A DBA is a Discussion Based Assessment. The most simplistic way to think of this is as an oral quiz between the teacher and the student. These required assessments occur two times per semester a semester and are another example of a synchronous opportunity. This time is one-on-one, scheduled, graded, and includes a rubric. The purpose of the DBA is to help enhance the teacher-student relationship, check for academic integrity, and to determine what the student has mastered in the course so far.