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How do I set up a Group Discussion for Grading, by Group?

Question asked by Michael Maguire on Oct 14, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 15, 2018 by

I've gone through the Canvas guides, looked at the "Assignment" and "Grades" details - including SpeedGrader - and I remain stuck!

Students in my course are assigned to a semester-long small group project.  One way I'm tracking progress is requiring - and grading (as "Complete/Incomplete") a weekly group Discussion Forum submission.  Therefore, it shows up in Canvas under both "Discussions" and "Assignments."  As an "Assignment," it is set up as a group assignment.

Only one member of a group is required to submit a post to the weekly Discussion Forum (any group members can submit, too).

I just went to SpeedGrader to grade the assignment.  In SpeedGrader, only the individual student who submitted a post to the Group Discussion Forum is having their grade ("Complete"/"Incomplete") recorded.

I went back to this "Assignment" to see if I could edit it in a way that it was set up as a group assignment (which I had done!). 

  • First issue:  because the Discussion is part of an Assignment, when I try and edit the Assignment (to be sure it's a Group assignment), Canvas defaults to the Discussion edit.  Which is fine, but....
  • Second issue:  when I try and edit "Assign..." and go to the drop-down for "Assign to...," I find an incomplete list of groups and several individual students' names.  Huh?

SUMMARY:  My goal is to have 12 student groups contribute to weekly discussion forums that are graded as "Complete/Incomplete" with the grades for each Discussion being recorded by group - i.e., if a student is in Group A, and I assess Group A's Discussion as "Complete," I want all group members in Group A  to have their grade recorded as "Complete." 

Thanks for any assistance - Michael Maguire - - Faculty Associate, UW-Madison (WI) School of Human Ecology