Grade Discussion Participation with the D2L Discussion Grader

Many online instructors use the Desire2Learn Discussions tool to re-create the classroom interaction that occurs in their face-to-face courses. It is common for instructors to award points based on student participation. The D2L discussion grader tool makes this process easy by allowing you to view all of a student’s postings collected in one spot, and by interfacing with the gradebook.

Set up the Discussion Grader

1) Click on Discussions in your course navbar

2) Locate the discussion topic that you would like to grade. Click the drop-down button next to its title, then hit Edit Topic

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3) In the next screen, click on the Assessment tab.

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4) Use the Grade Item drop-down box to select the gradebook column where the scores will be sent. If you have not already set up a gradebook column for discussion participation, use the New Grade Item button to do so.

5) In the Score Out Of box, enter the maximum points that that students can earn from their participation.

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6) Leave the box labeled “Assess each message and automatically calculate the topic score ” unchecked, as well as the Add Rubric button. If you would like to use a rubric to assess a discussion, see these steps here

7) Click Save and Close.

Grade the Discussions

1) Click on Discussions in your course navbar

2) Locate the topic that you wish to grade. Click the drop-down button next to its name, then click Assess Topic

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3) The next screen will present you with a list of all of the students in the course. Click on the Topic Score link beneath the first student.

4) A pop-up window will  appear. Scroll down to view a list of all of the student’s discussion postings (original posts and replies).

5) After reading the posts, scroll back up, then enter a score in the Topic Score box. Then, write feedback notes to the student in the General Feedback box.

6) Check the Publish Score on Save box.

7) Click Save and Close.

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The window will close, and you may then move down to the next student. As you proceed, each student’s score and feedback will be sent to the Grades tool.

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