How do I grade discussion forums?

Note: You must create the gradebook item in the Gradebook BEFORE you can associate a Forum or Topic with the item for grading.

Go to Forums.

Go to Forums.

Select the Forums tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Select the Topic you want to grade.

Select the More link for the Topic you want to grade, and then select Grade from the list of expanded options.

Note: You may grade by either Forum or Topic. The grading process is very similar. However, most faculty prefer to grade by Topic, since a Forum may contain several different Topics and each Topic may represent a separate gradebook item or score.

Select a gradebook item.

You will see a list of site participants along with summary statistics for each user on number of posts authored, read, unread, and percent read in the current topic. You may sort the list by any of those columns by clicking on the column title if you choose.

Select the gradebook item where you would like to record the scores for this topic from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Once you select a gradebook item, the screen will change to display a grade entry column where you may enter points.

Note: If you already associated your Topic with a gradebook item, then you do not need to complete this step. You should have been taken directly to the grade entry screen.

View posts.

To view posts, select the author's name. A pop-up window will open showing the message/s posted by that author. Notice that the Word Count in each post is also shown.

Select the Close Window button to close the pop-up window and return to the grade entry screen.

Enter points.

 Enter points into the grade entry column.

Add Comments.

If you would like to add comments, select the Show Comments link to expand the comment column.

Enter your comments into the text boxes provided.

Apply a grade to all ungraded.

If you would like to apply a single score to all ungraded items, enter the score to be applied, and then, select the Apply Grade to all Ungraded button.

Tip: This is a useful option if, for example, you would like to apply zeros to all students that did not post.

Submit grades.

Submit grades.

After you have entered all of the grades and/or comments, scroll down to the bottom of the list, and select the Submit Grades button to save your changes and send the grades to the gradebook.