LEO: How do I view and/or assess a student’s discussion posts by topic? (Faculty)

Faculty can assess students' participation in discussion topics from within threads for topics where an assessment has been added. If the topic is moderated, faculty must approve posts before assessing them.

Note: These steps require that the discussion topic has been previously set up to allow for assessment in terms of the topic having a score value assigned; being tied to a specific Grade item; and being set to Publish to Grades. To assess individual posts, the checkbox for Allow assessment of individual posts in the Assessment tab must be enabled. If the topic has not already been configured for assessment, those steps must be completed first. Please visit LEO: How Do I - Add an Assessment to a Topic (Faculty) for more information. 


  1. From the Course Home page, click DiscussionsNote: You may be required to click the My Tools drop-down menu to select Discussions
  2. On the Discussions page, click the topic you want to assess.
  3. Depending on your view settings, do one of the following:
    • In Reading view, instructors can assess an individual learner while viewing all of a learner's posts together on one screen. Click the context menu beside a thread name and select Assess Student.
    • In Grid view, instructors can select either the thread or reply for a post. Click the More Actions button and then select Assess to assess the individual learner.
  4. In the popup dialog box, do any of the following:
    • If assessment of individual posts is enabled and you are in Reading View, enter a score in the Score column beside each post you want to assess. If assessment of individual posts is enabled and you are in Grid View, add the assessment in the Post Score field.
    • If assessment of individual posts is not enabled, enter a score in the Topic Score field. This score is the assessment you are providing to the learner for participation in the topic.
    • Complete each rubric, choosing a level and entering feedback for each criterion. The Total calculates automatically based on the rubric criteria, or you can manually enter the Total and override the calculation. Note that the calculated or chosen Total is automatically populated in the Topic Score field. To return the Topic Score to the calculated score from the rubric, click Clear Override.
    • In the General Feedback field, enter feedback comments.
  5. Click Save Draft to retain the assessment results and publish at a later time. Click Publish to immediately release the assessment results to the learner in AssignmentsDiscussionsGradesContent, and User Progress simultaneously.


Discussions - Assess from Within a Thread

Discussions - Grade a Topic