If you want to give grades or feedback to your students privately, Moodle is a great tool–especially when you cannot just hand back a paper copy of an assignment in class. The Moodle gradebook lets you see and update all student grade information at once. However, students see only their own information.
You can set up a gradebook to match the grading scheme in your syllabus. SUNY Potsdam has great instructions for setting up your gradebook. In addition to calculating numerical totals, you can use the gradebook to give feedback comments or just note that an assignment was completed.
Note: Moodle activities are automatically included in the gradebook if you select the grade option for that activity in the settings.
Pros: Tool is widely available, with appropriate access privileges already set up in Moodle
Cons: Gradebook is a little awkward for the instructor to use. “Handwritten” notes are possible, but only with a lot of effort.
Expert: Sharon Strauss