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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now that we've logged in as each of the different students in our class and completed all of the assignments and taken the quiz, now we should be logged back in as the instructor with Editing turned back on. Let's go ahead and see what the Grade Book looks like now before we begin grading our first assignment. So we'll go over to the Administration block on the lower left hand side and click on the link for Grades. We are taken back into our Grade Book. Now the grades that you've entered may be slightly different than the ones that I have, but you can see that each student now has a grade that's been entered in for their Final Exam grade. We can see at the bottom then the Overall average for the class is 4.52 out of 8. We get a Sum Total for the Category. We also have spaces set up for the other assignments.
Let's go in and grade the first assignment, which is to have the students submit a Project Idea. One of the ways to go in and grade this assignment is to simply click on the link for Project Ideas at the top of the column. We are taken directly into the assignment where we can see listed each student, any Grades that have been assigned for the student, any Comments that we've provided back to the students. Links to the files that they have submitted, notes from the teacher as to when we Last modified this assignment, a location for the Status of the grade that we can assign and any Final grades that take into account any multiple attempts that have been made for the grade.
To view a submission you can simply click on the link that's directly inside of the Last modified column and the text that the student submitted appears in the pop up window. We can go ahead and close this window and then go in and grade the assignment. To do this, simply click on the link for Grade in the right-hand side under Status. The Grade window opens up. Here we are able to select the grade that we want to assign for the student. In this case, we'll assign a grade of 8 out of 10. We can provide feedback to the student. Nice job. We can see any comments of the students have made back to us and we can see the text that has been written by the student directly at the bottom.
So in one screen we are able to quickly get all the information that we need in order to grade this assignment. We can then click Save changes, cancel the submission or click Save and show next which will jump us to the next student or simply go to the Next. By leaving the checkbox set for Send notification emails, as soon as we submit the grade for this assignment the student would get a notification email letting them know that the assignment has been graded. We'll go ahead and uncheck this box and click Save and show next. We are then provided with the submission from the next student listed here at the bottom.
We can again go up and assign a grade, we'll give 9 out of 10, provide Feedback, see the submission that they made and move on to the next student. Let's step through the last couple of students by simply entering a grade for them, and hitting Save and show next. And finally when we get down to the last student our options changed, so that we only have an option to Save changes or click Cancel. We'll click the Save changes button and we are returned back to the main assignment.
Here we can see the grades that have been assigned for each student, comments that we've added. We can again click on the links to look at any specific files that they have uploaded. We can see when we last made any modifications to these assignments, if we need to make any updates we can do so here. Maybe we decide that Sally's grade was not quite fair. So we'll go ahead and click on the Update button and now we can go ahead and change her grade up to a 10 out of 10, click Save changes and her grade is updated as well. We can return back to the main course by then simply clicking on the BIOL432 link.
Now when we go down to the Grades link inside of the Administration block, we can see that for Project Ideas we now have all the grades entered in, the Average grade is listed at the bottom. The Category has its current averages for each student and the current total average for that category. We can also see that the Course total has also been updated for each student and for the whole class. Next we'll show you how to use the Quick Grade feature.
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