The Activity Report
|The Activity Report will be your main tool in reviewing and assessing students' participation in a discussion topic. This page is identical to the assignment grading interface... without the ability to enter grades, of course! (Learn more about Participating in Discussion.)|
To open the activity report for a discussion topic (non-gradable topic), click the big blue button at the top of the main page in that topic (the "All Posts" page).
The activity report lists everyone in the class — including the instructor — and provides a quick overview of each person's participation in this discussion.
The activity report provides a recap of the student's performance in this assignment, including all their posts and all their comments.
As in the grading interface, you can select either a grid or a list display for your student's posts, but you will probably find the list view to be most helpful. This layout presents in the entire contents of all the student's posts here on this one page, so you can simply scroll down to see all their work.
Posts vs. Comments
Keep in mind that in a discussion — in contrast to an assignment — students might not be submitting many (or any) posts. Instead, their participation may be primarily (or solely) in the form of comments. Assignments privilege posts, but in a discussion, both posts and comments are equally important.
Your participation requirements — as well as the general flow of the conversation — will determine where and how students participate in a discussion.
A list of all the student's comments in this discussion appears directly below her posts.