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Why not set up your Moodle Gradebook so that it accurately reflects the assessment elements in your unit. This will enable the export of all the unit grades and course total into an easy-to-read Excel format at the end of the study period ready for input to SAMIS.

For example, there are five assessment elements in a unit, the grades of which need to be weighted as follows:

  • Three assignments which constitute 75% of the course total.  Each assignment to be equally weighted within the 75%.
  • Two quizzes which constitute 25% of the course total, equally weighted.

By default, all five items will appear in the Grader report in the same overall unit category and their grades will be aggregated by a Simple Weighted Mean of Grades.  This may not calculate the grades as expected.

To weight these assessments will require the creation of two separate categories weighted 75% and 25% and the relocation of the items into the relevant categories.

To see the current grades aggregation:

  • Click on Grades in the Settings block to view the Grader Report.
  • When the report is open, from the Settings Block or the dropdown menu at the top of the page, click on Categories and items, then on Full view.
  • A dropdown list towards the top of the list of assessments will show the current grades aggregation.  The default is 'Simple weighted mean of grades'.

To create a new category:

  • Click on Add a category (at the bottom of the page).
  • Click on Show advanced at the top right to display all category options
  • Choose a Category name (this will be displayed to students in their individual grade reports so it would be advisable to include the weighting in the category name by way of explanation e.g. `Assignments – 75% of total`).
  • Select the Aggregation method.  Choosing Mean of grades will weight all items in the category equally.
  • Decide whether or not to Aggregate only non-empty grades. The default in the Gradebook is for only completed, marked work to be included in the aggregation of the course total. Choosing not to do this means that any unmarked, unattempted assessments will be assigned a grade of zero and included in the aggregation of the final course total. The course total will gradually accumulate over the unit's life.
  • Save changes at the bottom of the page.

To move items into a new category:

  • Tick the Select checkboxes in the column on the right.
  • In the Move selected items to dropdown list, choose the category where the items need to be moved.
  • Repeat both these steps for the second category.

To weight categories:

  • In the Aggregation column (for the overall unit category) select Weighted mean of grades from the dropdown list for the entire course.
  • A new column labelled Weight will appear, add the weightings for each category (0.75 and 0.25) and Save changes.

To view and export the grades:

  • To return to the Grader report:  use the dropdown list at the top left of the page or click on Grades in the Settings block.
  • Make sure you Turn editing off.
  • To view how students will see their assessment grades:  click on View: User report from the dropdown list (at the top of the page) or from the Settings block.

To check an individual student's grade report:

  • Click on Grades in the Setting block to go to the Grader report.
  • Select User Report from the dropdown list at the top of the page.
  • Choose your student's name (or choose all users) from the 'Select all or one user' dropdown list at the right of the page.

To export the unit grades, feedback and course totals:  see the FAQ 'Exporting assignment grades and feedback' (link)

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