Moodle: Activities and Resources: Grading a Forum

Moodle Forums can be graded through whole forum grading or a process called rating. Whole forum grading is a new Moodle feature that allows instructors to assess student forum postings from a grading interface that collects all student postings and displays them on one page. Ratings are selected for a post from a scale that can be customized. When ratings are enabled for a forum, a grade item is created in the gradebook. Ratings are sent directly to the gradebook. Selecting the Aggregate type will determine how the gradebook calculates the ratings.

When rating is enabled, the instructor will see a drop-down menu on each entry (not their own), allowing them to select a number from a scale to rate the post. Users can rate more than one post at a time. For detailed information on forum ratings and aggregate types, see MoodleDocs: Ratings. Note that this page does not show the Snap theme, but functionality is the same.

Set Up Whole Forum Grading:

  1. On your desired course, click on the forum that you want to grade.
  2. Click on the admin button (gear icon) located at the top right, then click on Edit settings.
    Admin button (gear icon) with edit settings selected

  3. On the forum settings page, scroll down and click the drop down arrow on Whole forum grading.
    Whole forum grading dropdown

  4. Adjust the grade settings to your preference. 
    Whole forum grading settings

  5. Once finished, click Save and return to course or Save and display to save your settings. 
    "Save and return to course" and "Save and display" buttons

  6. Once saved, go back to your desired forum and click on Grade users
    Grade users button

  7. The whole forum grading interface will appear. It contains all of a student's forum posts on left side of the screen while their name, a grade entry field, and communication option will appear on the right side of the screen. Their forum posts will contain post titles, dates and their content. You can scroll through all the students by clicking the arrow, or search by name by clicking on the magnifying glass.
    Whole grading forum arrow and magnifying glass button to choose student to grade

  8. Click Save located on the top right side of the page to save grades after you have finished inputting all grades.

    Save button for whole forum grading


To Enable Ratings:

  1. Add a new forum or edit an existing forum by clicking the editing pencil on the forum card. See GROK article 20203, Adding and Editing a Forum.
  2. On the settings screen, scroll down to the Ratings section and click to expand. Select an Aggregate type.
    Gif of opening the Ratings section in forum settings in Moodle 3.7

  3. Select the scale Type and enter a Maximum grade.
  4. Restrict ratings inside the desired dates if you want to disable ratings after a certain date. This will restrict the dates when students can receive feedback.
  5. Click Save and return to course.


To Add the Forum to a Gradebook Category:

  1. After saving the Ratings settings, go back to the editing screen for the forum by clicking the editing pencil on the forum card or the gear icon while inside the forum activity.
  2. Scroll down to Grade section, which has now appeared. Click to expand the section.
    gif of selecting Grade category for forum

  3. Select a grade category and enter a grade to pass, if desired.
  4. Click Save and return to course.


Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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