The Impact of Program-Wide Discussion Board Grading Rubric on Student and Faculty Satisfaction

Brinda Kay McKinney



In addition to learning more about a topic, online discussion activities may be used to develop skills in reflective practice, critical evaluation, and leadership. Faculty often spends a great amount of time and energy developing discussion assignments that will improve these skills and align with course learning outcomes.  Facilitating and evaluating online discussion assignments can seem overwhelming and time-consuming for instructors. Students may feel the online discussion forum assignments lacks clarity and be at a loss on how to proceed. Incongruity about the assignment occurs when the instructor’s expectations about the discussion activity and the students' understanding about the assignment’s expectations do not align. This article will review a collaborative process used to align instructor expectations and student understanding for the express purpose of evaluating online discussion board assignments in a fair and objective manner.


Online, discussion board, assignments, students, instructors, grading rubric, expectations, RN-BSN program, faculty

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