Now that instruction has moved online, how will you evaluate all those discussion posts?
Here are three examples of ways to respond. Whichever you choose, please communicate clearly to students how you will be evaluating their posts.
Examples 2 and 3 are drawn from chapter 7 of John Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (available for free via UW Libraries).
Example 1: Rubric for Discussion Posts and Responses (built in Canvas; clickable for quick grading)
Important note: It can save time and frustration to create rubrics in Google Sheets first and then import them into Canvas. Here are instructions for using Google Sheets to create rubrics and for importing those rubrics into Canvas.
Example 2: Check/Plus/Minus Scale
+ Indicates a strongly engaged, especially high-quality exploration.
✓ Indicates the post meets your expectations for length (or time on task) and engagement.
– Indicates that piece is too short or too superficial.
Example 3: Five- Point Scale
Score of 5: Meets or exceeds required length; strongly engaged, high-quality exploration.
Score of 4: Meets or exceeds required length; meets teacher’s expectations for engagement.
Score of 3: High-quality exploration, but too short or meets required length but is too superficial.
Score of 2 or 1: Too short and too superficial.