New Administration Settings in the 1.9.5 Gradebook

General Settings (Administration > Grades > General settings)

  1. [Include scales in aggregation] Leave as Yes/checked, but unchecking and rechecking can recalculate grades for debugging purposes.  If there are problems with grade calculation in a course, this is the only place for administrators to force Moodle to do the calculations again.  This is reportedly not very processor intensive, but can take a few minutes.
  2. Allowing Grades over 100%.  If you would like to allow teachers to use grades over 100%, put a check in the box next to [Unlimited Grades]. It is recommended that this setting is enabled at an off-peak time, as all grades will be recalculated, which may result in a high server load.
  3. A new [Navigation Method] drop-down menu setting enables administrators to choose whether to enable tabs navigation of the gradebook in addition to/instead of the existing drop-down menu.

Grader Report Settings

  1. A new [Static Students Column] setting in Administration > Grades > Report settings > Grader report enables administrators to enable a static students column for teachers to scroll grades in the grader report using a horizontal scrollbar. (Note that this feature is not available for IE6 users or for users who have have the screenreader setting in their Moodle profile set to Yes.) For very large gradebooks (with many students and/or  many grade items), an informative mouse-over tooltip has been added to each grade cell in the table. It shows the user and grade item to which the grade belongs.

Grade Category Settings

  1. A new [Available Aggregation Types] setting in Administration > Grades > Grade category settings enables administrators to reduce the number of aggregation types. By default, all existing aggregation types are available (Mean of grades, Weighted mean of grades, Simple weighted mean of grades, Mean of grades (with extra credits), Median of grades, Lowest grade, Highest grade, Mode of grades, Sum of grades). This list may be reduced to only a few types, with additional types being enabled as/when teachers request them. Note that reducing the number of aggregation types simply results in disabled aggregation types not appearing in the aggregation type drop-down menu. All existing grade category calculations remain the same, regardless of whether the aggregation type is later disabled by an administrator.

For more information about gradebook improvements, see