Why is the dropdown grade option missing in gradebook?

If you are using Moodle Assignment and Moodle gradebook to provide student feedback etc, there may be occasions where a grade drop down option becomes unavailable for a particular group of students etc and some assignment column cells appear brown.

This is because grades have been overridden and the cell frozen  after a user clicks Update at the bottom of the gradebook page after making entries.

The fix: 

  • Log into Moodle
  • Go to your course
  • Scroll to course admin settings > click Grades
  • If using groups – select group to view
  • If a number of the cells under the various assignment columns are brown > click Turn editing on (while still in gradebook)
  • Click on the little editing hand and pen icon next to a student’s brown grade cell -(can only do one student at a time)
  • Edit grade page  appears > uncheck Overridden box – scroll down and click Save changes

NOTE:

  1. If an assignment is linked to may users or groups it will take awhile for the page to update and will most likely time out – this is not a problem as the setting will be saved.
  2. Do NOT use the browser back button but open the course in a new window (paste the course URL into the new window) – go to grades and repeat the fix steps above for each instance

When completed fix steps stay in gradebook view

  • Do NOT click on Update at bottom of the page (if do then override and block it all again)
  • Turn editing off
  • Click on an assignment and enter grades as usual from the drop down menu

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