Moodle Discussion Rubric

Assessment in this course (specifically Moodle) will be done using a rubric that describes several types of

participation in online discussions.

The following rubric is for your use and the instructor's use in assessing your Moodle discussion participation.

Posts which are in all three columns are desirable--e.g., casual, friendly posts help to begin conversations and

build community; descriptive posts help to build understanding of content; reflective/analytical posts tend to

challenge thinking and content and take the learning to a deeper level. Generally, posts that achieve a level of

reflective-analytical at least 15-25% of the time is considered quite adequate.

You are encouraged to contribute all three kinds of posts, as appropriate. Just the same as you would in a

face-to-face discussion. Not all discussion is heavily reflective and analytic (in fact, that would tend to get quite

boring). On the other hand, if all of the conversation was casual-friendly and never achieved much depth, well,

that gets boring, too.

In addition to considering the QUALITY of posts, also consider the timeliness of both initial posts and responsive

posts (posts in which you respond to others in your discussion group). So, assuming you maintain a balance of the

below descriptions in your posts, that you answer ALL of the guiding questions/tasks within a discussion, and that

you post and respond by the due dates, you can expect to receive full points for each unit.


Casual- Friendly:  Descriptive   



  • Restate ideas or issues from the reading.
  • Identify similar experiences in our own practice.
  • Accurately reflect reading content.
  • Identify your own experience relevant to readings.
  • Describe insights based on integration of experience and readings.
  • Analyze and evaluate the reading and defend your evaluation.
  • Project what your experiences mean for you in your professional life.
  • Identify insights and project how this could validate or change your professional or personal practices.
  • Identify assumptions you hold that have been clarified, challenged, or affirmed.
  • Praise or criticism, e.g., "I love what you said about X, Y, and Z."
  • Show a presence, e.g., "I've read this and am thinking about it, not sure if I agree with you, but need to give it more thought.
  • Recognition of agreement or disagreement: validate and explain or defend underlying reasoning or assumptions.
  • Demonstrate further analysis.
  • Demonstrate further insight.
  • Coherently and eloquently validate and explain, or defend underlying reasoning and assumptions.
  • Seek to challenge and fully understand differences or similarities.
  • Construct new meaning and application to professional or personal context.

This rubric was created and generously shared by Drs. Susan Damme and Julia Williams along with others. Thank you!!

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