Evaluate a Discussion Post with a Rubric

The instructions below focus solely on evaluating discussion posts with a rubric. For more basic instructions for evaluating discussions, see Add Feedback and Evaluations to Discussion Topics.

Before you can grade a discussion post with a rubric, you must have the discussion topic associated with a grade item. For information, see Associate a Discussion Topic with a Grade Item.

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Discussions.
    Discussions on the Nav Bar
  2. Click the context menu to the right of the discussion topic you wish to evaluate. Select Assess Topic.
    Discussion Topic Assess Topic
  3. For each student, click Topic Score underneath their name.
    Discussion Topic Topic Score
  4. A pop-up window will open displaying the rubric. Below the rubric is a General Feedback box, and then the student’s threads and replies for the discussion topic.
  5. Click the text for the level of each criterion that best describes the student work. As you select levels for each criterion, the rubric will automatically calculate the point Total and the Overall Score. The selections will automatically save in draft state while the assessment is in progress.
    Evaluate Discussion Rubric
  6. Optional: Click the Add Feedback link in the Criteria column to enter qualitative feedback for a particular criterion; your feedback will automatically save.
    Feedback Discussion RubricDiscussion Rubric Criteria Feedback Done
  7. Optional: Click the criterion score to manually modify the score. Click enter/return on your keyboard to save the updated score.
    score rubric
  8. Optional: If you wish to manually override the Overall Score that was automatically calculated, select an alternative Level. Note: Click Clear Override to revert to the score that is automatically calculated from the criteria scores.
  9. Optional: To provide students with general, holistic feedback, use the General Feedback box near the bottom of the window. This feedback will appear for students in Grades. To provide feedback for a specific criterion, use the blue Add Feedback link. Students will see this feedback when they view the published rubric.
  10. On the bottom left of the window, do one of the following:
    1. Click Publish to publish the assessed rubric. Students will see the score and feedback you entered in the rubric when they view the Discussion. The score will also be published to Grades if the discussion topic is associated with a grade item.
    2. Click Save Draft to save the score and feedback but not share it with students.
  11. On the bottom left of the window, do one of the following:
    • Click Publish to save. Students will see the score, grade, and feedback you entered in the rubric when they view the Discussion.
    • Click Save Draft to save the score and feedback but not share it with students.

NOTE: The checked rubric icon displays to learners when a rubric has been either partially or fully scored by the instructor. Therefore, learners may believe their post has been fully scored, even if you have not finished grading their post.

Not Scored Rubrics Scored Rubrics

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