Assign Scores to Students from the Assess Students Page

Watch how to assess users in discussion threads

Watch how to grade a topic

You can assess students’ participation in discussion topics from within threads for topics to which you’ve added an assessment.

If your topic is moderated, you must approve posts before you can assess them. For more information, see Moderate Discussion Posts and Threads. To assess individual posts, you must edit the topic to enable the Allow assessment of individual posts check box in the Assessment tab. For more information about this setting, see Configure Assessment of Individual Posts.

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Discussions.
    Discussions on the Nav Bar
  2. On the Discussions List page, click the topic you want to assess.
  3. Depending on your view settings, do one of the following:
    • In Reading view, instructors can assess an individual student while viewing all of a student’s posts together on one screen. Click the context menu beside a thread name and select Assess Student.
      Discussion Assess Student from Reading View
    • In Grid view, instructors can select either the thread or reply for a post. Click the More Actions button and then select Assess to assess the individual student.
      Discussions Grid View Assess Student
  4. The discussion evaluation page for the student will display. The student’s threads, replies and posts will display on the left side of the page with evaluation and feedback fields on the right. Note: The evaluation pane divider can be dragged to suit a user’s preferences and screen size.

    Note: On a mobile device, the evaluation tools are hidden in a drawer at the bottom of the screen. Tap the drawer to display the tools.

    Discussion Evaluation PageNote: On a mobile device, the evaluation tools are hidden in a drawer at the bottom of the screen. Tap the drawer to display the tools.
    discussion evaluation mobile

  5. Select the options below to learn about the evaluation options for the submission.

View the Student’s Discussion Threads and Replies

  1. To view the student’s discussion threads and replies to the discussion topic, simply view them on the left side of the discussion evaluation page. Each thread and reply will be date and time stamped, and include the number of words (All words in a discussion post are counted and include filler words such as “the,” “if,” and “to.” )
    View Discussion Threads and Replies on Evaluation Page
  2. Optional: Filter the view by clicking the Filter menu, then select either Threads or Replies.
    Discussion Evaluation Page Filter by options
    To clear the selected Filter, click the Filter menu, then select Clear.
    Discussion Evaluation Clear Filter
  3. Optional: Change the order student posts display: Click the Sort By menu, then select either: Oldest First (default), News First, or Post Subject.
    Discussion Evaluation Sort By

View Student's Profile Card

When hovering your mouse over a student’s profile picture on the discussion evaluation page, the student’s user profile card appears. The card displays the student’s name, role in the course, TCU ID number, online/offline status as well as links to email, instant message, and user profile. Clicking any of the links opens a new window.

Discussion Evaluation Profile Card

Evaluate the Discussion Topic with an Attached Rubric

A rubric must be created in TCU Online and attached to your discussion topic in order to evaluate the student’s responses with the rubric.

Click the Rubric title to expand it to allow for inline evaluation. Optional: Click the pop out icon above the rubric to view and evaluate the rubric in a new window.

Click Rubrics on Discussion Evaluation page

Learn more about Evaluating a Discussion Post with a Rubric.

Enter a Grade

If Allow assessment of individual posts is not enabled:

Add a grade for the student’s overall participation in the whole discussion topic, by entering a numeric value in the Overall Grade field. If you evaluated the discussion with a rubric, a grade will be auto-populated based on the rubric.

Discussion Evaluation with one score

If Allow assessment of individual posts is enabled:

Enter a value in the Score field beside each post you want to assess. Depending on the calculator method selected upon configuration of assessment of individual posts, the overall score will auto-populate with the calculated grade. In the example below, the sum post scores populated the Overall Grade field.

Discussion Evaluation Individual Posts

Add Feedback

  1. Optional: Type in the text box to add Overall Feedback to the student about their submission. Use the HTML editor to format text, add links, images, and embed multimedia. Learn more about how to Format Text Using the HTML Editor.This feedback will display both in the Grades tool and in the Discussions tool for the student.
    Discussion Evaluation Add Feedback

Edit or Preview Discussion Topic Instructions

Instructors can edit the discussion topic (for all students) or preview the discussion topic instructions from the evaluation page.
Edit or Preview Discussion Topic from Evaluation page

Edit the Activity

To Edit the Activity (for all students), click the action menu on the side panel of the screen, then select Edit Activity. The discussion topic editing page will open in a new tab.

Make modifications as needed. See the Edit a Discussion Topic page for more information.

Preview the Activity

To Preview the Activity, click the action menu on the side panel of the screen, then select Preview Activity. The Discussion Topic Preview page will open in a new tab. This will allow instructors to review the instructions and see the assignment as students do. Close the new tab to exit the Preview and return to the Discussion Evaluation page for the student you were viewing.

Save Draft or Publish

  1. When your evaluation is complete, click Publish or Save Draft, located on the bottom right of the screen. Note: if you choose Save Draft, you can publish all feedback for all students later from the Assess Topic page. 
    Publish or Save Draft
  2. To view another student’s submissions, click Back to Thread in the top left corner of the screen.Discussion Back to Thread on Assess Student page
  3. You will be taken back to the student’s discussion thread. Click View Topic to read and assess other student responses.
    View Topic from Discussion thread page
  4. If you saved your evaluations as Draft, and are ready to publish feedback, do the following:
    1. From the context menu of the topic for the discussion topic, click Assess Topic.
      Assess Topic from the Dsicussion thread page
    2. From the Assess Topic page, check the box on the table header row to select students who you want to publish feedback for. Then click the link for Publish Feedback.
      Discussion Assess Topic Publish Feedback
    3. If you are publishing feedback for All Students you can click on the Publish All Feedback button for all students to receive the feedback at the same time.
      Discussion Evaluation Publish All Feedback