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Grading discussions

From: Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

Video: Grading discussions

When you create a new discussion board forum, Blackboard asks you whether or not you want to grade that forum or threads. If you choose Grade Forum, it will create a score column in the Grade Center for that particular forum. If you choose Grade Threads, it will create a score column for each and every thread. Remember, if you are going to have lots of conversations that could make your Grade Center in credibly huge. In this case, we are going to go back, and I just want to make sure here for my Weekly Class Discussions, I am going to go click on the button with the two downward facing chevrons, click on Edit.

Grading discussions

When you create a new discussion board forum, Blackboard asks you whether or not you want to grade that forum or threads. If you choose Grade Forum, it will create a score column in the Grade Center for that particular forum. If you choose Grade Threads, it will create a score column for each and every thread. Remember, if you are going to have lots of conversations that could make your Grade Center in credibly huge. In this case, we are going to go back, and I just want to make sure here for my Weekly Class Discussions, I am going to go click on the button with the two downward facing chevrons, click on Edit.

I am going to scroll down. I just want to make sure that I actually turned this on and I did. So I am going to grade the forum. The forum is itself worth 100 points. I am going to click on Submit. So we know that this thing has been enabled. I can now grade the forum. So how actually do I do it? Well, the easiest way to do it is click on the name of the forum and then at the top of the page click on Grade Forum. The button will only show up if you've turned it on and what I can now do is it shows me a list of all the students who were in my course and it shows me how many posts that they've read and then I click on Grade to see those two posts.

Now it's going to show me those posts out of context. But again I'm grading just the student's contribution to the course. Before I show you that, I also want to show you that if I click on Jayden Brown and Email, it's not going to email him his discussion forum. It just opens up the Email tool and allows me to communicate with Jayden Brown outside of the forum. Just like when you click on this link in the Grade Center you are not emailing grade; you are just opening up a way to get to the Email tool. The Email tool here doesn't actually email the students the discussion forum.

It just gives you a way to communicate with them. I am going to click on Grade. And what it's going to do now is it's going to show me a couple of things. Over on the right-hand side it's going to show me that he has made two posts. It shows me that his Average Post Length is 1000 characters or 669 characters. It counts characters, not words, which is kind of strange. Maximum Post Length is 1377 characters. Average Post Position, meaning that he's actually in there pretty quickly.

Show it will show me that when he is posting he is usually the second person in and I am usually the first. So that's pretty good. I also have the ability here to click on Edit Grade. When I click on Edit Grade, it's going to say okay, what grade do I want to give him? In this case, I am going to give him a 90. Give him some feedback. Remember, if I want to give some feedback, I can do "Well done." He'll see this in his My Grades when he's done. I click on Save Grade and now he has a 90.

I am going to click now and go to the next user and in this case, there is no one else. Jayden is the only person. But I could go user, user, user, and just start grading them one at a time. It's really all there is to it. I am going to get back into my discussion board. Let me just show you one more time. As long as you've turned Grade Forum on when you created the forum, when you click on the name of the forum and then click Grade Forum, you will see a list of users enrolled in your course.

You'll see the number of posts that they've made. If you click on Grade, you'll see their posts and what's great is whatever grade you enter here if I go into the Grade Center, let me smoosh this and go to the Grade Center, and here in the Grade Center I'll be able to hunt down somewhere... Now, it's turning out in this case it didn't put the column on the far right-hand side. So I kind of have to scroll to left and find it. I am not quite sure why it didn't put it where I want it, but I'm looking for the Weekly Class Discussions. It's going to be a column in here.

There it is! One last thing I want to show you. When I named the forum, I named it Weekly Class Discussions, which is longer than 13 characters. So this ends up being really long. I can, if I want to, go and change the name here for the column. I can click on Edit Column Information and shorten the name here.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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