Moodle Help & Support
This applies to Moodle 3.8 from September 2020
How to: Set up weighted grades in grade book
This is not set up in the individual assignments but within Grades, the Moodle grade book.
Accessing the grade book
- In your module, click on the 'Navigation menu' / 'Hamburger menu' button (top right)
- Click on Grades
3. In the central drop=down menu at the top, click on 'Gradebook setup' to open the settings-editing page for the Moodle grade book for this module
If your grade items aren't already in a category you will need to add them in to one before you can apply the weighting.
Add a category or edit the category already existing
Add a new category
Add the relevant items to a category within the Gradebook.
- Click 'Add category' on the 'Gradebook setup' page
- Give the category a name
3. Click Show more...
4. Ensure "Aggregation" is set to 'Weighted mean of grades'
5. Click 'Save changes'
Add existing category
If you already have a category set up:
- On the Gradebook set up page, click on the Edit button against that category in the "Actions" column
- Select 'Edit Settings'
3. You may need to click "Show more..." under category name
4. Under Grade category, in the "Aggregation" field, click on the drop-down menu box and select 'Weighted mean of grades'
5. Save your changes
Move the assignments to be weighted into that category:
- Click the move arrow for the grade item to be moved
- Click the space inside the category
3. The grade item will move
4. A new column called "Weights" will appear.
This is where you will determine the importance i.e. the weighting of each assignment compared to others within the module
Setting the weightings of assignments
- Next to each assignment, in the "Weight" column, enter any number to change its importance in the overall calculation of the module grade. For example: for an assignment you wish to contribute 30% to the total module calculation enter 0.3 in the weight field alongside that item.
- Click on the 'Save changes' button at the bottom of the page.
Note: 0 means the grade for this assignment will not be considered in the overall calculation for the module. 1 means 100% of the grade for this assignment will be considered in the overall calculation for the module; 1.0 is the default, meaning that every assignment has equal importance and will therefore contribute equally to the overall module grade e.g. 10 assignments will contribute equally 10% towards the final grade.
If you have formative assessments that you don't want to appear in the gradebook as part of the total, create a new category for Formative Assessments and set the weighting of that category to 0. Then move any formative assessments into that category. See Grades 5 - How to Add Categories & Organise the Gradebook
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