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How to Assess a Discussion Post


After completing this how-to you will know how to assess a student's discussion post.  If a rubric is attached to the activity, see the How to Grade an Activity Using a Rubric article for information on the proper way to assess a student using a rubric.  For other guides on the Discussion tool, see the Discussions topic page.


  1. Select the "Activities" icon from the course navbar.
  2. From the "Activities" menu, select "Discussions".
  3. From the Discussion Forum, select the dropdown next to the discussion topic to be assessed.1.3 Discussion: Personal Mission Sharing
  4. Select Assess Topic
  5. Select "Topic Score" under the student's name.
  6. When the window opens, you will be able to view the student's post and classmate replies, leave feedback, and assign a topic score.  Once the assessment is complete, select the "Publish" button to make the score and feedback visible to the student or choose "Save Draft" to come back at a later date to assess the activity.  
  7. Selecting the Next arrow will allow you to assess the next student.
  8. There is an alternate way to assess posts.  Either will work.  You can select the topic link.1.3 Discussion: Personal Mission Sharing
  9. Select the dropdown arrow next to a student's post and select "Assess Student" then follow steps 6 and 7 to complete assessment.
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