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Assessing Discussion Messages in D2L

This document describes how set up and use an assessment for discussion messages in D2L

Assessing messages

Setting up assessment:

  1. On the Discussions page, click Edit Topic from the context menu of the topic you want to configure.
  2. Click on 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.
  4. Specify the number you want to Score Out Of. This is the scale, ranging from 0 to the number you enter, that users are evaluated on. For example, if you enter 15, users are assessed on a scale from 0 to 15.
  5. Click Add Rubric to associate the topic with a rubric. Click the Create Rubric in New Window link to create a new rubric before associated it with the topic.
  6. If you want to assess individual messages (rather than assigning an overall topic score directly for each user):
    1. Select the Assess each message and automatically calculate the topic score check box.
    2. Select the calculation method you want to use to determine users' overall topic scores based on message scores.
    3. By default, un-assessed messages are ignored when calculating the topic score. However, if you want the calculation to treat un-assessed messages as a score of zero, select the Include unassessed messages in the calculated score as zero checkbox.
  7. Click Save.

Assessing users:

Once a topic is configured for assessment, you can assess users from two places: inside the topic while reading messages, or on the Assess Topic page. Assessing users from within the topic lets you read users’ messages in context and evaluate as you perform other reading-related tasks (approving messages, marking messages read, replying, etc.). Assessing users from the Assess Topic page enables you to see topics scores for all users and view all of a user’s messages together on one screen.

Assess users from within a topic:

  1. On the Discussions list page, click on the topic you want to assess.
  2. Do one of the following:

    To assess

    In

    Do this

    Individual messages

    The Grid Style message list

      1. Ensure the Assess each message and automatically calculate the topic score check box is selected in the Assessment tab of the Edit Topic page.
      2. On the Discussions List page, click on the topic you want to assess.
      3. Click on the user's message.
      4. Click Assess from the More Actions button to assess message.

    Individual messages

    The Reading Style message list

      1. Ensure the Assess each message and automatically calculate the topic score check box is selected in the Assessment tab of the Edit Topic page.
      2. On the Discussions List page, click on the topic you want to assess.
      3. Click on the user's message.
      4. Click the Assess link beneath the user's name.

    The topic as
    a whole

    The Grid Style message list

      1. On the Discussions List page, click on the topic you want to assess.
      2. Click on the user's message, and then click Assess from the More Actions button.

    The topic as
    a whole

    The Reading Style message list

      1. On the Discussions List page, click on the topic you want to assess.
      2. Click on the user's message.
      3. Click the Assess link beneath the user's name.
  3. Enter the Message Score or Topic Score.
  4. Click Save then Close.

Assess users from the Assess Topic page

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Assess Topic from the context menu of the topic you want to assess.

    Tip: If the Score column is empty on the Assess Topic page, click the Manage Columns button, select the Score Value and Percentage check boxes, click Save.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • On the Users tab, click Topic Score beneath the name of the user you want to assess.
    • In the Assessments tab, click the name of the user you want to assess.

    Tip: In either tab, you can search for specific users by typing all or part of a user’s name or user ID in the Search For field and clicking Search. You can also filter the view to display members of a specific group or section by selecting from the View By drop-down list and clicking Apply.

  3. In the View Topic Score window, do one of the following:
    • If you are evaluating the entire topic holistically, enter a score for the user in the Topic Score field.
    • If you are evaluating individual messages of the topic, enter a score for one or more messages in the Score column at the bottom of the page.

    Note: If a user’s messages are displayed across multiple pages, be sure to save the page before navigating to another page of messages. Any new message scores entered are lost if you change pages without saving.
    You can also enter comments in the Feedback field.

  4. Click Save then Close



Keywords:D2l, Assessing Discussion Messages, Discussion, Topics, instructor   Doc ID:39426
Owner:Todd D.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2014-04-23 11:34 CSTUpdated:2014-05-06 09:09 CST
Sites:UW Green Bay
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