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Adding custom scales

From: Moodle 2.4 Essential Training

Video: Adding custom scales

By default, Moodle allows us to grade out of anything up to 100 or to use letter grades. However, we might want to use our own scales, such as, past merit, distinction or excellent, good, satisfactory, poor and so on. In this video, we'll learn how to create custom scales and apply them to assignments. To do this we scroll down, and in the settings block, we click Grades, this takes us by default, to the grader report and then we choose from the drop down menu or you might have tabs, Scales > View.

Adding custom scales

By default, Moodle allows us to grade out of anything up to 100 or to use letter grades. However, we might want to use our own scales, such as, past merit, distinction or excellent, good, satisfactory, poor and so on. In this video, we'll learn how to create custom scales and apply them to assignments. To do this we scroll down, and in the settings block, we click Grades, this takes us by default, to the grader report and then we choose from the drop down menu or you might have tabs, Scales > View.

What we see here, will depend on what standard scales, in other words, grading scales site wide have been applied. And we then need as a teacher in our course, to click the Add a New Scale button. We're able to create a custom scale, that means a scale that we can only use within our course. The name is important only to us, the teacher, so we can recognize it, if we have a lot of scales. So let's call ours Film Scale, and then in the box Scale, we add the letters or the numbers or the word grades that we want to add, with the bottom one first of all, as you'll see here.

Each item needs to be separated by a comma and if we need to, we can add a description of this scale, to remind us what it is. Then we click Save the Changes, and we're done. But it's useful now to know, how we can apply this scale to a particular assignment. So let's go back on to our course page and go into an assignment, which we've already created, by scrolling down, and in the assignment and evaluation section, let's choose the group assignment.

When we click on it, we then have in the settings block, assignment administration. And so if we click the link Edit Settings, this is how we can go in to modify an assignment, which has already been created. And if we then scroll down and in the Grade Settings, we've got the drop down menu, which gives us the default grades up to 100. But if we click it, and then go higher up, we see that custom scales are available there and we had a scale, film scale, which we just created.

And if we click on it and then, save our changes. Then, that particular assignment will then allow us to grade, using our custom scale. And so, in this video, we've looked at how to create a custom grade scale, which might suit our students better than the default Moodle numerical scale or letter scale. And we've learned how to apply it to an activity, such as an assignment.

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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
    3. Surveying our project for this course
      1m 53s
  2. 24m 45s
    1. Obtaining Moodle
      3m 12s
    2. Logging in and moving around
      3m 28s
    3. Editing your profile
      2m 57s
    4. Using the text editor
      1m 58s
    5. Choosing your course layout
      3m 49s
    6. Setting up your course
      2m 24s
    7. Adding a banner
      3m 19s
    8. Adding a welcome message
      3m 38s
  3. 5m 58s
    1. Announcing course events
      1m 50s
    2. Using the calendar
      2m 19s
    3. Adding events blocks
      1m 49s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Uploading your course information
      3m 56s
    2. Understanding the edit icons
      2m 35s
    3. Uploading a folder of exam papers
      3m 47s
    4. Giving instructions to your students
      2m 30s
    5. Displaying a YouTube video
      3m 26s
    6. Linking to a useful website
      2m 6s
    7. Embedding widgets into your course
      2m 48s
  5. 14m 40s
    1. Manually enrolling students
      1m 48s
    2. Allowing students to self-enroll
      2m 25s
    3. Putting your students into groups
      2m 54s
    4. Giving access to private files
      3m 38s
    5. Setting up messaging
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing who's online
      1m 34s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating a discussion forum
      3m 53s
    2. Setting up a chat room
      3m 10s
    3. Blogging
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a wiki
      4m 12s
    5. Creating a glossary
      3m 53s
  7. 26m 45s
    1. Setting up a text assignment
      4m 9s
    2. Setting up a file assignment
      3m 50s
    3. Making a group assignment
      4m 3s
    4. Using blind marking
      3m 35s
    5. Student view of an assignment
      2m 14s
    6. Grading an assignment
      1m 57s
    7. Dealing with deadlines
      1m 35s
    8. Downloading assignments
      1m 50s
    9. Uploading feedback files
      3m 32s
  8. 12m 59s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 16s
    2. Organizing your gradebook
      1m 51s
    3. Manually adding grades
      1m 44s
    4. Adding custom scales
      2m 44s
    5. Importing and exporting grades
      4m 24s
  9. 11m 32s
    1. Overview of Moodle's quiz
      1m 38s
    2. Setting up a quiz front page
      3m 39s
    3. Adding questions to a quiz
      4m 6s
    4. Student view of a quiz
      2m 9s
  10. 10m 51s
    1. Feedback, Choice, or Survey?
      3m 2s
    2. Online voting with Choice
      4m 8s
    3. Getting student feedback
      3m 41s
  11. 14m 19s
    1. Enabling activity completion
      3m 42s
    2. Restricting access to activities
      3m 40s
    3. Enabling manual self-completion for a course
      2m 35s
    4. Enabling automatic course completion
      2m 56s
    5. Viewing completion reports
      1m 26s
  12. 11m 59s
    1. Viewing reports and logs
      2m 36s
    2. Importing from other courses
      2m 18s
    3. Backing up your course
      2m 8s
    4. Restoring a course
      3m 22s
    5. Resetting your course at year-end
      1m 35s
  13. 52s
    1. Next steps
      52s

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