If you are grading according to a rubric, here is how to do that within the Discussion forums.

1.Go into the Discussion Board, choose a forum and select Grade Forum.
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2.Under Forum Users, find the student whose discussion posts you want to grade, and click the Grade button.
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3.Under Forum Statistics, look for the Edit Grade and View Rubric buttons. Click Edit Grade.
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To grade using the rubric, click the icon where the View Rubric button was.
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4.The Rubric will open on your screen. Choose your grades and leave feedback if you wish.
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At the bottom of the Rubric will be the total points, as well as another place for feedback.
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Reviewed by Matt Perreault 7/31/2013