Moodle Gradebook: How to Change Totals to Percentages

Are you a user of Moodle and Moodle’s gradebook?

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If so, have you ever wondered:  How do I get my course total grades in my grade book to show up as percentages instead of as total numbers?

I wonder this each and every semester, and every semester I have to look up how to do it!  But this semester, I’ve decided to write a tutorial post about it, because I know doing so will help me remember it better.

If you prefer to read a Google Doc which contains screenshots, you can find that here.  Otherwise, read on for the step-by-step instructions.

So, how do we get our course total grades in our grade books to show up as percentages instead of as total numbers?

You have many choices for how your course total grades show up in your gradebook!  You are not stuck with the default “total points earned.”

Here’s how you can change the display to best fit your needs:

  1.  Go to your course’s homepage
  2. When you find the Administration tab, click it.
  3. If it opens to Grader Report, click on the drop-down menu in that  window to get more options.
  4. Then, click the Gradebook setup ( in Moodle 3.0) option.
  5. Once you get to the Gradebook Setup, click Edit, which you’ll find at the far right end of the row near the top which contains the course name in bold. (For me, this was the hardest step the first time.)
  6. Next click Edit Settings.
  7. In the Category Total area, click Show More.
  8. Select Display grade type and click on that drop down menu.  You will see many choices there!  Choose a setting that contains percentage.
  9. Click Save changes.

Return to your grader report view (see steps 1 and 2 above) to view the changes.


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