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CougarVIEW Instructor Guides: Link a discussion assessment to a grade item

Need help with something in CougarVIEW? Good news! We have a number of guides to show you how to use the many tools and resources in CougarVIEW. These guides cover topics like using the grade book, setting up quizzes, creating groups, and many more.

Link a discussion assessment to a grade item

When you add a discussion topic’s score to a numeric grade item in your grade book, your learners’ scores automatically transfer to the grade book. This enables you to factor the topic score into their final grades for the course.

Note: You can only link numeric grade items to discussion topics.

  1. On the navbar, select Discussions.

Discussion option


  1. From the context menu of the topic you want to configure for assessment, select Edit Topic.

Edit topic


  1. On the topic creation or edit page, enter a numeric value in the Grade Out Of field.

Grade Out Of field

  1. In the Grade Out Of section, click the drop-down menu and click  Edit or Link to Existing .

drop-down menu with the Edit or Link to Existing option

  1. In the Edit or Link to Existing dialog, select one of the following:
    • Select Create and link to a new grade item to create a new grade item associated with your discussion topic. Choose the Grade Scheme for your new grade item.
    • Select Link to an existing grade item to link your discussion topic to an existing grade item. Select the existing grade item from the drop-down list.
  1. Click OK.

Edit or Link to Existing

  1. Toggle the Visibility of your discussion topic ON or OFF.
  1. Select Save and Close.

Your discussion topic is now linked to a grade item.


  • Here is the BrightSpace link for linking a discussion assessment to a grade item.