One way to get your learners more involved and engaged in a course is by adding an Assignment to your course where your learners can be graded for discussion contributions.
Use Case Information
Learner engagement is proven to improve focus and attention and in Thought Industries, can be measured in many different ways. With the native Discussion Assignment feature, learners can respond to a discussion prompt, interact with classmates and the instructor, and receive a grade for their participation.
How to Create a Discussion Assignment
To enable a Discussion Assignment:
- From your homepage, select Content, then Manage Content.
- Click the Content Title for to the course you want to alter.
- Within the course outline, go to the lesson where you'd like to add an Assignment. Click Add Page.
- Choose the Assignment page type.
- Once you have added an Assignment page, go to Assignment Options and toggle "Enable Discussion Assignment?" to "Yes"
- Once enabled, another toggle will appear: "Hide discussion until Learner submits a comment?"
- Toggle this to "Yes"if you would like learners to first submit their own response to the discussion prompt before seeing what other learners have submitted in the full discussion thread.
- Click Save
How To Grade a Discussion Assignment
Now let's dive into the grading aspect of this feature.
- From the admin homepage, navigate to Grading.
- Once the learner has submitted their first comment, the assignment will show here.
- Click on the assignment title to get into the assignment that you would like to grade or review. The learner's original submission (or comment) and any replies they have submitted will display here.
Replies to the learner's original submission cannot be viewed in full from this page. You can see that there are replies to their comment and how many, but we only display comments or replies submitted by the learner specific to the assignment you are viewing in the Grading interface. To view the full discussion, click the link "View the full discussion" from the Grading interface to view replies to the learner's original submission.
- Input a Grade and select a Status. Once you select a Status, a Save Grade button will appear. Optionally, enter any submission feedback.
Use submission feedback if you would like it to show directly under the grade on the Assignment page and are not encouraging a response back from the learner.
Use the discussion feedback area in the grading interface if you would like to encourage a conversation with your learner or need clarification on something.
- Click Save Grade.
- You also have these options under Advanced Settings:
- Unlocking for editing by children? - This offers Panorama roles, who have the permission, to edit this page in your course.
- Indentation Level -
The Indentation Level is behind a feature flag.
This feature is behind a flag. This allows for the syllabus in the course menu to be indented. When enabled, you can nest pages under each other.
- # of seconds required for completion - Number of seconds required to mark this page as complete. If set, the learner must remain on the page (without refreshing or going to another page) for the number of seconds specified in order to be marked complete.
- Audio Narration File - Although it is not system functionality to record audio in the platform, you can upload audio files.
- Click Save.
How does this look from a Learner's Perspective?
Learners will submit comments to the discussion board assignment. Once the learner submits at least one comment, the assignment is submitted. However, the learner is able to continue to make more comments and reply to other comments. These comments submitted after the initial comment will also show in the assignment submission to the grader.
Let's take a look at this step by step:
Assignment Page Submission:
Assignment Has Been Graded: