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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.
We have already seen that we can begin grading assignments by clicking on the column heading for each assignment inside of our Grade Book. But there is another way to access the grading for each assignment. Let's return back to our course by clicking on BIOL432. Then we'll click on the link for Assignments inside of the Activities block. Here we can see all the assignments that have been submitted. We can see that for Week 2 Personal Contribution, we have five submitted assignments. We can go ahead on that link and it takes us directly into the grading for that assignment. This is set up exactly the same way as we have just seen on the previous movie.
However this time, we know that the students have already submitted an acceptable amount of work to each assignment. So we just want to quickly go through and assign a grade to each student. We can do that by coming down here to the lower right hand corner and clicking on the checkbox for Allow quick grading. Next, we simply click the Save preferences button and we are taken into the quick grading mode. Here each student gets a dropdown menu in their Grade column, where we can simply select the point value. The point value is auto-selected for the maximum number of points that is available for this assignment, in this case 5 points. We'll assign a Grade of 5/5 for each of the students.
If we want to send an email notification to all the students to let them know that the assignment is being graded. We can check this box right here, and an email will get sent out to each student letting them know that the assignment has been graded and their Grade Book has been updated. We'll leave that unchecked for now and click the Save all my feedback button. Instantly, the status for each student has been updated and their final grade has been entered. We can then return back to the Grade Book by clicking on the See all course grades link. This jumps us directly back into the Grade Book where we now have the grades that have been entered in for our Week 2 Contribution.
We also have all of the grades for the Project Ideas assignment. We can see that the Category totals have been added together. The averages have been created and the Course totals have been updated. Using the Quick Grading feature of Moodle is a great way to rapidly move through your Grade Book and enter a lot of grades very quickly.
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