Working Towards a Better BTEC Gradebook for Moodle

One of the main bits of feedback to come from BTEC teachers in the college has to be that the gradebook needs improvement. In the last few staff sessions teachers have expressed the need for a better overview of the course as a whole, with all students and all units on one page.

As a response to this feedback we have been working on the following new gradebook concept, this will be called the “Course Gradebook”…

The Course Gradebook shows all students and all units, displaying the students completion status for each assignment within a unit.

The Course Gradebook shows all students and all units, displaying the students submission status for each assignment within a unit.

Creating an effective gradebook has proven to be challenging as there is a lot of information to fit into a small space, we have had to work on only including the information teachers need and representing it in a way that is easy to glance over.

Currently the above mock-up is lacking a key to explain what the colours mean. Throughout the new BTEC system, when viewing as a teacher, green means “submitted and graded”, yellow means “submitted but not graded” and red means “not submitted”.

In the following mock-up we can see what happens if the user click on a row, the rows above and below become “ghosted” and the selected row expands to show more detail…

This is how extra detail can be opened up by clicking on a row in the gradebook.

More details can be revealed by clicking on a row in the gradebook.

Hopefully this should allow teachers to scan over the course as a whole and see problem areas, they can click on a row to get more detail about assignment status and grade within the unit.

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