Learn@UW - Grading and Assessing Discussion Posts

This document describes effective methods for grading students' posts to a discussion topic.

If your organization has enabled you to view Discussion topics in Grid View, You can use the method of assessing posts described below. This is generally easier than using the method of assessing topics described below.

If your organization has restricted you to view Discussion topics in Reading View, you must use the method of assessing topics as described below.

For either of the above methods, it is first necessary for the Discussion topic to be associated with a Grade item.


Assessing Topic with Grade Item

If the topic is not already associated with a Grade item, proceed as follows:

  1. Select Edit Topic from the drop-down menu by the topic.

    Edit Topic

  2. In the "Edit Topic" interface, select the "Assessment" tabbed page.

  3. Select or create a new grade item to associate the topic to.

  4. Enter the maximum score a student can receive on the "Score Out of" box.

  5. If a student submits multiple posts you can optionally score each post separately and have an overall score calculated by a method selected (for example, average or maximum score).  To enable this, check the "Allow assessment of individual posts" box and select a calculation method.  If unchecked, you would just supply an overall score when grading.

  6. Press Save or Save and Close.

    Assessment


Assessing Posts Method

This method requires that Discussion posts be viewed using "Grid View".

Once a topic has been associated with a grade item, you may grade the students' posts:

  1. Select View Topic (or  View Topic in Grid View if that option appears) from the drop-down menu by the topic.

    Step 1

    This will bring up a page of students' posts in "Grid" View.

  2. Select a student's post you want to evaluate. 

  3. Read the post submitted by the student.

  4. Select Assess from the "More Actions" drop-down menu near the top.
  5. Steps 2-4
  6. Enter a score in the box by "Post Score".

  7. Optionally leave feedback. 

  8. Check the box by "Published" to send the score to the gradebook.

  9. Press the Save near the lower left corner.

    Note: If you do not see the buttons or scroll bars to scroll down, try maximizing or re-sizing your browser's window.

    Steps 5-8

    This will return you to the page of students' posts.

  10. If you wish, you can use the check box by the 'flag' icon to flag (mark) the post as having been graded.

  11. Repeat steps 2-9 for the remaining students who submitted posts and have not yet been scored.


Assessing Topics Method

This method can be used whether Discussion posts are viewed using "Reading View" or "Grid View". If you can view Discussion posts in "Grid View" you will probably find easier to use the method of assessing posts described above.

Once a topic has been associated with a grade item, you may grade the students' posts:

  1. Select Assess Topic from the drop-down menu by the topic.

    Assess Topic

    This will bring up the "Assess Topic" interface containing a list of the students with a "Topic Score" link following their names.

    Assess Topic Interface

  2. Select the "Topic Score" link by a student to bring up a list of all posts submitted by that student. 

  3. Read the posts submitted by the student.

  4. Enter score(s) in the box(es) by "Topic Score".

  5. Optionally leave feedback. 

  6. Check the box by "Published" to send the score to the gradebook, or, you may later send all grades to the gradebook at once in step 9 below.

  7. Press the Save or Save and Close button near the lower left corner.

    Note: If you do not see these buttons or scroll bars to scroll down, try maximizing or re-sizing your browser's window.

    Assess Student

    This will return you to the "Assess Topic" interface.

  8. Repeat steps 2-7 for the remaining students who submitted posts and have not yet been scored.

  9. To send grades to the gradebook that have not yet been published, press the Publish All Scores to Grades button near the top.

    Publish All Scores to Grades




Keywords:brightspace learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn discussion post assess grade grading instructor   Doc ID:41670
Owner:Joan W.Group:Learn@UW Utility
Created:2014-07-07 15:40 CDTUpdated:2016-05-24 14:31 CDT
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