“Should students be graded for their participation in online discussion forums?
- "As always, this will depend to some extent on the students, the desired learning outcomes, and the instructor’s teaching philosophy.
“If you believe that students only do what gives them immediate gratification, this is one reason for grading participation.
- "If students are ‘surface’ rather than deep processors, or highly instrumental in that they only do the minimum work necessary to get a pass grade, then some form of grading of their online activities may be necessary.
- "If the main goals of the course are to teach students online participation skills, collaborative learning skills, or academic discourse, then again there may be a justification for grading participation.
“However, in general, it’s best not to grade students directly on their online contributions.