As this irregular and unprecedented semester comes to a close, students will be making important decisions about the culmination of their classes and whether or not they will take a final grade or declare Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. In order to make that decision, students need a sense of where they stand in your class. Read on for some tips on how to connect virtually with your students with Google Meet and share their grades easily using the Moodle Gradebook!
Google Appointment Slots with Google Meet Conferencing
If you haven’t tried out appointment slots in Google before, you can read more about that in our previous posts about the Google Appointment Calendar and sharing your calendar with your students. You can also integrate Google Meet conferencing directly into these appointment slots to easily facilitate virtual meetings.
- Setup your Appointment Calendar by following the steps in the blog posts above or by reading through Google’s help documentation.
- When a student signs up for an appointment slot, you will receive an email notification. Click “View on Google Calendar” in the email to see the meeting.
- Click the meeting in your calendar and select the pencil icon to edit the meeting.
- In the “Event Details” section, click the drop-down menu for “Add conferencing”. Select “Google Meet”.
- A Google Meet link will appear. Click “Save”.
The event on your calendar and the student’s will now include the Meet link for your virtual meeting.
Sharing Grades in the Moodle Gradebook
Even if you haven’t been using the Moodle Gradebook throughout the semester to add student grades, you can utilize it now to display some or all of a student’s grades.
If you simply want students to see their current final grade, you can manually input grades into the Moodle Gradebook without any other configuration.
- In your Moodle course, click on the Grades tab on the left side of your screen. (If you don’t see the vertical menu on the left side, click the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner to pop out the menu.)
- This is the grader report. It has a table with rows for each of your students. If you have used certain Moodle activities (ex: Assignment, Quiz, etc.), you may see grade columns for those activities. The course total is the last column in the table.
- Click inside the Course Total cell for each student and manually input a grade. Press enter to save that grade.
If you have been using an Excel spreadsheet to track student grades for all assignments across the semester, you can upload that spreadsheet to Moodle so students can access a full view of their grades. To do this properly, you will need an excel spreadsheet that is formatted in a certain way. We recommend that you first export the Moodle gradebook and then place your grades into that spreadsheet, which will then be uploaded back to Moodle. For more information on that process, check out this five minute video.