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Advanced Forum Grading
Posted by Bonnie Tensen on 15 July 2020 03:22 PM

It is now possible to use advanced grading methods (rubrics and grading guides) in Moodle forums. This can really streamline your grading and provide timely and substantive feedback to your students. The first step is to create a Forum.

  1. Name your forum and provide directions. (NOTE: insert and edit predefined forum instructions as a shortcut). Then click "Grade," and from the dropdown menu, select "point."
    select "grade" and "point"

  2. Indicate your max points (the default is 100) and then select EITHER "rubric" or "grading guide" from the dropdown menu and click "Save and display"
    select rubric or grading guide

  3. You have the option of either creating a new rubric or grading guide OR selecting one from our repository of templates.

    Select new or template

  4. If you select "Create a new grading form from a template," you can review the options in the repository. To select a template, scroll to the bottom of the form and click "Use this template" next to the green checkmark. Then click "Continue." 

    Select a template

  5. The template is now connected to the forum. However, you may want to make changes to the forum. If so, click the "Edit the current form definition" button. Click the text of any criterion, description, or point value you want to change and make your edits. When you have made all of your changes, click "Save." The grading form will now be connected to your forum.

    Make edits to the template

  6. To create a NEW rubric or grading guide, the steps are the same as in the Moodle Assignment. Follow the appropriate link below to learn how then return to this article to learn more about grading using these tools. [NOTE: Unlike the Moodle assignment, the rubric or grading guide is not visible to students in the forum. So you will want to include that information in your syllabus or forum directions.]
       * Learn how to create a Moodle Rubric [NOTE: follow steps 2 through 8]
      **Learn how to create a Moodle Grading Guide [NOTE: follow steps 2 through 10]


  7. After your students have posted to the forum, open it, and click "Grade users" In the window that opens, all posts by a student appear on the left, the criteria are on the right. FOR a RUBRIC, click the arrow in the right margin to see all of the gradation options and select the appropriate radio button to grade. When you have graded ALL of the criteria, click "Save" (upper right corner). Moodle adds the points and submits the total to the Moodle gradebook. Advance to the next student using the arrow in the upper right.

    Grade the rubric

  8. To grade using a GRADING GUIDE click "Grade users" In the window that opens, all posts by a student appear on the left, the criteria are on the right. FOR a RUBRIC, click the arrow in the right margin to see all of the gradation options and select the appropriate radio button to grade. When you have graded ALL of the criteria, click "Save" (upper right corner). Moodle adds the points and submits the total to the Moodle gradebook. Advance to the next student using the arrow in the upper right.

    grading a grading guide

You will want to make SURE your students understand how to access your feedback. Consider putting the link to this video about how to access graded rubrics and grading guides in your course: video on student feedback in Moodle

http://go.augsburg.edu/forumgrade
Last Modified: 2020/07/15

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