Rubrics for Online Discussion
Using a Rubric to Grade Discussions
Setting up a rubric in Blackboard can help to make grading easier and to allow students to be clear about your expectations. There are many examples of online discussion or participation rubrics, but a simple format (scored 0-4 in this case) could look something like this:
0 – No reasonable attempt made (note: this includes minimal responses such as “yes, I agree,” “I thought the same thing,” etc.) and/or disrespectful content posted.
1 – Lacks critical engagement with assigned materials and/or significantly short of minimum length.
2 – Responses provide simplistic discussion, lack grounding in the assigned materials, and/or fall short of minimum length. (Or as per 3 or 4 below, but only one response posted.)
3 – At least two responses made which engage with your classmates' posts and the assigned materials in a clear and appropriate manner; meets minimum length.
4 – At least two responses made which engage with your classmates' posts and the assigned materials in a complex and nuanced manner; meets or exceeds the minimum length.