Setting up a Moodle Gradebook with Weighted Categories

While setting up a Moodle gradebook completely with natural grading is easy, you may want to use weighted categories. Weighted categories allow you to adjust the impact that each category has on the overall grade. This can be helpful if your syllabus specifies what portion of the grade each category will be worth. The example below shows weighted categories with natural weighting within them. The following guide will show you how to enable and set weighted categories.

Screenshot of online gradebook with weighted categories, but natural weighted items

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How do I add a grade category?

On the Gradebook setup page, use the Add category button. Full instructions can be found in gradebook setup.

Screenshot of online gradebook setup with arrow pointing to "Add category" at bottom of page

How do I create weighted categories?

First, you must ensure that your gradebook is set to natural weighting. If text boxes for weights appear for each category, you can proceed to the second half of these instructions. If no text boxes are present for categories, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Gradebook setup page.
  2. There will be a gray folder in the upper left corner. This is your course folder. Select the Edit menu and then Edit settings.Screenshot of online gradebook setup with arrow pointing to "Edit" drop down menu in first row of chart
  3. In the Aggregation drop down menu, select Natural.Screenshot of online gradebook category settings with arrow pointing to "aggregation" drop down menu
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Save changes. Your categories can now be weighted.

Now you can set the weights for each category.

  1. Navigate to the Gradebook setup page.
  2. Select the checkbox next to a category’s weight text box.Screenshot of online gradebook with arrow pointing to checkbox and text box in "Weights" column
  3. Enter the desired weights for each category. In the example below, category weights total up to 100. This means that the weights are equal to percent of the grade. Assignments, for example, is worth 55 percent of a student’s total grade.Screenshot of online gradebook with boxes surrounding category "Weight" text boxes whose sum is 100
  4. Select Save changes. Your categories are now weighted.

Be aware that changing the weights of categories can drastically affect final grades, so it is best to set up weighted categories earlier rather than later. Now that your gradebook is set up, learn how to enter grades with the using the gradebook guide.