Rubric for Online Discussions



Criterion

4

A-level qualities
(90–100)

3

B-level qualities
(80–89)

2

C-level qualities
(70–79)

1

F-level qualities
(below 70)



Score

Completeness

Addresses all elements of the discussion activity Addresses most elements of the discussion activity Addresses some elements of the discussion activity Does not address elements of the discussion activity  

Quality of response

Demonstrates an excellent understanding of the question(s) through well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections; response is factually correct and substantive, with relevant references and examples and a clear connection to the readings Demonstrates a good understanding of the question(s) through well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections; response is factually correct but lacks full development and a clear connection to the readings Demonstrates limited understanding of question(s); response includes basic examples but lacks substantive information and connection to the readings Demonstrates elementary understanding of the question(s); response is incomplete, off-topic, incorrect, or irrelevant to the discussion activity  

Comments to others

Demonstrates analysis of others' posts; extends meaningful discussion by building on previous posts Elaborates on postings with some further comments or observations Posts shallow contributions to discussion (e.g., "I agree" or "I disagree") without further elaboration; does not enrich or further discussion Does not post comments to others  

Participation

Contributes regularly and on a timely basis; meets or exceeds minimum requirement for replying to classmates; always observes proper online etiquette (is respectful, courteous, and professional) Contributes occasionally and on a timely basis; meets the minimum requirement for replying to classmates; observes proper online etiquette Contributes infrequently and not on a timely basis; does not meet requirement for replying to classmates or always observe proper online etiquette Does not contribute to discussion on a timely basis or observe proper online etiquette or both  

Total:

 

Note: Criteria are evaluated on a 4-3-2-1-0 basis. Total rubric points are converted first to a letter grade and then to a numerical equivalent based on a 0–100 scale: 16 = A (93–100); 15 = A– (90–92); 14 = B+ (88–89); 12– 13 = B (83–87); 11 = B– (80–82); 10 = C+ (78–79); 8–9 = C (73–77); 7 = C– (70–72); 3–6 = D (60–69); 0–2 = F (below 60).