade you would like to use for your assignment, be it a letter A-G, a level 4-7 or a comment – well done- unsatisfactory  etc – will have been set for you in advance. If not, Moodle will have decided for you that your work will be marked out of a hundred. If this isn’t what you would like, then the next blog will explain setting your own grades. Stay tuned!

So..we click on the assigment and click on View Submitted Assignments. This brings us to the gradebook page. Normally, you will have six columns – from left to right: the student’s name, space for your grade, your comment, the location and date of their work, a space to show the date you marked it, and a status column. This is what you click on to type in your appraisal of the student’s upload. If you tick the box at the bottom of the gradebook page ‘allow quick grading’ and save your preferences, you then have the option if you want of moving quickly down the list, choosing a grade and typing in a short comment.

 Here is a quick screencast of the very basics of Moodle Marking. click for movieIt’s done in Wink – ok, not as swish as Captivate – but it’s free! Click the image to have a look.

Moodle Blog 10: Basic Moodle – Assignments for Beginners

Saturday, 02. February 2008 von admin

where to find assignmentsIf Level 1 moodling is being able to upload worksheets and level 2 moodling is being able to type said sheet directly onto a webpage within moodle, then level 3 must be the ability to create an assignment – put simply, an online worksheet linked to the gradebook. Assignments can be located in the ‘add an activity’ section and there are four types – although one of them, the ‘offline assignment’ is something of a cheat because there is no task attached; it just offers an area to add marks for something done outside of Moodle. Of the others, the one most frequently used at Our Lady’s is the ‘upload a single file’.assignment example Pupils are presented with a page of instructions – this can be in the form of a webquest with hyperlinks to sites specially chosen by their teacher, or it can simply contain copies of tasks done in class. The student works his/her way through the activities and then produces a piece of work which they then upload via the box at the bottom of the screen. An excellent way of ensuring everyone has completed the work in time for the bell is to bring up the gradebook in the last five minutes of the lesson and watch the work arrive – students will ask you to refresh the page to prove they’ve sent theirs and are allowed to go! The third type of assignment is an online text. online textThis presents the student with a text box into which they type their work directly, rather than leaving Moodle to go to Word/PowerPoint and then returning later. This is quicker for a teacher to mark as it requires just one click to open up and view the text, rather than having to deal with uploaded documents – open? save?- time-consuming choice when there are 32 in a class! The fourth type of assignment, advanced uploading of files, allows for students to send in more than one piece of work – useful if they are doing GCSE coursework for instance, or any project requiring a number of items. Hint: learn how to use ‘groups’ ; it will make the marking far easier when you can filter the students to be left with your own class. How to mark in Moodle? That’s for another time…


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