Grading's never going to be easy, whether on paper or on Moodle. If you have many students and assignments it's always going to be time-consuming and onerous.
some of the frustrations I felt when grading with Moodle over the last few years have now been resolved in the latest release of Moodle, out this week. I thought I would highlight some here to whet the appetites of teachers in anticipation of their organisation being ready to upgrade:
1. Search for students:
If you share a course with other teachers and you each have your own classes you can filter the gradebook by group but that could still leave you with a large class to sift through. You can now search by student firstname or surname, which is a great time saver.
2. See who's not done the work:
You can filter the students to "not submitted” which means you can quickly see which students haven't yet submitted. Another handy fix!
3. Scroll the gradebook:
If you have a lot of assignments, a horizontal scrollbar allows you to move to the last one. That's not so useful however, as the scrollbar is at the bottom, by student Z. If you have a class of 30 students and you want to see how student A did in assignment 20, you have to scroll across and then up...
Now there is a horizontal scrollbar at the top as well. Great stuff! Sometimes the small things make all the difference; this is one of them.
Moodle's gradebook is very powerful but its power has also brought with it a level of complexity that can be overawing to some. If you'd like to help shape the future of the gradebook and make grading even easier for teachers, please complete the gradebook survey .