Calculation Methods for Assessing Individual Discussion Posts

You can evaluate individual posts and have Brightspace calculate a topic score for each student, or you can directly score each student. If you choose to assess individual posts, you can specify how the system calculates each overall topic score in the Posts section of the Assessment tab when editing a discussion topic.

Identifies Calculation Method options.

Calculation Methods

There are five possible calculation methods that you can select when configuring a topic for assessment.

  • Average post score: This calculation method averages all of the post scores included per student.
     
  • Maximum post score: This calculation method identifies the highest score of all the post scores included per student.
     
  • Minimum post score: This calculation method identifies the lowest score of all the post scores included per student.
     
  • Mode post score - Highest on multiple: This calculation method looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per student. Once it picks the frequency, the system looks to see if multiple scores occur at that frequency. If not, it assigns that score to the student. If there are multiple scores with the same frequency, it will choose the highest of those scores. For example, if a score of 7 occurs 2 times, a score of 8 occurs 3 times, and a score of 9 occurs 3 times, the system will choose the frequency 3 and the score of 9.
     
  • Mode post score - Lowest on multiple: This calculation method looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per student. Once it picks the frequency, the system looks to see if multiple scores occur at that frequency. If not, it assigns that score to the student. If there are multiple scores with the same frequency, it will choose the lowest of those scores. For example, if a score of 7 occurs 2 times, a score of 8 occurs 3 times, and a score of 9 occurs 3 times, the system will choose the frequency 3 and the score of 8.