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Grading Forums

To encourage meaningful forum contributions, grade the forums based on:

1. Quantitative and qualitative contributions to the discussion

2. Responsiveness to discussion and demonstration of knowledge and understanding gained from assigned readings.

3. Adherence to forum etiquette and protocols as described in your syllabus


There are two different ways to review and grade a student’s forum contributions:

• Assigning individual grades (ratings) for each post and reply. This is best used when you want to evaluate the students’ posts in the context of the entire discussion.

• Grading all of the forum activity for a student in a holistic manner, assigning one grade for the quality of all post combined. When you use this method, only one of the student’s posts will have a grade assigned, so you will need to explain to students that the grade covers all posts for that forum.

See Forum Introduction, for a description of the 5 forum types, when to use each, the different ways to use forums and how to write effective forum questions.


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