Did you know that instructors can allow students to rate each other’s posts in Blackboard discussion forums? It works the same way that one would rate movies, books, apps, and things purchased in an online storefront like Amazon.
Turning on the ability to rate discussion posts can be an additional way that online instructors increase student engagement levels.
Instructions for turning on discussion post rating
Any time you add or edit a blackboard discussion forum you can turn on the feature that allows members to rate discussion posts. If you have existing forums in your course, here are the steps to enable peer rating.
- Click on the Course Tools section of the course’s control panel
- Click Discussion Board
- Select the contextual menu arrow next to the appropriate forum and click Edit
- Access the Forum Settings section close to the bottom of the Edit Discussion Forum page.
- Check the Allow members to rate posts checkbox and click Submit.
Rating discussion forum posts
Discussion posts are rated via a 5-Star scale. If a post has been rated, the Overall Rating will show right next to the discussion posts in the form of stars. Students can only rate a post one time and are not allowed to rate their own posts. Below are the steps to rate a discussion forum post:
- Find the desired post among the threads of a particular discussion board
- Select the aforementioned post
- Notice the Your Rating text with 5 blank close by.
- Choose the number of stars that approximates your rating of the discussion forum post. Note: Once a post has been rated, the Overall Rating will appear whenever the discussion forum post is displayed.
Hopefully, following these steps will add a layer of peer evaluation to your course as well as promote more student engagement.