You need to set up a forum to be marked when you create it. (Refer Create a forum (marked) guide). You can also edit the settings of an existing forum so it can be marked. (Refer Edit, copy and delete a forum guide)

Hide Grade Centre column

Before you start marking hide the Grade Centre column from students so they cannot view their marks through My Grades as they are entered. (The column was automatically created when you created the forum).

  1. From the Control Panel select Grade Centre > Full Grade Centre.
  2. Hover over the title of the required column.
  3. Click on the arrow button.
  4. Select Show/Hide to Users from the drop down menu.

Access the Grade Centre column

  1. Hidden columns displayed with anĀ  icon.

Hidden columns

Grade Discussion Forum

  1. From the Course menu select Discussion board.
  2. Click on required forum link.
  3. Click on the Grade Discussion Forum button.

Grade Discussion forum

  1. Click on the Grade button of the required student.

Grade forum

Grade Forum

  1. Enter the mark in the Grade textbox.
  2. Enter student feedback in the Feedback textbox.

Note: Click on the Add Notes link to enter information that is not viewable by students.

Add notes

Spell check (Optional)

  1. Select UK English from the drop down list and click on the Spell check button.

Check spelling

Text Editor (Optional)

Optionally you can also enter the mark, feedback and grading notes using the text editor.

  1. Click on the Text Editor button.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

Grade using a rubric

You need to attach the rubric in the forum settings (Refer Create a forum (marked) guide or Edit, copy and delete a forum guide).

  1. Click on the Online contributions link to open the rubric inline OR
  2. Click on the mark rubric icon to open the rubric in a separate window.

Check the Show Descriptions checkbox to display criterion descriptors.

  1. Check the Show Feedback checkbox to display a feedback box per criteria.
  2. Select the required mark for each criteria.

Show feedback

  1. The marks are automatically totalled and shown as the Raw Total at the end of the screen.

Note: The Change the number of points out of X to textbox allows you to override the automatic total and enter another mark.

If you use this option and then change marks in the criteria section, the mark entered in the Change the number of points out of X to textbox does not automatically update.

  1. Enter student feedback in the Feedback textbox.

Note: Optional, click the Text Editor button to enter feedback.

  1. Click on the Save Rubric button.

  1. Click on the Submit button.

Next student

  1. Expand the Contributors list. OR
  2. Navigate to the required student using the left and right arrows buttons.

Grade Centre

The marks are automatically transferred to a column in Grade Centre.

Grade Centre

Return student marks and feedback

To unhide the forum column so students can view their marks and feedback through My Grades:

  1. Hover over the title of the required column.
  2. Click on the arrow button.
  3. Select Show/Hide to Users from the drop down menu.