How do I create and grade discussion forums in Moodle?


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A staple in online classes, discussion forums are also a great way to extend in-class discussions or even replace them on a snow day. Moodle offers five slightly different types of forums. This step will show you how to create the most common type. For information on the others, go to the Moodle Play Site.

From the Gear icon at the top right of the screen in your course, select Turn editing on.

Go to the section where you want to add the discussion forum. Click Add an activity or resource.

Scroll down to ForumClick Forum. Click Add.

Fill in the Name field. This is the name that will appear to students on the course page. In the description field, type the discussion prompt and directions. This will appear at the top of the discussion forum. Under Forum type, leave the default Standard forum for general use. Click Save and display.

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You will now see the discussion prompt displayed. To make their first post, students will click Add a new discussion topic.

The final step in creating a discussion is to create an item in the grade book for grading it. On the left side of the page, click Grades.

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On the Grader Report page, use the drop down menu to choose Gradebook setup.

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Click Add grade item.

Fill in the name and maximum points. Click Save changes.

You’ll now see the item listed on the Gradebook setup page. There is no need to save the changes. You can navigate away from the page.


To grade discussion forums:

Since discussion forums in Moodle don’t automatically generate a gradebook entry, grading discussions involves two steps.

First, you need to go to the grade item that you manually created in the gradebook when you created the discussion. To do this, click Grades from the left-hand menu.

In the upper right of the screen, click the drop down menu and choose Single View.

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 Click Select grade item and choose the discussion you want to grade.

This page gives you fields to enter a grade and feedback for each student.

Next, in a new browser window or tab, click the discussion you want to grade.

In the upper right of the screen, click Search forums.

From the drop down menu, choose the discussion you want to grade. Enter the first or last name of the first student on your roster and click Search forums.

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The search results will display all posts made by that student. You can then go back to the window or tab where you have the grade book open and enter the grade and feedback.

Next, on the search results page, replace the name of this student with the next on the roster and click Search forums.

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Again, go back to the grade book page to enter the grade and feedback. When you have finished grading all the students, click Save.


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