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Dec 14 2015

Discussion Forum Grading Improvements

Faculty and TAs have long been able to set up a category in the discussion forum that's designated as a graded category, where individual student posts can be graded and those grades are automatically sent to the Gradebook. We've recently made a few changes to the grading process to make it easier for faculty and TAs to grade student posts.

Image of new discussion forum grading tools added in December 2015.

First, you can click on a link at the top of any topic in a graded category and the browser will scroll to the very first post that needs grading. This is a lot faster than hunting through a list of 30 or 50 posts to find a handful that still require grading.

Second, a list of all students who have not posted in that category is available and you can assign a zero/fail value to all students who have not posted in that category at once. This significantly speeds up grading when you have students who do not complete a graded discussion forum assignment.

Third, there's now a link at the top of any topic in a graded category that takes you to the Gradebook item for that graded discussion forum category. It's not a big deal, but it does save you a couple of clicks!

We hope these changes will make grading discussion forum categories even easier for you. If you have questions, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:08 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Dec 7 2015

Alerting When Students Complete Exams Very Quickly

One of the obvious ways in which faculty can determine if a student may have cheated on an online quiz or exam is to look at the amount of time it took a student to complete an exam relative to the total amount of time allotted for an exam. While this is in no way a foolproof approach for detecting cheating, if an exam has 50 questions and a student completes the exam in five minutes, it's certainly probable that — excepting for complete mastery of the subject by the student — that some kind of cheating may have occurred.

The Quiz Generator in CoursePlus has long shown the amount of time a student took to complete a quiz or exam on the "Statistics" view for an individual quiz. However, if faculty don't look at that report, they may not be able to spot potential issues.

We've recently updated the Quiz Generator to automatically flag students who took less than 10% of the allotted time to complete a graded quiz (non-graded/review quizzes will not show this). These flags are shown on both the main "Responses and Grades" page and on the "Quiz Completion Statistics" view for an individual quiz.

Red circles with exclamation point inside indicates a student who quickly completed a quiz.

There will, of course, be many instances where completing a quiz or exam in less than 10% of the allotted time for the quiz or exam is perfectly fine. This new flagging feature simply makes it easier for faculty to look into potential problem areas.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 1:17 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

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