You can grade participation in blogs for individuals and groups. You can grade the quality of the discussion, as well as the number of entries and comments that are made by an individual or a course group.
When you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. You grade students’ blog entries from the blog topic page. All of an individual student's entries—and comments made by others—appear as you determine the grade. The grades show immediately in the Grade Center.
You access the blog topic page in the following ways:
You can decide whether or not students can view their grades and feedback in My Grades by editing the column information in the Grade Center. To learn more, see How to Edit, Hide, and Select Options for Columns.
When you edit an assigned grade from the blog topic page, the Grade Center is updated.
You cannot change a graded blog topic to ungraded. You need to delete the graded blog topic from the Blogs listing page and the Grade Center and create a new ungraded topic.
Alternatively, to retain entries, set the blog's Grade Center column to not be included in calculations. In essence, the blog continues to be considered graded by the Grade Center, but any results or grades assigned are ignored.
The blog topic page is divided into two main sections. You can view the entries in the content frame. In the sidebar, you can view information about the blog topic or entry, expand the Index, grade the blog entry if the blog is gradable, and select an individual user’s name to view his or her entries alone in the content frame.
If you do not see the grading feature in the sidebar, you school has not turned this feature on.
You can begin the grading process for blogs from the Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, and the Course Tools section in the Control Panel.
While specifying blog settings, if you did NOT select the Show participants in "needs grading" status box and select a minimum number of entries, the needs grading icon will not appear in the Grade Center, on the blog topic page, and items do not appear on the Needs Grading page.
The in progress icon shows in the Grade Center cell and in a blog:
Use the following steps to grade blog entries:
On the blog topic page, you can read all the entries for a group blog and add one grade. Users with entries that need grading are indicated with the needs grading icon—the exclamation mark—in the Grade Center and on the blog topic page in the All Group Members drop-down list. In addition, the group blog is listed on the Needs Grading page.
On the group blog page, the grading sidebar appears, listing all group members.
When you add a grade for a group blog, the grade is automatically given to all members of the group and is populated in the corresponding column in the Grade Center for each group member.
All members are assigned a grade, regardless if a member did not contribute, although you can change this grade. Students can view their group blog grades in My Grades and in the group blog by selecting their names in the All Group Members drop-down list.
You can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group by editing the member's grade. If you change a group member’s grade and assign a new group grade, the new group grade will not affect the individual’s new grade. Individual members only see one grade, not what each member earned. The individual’s new grade will not appear to the other group members.
In the grading sidebar, click the pencil icon to change the group grade for a member. Type a new grade and click the check mark icon to save it. This grade becomes an override grade.
The group grade and the individual group member’s edited grade also appear in the Grade Center. Grayed out cells appear in the group blog column for course members who are not part of the group.
You can revert a member’s edited grade to the original group grade, which all group members received.
In the grading sidebar, click the pencil icon for the user with the edited grade. Click the left-pointing arrow to change the grade to the original group grade. The override icon is removed. The change also appears in the Grade Center.