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Grading Blackboard Discussions

Blackboard has a built in discussion grader that makes it easy to review student contributions and post associated grades to the gradebook. This tool in association with a rubric can assist in converting a quantitative posting into a qualitative activity grade.
To access the “Discussion Grader”:

  1. Click on the Control Panel link located on the lower left-hand side of your screen. The Control Panel will be displayed.
  2. Click on the “Discussion Grade” link located under the Course Tools header.
  3. Next click on the discussion forum you wish to grade.
    1. If the Discussion forum was previously added to your gradebook click on the “Gradebook Item” dropdown to display the gradebook item, then click on the appropriate gradebook entry.
        bb grader window

      1. Then click on the [Submit] button located on the lower right-hand side of the screen.
      2. Click the [Submit] button, and then click the [OK] button. The configure Forum screen will be displayed with a [Grade] button displayed next to each student that has posted an entry in the discussion forum.
      3. Click on a [Grade] button. All of the students’ postings to the forum will be displayed.
      4. Review the postings then enter points in the “Points Awarded” box.
      5. Next click the [Submit] button, then the [OK] button.
      6. Repeat from item “c” until all grades have been entered.
    2. If the Discussion forum is not in the gradebook click on the “New Gradebook Item” link. The Add/Modify Gradebook Item screen will be displayed.
        bb grader input form

      1. Enter a name for the gradebook item (we recommend that a version of the discussion title be used)
      2. Enter a description in the Description field (optional)
      3. Enter the value of the activity in the “Points Possible” field.
      4. Click the [Submit] button, and then click the [OK] button. The configure Forum screen will be displayed with a [Grade] button displayed next to each student that has posted an entry in the discussion forum.
      5. Click on a [Grade] button. All of the students’ postings to the forum will be displayed.
      6. Review the postings then enter points in the “Points Awarded” box.
      7. Next click the [Submit] button, then the [OK] button.
      8. Repeat from item “e” until all grades have been entered.

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This entry was posted on May 19, 2008 by in Blackboard 8, Content Management Systems and tagged , .

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