"Sum of rating"
"Highest rating"
or "Average of ratings" Appearing at the Bottom of Your Forum Posts

Did you ever get the feeling that something was following you? Following YOU and only YOU?

For instance, let's take the case of some mysterious text that you might notice appears at the bottom of your forum posts. The text might read "Sum of ratings" or "Highest rating" or "Average of ratings". And it only appears at the end of your posts. Have you been targeted? Could it be a virus?

Not to fear.

That text is simply informational. Nothing more. It's just letting you know the criteria by which the instructor is grading that forum.

Let's take the case of a discussion forum that is worth 10 points and see how that plays out in a forum with different grading criteria.

criteria = Sum of ratings criteria = Highest rating criteria = Average of ratings
in your first post you score 4 in your first post you score 4 in your first post you score 4
in your second post you score 3 in your second post you score 3 in your second post you score 3
in your last post you score 2 in your last post you score 2 in your last post you score 2
your final grade for the forum using the "Sum of grades" criteria is "9" (4+3+2=9) your final grade for the forum using the "Highest grades" criteria is "4" (4 is the highest grade) your final grade for the forum using the "Average grade" criteria is "3" (4+3+2=9; 9 divided by 3=3)

"But why am I the only student seeing this?!" you might ask.

Here's the answer: Your grades are private. Only you see them. The informational text about grading criteria is connected to your grades so only you see your own. Other students see precisely what you see at the bottom of their posts too - but you can only see the criteria appear on your own posts.

<< Check out the image to the left. This is how a forum looks to Cassandra. She sees the "Average of ratings" criteria only attached to her post(s) and not to classmates named Ophelia and Troy. But, Ophelia sees something different - she sees the criteria on her posts but not Cassandra's and Troy's. And, of course, Troy only see's Troy's.

Do you have a question about how you are being graded in your classes? Make sure to ask the instructor so you are clear. Do this early in the term so you know what the expectations are.

Just to recap: Should you be concerned about seeing grading criteria appear at the end of your posts? Answer: No. You and your computer are just fine!