Educators

A reference guide for Educators using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Assessing discussions

Assessment methods available for a discussion

The following calculation methods are available to assess discussions.

Calculation method

Definition

Average post score

This calculation method averages all of the post scores included per user.

Maximum post score

This calculation method identifies the highest score of all the post scores included per user.

Minimum post score

This calculation method identifies the lowest score of all the post scores included per user.

Mode post score - Highest on multiple

This calculation method looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per user. Once it picks the frequency, the system looks to see if multiple scores occur at that frequency. If not, it assigns that score to the user. If there are multiple scores with the same frequency, it will choose the highest of those scores. For example, if a score of 7 occurs 2 times, a score of 8 occurs 3 times, and a score of 9 occurs 3 times, the system will choose the frequency 3 and the score of 9.

Mode post score - Lowest on multiple

This calculation method looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per user. Once it picks the frequency, the system looks to see if multiple scores occur at that frequency. If not, it assigns that score to the user. If there are multiple scores with the same frequency, it will choose the lowest of those scores. For example, if a score of 7 occurs 2 times, a score of 8 occurs 3 times, and a score of 9 occurs 3 times, the system will choose the frequency 3 and the score of 8.

Sum of post scores

This calculation method sums up all the scores on posts within a topic.

Configure a topic for assessment

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. From the context menu of the topic you want to configure for assessment, click The edit icon Edit Topic.
  3. In the Assessment tab, configure your topic for assessment by doing any the following:
    • If you want your assessments to count toward the learner's Final Grade, and you want the learner to see their assessment score and feedback in the Grades tool, associate the topic to a numeric grade item. Use the Grade Item drop down list to attach an existing numeric grade item or click the New Grade Item link to create a new numeric grade item. Note that you can only associate numeric grade items with discussion topics.
    • Give the topic a Score Out Of to evaluate the overall score of the learner's contributions to the topic.
    • Click the Add Rubric button to attach an existing rubric or click the Create Rubric in New Window link to create a new rubric for the topic. You can assess a rubric for each learner in the unit, and learners can view completed rubrics in Class Progress.
    • If you want to score individual posts, select the Allow assessment of individual posts check box, then select your calculation method to allow assessment of individual posts in the topic. When this check box is not selected, you can give a single overall score to the learner for their participation.
    • If you want to score all the posts within a topic, select the Allow assessment of individual posts check box, and then select the Sum of post scores calculation method.
    • If you select Allow assessment of individual posts, the Include unassessed posts in the calculated topic score as zero check box becomes available. When you select this check box, the system automatically assigns a score of zero to individual posts that you have not yet evaluated, and the overall score for the learner is calculated from the score of all posts, including those not evaluated with a score of zero. Selecting this check box does not affect the Sum of post scores option. If you do not select the Include unassessed posts in the calculated topic score as zero check box, posts without a score are ignored and do not factor into the overall score.
  1. Click Save and Close.

Assess users in discussion threads

To assess users in discussion threads

You can assess learners' participation in discussion topics from within threads for topics to which you've added an assessment.

If your topic is moderated, you must approve posts before you can assess them. To assess individual posts, you must edit the topic to enable the Allow assessment of individual posts check box in the Assessment tab.

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. On the Discussions List page, click the topic you want to assess.
  3. Depending on your view settings, do one of the following:
    • In Reading view, educators can assess an individual learner while viewing all of a learner's posts together on one screen. Click the context menu beside a thread name and select Assess Student.
    • In Grid view, educators can select either the thread or reply for a post. Click the More Actions button and then select Assess to assess the individual learner.
  1. In the popup dialog box, do any of the following:
    • If assessment of individual posts is enabled and you are in Reading View, enter a score in the Score column beside each post you want to assess. If assessment of individual posts is enabled and you are in Grid View, add the assessment in the Post Score field.
    • If assessment of individual posts is not enabled, enter a score in the Topic Score field. This score is the assessment you are providing to the learner for participation in the topic.
    • Complete each rubric, choosing a level and entering feedback for each criterion or choose an overall score. Note that the calculated or chosen Overall Score (if there is one) is automatically populated in the Topic Score field. To return the Topic Score to the calculated score from the rubric, click Clear Override.
    • In the General Feedback field, enter feedback comments.
    • Select the Publish score on save check box. This check box is only available when the topic is associated with a grade item. When you select this check box, the Topic Score or calculated topic score and comments from the General Feedback field are sent to Grades. When this check box is not selected, the learner's score and feedback are cleared from Grades.
  1. Click Save and Close.

Assign scores to users from the Assess Topic page

To assign scores to users from the Assess Topic page

You can assess users from inside a discussion topic while reading posts or from the Assess Topic page. When assessing users from the Assess Topic page, you can see topic scores for all users and view all of a user’s posts together on one screen.

Assessable topics display an The can be accessed icon Includes assessment icon beside the topic name on the Discussions List page. If you select the A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the topic setting, you must approve posts in the topic before you can assess them.

To assess individual posts, you must edit the topic to enable the Allow assessment of individual posts check box in the Assessments tab.

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. From the context menu of the topic you want to assess, click The can be accessed icon Assess Topic. If the Score column is empty on the Assess Topic page, click the Manage Columns button, select the Score Value check box, and click Save.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • In the Users tab, click Topic Score for the name of the user you want to assess.
    • In the Assessments tab, click the name of the user you want to assess.
  1. In the Topic Score Details window, do any of the following:
    • If Allow assessment of individual posts is enabled, enter a value in the Score column beside each post you want to assess.
    • If Allow assessment of individual posts is not enabled, assign a value in the Topic Score to reflect the learner's participation in the whole topic.
    • Complete each rubric with a level and feedback for each criterion.
    • In the General Feedback field, enter any comments that you have.
  1. If the topic is associated with a grade item, select the Publish score on save check box. When this check box is selected, the Topic Score or calculated topic score and comments from the General Feedback field are sent to Grades. If this check box is not selected, the learner's score and feedback are cleared from Grades.

Link a discussion assessment to a grade item

When you link a discussion topic’s score to a numeric grade item in your grade book, your users’ scores automatically transfer to the grade book. This enables you to factor the topic score into users’ final grades for the unit. It also enables you to display the result to users since users cannot view their topic score directly through the Discussions tool, but can view their grades in the grade book.

You must publish the score to the grade book in order for Connect to update the grade item. This prevents the display of inaccurate grades before you finish assessing users. When you publish the topic score, Connect updates the grade item in the grade book. Any additional changes you make to a user’s score automatically release to the grade book. Note that you can only link numeric grade items to discussion topics.

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. From the context menu of the topic you want to assess, click The can be accessed icon Assess Topic.
  3. On the Assess Topic page, do one of the following:

Restore deleted discussions

In order to restore deleted forums and topic, you must have the Delete and Restore Forums and Topics permission enabled. If the forum you restore contains one or more topics, you will be given the option to also restore the forum's associated topics.

In order to restore deleted threads and posts, you must have the See Deleted Posts permission and Display deleted posts option on the Settings page enabled. If the post you restore is a reply to another post, and the other post was also deleted, both posts are restored.

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. Do one of the following: