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How do I give my students a grade that has partial points like 4.5 out of 5?


If you grade your students in an activity’s grading screen, you can only provide grades in whole numbers. If the assignment is worth 5 points, you can only award 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. You may find yourself wanting to provide partial points/credit, for instance 4.5 out of 5 for an assignment. To give your students a grade that includes partial points, you must manually enter the grade in the gradebook.

NOTE: once you have entered a grade in the gradebook manually, you have to continue to update it manually in the gradebook. The gradebook overwrites/supersedes the assignment interface.

To provide a grade that includes partial points and grade feedback for a manually entered grade, follow these steps:

  1. Login to Moodle and click on the course for which you wish to provide a partial-point grade.
  2. In your course, scroll down until you see the “Settings” block in the left column.
  3. Click on the “Grades” link in the “Settings” block under “Course Administration.”
  4. Once you are on the “Grader Report” screen, click the “Turn editing on” button in the upper right.
  5. Grade entry boxes will appear. Simply locate the student and assignment using the horizontal and vertical scroll bars, and manually enter the partial point grade:
    manually_entering_grades_01Make sure you click the “Update” button at the bottom of the screen when you are done manually entering the grades.
  6. If you wish to provide feedback with the manually entered grade, there will also be the familiar ‘gray wrench’ icon next to the grade entry box. Click on the ‘gray wrench’ update icon next to the box for the assignment for which you wish to provide feedback with your grade.
  7. On the “Edit Grade” screen, make sure the box next “Overridden” is checked. Then manually enter the grade and provide your feedback in the appropriate box. When you are done, click the “Save changes” button at the bottom of the screen.
    manually_entering_grades_03Your updates will be saved and you will be brought back to the “Grader Report” page.
  8. Note: if you turn your editing off at this point, you will notice that, where you manually entered a grade directly in the gradebook for an assignment activity (like Homework #2, not a “Grade item” created within the gradebook like “Homework #1″ in the example below), the background of the box is now tan or light brown:
    manually_entering_grades_04This is a visual indication for you that this item has been manually overridden in the gradebook. This means you can no longer update this grade through the assignment interface.
  9. If you go back to “Homework #2″ now, you will see that, instead of an “Update” option in the “Grade” column, you now see a “View” option: manually_entering_grades_05You can now only update this assignment’s feedback and grades for these students in the Gradebook.

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