Q. How do I grade a Blackboard Discussion Board?


Reviewing all Discussion board posts using Site Tool 'Discussion Board'. 

1. Site Tools 

Screen-grab, site tools, discussion board highlighted.


Access the Discussion Board tool from 'Site Management' > 'Site Tools' > 'Discussion Board'.


2. Discussion Board Overview

This gives an overview of all discussions within the Module site. 


3. Forum Overview

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The tutor can view all Forums.


4. Review posts

Clicking on the number beneath 'Unread posts' or Replies to me, takes to you those posts. 


5. Review Threads

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Clicking on a forum title displays the forum threads.



Responding to a discussion board post using the content area link. 

1. Click on the link to the Discussion Board

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This displays the individual discussion threads within the forum


2. Responding to posts in a thread

Screen-grab, viewing discussion board thread

Instructors can reply to individual posts from within the Thread.



Reviewing Discussion Board activity in the grade centre.


1. Grade Centre


If a discussion board is set to be graded, there will be a corresponding column in the grade centre. Instructors should 'Hide from Students' before grading posts, so that grades are not automatically shown to students. 


2. Grade Centre display

Screen-grab, changing column grading schema setting

If the Discussion Board is graded as an assignment, the correct grading schema should be linked by selecting 'Edit Column Information' and then changing the 'Primary Display'.

Screen-grab, linking grading schema.  

If you select Complete/Incomplete, any grade entered will show as complete (Tick) in both the grade centre and 'feedback and grades' for students. 

Screen-grab, discussion board schema set to complete/incomplete

3. Grading Discussion Board Posts

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In the grade centre, instructors can select 'Grade User Activity' to grade posts and add feedback


4. Grading & Feedback

Screen-grab, grading options for discussion board from within the grade centre

Instructors can review all posts by each student and provide overall Grades and Feedback using the options on the right-hand side.


4. Column view

Screen-grab, correct grade centre view for discussion board

If the column has been set-up correctly, the number grades will convert to letter grades, and you will see an icon with an orange line through a circle next to the column heading to indicate the grades are hidden from students. To release/hide the grades select 'Hide from students (on and off)'.




  • Last Updated Aug 29, 2019
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  • Answered By Richard Byles

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