Applies to: Moodle 3.2

By default, discussion Forums in Moodle have no grade associated with them. However, forums have a ratings option which, when enabled, allows instructors and teaching assistants to rate student forum posts.

There are two basic ways to rate posts.

- Use a set number of points, for example 1-5.
- Use a preset scale with a variety of text options, for example pass/fail. Some scales also have points associated with them, for example Excellent/Very Poor (4 points).

Both types of ratings will appear in the Gradebook, but only ratings with a point value will contribute to a Course total grade.

## Setting up rating options for a discussion forum

- Go to the course homepage and click
**Turn editing on**. - Find the Forum you want to add a rating option to.
- Click the
**Edit**menu to the right of the activity. - Choose
**Edit Settings**. - Scroll down and click
**Ratings**to see the options. - Choose an
**Aggregate type**.*The aggregate type defines how ratings are combined to form the final grade in the gradebook.***Average of ratings**- The mean of all ratings.**Count of ratings**- The number of rated posts becomes the final grade. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.**Maximum rating**- The highest rating becomes the final grade.**Minimum rating**- The smallest rating becomes the final grade.**Sum of ratings**- All ratings are added together for a total score. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.**Note:**No aggregation method can exceed the maximum point value of the numeric scale chosen for rating**Example:**If you set Maximum points = 10, and Aggregate type = Sum of ratings, a student who has four separate posts that are all rated at 3 points each will still only receive 10 points total for the forum.

- Choose a
**Scale Type**:- For
**Scale**, choose a Scale from the drop-down list.*Scales that include point values will appear in the gradebook, scales with no point value will not.* - For
**Point**, enter a point value in**Maximum points**.*Rating values will appear in the gradebook.* **Note**: In Moodle 2.6, there is one list including both scales and point values.

- For
- Scroll down and click
**Save and display.**

## Rating an individual post

- Find the post you want to rate.
- Choose a rating from the
**Rate**drop-down menu at the bottom of the post. - View the student's score.
- Instructors see the rating, as well as the aggregation method, the student's current score, and the Rate menu.
- Students see their own rating and the aggregation of their scores in this forum. Students only see their own ratings and scores.

- Rate other posts as necessary.
- When you are done return to your course homepage.