Discussions let you conduct online conversations with your students on course-related subjects in various places in your course. You can find all your course's discussions—in all their different statuses—in the Discussions view:
- Available, future, closed, and deleted discussions
- Graded and non-graded discussions
- Draft and published discussions
- Discussions attached to lessons
In the image above:
- You can filter the Discussions view to Showall discussions, course discussions, or discussions attached to individual lessons.
- Click the link at the bottom to show deleted discussions(if you've deleted any).
- Drafting, Editing, and Revising (Week Twelve) is currently open. It has a total of 39 comments and/or replies. The discussion symbol is blue, which indicates that it has comments you've not read yet. It is a graded discussion due on February 7. One comment has been reported.
- Creative Non-Fiction and New Journalism is in draft mode. If published, it will be available on April 25. It is attached to the Creative Non-Fiction lesson. It is a graded discussion.
- Welcome to the Creative Writing Workshop has been closed for comments. At the time it closed, there were 102 comments. One comment has been reported.
Who can start a discussion?
Different kinds of users can create discussions:
- Course faculty and teaching assistants: Faculty and TA's listed for the course have full access to all discussions, settings, permissions, and grading requirements (for graded discussions).
- Academic Admins and Registrars: Likewise, so do Academic Admin and Registrar users.
- Students and auditors: If you have allowed students to start discussions (in the Discussions setting on Course > Info view), then both enrolled and auditing students can start discussions (setting only the title and topic).
How to start a discussion
There are three ways to create new discussions in your course:
- In the Course > Discussions view, start by clicking Add a course discussion.
- In the Course > Assignments view, you can add a discussion-type assignment.
- In a lesson, you can add a new discussion that's connected to a lesson; you can also add existing discussions (both graded and non-graded).
Brendan, you don't address the "post first" option. Is this the option that requires the student to post his/her response before being able to see anyone else's post? (If so, Hallelujah!)
Hi Matthew, you got it! Its number 8 under Discussions above.
Is it possible to create discussions that combine the participation from two courses, i.e., two separate class rosters?