Graded discussions are attached to an assignment. As an assignment, they can be graded and factored into your students' final grade for your course. As a discussion, they operate just like a regular discussion, but with additional options for grading student participation.
How to created a graded discussion
This lets you create a graded discussion that is attached to the course. If need be, you can later connect it to a lesson.
- Go to the Course > Assignments view.
- Click Add an assignment.
- Enter the assignment details.
- When you get to the Type field, choose Discussion.
- A new drop-down will appear, letting you choose either to create a New discussion or to select from any existing (non-graded) discussions.
- If you create a new discussion, the discussion will have the same name as you give the assignment.
- If you choose an existing discussion, the assignment's name will change to match the discussion's name.
- You can choose a rubric for the discussion assignment; you can also choose a rubric if you enable grading for comments and replies.
- When you're done, click Save.
After you create a graded discussion:
- Go to the discussion's page to adjust its settings and add grading requirements for it.
- An entry will appear for it in the course Gradebook.
After setting up your discussion and detailing its grading requirements, you're ready to publish it and let your students have at it. After that, you'll review their contributions and give them grades...
Grading the discussion
The assignment detail in discussion and peer review assignments includes a few more review options:
- The Feedback view works just as it does on any other assignment.
- Review the student's contributions on the Discussion view.
- Stats tallies up the student's contributions—number of comments, peer ratings given, etc.
- When you click Enter Grades, you'll see how the student scored on each of the grading requirements you set up for the discussion (if any).
- You can edit the grade generated by the requirements or use the assignment rubric.