Step 3: Adding Categories and Grade Items

When you are prepared to start building your grade book, it’s really as simple as adding categories and grade items and organizing them appropriately.

Remember – any time you need to add categories or manual grade items, this is done via the “categories and items” page.

Let’s look at how you add categories.

To add a category, simply click the “Add Category” button in the center of the page beneath the grade book.

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Complete the necessary fields and save changes.  We will look at how to set aggregations in a little bit, so feel free to leave this drop down as-is for now.  Remember, the defaults suffice for most applications.

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Once you save the changes, you will see your new category in the grade book.

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Now let’s look at how to add manual grade items.  Remember, you add manual grade items when you have scores to enter that were not completed via Moodle.  For example, you collect an in-class homework assignment and grade hard copies – to create a place for these grades within the grade book, you add a manual grade item.

To add a manual grade item, simply click the “add grade item” button in the center of the page beneath the grade book.

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Give your grade item the appropriate title (what you want the assignment called).  If you are using categories, make sure to select the appropriate category for the assignment so Moodle places it in the correct spot.

 

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Save the changes and you will see your grade item placed within the appropriate category.

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Now that we know how to add categories and manual grade items, go ahead and build all of your categories and manual grade items.  Here is an example of a course that has several categories and manual grade items, all placed in the correct category:

Sample Course with Categories and Manual Items Added

Now that we know how to add categories and manual grade items, let’s set up your grade book with the proper categories and grade items and set aggregation methods.