Moodle Gradebook Series: Dropping the Lowest Grades

Posted on: March 26, 2021 | By: Scott Hildebrand | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Tech Tips, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

If you have a policy in your course of dropping a certain number of lowest grades for a particular type of activity, then using Categories in your Moodle Gradebook really comes in handy.

Let’s say you give five quizzes per semester, but you allow students to drop the lowest quiz score. To do this, navigate to your gradebook setup, select Edit next to the Quizzes category and choose Edit settings. If you don’t already have categories created, scroll to the bottom and select Add category. Then, give the category a name and follow the remaining instructions.

Choosing the Edit category option from the Edit drop down menu next to the quizzes category in Moodle gradebook

In the Grade category section, select Show more…

Click Show more in the grade category section to access the drop the lowest option

Then, enter the number of lowest scores you want to drop — in this case “1.” Then, select Save changes.

Entering the lowest number of scores to drop in Moodle gradebook

You will now see in the Quizzes total area that Moodle will drop the “1” lowest value.

Arrow pointing to the area on the Moodle gradebook screen where you can see how many lowest scores will be dropped in a category.

If you don’t already have all of your Quiz activities noted in the Quizzes category, select the checkbox to the right of the Edit menu for each quiz, scroll to the bottom, choose Quizzes from the Move selected items to drop down menu, and then, select Save changes.

 

Scott Hildebrand

Scott Hildebrand

Scott Hildebrand serves as an Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies. Scott helps design and deliver workshops, events, and other developmental opportunities to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning as well as the effective use of office productivity tools.

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