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How do I assign a graded discussion to a course group?

How do I assign a graded discussion to a course group?

You can create a graded discussion for a course group by using the Group Discussion checkbox. Canvas uses group sets to assign group discussions, and each group within the group set that is assigned to the discussion is required to complete the discussion.

You will need to assign a group set as part of the discussion. You can add an existing group set, or you can create a new group set as part of the assignment and add students to groups later. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.

When differentiating groups in graded discussions, students can only view the discussion if they are a member of an assigned group. Otherwise the discussion does not appear in the group's discussions page. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades. 

You can still view the links to all groups that are in the group set (as with any other group discussion). However, if you do not select a group in the differentiated assignments list, the group does not show a differentiated due date.

When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, graded discussions are also respected against closed grading periods.

Note: Please ensure all students have been added to a group before assigning a group set to the group discussion. If a student is not added to a group and replies to the discussion, the student's reply will be part of the original discussion topic. Replies on the original discussion topic can be viewed by clicking the View the full discussion link in SpeedGrader.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Enter Discussion Details

Enter Discussion Details

Enter a title [1] and add content [2] to your discussion.

Select Graded Discussion

Select Graded Discussion

Click the Graded checkbox.

Select Group Discussion

Select Group Discussion

Click the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.

Select Group Set

Select Group Set

Click the Group Set drop-down menu to select which groups will be assigned [1] or create a new group category [2].

Note: Groups created by students cannot be used for Group Discussions and do not appear in the drop-down menu.

Assign to Everyone

Assign to Everyone

By default, Canvas will set your discussion for everyone in your course. This option means all users in the course regardless of section will be assigned the assignment. All students will still be assigned to a group based on the previously selected group set.

Assign to Group

Assign to Group

To create the discussion for a specific group in the group set, click the Everyone remove icon [1], then start to type in the name of a group [2]. Search fields are dynamic; when the group name appears, click the name. Lists are not scrollable.

You can include more than one group in the To field, as long as they are to be assigned the same due and availability dates.

Edit Due and Availability Dates

Edit Due and Availability Dates

In the date fields, add your preferred date(s) with the following options:

  • Due [1]: Set the date and time that the discussion is due. The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary.
  • Available From [2]: Set the date and time when the discussion will become available.
  • Until [3]: Set the date and time when the discussion will no longer be available.

 

Note: Beneath the Due Date and Availability date fields, Canvas will display the time zone date and time according to context. If you manage courses in a time zone other than your local time zone and create or edit a due date for a discussion, the course and local times are displayed for reference.

Add Additional Dates

Add Additional Dates

To add new Due and Availability Dates for other users in your course, click the Add Date button.

Remove Dates

Remove Dates

You can also delete additional dates by clicking the remove icon next to the appropriate date.

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your discussion, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your discussion and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

View Due Date Warning

View Due Date Warning

Even when you aren't adding sections, you will see a warning message asking you if you want to add sections.

You can click the Continue button [1] if you don't want to add any other sections to the assignment, or click the Go Back button [2] to go back and add sections.

Note: This warning message will not appear if everyone in the course or all course sections are assigned.

View Date Error

View Date Error

If you submit an invalid string of due dates and try to save the assignment, Canvas generates an error notification. Such invalid entries include not unlocking the assignment before it is due, not placing the due date inside the range of availability dates, or assigning a date that is outside the course or term dates.

Correct the date and then update the graded discussion again.

Notes:

  • If the course does not include specified course start and end dates, Canvas validates the graded discussion against the term date set for the course.
  • If your course is using Multiple Grading Periods, the Assign field validates the due date against the closed grading period and requires the discussion due date to be past the date of the closed grading period.

View Assignment Dates

View Assignment Dates

View the dates and users assigned to the assignment.

Comments

My Graded Discussion is NOT showing up as an assignment in the Grades tab. Here are the assignment setting and what shows in the tab.

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Hi @shannononeill,

Are you still not seeing this discussion display in the Gradebook? If this was a newly created discussion, it may take some time for it to display. You could also try clearing the cache in your web browser to see if that resolves the issue. You can also grade the discussion in SpeedGrader if you are unable to find it in the Gradebook. 

CanvasDocTeam,

I still do not see that discussion in the Gradebook and it was assigned/started on 8/19.  I have cleared cache, browsing history, and every other setting multiple times over the last week and it's still not showing up... nor has that corrected any of the issues it was supposed to correct.

I really need the discussion to show up in the Gradebook so STUDENTS who need to make corrections can more easily access it.  I have been using SpeedGrader to grade it, but I have struggling readers so wading through the module to find an old assignment is more work than many are willing to do - they'd rather take a bad grade.  If I could just send them to Gradebook to find it, that would likely result in a few more making the corrections.  

Thanks,

Shannon

Hi @shannononeill,

Students cannot see the Gradebook; this is only for instructors. They do have their own Grades page though (your view). Is the Discussions page visible in your course and could you send them there to view their discussions? Or create a page with links to the discussions they need?

Cody

What happened to the check box for grading individually vs as a group??

 

Select Group Set

 

 

Click the Group Set drop-down menu to select which groups will be assigned [1] or create a new group category [2].

Hi @govreacladmin!

I believe this checkbox is only available for group assignments, not group discussions.

Cody 

I have assigned a graded group discussion in a class however I am unable to switch out of the first group in my gradebook to grade the other discussions.  I get this message when I begin grading:

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In the upper right corner, where I would usually see the group name of an assignment and way to change between groups with a drop down menu, I see only a student name. When I try to get to the assignment from a student in a different group directly  from the gradebook by clicking on a student submission directly, I see this error:

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and then I can never change out of the first group.  Very curious for help with this.  

By the way, I created this discussion by adding it directly to the module, rather than going through the discussions link in course navigation.  Thanks for any advice you may have.

Then If

Hi @stephanie_estes,

That does sound very strange. I took a quick peek at your course and, from what I can tell, things appear to be set up correctly. I'd recommend reaching out to Canvas Support for further assistance. They can take a look and troubleshoot possible causes and solutions. For steps on reporting a problem, check out How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor?

Naomi

Since you cannot select "Grade groups individually" does that mean everyone in the group gets the same grade? 

Hi @casscross,

Yes. Everyone in the group would receive the same grade. We do have a feature idea that was added recently that suggests having the same options for grading groups in group discussions as in group assignments: Consistent (assignment, discussion, quiz) options. If you'd like to support that idea, you can kudo it and/or add comments to the idea conversation. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.  

Naomi

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