Moodle: Gradebook: How to Use the Smart File Importer

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The Smart File Importer allows instructors to quickly upload grades to a graded item to Moodle by using a .CSV or .TXT file. A graded item will need to be created in the Gradebook before the grades are uploaded. The specific format of your file depends upon whether it is using the LSU ID number (89 number) or Email address as the unique identifier for the student. Please note that for the import to work from a .CSV file, there can be no empty cells or cells with a dash (-). The formats are as follows:

For 89 number:
  • No headers
  • Two columns
  • 89 number
  • Grade
For Email Address:
  • Two headers (labeled Email Address and Grade)
  • Two columns
  • Email Address
  • Grade

How to Use the Smart File Importer:

  1. Log in to Moodle and access the desired course. From the Administration menu (gear icon), select the Grades option.
  2. Open the drop down menu at the center of the screen, and choose the Smart File option under the Selective Import header.

Gradebook drop down menu with Smart file highlighted


  1. There are two options for uploading a file. You may drag and drop a file into the area provided, or you may select the Choose a File button at the top left. Use your preferred method to select your .CSV or .TXT file and then click the Upload File button.

Smart file selection screen with drag and drop area depicted


  1. Click Continue after the upload completes to return to the Gradebook.


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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