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FoxTALE Managing Forum Discussions: Adding the Forum to the Gradebook

Video demonstrations and instructions on how to add and use forums in course sites.

How to Add the Forum into the Gradebook

How to Add the Forum into the Gradebook


When you want to include online discussions in course assessment

  • These two methods of grading can be used separately or together in a single forum to give learners assessment feedback. 
  • Each method reports separately into the Gradebook, even when both methods are applied in a single forum.

 

Choose one or both of these methods:


Whole Forum Grading 


Gives you the ability to submit an overall grade into the Gradebook for a learner’s work in a forum. This method allows you to select one of the grading tools: Simple direct grading, a Grading guide, or Rubric.

 

Ratings


Gives you the ability to grade individual postings in a forum to produce a grade that reports into the Gradebook.

Adding Whole Forum Grading to the Gradebook

How to Add Whole Forum Grading to the Gradebook

The Forum can be graded by seeing all postings a learner has made in the forum and applying the comprehensive grade for that forum, which  will report automatically into the Gradebook.

  • In your course site add a forum or enter an existing forum's Edit settings.
  • In the Whole Forum Grading section, change the Grade setting Type to 
    • Scale - choose a scale from the dropdown menu
      or
    • Point -  enter the maximum points possible from 1 to 500

The value of this assignment will then be reported into the Gradebook.

 

Grading the Assignment 

 

  • Enter the forum
  • Click on Grade users
  • In the Grader Panel select a student by using the Backward and Forward arrows
  • Apply the grade in the grading box or select levels in rubric criteria
  • Save
  • Move to the next student or Close

Adding Forum Ratings to the Gradebook

How to Add Forum Ratings into the Gradebook

The Forum postings can be graded and the grades will report automatically into the Gradebook.

  • In your course site add a forum or enter an existing forum's Edit settings.
  • In the Ratings section, change the Aggregation type to one of five options:
    • Average of ratings means that whether you grade one or several postings for a student a total of all of those graded postings will be added together and an average made that will report into the gradebook 
    • Count of ratings means that the number of posts that have been rated become the final grade
    • Maximum means that the highest rating that was awarded to a student in one of the posts becomes the final grade
    • Minimum means that the smallest rating that was awarded to a student in one of the posts becomes the final grade
    • Sum means that all of the postings that have been graded will be totaled together in points and that total of points will be reported into the gradebook 
      NOTE: In the Count of ratings, in which it is the number of posts, and in Sum, which is the number of points awarded across all of the posts, the score cannot exceed the Maximum grade for the activity 
  • The Maximum grade for the activity becomes available once one of the choices has been made
    Select Point and then assign the number of points possible
    The value of this assignment will then be reported into the gradebook

 

Grading the Assignment

 
  • To grade students' postings enter one of the discussion threads where a rating box has been added to each posting
  • Select the number of points that you are awarding in the rating box dropdown menu. Grade the number of postings according to the strategy you have established using the Aggregation type
  • Enter the gradebook to give private feedback related to the grade awarded
  • Select Single view for that student or Single view for the assignment
  • Check the Override box for a student or Override All in the column heading
  • Add comments in the Feedback text box
  • Save 
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