Discussions are online conversations among a course's instructor(s) and students. To find, join, or even add a discussion, go to the Discussions view in the course. You'll see...
- Available, future, and closed discussions
- Graded and non-graded discussions
- Discussions attached to lessons
In the image above:
- You can filter the Discussions view to Show all discussions, course discussions, or discussions attached to individual lessons.
- Blue symbols indicate there are new/unread comments in that discussion. Grey symbols mean that there are no unread comments.
- Carver and Annie Dillard and Nature are currently available. Carver is attached to the Short Stories in the 1980's lesson.
- The two Future Discussions are not yet available.
- Writers and Maturation has been closed for comments; you may still view it but you cannot contribute more to it.
- Annie Dillard and Nature and Hype and Gold Rushes are Graded Discussions, which means that you will receive a grade based on your participation in the discussion (see below).
In graded discussions, your instructor may set up grading criteria. Requirements help the instructor evaluate your participation in the discussion. You'll see the requirements in the right column of the discussion page, together with a running tally of how you're doing with each requirement.
Starting a discussion
If you're enrolled in or auditing a course and the instructor has permitted students to do so, you can start a discussion.
- Go to the main Discussions view.
- 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.