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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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