Discussion Tasks

Discussion tasks let you set a list of clear 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 will see a list of objectives to complete, such as contributing claims under other students’ claims, adding sources to their claims, or voting on claims in the discussion.
  • For discussion tasks to function correctly, teachers and educators should have Owner or Admin roles, and students should have the Writer role. This is because with any permissions higher than Writer, students are able to move and delete other students’ contributions, which interferes with tracking task progress (see section below for details).
  • Teachers can view the progress made by each student on tasks in the discussion.
  • Students can view their own task progress by opening the Discussion Menu (by clicking the three horizontal lines in the top-left of the discussion) and selecting My Tasks, or by clicking the tasks icon in the top-right of a discussion.

About Tasks and Task Progress

When enabling discussion tasks, you are able to specify which tasks students should complete, as well as how many times.

  • Write claims in total: Each time a student submits a claim in the discussion, this task will progress by one. If a student deletes their own claim, it is not counted towards this task. If their claim is deleted by another user, such as a discussion Admin, it will still count towards this task. Claims which meet criteria for other tasks (such as writing claims below others’ claims) will also count towards this task.
  • Write claims below others’ claims: Each time a student submits a claim underneath a claim which is created by another user, this task will progress by one. You should enable this task to encourage students to contribute arguments under other students’ claims and work collaboratively (note that both pros and cons contribute to this task, so students may choose to support or argue against other students’ claims). If a student deletes their own claim, it is not counted towards this task. If their claim is deleted by another user, such as a discussion Admin, it will still count towards this task.
  • Write claims below your own claims: Each time a student submits a claim underneath a claim which they have created, this task will progress by one. You should enable this task to encourage students to develop their own arguments. If a student deletes their own claim, it is not counted towards this task. If their claim is deleted by another user, such as a discussion Admin, it will still count towards this task.
  • Link to a source in your own claims: For each claim the student has created which contains an attached link, this task progresses by one. The link can either be attached when the claim is created or by editing an existing claim and adding one. If a student deletes their own claim containing the link, or edits their claim to remove the link, progress towards this task drops by one. If another user edits a students’ claim to remove the link, progress will drop by one, however if the claim is deleted, it will still count towards this task. (Note that task progress cannot verify the quality of sources, so educators may wish to verify appropriate links are used – see Viewing Student Progress).
  • Vote claims: For each claim the student votes on, this task progresses by one. Students can vote on their own claims, or other users’ claims. Progress towards this task will be counted regardless of whether the claims a student has voted on have been deleted, including their own (for this reason educators may wish to verify claims have been voted on appropriately – see Viewing Student Progress). Enabling this task also enables voting in the discussion.

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

Reminder: It is important to ensure students have the Writer role, as otherwise they may interfere with tracking task progress.

Enabling, Editing, and Resetting Discussion Tasks

Note: You must have Admin permissions or higher to enable, edit, or disable discussion tasks.

Enabling, Editing, and Disabling Tasks

To enable tasks for students:

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

You can open this interface at any time to adjust which tasks should be enabled, or edit the number of times each tasks should be completed which will be updated for students dynamically.

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

Resetting the Tasks Counter

To reset the discussion tasks counter:

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

Viewing Student Progress

To view student progress on their tasks:

  1. Open the Discussion Menu by clicking the three horizontal lines in the top-left of the discussion.
  2. Select Tasks. An overview of all students in the discussion will appear, along with the overall progress they have made in completing the discussion tasks to the right of their username. 
  3. To view progress for a specific student, click their username. A breakdown will appear of their progress towards each task goal. To view the relevant contributions progressing each task in the discussion, click the downwards arrow to the right of the task.
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