Do This - 03. Set up points

(Settings → Points)

Unless your organization administrator has altered them, Yellowdig points for each board are set by default to the following:


For most first time users we recommend only changing the total points needed to achieve a 100% participation grade (the last setting above - set at 100 by default).  The default of 100 would require a learner to make 10 pins, 20 comments, or a combination of other actions to get a 100% participation grade for the course.  Over a 10 week course that would be one pin, a couple of comments, or a combination of other actions per week. Our instructors report this as a quite reasonable expectation.  If your course is appreciably shorter or longer, or you want greater participation, alter the 100% participation threshold.

Why?  Points motivate engagement.  They also gently encourage learners to engage in specific ways without enforcing overly strict rules about participation.  Finally, as discussed later, points help to encourage quality posts and discourage anti-social behavior. Strict rules about how to participate tend to reduce the natural discourse that the platform was meant to encourage and that we see as a strength of the Yellowdig platform in creating a true learning community.


Note: Though not recommended for first time users, if you do alter the point settings, we suggest only adding points.  Point categories were made to incentivize learners to engage with each other, not just the content.  Therefore, even if you strongly prefer that your learners create Pins, for example, we would not suggest removing points for all of the other actions.  It helps to think of changing points as an opportunity to gently nudge learners toward a desired behavior.  Here are some ways to use them:

  • To encourage sharing new content → increase points for new Pins
  • To increase discussion or debate for Topics → increase points for Comments
  • To promote interacting and to understand what learners find engaging → increase points for Upvotes
  • To award more points personally and reward particularly thoughtful content → increase points for Instructor Badges and tag posts and comments with them
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