Graded Discussions: A New Way to Engage Students in onCampus – Idea to Feature

October 23, 2014 Peter Baron

Last week we revealed how Annotation ranked as the most requested feature by teachers (make sure to click here to check it out), and today we’re excited to introduce another highly requested enhancement — Graded Discussions.

Jackie Christensen, Senior Product Manager for onCampus, shares how Graded Discussions has now entered our Early Adopter Program, along with an overview of how it works.

A New Way to Engage Students

Like Annotation, Graded Discussion has been a highly requested feature by teachers. They’ve been looking for an additional way to engage students online in a more formal discussion format.

Graded Discussion makes this possible.

Teachers can  create the discussion directly from the Assignment Center, and can even tie it to the Grade Book.

When setting up the discussion, teachers can add embed video, links, and images to prompt their students. Same is true for the students — they can upload content as necessary to contribute back to the conversation.

As noted above, the discussions can be included in the Grade Book, which means that teachers can review student participation in the conversation and then grade and assess them on their contributions.

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