Assess Users in Discussion Threads & Topics

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 a Discussion Topic for Assessment.

  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.
    • 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.
  4. In the pop-up dialog box, do any of the following:
    • See a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other students replied to their post.
    • If assessment of individual posts is enabled and you are in Reading View, enter a score in the Score column beside each post you want to assess. If assessment of individual posts is enabled and you are in Grid View, add the assessment in the Post Score field.
    • If assessment of individual posts is not enabled, enter a score in the Topic Score field. This score is the assessment you are providing to the student for participation in the topic.
    • Complete each rubric, choose a level and enter feedback for each criterion or choose an overall score. Note that the calculated or chosen Overall Score (if there is one) is automatically populated in the Topic Score field. To return the Topic Score to the calculated score from the rubric, click Clear Override. For more information, see Evaluate a Discussion Post with a Rubric.
  5. In the General Feedback field, enter any comments that you have.
  6. Now either:
    • If the topic is associated with a grade item, click Publish or Save Draft.
      • Publish will immediately share your comments with your students.
      • Save Draft will publish the feedback to students at a later time.
    • If the topic is not associated with a grade item, click Save and Close.