Scales are a grade type within Totara Learn that offer an alternative to numeric grading. You can share scales across the site (standard scale) or have them be local to a particular course (custom scale). Once a scale is created it will be accessible to use for anyone who has access at that level e.g. a standard scale is available to all editing

users as it is site level, a custom scale is only available to others with editing right on that particular course. 

You can set Scale as the grade type when setting up a grade item or activity on a course. 

Creating scales

Anyone with editing rights can create a grade scale on a course and Site Administrators can also create a scale on a site level. 

Creating a scale from a course

It is possible to create a new grade scale from a course by following these steps:

  1. On the course go to Grades > Scales from the Administration block. 
  2. Click Add a new scale
  3. Configure the settings to your preferences. 
  4. Click Save changes

Creating a scale at site level 

If you are a Site Administrator then you can add a scale at the site level which will be usable by any trainers or administrators on the site.

  1. On the course go to Grades > Scales from the Administration menu. 
  2. Click Add a new scale
  3. Configure the settings to your preferences. 
  4. Click Save changes

Settings 

SettingDescriptionNotes
NameThe name of the scale. It is recommended this is descriptive. -
Standard scaleIf ticked the scale will be shared across the site for anyone to use.This is ticked by default if adding the scale at site level and cannot be unticked in that case. 
ScaleEnter the scale here separating each scale point with a comma. The scale should range from the lowest point to the highest e.g. Poor,Good,Excellent. -
DescriptionYou can describe the scale here. This might include guidance for how it should be used or an expansion of which each scale point represents. -

Editing scales

Editing a scale works in a very similar way for a scale added at a site or course level. You can only edit a scale that you created. 

  1. Go to Grades > Scales from the either Administration block (on the course) or the Administration menu (on the site). 
  2. Alongside the scale you wish to edit click the cog icon (). 
  3. Configure the settings to your preferences. 
  4. Click Save changes

Deleting scales

You can only delete a scale that you created. However, it works in a very similar way for both site and course level scales. 

  1. Go to Grades > Scales from the either Administration block (on the course) or the Administration menu (on the site). 
  2. Alongside the scale you wish to delete edit click the cross icon (). 

Totara Academy

The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Grading, completion and certificates in Totara Learn. Here you can learn more on how to use these tools, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.