Gradebook: Add a Manual Grade Item (Work Outside of Moodle)

A manual grade item populates a gradebook with work that occurs outside of Moodle:

  • Work hosted elsewhere, such as required emails or outside tools from publishers (without setup or available plugins);
  • Extra credit on top of normally graded work, such as a student earning 12/10 points on an assignment;
  • In-Class work; there is also the attendance activity in Moodle;
  • Pretty much anything else that no other Moodle activity seems to work.

Enter the Course where you wish to modify the gradebook.

Locate the Actions menu (gear icon) from the top-right corner of the page.

Select the Gradebook Setup option.

Scroll to the bottom of this page.

Click the Add Grade Item button.

Set the Item name of the grade item to something Informative, such as “Ch10 in-class discussion participation.”

Set the Maximum grade to whatever point value you wish this item to be worth. Ensure this value aligns with your syllabus grade breakdown!

OPTIONAL: Expand the Parent Category section and set the Grade Category to the category you want this grade item to be.

When finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

Once that’s been created, you can enter grades within the gradebook to grade it.