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This entry relates to the Forum activity.

Forums have the ability to be marked. For information on how to enable marking in a forum view Create a discussion forum.

  • Whole forum grading - mark a student’s entire contribution to a forum as a cohesive whole
  • Rate a forum post - rate individual forum posts and choose how those ratings aggregate to a final score

Good practice guides and tip sheets

Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to assessment-related resources are provided below. 

Rubrics and marking guides in FLO


Whole forum grading

If the forum has been set up for grading it will automatically appear in the Gradebook

Whole forum grading allows you to view all of a student’s posts in a particular forum and mark them as a whole, using either a numerical mark (Simple direct grading) or advanced grading methods (Checklist, Marking guide or Rubric). To do this:

  1. Open the forum, and click on the Grade users button
    grading users

  2. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the page to search for a particular student, or use the arrow buttons to move through students sequentially
    image of a not graded student

  3. On the left-hand side of the page, you will see all of the posts from the student you selected.
    image of grading
  4. If a student’s post is part of a thread, you can click on the View parent post link to see the post the student is replying to, or click on the View discussion link to see all posts in that particular discussion.

  5. On the right-hand side of the page, you can enter the student’s mark and choose whether the student will be notified that they have been graded.

    If you want to give written feedback, you can use the advanced grading features, which will appear here as well (the marking guide and checklist allow for individualised comments). You can also use private replies
    to give feedback within the forums, though you can’t add private replies from the marking screen.
    grade forum image
  6. Click on the Save button to save your changes. Once you have saved, the students status will change to Graded.
    save changes image

Rate a forum post

If the forum has been set up for ratings, it will automatically appear in the Gradebook.

  1. Go to the forum, open a forum post (click on the link) and rate it using the drop-down rating box. (In the example below, the scale is out of 5). To give written feedback, add a private reply.
  2. You could sample one post for rating, or go into each post and rate them all (depending on the marking/assessment strategy). If the marking strategy involves marking multiple posts, be aware of the aggregation method used:

  • Average or ratings: the mean of all ratings given
  • Count of ratings: the number of ratings given is the mark
  • Maximum rating: the highest rated post determines the mark awarded
  • Minimum rating: the lowest rated post determines the mark awarded
  • Sum of ratings: all ratings are added together, and the total is the mark awarded

  1. If you wish to moderate the mark awarded, staff with the Teacher and Topic coordinator roles can override the grade using manual grading.

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