Grading Discussion Forum Posts

Grading Discussion Forum Posts

Discussion forum posts are typically graded using ratings. In a forum’s settings, the aggregate type dictates how ratings are used to calculate a grade. By default, any existing forums in your course are set to: 'Average of ratings.' With this setting, the system calculates a grade by averaging students’ ratings for a forum.

When creating a new discussion forum, there are a total of five aggregate types to select from:

  • Average of ratings – Students’ grades are calculated based on the average of their ratings for a forum.
  • Count of ratings – Students’ grades are calculated based on how many rated posts they have in a forum.
  • Maximum – Students’ grades are calculated based on their highest-rated posts in a forum.
  • Minimum – Students’ grades are calculated based on their lowest-rated posts in a forum.
  • Sum – Students’ grades are calculated based on the total sum of their rated posts in a forum.

To grade a student's forum post using ratings:

  1. Enter a discussion forum from your course homepage, or by clicking 'Discussions' on your course menu bar.
  2. Rate a student’s response by awarding points from the dropdown menu beneath their posting. Depending on your forum’s aggregate type, a grade for this student will then be recorded in your gradebook.

To grade a student's forum post by entering an overridden grade:

If you would prefer not to use the ratings system to grade, you may enter an overridden grade using the following steps:

  1. Access your gradebook from the menu bar at the top of your course home page.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select 'Single view.'
  3. On the right side of the screen, use the 'Select grade item...' or 'Select user...' dropdown menus to filter by assignment or student.
  4. To the right of the desired assignment/student, check the box in the 'Override All/None' column.
  5. Enter a numerical value in the 'Grade' column.
  6. Repeat as necessary.
  7. Once your changes are complete, click 'Save changes.'

Please note, overridden grades override existing scores for the assignment and prevent changes recorded outside of the gradebook (such as through an assignment's submissions page).

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