D2L: Assessing a Discussion Topic

VERSION 10.3 OR HIGHER

Discussions forums are collaborative areas to post, read and reply to threads on different topics. Forums are used to organize discussion topics into categories. Topics can have multiple threads for various student posts. Courses can have multiple forums and topics and it is possible to assess a learner's contributions to a discussion topic. A rubric may also be used as part of the assessment process.

REQUIRED:
  • Instructor access to a Desire2Learn course
  • Discussion topic posts contributed by learners
STEPS TO FOLLOW TO ASSESS A TOPIC AS A WHOLE:
  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Select a course.
  3. Click on More in the Navigation menu.
  4. Click Discussions.
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Discussion forum and topics
  1. To assess a topic, select Assess Topic from the dropdown menu for the specific topic.
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Topic Menu - Assess Topic
  1. Click the Topic Score link for a user to see the posts a student made within the topic.
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Topic Scores
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the user posts to various threads in the topic.
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Student Posts
  1. Review the posts and assign a score for the entire topic.
  2. Check the Published box to automatically export the score to the grade item associated with the topic.
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Score a Topic
  1. (Optionally) Feedback can be provided to the student along with their score.
  2. Click Save and Close.
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Feedback Window

STEPS TO FOLLOW TO ASSESS individual posts:
  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Select a course.
  3. Click on More in the Navigation menu.
  4. Click Discussions.
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Discussion forum and topics
  1. To configure the topic to allow assessing a post in a topic, select Edit Topic from the dropdown menu for the specific topic.
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Topic Menu - Assess Topic
  1. Select the Assessment Tab.
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Topic Menu - Edit Topic
  1. To link a topic score to a grade item, select the 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.
  2. Specify a value, for Score Out of by typing number in box.
  3. Add a rubric (optional).
  4. Select the Allow Assessment of Individual Posts checkbox
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Assessment by individual post
  1. Select a calculation method.
Note: There are five possible calculation methods:
  • Average post score averages all of the post scores included per user.
  • Maximum post score identifies the highest score of all the post scores included per user.
  • Mode post score - Highest on multiple looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per user. 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 user. 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 looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per user. 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 user. 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.
  1. Click Save and Close.
Note: By default, the system ignores unassessed posts when calculating the topic score. However, for 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.
  1. From the Discussions List, select Assess Topic from the dropdown menu for the specific topic.
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Topic Menu - Assess Topic
  1. Click the Topic Score link for a user to see the posts a student made within the topic
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Topic Scores
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the user posts to various threads in the topic.
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Student Posts
  1. Review the posts and assign a score for each individual post.
  2. (Optionally) Feedback can be provided to the student along with their score.
  3. Check the Published box to automatically export the score to the grade item associated with the topic.
  4. Click Save and Close.
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Feedback Window

If you have questions, please contact the DLC Help Desk at 608.342.1303, or 877.854.3083. You can also visit the DLC Help Desk's web page for information on hours of availability.




Keywords:desire2learn feedback scores assess assessment tool   Doc ID:50893
Owner:Beth A.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2015-04-28 09:01 CDTUpdated:2017-10-10 14:36 CDT
Sites:UW Platteville
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