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D2L - Grade a Discussion

Last Updated: 08/19/2015
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Overview

The following documentation will show how to grade student contributions to a Discussions Topic.

*Note: If you associate a Discussions Topic with a grade item, you can also assess students on that Topic from the Enter Grades page for the associated grade item. Learn more by visiting the Enter Grades tutorial.

This tutorial is operating system independent.

Step 1

Log into your course and from the Communication drop-down menu click Discussions.

Step 2

Before you can grade student contributions to a Topic, you must setup the Assessment settings for that topic.

Click the drop down arrow next to the Topic name and choose Edit Topic.

Step 3

Click the Assessment tab.

Step 4

Enter a maximum score into the Score Out Of box. This will enable you to assess the Topic.

Step 5

By default, you will give each student one score for the whole Topic. Move to step 6 if choosing default behavior.

If desired, you can click Allow assessment of individual posts to score students on each individual post within the Topic. If you enable this setting, you must choose a calculation method. The available calculation methods are:

  • Average post score: Topic score will equal the average of all post scores
  • Maximum post score: Topic score will equal the highest score out of all post scores
  • Minimum post score: Topic score will equal the lowest score out of all post scores
  • Mode post score: Highest on multiple – Topic score will equal the highest score earned on more than one post
  • Mode post score: Lowest on multiple – Topic score will equal the lowest score earned on more than one post

Step 6

If you wish to connect student scores on this Topic to the grade book, choose a grade item from the available items in the Grade Item drop down menu. For more information, visit the Create a Grade Item tutorial.

Step 7

Click Save and Close.

Step 8

Now that you have configured the Assessment settings for the Topic, you can grade your students.

Click the name of the Topic to open it and view the Threads students have posted.

Step 9

Click the drop down arrow and select Assess Student to grade the student who posted the associated Thread.

Step 10

Use the following instructions, if you chose the default of score a whole topic in Step 5. Otherwise, go to Step 11.

Review the student’s post at the bottom of the View Topic Score window, then enter a grade in the Topic Score textfield.

If you chose to connect the Topic to a grade item in Step 6, check the Published box to publish this score to the grade book and enter Feedback, if desired.

When complete move onto Step 12.

Step 11

If you clicked Allow assessment of individual posts in Step 5, use the following grading method.

Review the student’s post(s) to this Topic at the bottom of this window and enter a score for each of them. After saving, the student’s total score will appear under Calculated Topic Score.

If you chose to connect the Topic to a grade item in Step 6, check the Published box to publish this score to the grade book and enter Feedback, if desired.

Step 12

Click Save and Close once you are finished assessing the student. Repeat steps 9 through 11 for the rest of your students.

Step 13

To access an overview of every student’s score for a Topic, click the drop down arrow next to the Topic’s name and choose Assess Topic.

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