About Tasks

Tasks let you set a list of tracked objectives for students to achieve in a discussion, which is especially useful if you’re introducing a new class or group of students to Kialo Edu.

About the Tasks Feature

  • If tasks are enabled, students in a discussion see a list of objectives to complete, such as creating claims or voting.
  • For tasks to function correctly, teachers/educators should have Owner or Admin roles, and students should have the Writer role. With any permissions higher than Writer, students can move and delete each others’ contributions, which interferes with tracking task progress (see next section).
  • Admins can view the progress made by users towards each of their tasks in the Tasks Overview section.
  • Students can view their own task progress by clicking the (tasks icon) button in the top-right of a discussion, or by clicking the (three horizontal lines) button in the top-left of a discussion and selecting My Tasks. Tasks will open by default when enabled for students entering a discussion.

About Tasks and Task Progress

When enabling tasks, you can specify which tasks students should complete, as well as how many times.

  • Write claims: This is the total number of claims you want each student to write in a discussion. As the other claim-related tasks also contribute to this one, the number set for this task should usually be larger than others.

  • Write claims under others’ claims: This is the number of pros or cons students should write under their classmates’ claims. This task helps to facilitate students interacting with each other in the discussion, developing the topic collaboratively, and sparking enthusiasm for constructive argument. Students should usually be instructed to submit both pros and cons as part of this task, avoiding being overwhelmingly positive or negative towards their classmates.

  • Write claims under your own claims: The number of pros or cons students should write under their own claims. This task is intended for students to develop their own thinking, provide deeper justifications for their arguments, and recognize their arguments’ strengths and weaknesses. Students should usually be reminded to submit both pros and cons as part of this task to help deter being overwhelmingly supportive of their own arguments.

  • Link to a source in your own claims: This is the number of claims students should include sources in. The source feature allows students to cite websites and offline sources such as books and journals in support of their claims, optionally providing direct quotes. Set this task to help ensure students are contributing claims supported by evidence, encourage them to develop good referencing practices, or just to see where students are getting their ideas from. We recommend that you don’t require your students to source every claim they write – students will often need to use multiple claims to set up a larger idea, and not all will require evidence.

  • Vote on claims: The number of claims students should vote on. The voting feature allows students to vote on how persuasive claims are, giving them a mark between 0 (not at all persuasive) to 4 (very persuasive). Set this task if you want your students to explicitly evaluate the persuasiveness or quality of a claim in relation to the claim above it, helping to develop students’ reasoning and evaluation skills. This is especially effective when coupled with features like Anonymous Discussions, where students won’t be influenced by their peers’ votes. For group exercises, this task can have a high target number, requiring students to vote on each others’ claims.

Once students have completed a set of tasks, you can reset task progress to assign students a new set of tasks.

Note: For tasks related to writing claims, if a student deletes their own claim, their progress will drop by one. If their claim is deleted by another user, such as a discussion Admin, that claim will continue to count towards the task. Ensure that students’ roles are set to Writer to avoid interference with task progress.

Enabling, Editing, and Resetting Tasks

Note: You must have Admin permissions or higher to configure tasks.

Enabling, Editing, and Disabling Tasks

To enable tasks:

  1. Click the (three horizontal lines) in the top-left of a discussion.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Open the Tasks tab.
  4. Check Enable Tasks.
  5. Check each task you want to enable for students, and specify how many of each type of task students should complete in the discussion.
  6. Click Save.

To edit tasks, open the Tasks tab using the steps above. You can adjust which tasks should be enabled, or edit the number of times each task should be completed. Any adjustments are updated for students dynamically.

To disable tasks for students, uncheck the Enable Tasks option.

Resetting the Tasks Counter

To reset student progress of tasks:

  1. Click the (three horizontal lines) in the top-left of a discussion.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Open the Tasks tab.
  4. Click the (three dots icon) to the right of the search bar.
  5. Select Reset Task Progress.
  6. Click Confirm.

Viewing Student Task Progress

To view student progress on tasks:

  1. Click the (three horizontal lines) in the top-left of the discussion.
  2. Select Tasks Overview. An overview appears of all students in the discussion and their progress towards completing assigned tasks. 
  3. To view a specific student’s progress, click their username to show a breakdown towards each task.
  4. To view their relevant contributions for each task, click the downwards arrow to the right of the task.
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