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Moodle Tutorials: Adding Extra Credit

Adding Extra Credit

1.Click on the  Setup tab in the right-hand corner . 

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2. Under the category you wish to add extra credit to, scroll to the right and click on the drop down menu Edit , then select Edit settings .

3. Under Parent Category check Extra Credit .

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4. Click the Save changes button when you are finished.


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How can I change how grades are displayed?

Grades may be displayed as actual grades, as percentages (in reference to the minimum and maximum grades) or as letters.

The default grade display type for the site is set by an administrator in Administration > Grades > Grade item settings . However, this may be changed at course level.

To change how grades are displayed for particular grade items , or category and course summaries (called aggregations):

Alternatively, to change how grades are displayed for the whole course:

How can I hide entered grades until a specified date?

To set a "Hidden until" date:

Is it possible to show the teachers/administrators' grades in the grader report?

Yes, at the site level you can define which roles will appear in the grader report. This can be found in Administration > Grades > General settings . Also read this discussion for some more ideas.

Why can't I change a grade within an assignment after changing it in the gradebook?

When you edit a grade directly in the gradebook, an "overridden" flag is set, meaning that the grade can no longer be changed from within the assignment.

However, the flag can be removed by turning editing on in the grader report , then clicking the edit grade icon, unchecking the overridden box and saving the changes.

How do I get groups to show up in the grader report?

For groups to show up in the grader report, group mode should be set to visible or separate groups in the course settings . This will result in a groups dropdown menu being displayed, enabling a teacher to view the grades of all participants, or only the grades for a selected group.

The quiz grades keep disappearing from the student view, even after I un-hide them!

Check your quiz settings. Under the Review options heading, in the Later, while the quiz is still open and/or the After the quiz is closed columns, you probably have Scores un-checked. Each time a student completes a quiz, these settings are consulted and the scores will be hidden from all students. If your students don't all take the quiz at the same time, it can look like quiz scores reset themselves to 'hidden' randomly, even after you un-hide them. (If there is no end date for the quiz, the quiz never actually closes and will never display grades unless Scores is checked in "Later, while the quiz is still open."

How can I make the gradebook simpler for teachers?

See Simplifying the gradebook by changing permissions .

How can I remove the grades link in the user menu?

If you are using an alternative gradebook to the one provided in Moodle, you can remove the grades link in the user menu (or change it to something else) by editing the setting 'User menu items' (customusermenuitems) in the Site administration.

Grades and user removals

What happens to gradebook data when a user is unenrolled from a course.

On re-enrolling, you can recover their grades from before. See the section 'Unenrolment and grade history' in Unenrolment for more details.

Advanced grading

Why can't i see the advanced grading option.

To see the option for Advanced grading, you first have to create an assignment and choose Advanced grading/Rubric from the Grading method dropdown. Advanced grading will then appear in Settings>Assignment administration.

How can I allow teachers to save rubrics as templates for others?

Create a new role and assign it in the system context. Give this role the capability moodle/grade:sharegradingforms (for sharing as a template) and if desired moodle/grade:managesharedforms (for editing or deleting templates created by others) Assign this role to those teachers you wish to have this ability.

How do students see the Marking guide?

Assuming the teacher has allowed this in the Marking guide settings, the student may click "submissions grading" under the assignment name in their navigation block:


Why can't students see feedback when Anonymous submissions are used?

If you use Anonymous submissions to conceal student identities when assessing in the Assignment module, it waits until all submissions are marked, and Reveal student identities is clicked, to enter final grades into the Gradebook. Only at this point does it release Rubric marks/comments and inline feedback for student view (if Advanced Grading: Rubrics and Inline Comment Feedback are used in the Assignment).

How do I create my own custom gradebook reports?

See Gradebook reports in the dev docs.

How can I sort or change the order of column headings?

Go to Grades link, then select one of the "Category & items" actions from the pulldown on the top left. Use the move icon to change the position of the graded item. And/or you could create categories for the items and move them into a category so they will be grouped that way first.

How can I remove user ID numbers and/or email addresses from the grader report

Go to Settings > Site administration > Users > Permissions > User policies and untick the 'ID number' and/or 'email address' checkboxes for 'Show user identity'.

Note that this will result in ID numbers and/or email addresses not being shown when searching for users and displaying lists of users. See the section 'Show user identity' in Roles settings for a list of locations where user identity fields are shown.

How can I interpret the quiz report statistics?

See Quiz report statistics in the developers documentation.


I can't find where to change the aggregation type for my gradebook categories.

How can I grade some of my activities without the results affecting my students' course total?

Note : Following the above steps the not graded activities will be completely hidden from your students. So...

In this case you can exclude the "Not graded activities" from course total using the "Weighted mean of grades" aggregation method in Course category and assigning 100 weight to the "Graded activities" and 0 weight to the "Not graded activities".

My student completed only one activity out of 5, but his course total shows 100%. How do I show a more "progressive" course total?

Step-by-step explanation.

Another Explanation

By default, only non-empty grades are aggregated, the others are ignored. However, you can change this setting as well as others that affect the course total, by turning "Editing" on in the grader report, and clicking the "Edit" icon next to the course category (the very top row of the grader report).

You can untick the box "Exclude empty grades" if you want to show a more "progressive" score for each student. Their empty grades will count as a 0 and will be counted in the course mean/total.

If you prefer to show a sum of points, rather than a percentage, you can change the course category's aggregation method to "Natural".

How can I display the average grade for my course categories (not grade categories)?

In Moodle 3.0 there is no way to aggregate course totals within each category. The gradebook is course-centered, and there is currently no User Interface for showing grades within an entire course category at once. However, the Grades link from the User dropdown menu will show students their Total Grades from each course that they are enrolled in.

Why is the Category Total blank for one of my categories?

One possibility is that you accidentally entered some grades into the Category Total column and then erased them. When you do that, an override flag gets set and then the totals won't calculate. Here's how to check, and fix it:

(Overridden grades are normally shaded a dark yellow in the grader report, which makes finding them much easier.)

How many depths of categories/subcategories can I create?

There is no programmatic limit, but there are practical limits. Very deeply nested structures are difficult to manage. 3 levels of categories should be sufficient for most situations. Note that there is always at least one level of categories, since the Course category always encompasses all other categories and grade items, can cannot be deleted.

I can't find setting X in the grade category edit page! Where is it?

If a setting documented on the Grade categories page does not appear on your edit page, it may mean that it is set globally in your site. See Forcing settings for more information.

I want to set up an outcome item for my course. What are the steps required?

How can I remove an outcome from an activity?

An outcome can be removed from an activity by deleting it via Course administration > Gradebook setup . This results in the outcomes being deselected on the update activity page.

The activity I wish to use doesn't support grading. How can I give my students a grade anyway?

You can create a grade item manually in the gradebook. You will have to grade your students through the Grader report interface (in editing mode).

I just graded some of my students using the activity interface, but the results aren't showing up in the grader report. What's going on?

Here are some of the possible reasons:

I just created a new assignment with the "Grade" setting set to "No grade", but it still appears in the gradebook

The reason is that the gradebook is now the place where both numerical and textual types of feedback are recorded for all activity modules. The word "Grading" in assignment relates only to numerical grades, but the ability to give text feedback remains, and must be recorded in the gradebook. This is why a grade item is created for it. You can hide the grade item if you do not want it to appear in the user reports.

How can I quickly give all students additional points for an activity

To add points on top of an already existing grade, go to the Gradebook setup, click "Edit" next to the activity, and choose "Edit Settings" from the dropdown menu. Under the Grade item section, click Show More and add points into the Offset. This will give all users the additional points. Users with 0 points (or with no points yet earned) will start off with the amount you've set here. The Single view is another place where you can override points earned for an activity; though, any modifications in the Singleview will override the grade—changes made to grade at the activity level will not appear in the gradebook until this override is removed.

Weights and extra credits

How do weighted grades influence the category or course total.

Weighted grades behave differently in Weighted Mean of Grades and Natural Grading.

WEIGHTED MEAN OF GRADES A weight (also called coefficient) only has meaning in reference to other weights. If you only have one grade item, changing its weight will not have any effect. However, if you have two grade items, each with a different weight, the "heavier" item will have more influence on the total grade than the "lighter" one.

You can set the weights to any positive numerical value you choose. Usually, at least one of the weights will be 1 and serve as the baseline for other weights. If another item has a weight of 2, its grades will be multiplied by 2 compared with the grades of the first grade item, before being averaged. The denominator used for averaging is the sum of all the weights.

An example follows:


Natural grading automatically calculates the weight value in response to the maximum grade that is set for all of the grade items. The weighting column will always add up to 100%.

If you change the weight for one of the grade items, the weighting of the other grade items will all readjust in response to the change.

Natural Weight (because all items are of equal value (100 points):

If you then adjust the weight for item 1 to 50%, the other two grades will adjust to 25% each -


Do I have to put a value in each "weight" input box?

WEIGHTED MEAN OF GRADES No. If you do not put a value, it will default to 1. If all items are set to 1 then they all have equal weight. If you set a weight to 0, the item's grades will not count at all in the category or course average.

NATURAL GRADING The weights will adjust in response to the weights that you do change. If you only change 2 of 6 total grade items' weight, the other four weights will adjust so that all weights add up to 100.

Do all the weights have to add up to 100 or some similar value?

WEIGHTED MEAN OF GRADES No, the numbers you put as weights are completely arbitrary. They must be positive numbers, and can add up to anything you want. Note however that the following four sets of weights are identical in value:

NATURAL GRADING Natural grading weights MUST equal 100%. If you manually adjust the values of EVERY grade item, and they do not equal 100%, upon saving they will be adjusted to equal 100%, retaining your weighting preferences. If you only adjust a few of your grade items, the remaining items weights will be adjusted so that the total comes to 100%.

Example: If you set your weights as follows:

Natural grading will adjust them as follows:

What is the difference between Weight and Extra Credit?

Weight is only available with "Weighted mean of grades" and "Natural" grading. For the "Simple weighted mean of grades", the weight is taken from the grade item's maximum grade. A weight is used to give a grade item more or less importance in the computation of the category total or average, compared with the other items of the same category.

Extra credit replaces grade item weight if the aggregation method is "Mean of grades (with extra credits)", "Natural", or "Simple weighted mean of grades". The effect of extra credit is different in each case, hence some confusion:

To change a graded item to an extra credit item for Natural or Simple weighted mean of grades:

How do I create an assignment for which students can receive a grade above the maximum/above 100%?


Why can't I enter a grade higher than the maximum?

See the answer to the question above. Ask your administrator to check Administration > Site administration > Grades > General settings

How do I give a fixed score for a successful quiz attempt

Suppose you want to give 5 points for a passing grade (say, 40) in a certain quiz (which has a maximum score of 100). Possible scenario ( [1] ): extra credit points to every student that gets a "passing grade" in a "practice test" at the end of each chapter covered in the course, to encourage them to practice after the homework quizzes and to get familiar with a "test type" situation before the actual test.

The following formula should do the trick:

=if( quiz >=40, 5, 0)

The formula may be added to a designated grade item or category.

Any further questions?

Please post in the Gradebook forum on

The following forum discussions are from before the implementation of the Natural Grading aggregation method but have been left here because they still contain some good information:

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Moodle: Make an assignment extra credit

Moodle Gradebook allows you to mark individual assignments as extra credit, as well as create a grading category in which all grading items are worth extra credit. This tech doc shows how to set up each of these options.

Before you start , you may need access to the following:

Mark a grade item as extra credit

The easiest way to do this is to modify the grade item directly by marking the extra credit checkbox. However, the way to do this varies depending on whether you want a) to create an extra credit assignment that students will complete as a Moodle activity or b) you want to create a new extra credit assignment directly in your gradebook without tying it to a Moodle activity.

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Screenshot showing the Gradebook Setup section with the tabs Setup and Gradebook setup highlighted

Screenshot showing options for section titled Parent Category

Create an extra credit category

It is also possible to create extra credit grade items within a category of their own. This option is useful if you have more than one extra credit item and wish to group them together. If you choose to create an extra credit category , your extra credit grade items will be in a category of their own. In this case, the category should be marked as extra credit but the individual grade items should not.

Screenshot showing the Gradebook Setup section with the tabs Setup and Gradebook setup highlighted

Screenshot showing a folder and its contents, with the title Extra Credit

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Moodle: How to Add Extra Credit Items?

General Information

If you would like to give a student extra points on a grade item, you can edit the student's score by adding those points to it, and Moodle will calculate it accordingly.

Example: If a student scores a 97 out of 100 on an exam, and also got the 5-point bonus question correct. You can type in 102 for that student's exam score, and Moodle will calculate it as 102%.

Moodle also allows for extra credit to be added through your grade book. You can place the extra credit item in a category that you create if you would like the extra credit points added toward that specific category total.

NOTE: When Moodle calculates a total for a category, it first processes all of the non-extra credit items. Any extra credit items are then added to that subtotal. For example, a category having 3 grade items (a 90 out of 100, a 100 out of 100, and an extra credit item worth 3 points) will first process the non-extra credit items (the 90 and 100 will have a simple weighted mean score of 95.) Then it will add the extra points to the subtotal (95 + 3) to get a category total of 98 points.

To Add an Extra Credit Grade Item:

1. From the Gradebook Setup screen, scroll down and click the Add Grade Item button.

2. At a minimum, specify the desired Name , Maximum grade ,  Grade category , and check the Extra credit checkbox.  Then click the Save changes button.

extra credit checkbox and save changes button at the bottom of the new grade item screen

Existing grade items can also be configured as extra credit. 

1. From Gradebook setup , simply Edit settings for the desired grade item.

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, check the Extra credit checkbox and Save changes . 

Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview . To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page .

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page .


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