Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Moodle and the Gradebook

I recently gave a workshop to highlight the features of Moodle and then focus specifically on the gradebook. The gradebook feature is a very powerful tool at your fingertips for those of you that have access to Moodle. There are a number of nice functions...

  • Assignments that you create are automatically added to the gradebook for you

  • Quizzes will automatically grade and enter into the gradebook

  • SCORM packages will interface nicely with Moodle

  • Categories can be created to better organize your grades and assignments

  • Categories and grades can be weighted

  • Formulas can be created for complex grading schemes

  • Semester and quarter grades can all be kept together but output for each of them separately

  • You can export to Excel

  • You can set up parent access to student grades so that they can monitor progress


As with any piece of software, it will take some time to become familiar with the tools and the interface but I think that the benefits you might get from using the Moodle gradebook will outweigh any hassles.

Have you started moving any of your lessons online? If you have, regardless of which course management system you use, it is important to ensure that students have a way of being informed of their progress and of viewing their feedback.