Discussion boards are a critical element in the courses you are taking at Queens University. In some courses they comprise up to 50% of the grade (e.g., 851).
In D2L, the grade book tool allows for a relatively easy means of reviewing individual students' contributions to the discussion boards. In the instructor view, I can go to the the Class Progress section and then view all activity by each student.
The first screen shows the student list with the following information for each student:
This screen shows me that the student has visited 34 of the 52 pages of the course - not so excited at this point. The main value of this screen is the graph showing the regularity and frequency of logins. More logins for a shorter amount of time is far preferable to fewer logins for longer periods. The nature of the discussion boards as an asynchronous communication tool suggests that greater benefit will be had from short logins to check on the latest comments from classmates. MOst courses do use objectives and so that information is not relevant.
I can then click on any student and see the following screen:
For example, the above screen shows the first three discussion board topics for PME 851. I can see how many posts you read, how many you made, or "threads started", and how many replies you made to your classmates. The replies are as important, if not more so than the initial comments.
I can then open each individual board and see what has transpired.
I then can click on each topic and see the list of titles and various other data for each individual entry. The arrows indicate the replies and the quotation marks indicate an initial post or thread. I then can click on each topic and see the list of titles and various other data for each individual entry.
Given that I read almost every post and reply, I do not need to open every one. However, I can open whichever ones I want to get an idea of the content of the replies and the initial post.
In this manner, I can scroll through and get a very clear understadning of everyone's level of contribution to the boards.