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Grading Blogs and Journals

Instructors can grade participation in Blogs and Journals for individuals and Groups. Once a Blog or Journal topic is set to be graded, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center. Then, individual Student and Group entries can be graded from the Blog or Journal topic page, where all entries and comments can be referenced, as the grade is determined. An assigned grade can also be edited from the Blog or Journal topic page and the Grade Center is updated. Students can view their Blog or Journal grades in the My Grades tool.

About Grading Blogs and Journals

Instructors 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.

Grades for Blogs and Journals are changed, deleted, reverted, and overridden just like other grades in the Grade Center.

Instructors can determine whether or not users can view their own grades and feedback by editing the column information in the Grade Center. To learn more, see How to Edit or Select Options for Grade Center Columns.

A graded Blog or Journal topic cannot be changed to ungraded. Delete the graded Blog or Journal topic from the Blogs or Journals listing page and the Grade Center, and create a new ungraded topic. Alternatively, to retain entries, set the Blog or Journal Grade Center column to not be included in calculations.

The Blog topic page contains a side panel where entries are graded for individuals and Course Groups. The side panel consists of three sections which expand to four when grading begins:

The Journal topic page contains a side panel where entries are graded for individuals and Course Groups. The side panel consists of three sections which expand to four when grading begins:

How to Grade Blog Entries for Individuals

  1. Access the Blog topic page and select the Blog entry or entries to grade by selecting the user’s name in the side panel under View Entries by. The user’s Blog entry or entries open in the content frame. 
  2. Under Blog Grade in the side panel, click Edit Grade.
  3. Type a point total in the Current Grade Value text box.

    Note:  If a Rubric has been created for this graded Blog, click View Rubric.

  4. Optionally, type Feedback for the user and Grading Notes, which appear to the Instructor and Grader only. Optionally, use the Spell Check function in the bottom of each text box. Click Text Editor to access all the Text Editor functions for formatting text and adding URLs, attachments, images, Mashups, and multimedia.
  5. Click Save Grade to add the Grade, Feedback, and Grading Notes to the Blog Grade section and to the Grade Center.
  6. The Grade, Feedback, or Grading Notes can be edited by clicking the Edit Grade function again at any time. The changes appear in the Blog Grade section and in the Grade Center. The changes are documented in the Grade Center in the Grade History tab on the user's Grade Details page.

How to Grade Journal Entries for Individuals

  1. Access the Journal topic page and select the Journal entry or entries to grade by selecting the user's name in the side panel under More Journals. The user’s Journal entry or entries open in the content frame.
  2. Under Journal Grade in the side panel, click Edit Grade.
  3. Type a point total in the Current Grade Value text box.

    Note:  If a Rubric has been created for this graded Journal, click View Rubric.

  4. Optionally, type Feedback for the user and Grading Notes, which appear to the Instructor and Grader only. Optionally, use the Spell Check function in the bottom of each text box. Click Text Editor to access all the Text Editor functions for formatting text and adding URLs, attachments, images, Mashups, and multimedia.
  5. Click Save Grade to add the Grade, Feedback, and Grading Notes to the Journal Grade section and to the Grade Center.
  6. The Grade, Feedback, or Grading Notes can be edited by clicking the Edit Grade function again at any time. The changes appear in the Journal Grade section and in the Grade Center. The changes are documented in the Grade Center in the Grade History tab on the user's Grade Details page.

Note:  If a Rubric will be used to grade Blog or Journal entries, it must be created and added to the appropriate Grade Center column in advance.

How to Delete a Gradable Blog or Journal

If a gradable Blog or Journal is no longer needed, it can be deleted. It is permanently deleted and the action cannot be undone. On the Blogs or Journals listing page, select Delete from the contextual menu for the item and the Delete Confirmation page appears.

There are two options on the Delete Confirmation page:

Click Remove to complete the deletion.

How to Grade a Blog or Journal for all Group Members

A Group Blog or Journal is graded following the same steps as for an individual. When the entries are submitted, all Group members' names appear with the exclamation mark, the needs grading icon. When a grade is added for a Group Blog or Group Journal, the grade is automatically given to all the 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. The Instructor can read all the entries for the Group Blog or Group Journal and add one grade on the Group Blog or Group Journal topic page.

Students can view their Group Blog or Group Journal grades in the My Grades tool and on the Group Blog or Group Journal topic page by selecting their names.

How to Change an Individual Member’s Group Grade

An individual Group member can be assigned a different grade than the Group by selecting his or her name to access the Grade section. In the content frame, the individual member’s entries and comments appear. After assigning a new Grade and Feedback for the individual member, the new information appears in the side panel. The Grade the individual member received and the Grade the Group received are both shown.

If a Group member’s grade is changed, and a new Group grade is given, the new Group grade will not affect the individual’s new grade. The individual’s new grade will not appear to the other Group members.

The Group grade and the individual Group member’s edited grade appear in the Grade Center in the column that was automatically created when the graded Group Blog or Group Journal was enabled. Grayed out cells appear in the Group Blog or Group Journal column for course members who are not part of the Group. A Group or individual member's grade can also be edited from the Grade Center.

How to Revert a Member’s Edited Grade

It is possible to revert a member’s edited grade to the original Group grade, which all Group members received. Alternatively, edit the grade that was changed on the Group Blog or Group Journal page by selecting the user.

  1. From the Grade Center, access the member’s Grade Details page.
  2. After a member’s Group grade has been edited, the Revert To Group Grade function appears. Click Revert To Group Grade.
  3. Click OK. The member’s grade is changed to the original Group grade.
  4. Click Return to Grade Center to return to the main Grade Center page and view the edited grade column. This grade change also appears on the Group Blog or Group Journal page when the user's name is selected.

Group Deletion

If a Group is no longer needed and Delete is selected from the contextual menu, a Delete Confirmation page appears. If grade columns exist in the Grade Center for the Group, such as for a graded Group Blog or Group Journal, the columns can be retained. On the Delete Confirmation page, do not select the check boxes for any columns that need to be preserved.