Configure a Discussion Topic for Assessment

  1. On the Discussions List page, click  Edit Topic from the context menu of the topic you want to configure.
    Identifies the Edit Topic option.
  2. Click the Assessment tab.
    Identifies the Assessment tab.
  3. If you want to link a topic score to a grade item, select your Grade Item from the drop-down list, or click New Grade Item to create a grade item for the topic in a pop-up window.Identifies the Grade Item dropdown list.
  4. Specify the number you want to Score Out Of. This is the scale, ranging from zero to the number you enter, that users are evaluated on. For example, if you enter 15, users are assessed on a scale from zero to fifteen.Shows the Score Out Of entry field.
  5. Click Add Rubric to associate the topic with one or more rubrics. Click the Create Rubric in New Window link to create a new rubric.
    Identifies Add Rubric and Create Rubric options.See Create a Rubric [1] and Connecting a Rubric to a Discussion Topic [2] for more information.
NOTE: A Rubrics section displays in the collapsible Description area of the topic, containing links to any rubrics you associate with the topic. Clicking on a rubric link will open the rubric in a pop-up window, allowing users to preview the expectations for the topic.
 
  1. If you want to assess individual posts (rather than assigning an overall topic score directly for each user):
    1. Select the Allow assessment of individual posts check box.
      Identifies Allow assessments of individual posts
    2. Select the Calculation method you want to use to determine users’ overall topic scores based on post scores. See Calculation Methods for Assessing Individual Discussion Posts for more information.
      Identifies Calculation method options.
    3. By default, the system ignores unassessed posts when calculating the topic score. However, if you want the calculation to treat unassessed posts as if those posts receive a score of zero, select the Include unassessed posts in the calculated score as zero check box.
      indicates the Include unassessed posts checkbox.
  2. Click Save and Close.

See also
Create a Rubric
Connecting a Rubric to a Discussion Topic