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Calendar and quiz warning

What's the best way to set up the Gradebook?
I graded a student's quiz. Why don't I see anything in the Gradebook?
Why don't students see their score in the Gradebook?
I turned off the eye on a quiz on the main page, and now I can't see the grades for it
The student didn't Submit the quiz, so I can't grade it
I want some quiz questions to count for half a point
Where is my _____ ?
What's the best way to grade a batch of essay questions?
Why does my browser crash when I try to grade a bunch of essay questions using Manual Grading?
How do I add a banner graphic to the top of my page?
My glossary words don't automatically link to their glossary entries throughout the site.

Calendar and quiz warning

When you set an open or close date for a quiz, Moodle automatically puts it in the Calendar. If you delete the entry from the Calendar, MOODLE WILL DELETE THE QUIZ ITSELF!

What's the best way to set up the Gradebook?

Create your quizzes and activities using the "Add an activity..." drop down on the main page.

Click on Grades in the Administration block. Use the "Set Categories" tab. Leave all ungraded items as "uncategorized", and set "uncategorized" to Hidden. Create a category (I call mine "graded") and make it worth 100%. Once you've done grading an activity or quiz, change the pull-down menu next to it to the "graded" category.

(This keeps Moodle from assuming everyone has an F because they've done only 10 points of 100, when there's still 90 to go.)

I graded a student's quiz. Why don't I see anything in the Gradebook?

Because inside the quiz, you didn't press Update and tell Moodle to return Scores or other information. Click on your quiz, choose the Update this Quiz button. Scroll down to "Students may review" and click Scores, Feedback or whatever you want them to see.

OR

Because your Category must be set to a category (I use "graded") first. Go to Grades, choose the Set Categories tab, and move that quiz or assignment to "graded".

OR

The quiz is hidden, either in its settings or by closing the eye on the main page.

Why don't students see their score in the Gradebook?

In the quiz settings, the quiz may be set to not be reviewed by students until after the quiz is closed.

(also see above question if you can't see the score either.)

I turned off the eye on a quiz on the main page, and now I can't see the grades for it

If it's hidden, the grades cannot be seen, even by the instructor.

The student didn't Submit the quiz, so I can't grade it

Sometimes they forget. You can log in as the student and Submit it for them. Cick on Participants, then the student's name, then the button that says "Login as" below.

I want some quiz questions to count for half a point

Moodle can't do decimals like that, so make your small questions count for one point and the others for more. For example, in a quiz for a maximum grade of 11 points, my 14 multiple-choice questions each count for 1 point, and my four essays for 2 points each. This totals 22, and when I put 11 in the Maximum grade box, it works great.

Where is my _____ ?

Sometimes things should be there but they aren't, like when you try to add to a wiki or forum and you don't have the mini-HTML editor. There are settings connected with your name. Go to Participants and find yourself. Under Edit Profile, you have options that affect your interface, such as using an HTML editor or screen reader.

What's the best way to grade a batch of essay questions?

On the quiz's link, click the Results page and choose "Manual grading". Select "Grade All" to see and grade all student answers to the same question on one screen.

Why does my browser crash when I try to grade a bunch of essay questions using Manual Grading?

Loading a bunch of mini HTML editors crashes a browser. You can go to Participants, find your name, and use Edit Profile to change "When editing text" to "Use standard web forms". Or you can use a browser that doesn't understand HTML editors, like Safari.

How do I add a banner graphic to the top of my page?

Use the "Add a resource..." pull down menu and "Insert a label" in the top box on your main page.

My glossary words don't automatically link to their glossary entries throughout the site.

You need to make sure you've set your glossary to auto-link. If you have, contact the Administrator, who will need to use Admin-> Modules -> Filters to turn on Activity Names Auto-Linking.