Below is a student's Moodle grade report for a finished class:
If we walked through this in English we'd say:
Each grade item has
- a weight (Accurate weights are recorded not just whatever number the instructor input whether it has any relation to how grades are calculated or not. Still the LAE User report respects instructor-input weights if using Weighted mean of grades.)
- a grade (points, optional accurate points for category and course totals as with the LAE Grader)
- a range (maximum earnable points)
- the percentage of max earnable ACTUALLY earned
- a letter grade, in this case only for the final grade (arrow-B)
- and a contribution column, how much each grade contributed to the final grade (arrow-A)
Any student is easily able to discern how their final grade was calculated even in the most complex grading strategy.
If we take a look at my own student grade report for the same class we'll see I'm not doing all that well. I really flubbed up on my first essay submission but even more importantly I'm doing poorly on the Group Project which has a pretty steep weight assigned to it. Right now I'm getting an 'F' and wondering if there's any hope. To find out I pull down on the 'Target grade selector' (arrow-C) and see that the best I can achieve is a 'C+' (well... at least Mom and Dad won't kill me if I can pull that out):
So once I've chosen my target grade (C+, of course) the report shows me exactly what I need to do to achieve that grade (arrow-D), shaded areas:
This doesn't look easy, better get crackin' (some textbooks, maybe).
We know that students perform better given clear expectations and immediate and constant feedback because they feel they are more in control of the ultimate outcome. When students feel in control of their college outcome they stick around to graduate. This is what the new LAE User student grade report is all about.