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Suggestions for gradable discussion boards used in large courses (400  students) besides "Are you nuts?"

Question asked by rh22333 on Oct 12, 2016
Latest reply on Oct 14, 2016 by rh22333

I have an instructor who would like to have four or five gradable discussions in her course. The trick is she would like to use groups so the kids are actually only reading and responding to fifteen or 20 twenty other students and not just the first one of 400 who post something.  She wants them to know someone besides TAs are reading the posts and also feel like they are part of a group in a really big class.  The discussion board tool in groups would be great EXCEPT it is not gradable. 


If I use Adaptive release and make a gradable discussion forum for each group it ends up being a rather cumbersome grade center with maybe 100 columns.. 


Anyone have a better workaround? I hope so.