Professor: Discussion Grading Options (Old Top Hat)

All student responses to Top Hat discussions can be graded on correctness and/or participation. It’s up to you as the professor to decide how you’d like to distribute the grades!

Should you choose to award participation grades for a discussion these will be allocated automatically to any student who responds to the discussion, regardless of the quality of their response. 

Alternatively, on account of the subjective nature of Top Hat discussions, should you choose to award correctness grades for a discussion you will want to manually award these grades after the fact.

Sample Grading
In the example below, if a student were to submit a response to the discussion they would earn 2 points just for having submitted a response, but you’ll want to revisit this discussion after the fact to award correctness grades.

Grading Discussions for Correctness
Back in your office after class you can then award the correctness points as you see fit, based on the quality of the students’ responses. To do so, click on the notebook icon to the right of the discussion you’d like to grade, and then select the Preview Item button along the bottom. This will preview the discussion on your screen without giving access to your students. In the upper right hand corner clicking on the Toggle Grading button will provide you with a textbox to the left  of each student’s comment in which to enter a grade. Scroll through student responses and award the grades based on the quality of student submission. Once you're done, simply clicking Toggle Grading again will save your changes and record them in your Top Hat Gradebook.

Default Grades
Every time you create a new Top Hat discussion the default grades associated with the discussion will be 0.5 points for correctness and 0.5 points for participation. These can of course be changed on a discussion by discussion basis as you’re building out your course content. If you find that there is a pattern you’re likely to use for most of your discussions you can also change the default grades to reflect this. For further information on how to change the default grades for your course please see here: Professor: Changing Default Grading Options (Course Settings)

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