Discussions are online conversations among a course's instructor and students. You can find them in any course by clicking the Discussions tab.
The Discussions list collects all of the course's discussions, including:
- Available, future, and closed discussions
- Graded and non-graded discussions
- Discussions attached to lessons
In the image above:
- You can filter the Discussions tab to Show all discussions, course discussions, or discussions attached to individual lessons.
- Week 3 Reading and Questions from lectures are currently open. The discussion symbol is blue, which indicates that it has new, unread comments. Week 3 Reading is attached to the Soil, grass, water, and trees lesson.
- Week 4 Reading is not yet available.
- Week 1 Reading and Week 2 Reading have been closed for comments.
- The Week _ Reading discussions are all Graded Discussions, which means that you will receive a grade based on your participation in the discussion.
Your course instructor has the option to set up grading requirements for graded discussions. Requirements help the instructor evaluate your participation in the discussion—both in terms of quantity and quality. The requirements are shown on the discussion page, together with a running tally of how you're doing with each requirement.
Starting a discussion
As a student or auditor in a course, you can start a discussion.
- Click Add a Course Discussion.
- Give the discussion a title and a topic—you'll need to enter both in order to create the discussion.
- Attach a file if you like (that's optional).
- Click Save.
Your instructor has options to link your discussion to a lesson, change it to a graded discussion, and close it.
Posting to a discussion
To post a new comment, scroll to the bottom of the discussion. Enter your comment in the text area and click Add Comment.
Likewise, to post a new reply, find the comment you wish to reply to. Click Reply and enter your text.
You can use text formatting in comments and replies.
Sometimes your instructor will require that you first post a comment before you can see anyone else's comments:
If your instructor has enabled Peer Rating for comments and replies, you can rate comments from your classmates—just click the number of stars you'd like to award that item.
If another student posts an inappropriate comment or reply, you can report that item to the course instructor. Click Report under the item and enter your explanation. Your report will be sent to the instructor (with your name attached) for his consideration.