Discussions allow users to have interactive conversations with groups or an entire class. Discussions can be created as a graded assignment for students, or they can be ungraded and serve as a general forum. They can also be created to be focused or threaded.
Focused discussions only allow for two levels of nesting, the original post and subsequent replies, and are best suited for short-lived conversations. Threaded discussions allow for infinite levels of nesting replies and are best suited for longer conversations.
As an instructor, you can create a discussion for your course. Discussions can be graded or ungraded.
- How do I create a discussion as an instructor?
- How can I require students to reply to a course discussion before they see other replies?
- How do I delay posting a discussion until a specified date in a course?
ENGAGE WITH DISCUSSIONS AS INSTRUCTOR
You can easily reply to any discussion, threaded or focused.
- How do I reply to a discussion as an instructor?
- How do I mark discussion replies as read or unread as an instructor?
Graded discussions are available where you can specify a due date and availability dates. You can assign a graded discussion to an individual student, course section, course group, or everyone.
- How do I assign a graded discussion to everyone in a course?
- How do I assign a graded discussion to an individual student?
A group discussion assignment creates an identical discussion topic in each group category. When students reply to the discussion topic they do so within their group environment, which is linked to the course from which the assignment was created.
- How do I create a group discussion in a course?
- How do I assign a graded discussion to a course group?
PEER REVIEW DISCUSSIONS
A peer review discussion enables students to provide feedback on another student's reply to a class discussion. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other.