This article will guide you through our Discussion Assignment tool and its possibilities. This article is written to help you to enhance your understanding of the functionalities of this tool. 

In this article, a demo assignment with student activity shall be shown to let you see what the tool looks like when it's filled with activity. 

Discussion Assignment with student activity

Now we will see what the assignment looks like when students have completed it. 

Overall student progress 

At the top of the assignment, you will see the overall student progress overview. You can see how many students have completed the assignment, how many comments students placed on average and the total number of upvotes. Click on statistics per active student to see individual students' progress. Here you can see if the students have read instructions, handed in their assignment, participated in discussion the total number of comments they wrote and received, how many upvotes they have given and received and if they have reflected on the discussion

If you press download, a excel file will be downloaded in which the assignment analytics are available.

Hand in

After the instructions in step 1, you can see who completed their hand ins and if they handed in on time in step 2. If you click on the document icon on the right, you can view the deliverable of the students. You also have the possibility to download all submissions

Peer discussion

Step 3 offers you the possibility to see who has finished assessing their peers. In the figure below, you can see that all 6 students have completed discussing their peers. If your click on the downward arrow, you will find similar statistics as in the overall student progress above. You can also press the button go to the discussion

When you press this button, the instructions by the teacher on the peer discussion is shown, along with the works of the students. Step 4 will elaborate more on the options a teacher has in this window. Press the top left arrow to go back to the assignment overview. 

Open discussion

Step 4 shows you the statistics on the open discussion. You can see that 2 out of 6 students have completed this part of the assignment. The students who have not finished this part, have 0 participation in extra discussion and 0 total comments. They have received comments, but not contributed themselves.  To see the contribution of all the students, press go to the discussion

When you have pressed this button, the following screen will appear. At the top, the teacher's instructions are shown. Further down, the students' contributions are visible. You can sort these according to your preference. They are now sorted on most commented on first. It now only shows three comments. If you want to see them all, press oldest

Let's zoom in to the top part. Student Ash Fisher handed in a paper. You can see that the total number of comments is 4 and she also received 2 upvotes. As said above, you can press show older to see all. If you press the comment button, it will collapse or reveal the comments. If you press in the thumbs up icon, you can upvote the submission.
If you move your mouse across the deliverable on the right side, it will say show. When you press this, you can see the document that Ash Fisher has handed in, on which other students are commenting. 

Here you can see the document and the students' comments. On the right you see the task bar with an overview of the student comments. You can see if students reacted on each other or if they upvoted. On the second page of the document you can see that a student made an annotation. If you click on the annotation, it will direct you to the associated comment Or, you can press the grey comment icon. If you click on the pen in the bottom-right part, you can add a general comment.
Press the arrow in the top-left to go back to the open discussion page.

Reflection of the discussion

Finally step 5 provides you with an overview of who has reflected on the discussion.

To see the specific reflection, just click on the green round sign. 

This concludes the Discussion Assignment | Teacher Perspective tutorial.
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