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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist Earlham faculty with Moodle questions. Moodle 3.4 is Earlham's learning management system that assists with teaching and learning.

Set up Basic Gradebook

The Gradebook feature allows you to grade materials and give feedback to students. It also enables students to keep track of their performance on individual assignments and for how well they are doing in the overall course.
  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Gradebook setup.
  2. From the Gradebook setup page, you can add categories, change grade weights, hide assignments, add graded items, customize how grades are calculated, etc. 
  3. Most faculty use Categories to organize and provide weights for graded assignments and activities. For example, you can designate a Category for Papers (worth 20% of grade), Quizzes (40% of grade), etc. At bottom of page, click Add Category. Choose a Name (e.g. Papers), and click Save changes. Repeat process for other Categories.
  4. Once you have created all Categories, from the Gradebook Setup page you can set Weights for each Category.
  5. Any Activity (Assignments, Attendance, Quizzes, etc.) will automatically appear within your Gradebook. To include an item in a Category, you can 1) choose the Category when creating the item, or 2) move the item so it nests under the Category. Move an item by clicking the up/down arrow next to the item name in Gradebook Setup, or by clicking Edit and then Edit Settings to return to the Activity settings.
  6. You can also add Grade items for items that are not submitted within Moodle (e.g. student presentations, items submitted in email or other systems, etc). Click Add Grade Item at bottom of Gradebook Setup page. Choose a Name.
  7. Other popular settings include: Maximum Grade (the number of points it is worth); Hidden until x date; Parent category; and Extra Credit.
  8. Click Save changes

Create a Rubric

A Rubric allows you to set up grading criteria, and evaluate student levels of achievement in each area. You can allow students to preview the Rubric so they understand how they will be evaluated on the assignment.
  1. Set up your assignment.
  2. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.
  3. Next to the assignment you want to add a rubric to, click the Edit settings button, which looks like a small gear or cog.
  4. Scroll down and click on Grade
  5. Next to Grading method, choose Rubric from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Save and display.
  7. Choose to Define new grading form from scratch or Create new grading form from a template. (If you have not used rubrics before, then you will need to select Define new grading form from scratch.)
  8. Give your rubric a Name. Add/edit information in the first section. (Click the +Add criterion to develop your rubric. In this section, you can edit criterion, assign levels, and select the number of points. Continue to +Add criterion and Add level as needed.) Select the other options you want, including whether you want students to be able to preview the rubric before submitting their assignment. 
  9.  Click Save rubric and make it ready

Add a Grading Guide

You can use a marking guide instead of a rubric. Marking guides and rubrics are similar, but marking guides do not have different rankings for the assignment's criteria. This makes marking guides simpler to create than rubrics. You can provide a score and a comment to the student. For a more detailed explanation, see the Moodle.org help site on this topic.
  1. Set up your assignment.
  2. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.
  3. Next to the assignment you want to add a rubric to, click the Edit settings button, which looks like a small gear or cog.
  4. Scroll down and click on Grade
  5. Next to Grading method, choose Marking guide from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Save and display.
  7. Choose to Define new marking form from scratch or Create new marking form from a template. (If you have not used marking guides before, then you will need to select Define new marking form from scratch.)
  8. Give your marking guide a Name. Add/edit information in the marking guide. (Click the Add criterion to develop your marking guide. In this section, you can edit criterion, add a frequently used comment, and etc.) 
  9.  Click Save marking guide and make it ready

Set up Anonymous Grading

Anonymous grading (sometimes called blind grading) allows an instructor to grade assignments without knowing the name of the student who submitted the work. For a more detailed explanation, see the Moodle.org help documentation on this topic.
  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Next to the assignment you want to grade, click the Edit settings button, which looks like a small gear or cog.
  3. Scroll down and click on Grade
  4. In the Grade section, click on Show more...
  5. In the Blind grading category, change the drop-down menu to Yes
  6. Scroll down and click Save and display

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