In order to set up an existing discussion topic to be assessed in the discussions area:

1. Click the [Edit Topic] button (pencil icon) from the drop-down menu to the right of the discussion topic to set up assessments for that topic.

2.  Click the [Assessment] tab.

3. Select a grade item (if one exists) from the drop-down menu
4. Input the points value of the item in the “Score Out of” box

(Optional: If you are using rubrics to assess posts, please visit this post for help on adding the rubric to the gradebook. It is not recommended that you add a rubric here in the Discussions area because student will be unable to view it in Discussions.)

5.  Click [Save and Close]
After you save this topic, you should see an [Assess Topic] icon in the drop-down menu next to the title of each discussion topic. Clicking on this icon will allow you to enter the score and provide feedback.