12.2. Creating Scales
Scales are a non-numeric way of evaluating students' performance. Instead of giving an assignment a number from 1 to 100 as a grade, you can give the student a word or a small phrase as standard feedback.
Moodle's default scale"Separate and Connected was of knowing"-gives you three options: Mostly Separate Knowing, Separate and Connected, and Mostly Connected Knowing. These phrases relate to a theory about how people approach the world. Separate knowers try to
This scale comes with Moodle as a default. Some people use it, but many create their own. You can create a scale using any rating system you choose. You can even create a different scale for each assignment.
To create a new scale:
Once you've created your scale, you can use it in any activity where you would give a grade, except of quizzes. Quizzes are the only tool where you have to use a numeric grade so Moodle can compute a score.
When you give feedback using a non-numeric scale, the activity does not appear in the total grade column. Instead, the word you select for the feedback appears in the grades list, as shown in Figure 12-7.
Figure 12-7. Scales in the grades area
12.3. Effective Grade and Scale Practices
12.3.1. Grade Practices
As we have seen, the grades tool is very simple. There isn't much to worry about when managing the grades area.
The most important thing to remember is to frequently download your gradebook for backup. Your system administrator should be backing up the entire server on a regular basis, but you can never be too certain. After all, your students will complain to you if they lose their grades, not to the system admin.
If you follow the backup procedure on a regular basis, you will have a record of student grades if there is a catastrophic loss of data on the server. You can always recover students' grades up to that point in the semester if you have a regular backup.
12.3.2. Scale Practices
Scales give you the ability to provide qualitative, instead of quantitative, feedback, but they require careful wording. When creating scales, ensure your word choices are meaningful to the students and provide information they can use to improve their performance in the future. For example, the good-bad scale I used as an example in the "Creating Scales" section is actually a poor choice. A scale that includes some indication of why the assignment was poorly done would be useful. This is a difficult task because a scale allows evaluation only along a single dimension, as opposed to the multidimensional evaluation possible with the workshop and exercise tools.
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