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How to set up auto-grading for graded discussions

In this article, you'll learn how to set up your graded discussion so that it will automatically grade your students' participation. (You can also manually-grade these assignments.

To set up auto-grading, you'll need to pay attention to these items:

  • The graded discussion's Due Date on the assignment page
  • The discussion's grading requirements
  • The Comments Closed setting on the discussion page
  • The Auto Grade setting on the discussion page

Due date

First make sure that the discussion assignment has a due date. There are three ways to do that:

Grading requirements

Auto grading will refer to your grading requirements when it calculates the grade. You'll need to set up at least one grading requirement in order for auto grading to work!

Comments Closed and Auto Grade

After the due date and grading requirements are nailed down, you can put in the final two details for auto-grading:

  • Comments Closed: You'll need to set a date/time at which the discussion will automatically close for new comments/replies.
    1. Click Comments Closed.
    2. Select Date from the drop-down.
    3. Enter the date/time. The date must be on or after the assignment's due date!
    4. Click Save.
  • Auto Grade: Enter the date/time at which you wish the assignment to be automatically graded. The time must fall on or after the Comments Closed date/time.

Now that you've set up auto-grading:

  • On the date/time you've entered in the Auto Grade settings, Populi will tally each student's discussion contributions, compare them to your grading requirements, and assign each student a grade for the assignment. This grade will automatically push to the course gradebook and be figured into the student's final grade.
  • You can disable auto-grading by editing the setting and deleting the date you entered.
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