How do I assess a discussion topic?

Setting the assessment method

Via the  Assessment tab you can setup the assessment method for a discussion:

  • Click Course Tools in the navbar of your course.
  • Click Discussions. You will now see the Discussion List.
  1. Click the fold-out arrow next to the discussion you want to assess.
  2. Click Edit Topic.
  1. Click Assessment (the third tab).
  2. Select the grade item you wish to attach in the drop down menu or create a new grade item (New Grade Item).
  3. Fill in the maximum amount of points a student can achieve on the discussion below Score Out Of. Make sure the score equals the score of the rubric if you add a rubric to the discussion.
  4. Check the Allow assessment of individual post box if you want to assess post within a topic separately. The drop down menu allows you to choose from the following assessment methods:
    • Average post score: the topic score is the average of the scores per post.
    • Maximum post score: the topic score is the highest score on a post.
    • Minimum post score: the topic score is lowest score on a post.
    • Mode post score - Highest on multiple: the topic score is the highest score of multiple posts.
      For example:  1x7, 4x8, 3x9 = 8
    • Mode post score - Lowest on multiple:  the topic score is the lowest score of multiple posts.
      For example:  3x6, 3x7, 1x8 = 8
    • Sum post scores: the topic score is the sum of all the post scores.
  5. Check the Include unassessed posts in the calculated topic score as zero box if posts that have not been assessed should be included in the total score on the topic. The posts will count as a zero.
  6. Click Save and Close to save your changes and to return to the Discussion List.

Assessment with a grade item

If you have created a grade item in Brightspace and attached it to a discussion you can use this grade item to assess this discussion and/or individual posts.

  • Go to Course Tools in the navbar of your course.
  • Click Discussions
  • Click the fold-out arrow next to the topic you want to assess.
  • Click Assess Topic. The Users tab will open.
  1. You will see the name of every student in the group and the score he/she has achieved for the topic.
  2. Go to the Assessments tab for an overview of all students. Here you can choose whether you prefer to see the topic score or the score on the rubric per student.
  3. The buttons on top allow you to:
    • publish all scores at once in the grade book (Publish All Scores to Grades);
    • withdraw all published scores (Retract All Scores);
    • adjust which columns you see (Manage Columns).
  4. There are three filter options:
    • Use View By to select if you want to get an overview of all students (User) or students from a specific group (Groups). Click Apply to apply this filter.
    • Use the Search For option to search for a specific student.
    • Use the drop down menu below View Options to select whether you want to see just the topic scores or all scores (including the rubric assessment).
  5. Check the box below Status to publish the grade to the grade book in Grades and release the Grade to the student.
  6. Click Topic Score to assess the student.

Assessing individual posts

You can assess individual posts using Assess Topic (as described above), but you can also navigate to the posts you wish to assess from within the topic.

  • Navigate to Course Tools in the navbar of your course.
  • Click Discussions.
  • Click the topic within which you want to assess posts.
  • Click the post you wish to assess. It will open in a new window.
  • Click More Actions.
  • Click Assess. A new window will open.
  1. Enter the score.
  2. Enter feedback (optional). 
  3. Select Published if you want the score to be transferred to Grades automatically.
  4. Click Save.

Video: How to Grade a Discussion

Below, you can watch a video made by Brightspace supplier D2L. Note: these videos show a Brightspace environment that has a different look and feel to the Universiteit Leiden Brightspace environment.