How do I view statistics and grade in Discussions?
Site administrators can use the Statistics & Grading page in Discussions to review forum participation statistics and assign grades to students.
In this article, you will find more information about the statistics presented on the Statistics & Grading page.
You can grade in the Discussions tool by following the steps in the articles linked below.
Important: In order to grade in Discussions, you must have added a gradebook item in the Gradebook for each forum or topic to grade.
A table listing site participants will display, with the following summary statistics for each user:
- Participant's name,
- Number of new posts authored,
- Number of replies authored,
- Total number of posts authored,
- Number of posts marked as read,
- Number of unread posts,
- The percentage of posts the person read.
You may sort the data in the table by selecting any of the column headings: Name, Authored - New, Authored - Replies, Authored - Total, Read, Unread, or Percent Read.
Select a site participant's name to access posts authored and read by that participant. For more information on grading by student, see How do I grade discussion forums by student?
Tip: For more information regarding the numbers of read and unread posts shown in these columns, see What makes a forum post count as read?
A list of forums and topics will display, with the following summary statistics for each topic:
- Title of the forum,
- Title of the discussion topic,
- Date of the most recent message in the topic,
- The total number of messages in the topic.
You may sort the data by selecting any of the column headings: Forum Title, Topic Title, Date, and Total Messages.
Select a forum or topic title to view authored, read, and unread post statistics. For more information on grading by forum or topic, see How do I grade by forum or topic?
Note: The grading process is the same whether you grade at the forum or topic level. However, most faculty prefer to grade by topic, since a forum may contain several different topics and each student may post more than one message in the same topic.