GRADING RUBRICS FOR DISCUSSION FORUMS

Discussion Rubric

Category

Description

Point Value

Number of Postings
Initiation of discussion topics and response to other’s postings

Exceeds the minimum required postings.

3

Meets the minimum required postings.

2

Does not meet the minimum required postings.

1

No postings

0

POSTINGS – TOTAL POSSIBLE

3

Writing and Language Skills
Well written, clear organization, uses standard English grammar, contains minor, if any, spelling errors

Good writing and language skills.

4

Adequate writing and language skills.

3

Fair writing and language skills.

2

Poor language and writing skills

1

 WRITING AND LANGUAGE SKILLS – TOTAL POSSIBLE

4

Evidence of Critical Thinking
Critical thinking includes application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Arguments are clear and show depth of insight into theoretical issues, originality of treatment, and relevance. May include unusual insights. Arguments are well supported.

Demonstrates critical thinking and the ability to apply concepts.

3

Demonstrates some critical thinking and application of concepts

2

Shows minor or incorrect application of concepts

1

 EVIDENCE OF CRITICAL THINKING – TOTAL POSSIBLE

3

Development of Ideas
Well-developed thoughts, ideas, and details included in postings.  Stimulates discussions and presents new ideas.

Time and effort has gone into each discussion message, with well-developed ideas, and new ideas in postings, which stimulate discussion.

3

Good thought and details in the postings.

2

Some thought and detail in the posting.

1

Not much thought or detail in the posting.

0

DEVELOPMENT OF IDEAS – TOTAL POSSIBLE

3

Timeliness
Posting by stated due date

Posted by deadline

2

Posted no more than 24 hours after deadline

1

Posted more than 24 hours after deadline or no posting

0

 TIMELINESS – TOTAL POSSIBLE

2

OVERALL TOTAL POSSIBLE FOR DISCUSSIONS

15