There are four key steps to setting up your gradebook in Moodle.
Click the Actions menu (gear in the top, right corner) and choose 'Gradebook setup'.
In the top row of the gradebook setup screen under 'Actions', select 'Edit', then 'Edit Settings'.
Change the Aggregation method to 'Natural'.
Moodle has deprecated the use of other aggregation methods such as 'Weighted mean of grades'. The method we will describe here will allow you to weight your Moodle gradebook in alignment with your course syllabus.
If you have categories already in your course, you may need to set them to 'Natural' as well.
Enter a name for the category, such as 'Assignments', or 'Quizzes' or choose a category appropriate for your needs.
Do not create categories for single items in your course such as a final exam or participation grade.
Click Save Changes
Be sure to repeat these steps if you need to create more categories in alignment with your syllabus.
Creating an 'Assignment' in Moodle does several things:
In the image below, you can see that we've added an 'Assignments' category plus three assignment dropboxes in the course.
The assignment weights currently add up to 100%. Do not adjust the weights just yet!
A manual grade item is an assessment that students do not submit through Moodle. It may be an exam grade, or participation, or maybe an in-class presentation.
Now, I have added another category for midterm exams with two midterms, and a Final Exam. Again, notice the weights are not correct, but Moodle has adjusted them to total 100.
Select the checkboxes for each of the categories and individual manual grade items that constitute your final grade. In the example below, I have chosen the 'Assignments', and 'Mid-term Exams' categories along with the 'Final Exam'.
Set the weights to exactly match your syllabus and total 100.
Moodle will always adjust these weights to total 100.
In the example above, the three assignments are weighted within the category according to their 'Max Grade'. To change that, select the checkboxes beside each of them and change their individual weights to total 100.
In the example below, I have weighted each of the assignments '1'. This will ensure that an odd number of assignments are weighted evenly.
The Max grade must be altered in the grade item's settings on the course page. Max grades cannot be altered in Gradebook or grade item Setup
You may also move grade items using the drop down menu in the picture below.
Select the check boxes in the righthand column of each item, scroll down and use the dropdown to move items to a different category.