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Moodle® For Dummies® by Radana Dvorak

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Chapter 7

Grading Learners' Progress and Knowledge

In This Chapter

  • Exploring the Grader Report
  • Creating your scales
  • Working with the Choice activity
  • Adding Moodle surveys

Moodle grades and the grade book are multifaceted tools for assessing student progress and recording achievement in a highly visible and interactive module. This module enables you to record scores; calculate grades for individuals, groups, and courses; and add feedback. I show you how to use those tools in this chapter.

Assessing progress, knowledge, and learning is a difficult task, and numeric grades aren't always suitable. The Moodle developers thought of this and provided a scale that uses nonnumeric, or qualitative, feedback, and Moodle has preinstalled a quantitative scale in addition to giving you tools to create your own.

In this chapter, I also show you how to use the Choice activity, which is a question with multiple choice replies. Instructors can use the Choice activity anywhere in the course to enliven a debate by asking a question, gathering learners' responses, and then making the results available to all learners. Choice is also used at the end of units to get learner feedback, vote on topics, or provoke learners to think about topics. After you start using Choice, you'll come up with variety of ways you can use it.

In the last section of this chapter, I explain how to use the Survey Activity module, which helps instructors collect data from learners about their course or their teaching methods. ...

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