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How do I set Ranking and Badges for Forum users?

The Rank option allows instructors a number of options:

  • identify students based on the number of times they post (helpful in keeping track of most and least active users).
  • Award badges to identify users based on their number of Forum posts.
  • Allow teaching staff, TAs or other site administrators to escape the ranking process by identifying them with a special ranking and/or badge unrelated to the number of posts they might have created.

Note: Students can see the ranking and/or badges of other students.

Note: The Rankings (and Badges) for students are based on the number of ALL of their posts (Conversations and Replies) on ALL of the Forums on the site.

Go to Foruns

Go to Foruns

This displays the site's Forums.

Click Ranks.

Click Ranks.

This displays the Ranking page.

Click Add Rank.

Click Add Rank.

This displays the add new rank dialogue box.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Name the Rank, select "Rank based on post count threshold",  enter a number of posts for that rank.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Name the Rank, select "Rank based on post count threshold",  enter a number of posts for that rank.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - (Optional) - To add a badge to the ranking, click on the Rank Image Browse button.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - (Optional) - To add a badge to the ranking, click on the Rank Image Browse button.

This displays your computer's file locator.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - (Optional) - Select the image and click Open.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - (Optional) - Select the image and click Open.

This returns the display to the add new rank page.

Note: Instructors can download the images used in this example (and others) at: https://tufts.box.com/s/gloqcax7rscctgiimovzusq19gvb5o3k

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Click Update.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Click Update.

This returns the display to the Rankings page with the rank (and badge) displayed.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Example of a single Ranking and Badge

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Example of a single Ranking and Badge

To add more Rankings click Add Rank and repeat the process.

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Example of a multiple Rankings and Badges

Option 1 (Student Ranking) - Example of a multiple Rankings and Badges

Option 2 (Admin) - Click Add Rank, name the Rank, select Special rank assigned to selected site member(s), click Add individuals

Option 2 (Admin) - Click Add Rank, name the Rank, select Special rank assigned to selected site member(s), click Add individuals

This displays the Assign Rank to Individuals dialogue box.

Option 2 (Admin) -Select the individual(s), then click Update Individuals

Option 2 (Admin) -Select the individual(s), then click Update Individuals

Selecting a name from the Site Members box automatically adds the account to the Assigned rank box. You can also display by groups or roles.

This returns the display to the Add new rank page with the name of the users assigned to the new rank.

Option 2 (Admin) - (Optional) - To add a Badge, click on the Rank Image Browse button.

Option 2 (Admin) - (Optional) - To add a Badge, click on the Rank Image Browse button.

This displays your computer's file locator.

Option 2 (Admin) - (Optional) - Select the image file, then click Open

Option 2 (Admin) - (Optional) - Select the image file, then click Open

This returns the display to the add new ranking page.

Note: Instructors can download the images used in this example (and others) at: https://tufts.box.com/s/gloqcax7rscctgiimovzusq19gvb5o3k

Option 2 (Admin) - Click Update

Option 2 (Admin) - Click Update

This returns the display to the Rankings page with the new ranking and badge displayed.

Option 2 (Admin) - Example of a Special Ranking

Option 2 (Admin) - Example of a Special Ranking

Note: in the above example, Janet Doe (TA) will have the admin badge associated with her posts no matter how many or how few.

Example of Ranks and Badges in a Forum

Example of Ranks and Badges in a Forum