Topic assessment

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You can evaluate users’ individual posts and have Pilot automatically calculate a topic score for each user, or you can assign a topic score directly to each user. If you choose to assess individual posts, you can specify how you want the system to calculate each user’s post score. To do this, click on Communication (found on the navigation bar) and choose Discussions from the context menu. This will open the Discussions List page. Open the context menu beside the Discussion topic that you want to evaluate and click on edit topic.  

Select the Assessment tab. Choose the grade item that is to be associated with the Discussion topic (or create one).

Enter the maximum number of points that can be earned for the topic.

If a rubric is to be used, click on Add Rubric.

Click the box under Posts that says “Allow assessment of individual posts” and select a Calculation method (see below).

Calculation methods

There are five possible calculation methods that you can select when configuring a topic for assessment.

  • Average post score This calculation method averages all of the post scores included per user.
  • Maximum post score This calculation method identifies the highest score of all the post scores included per user.
  • Minimum post score This calculation method identifies the lowest score of all the post scores included per user.
  • Mode post score – Highest on multiple This calculation method looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per user. Once it picks the frequency, the system looks to see if multiple scores occur at that frequency. If not, it assigns that score to the user. If there are multiple scores with the same frequency, it will choose the highest of those scores. For example, if a score of 7 occurs 2 times, a score of 8 occurs 3 times, and a score of 9 occurs 3 times, the system will choose the frequency 3 and the score of 9.
  • Mode post score – Lowest on multiple This calculation method looks at the frequency of scores on posts, then selects the highest occurrence of a score per user. Once it picks the frequency, the system looks to see if multiple scores occur at that frequency. If not, it assigns that score to the user. If there are multiple scores with the same frequency, it will choose the lowest of those scores. For example, if a score of 7 occurs 2 times, a score of 8 occurs 3 times, and a score of 9 occurs 3 times, the system will choose the frequency 3 and the score of 8.

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