Discussions: **Overview of the Discussions tool
With the Discussions tool you can discuss course topics with Section Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and other Students in the course.
There are three types of discussion topics:
Threaded: A traditional online discussions where you can post and reply to messages. Replies that are associated with the same post are grouped together, creating message threads that can be expanded and collapsed.
Class blog: A more collaborative space, where you post a chronological series of entries on a particular topic. You can then add comments to any blog entry.
- Journal: A place for your own writing, the journals can be kept private between you and your Section Instructor or shared with the class.
Depending on settings, within the topics created for your course, you can read, post, and reply to discussion messages, and submit peer review. You may be graded based on your participation in a topic.
NOTE: The placement of this tool in the course depends on the Instructor, and may vary from course to course. The steps below use the left-hand Course Menu as the starting point.
Step 1: On the Course Menu, expand Course Tools.
Step 2: Select Discussions.
Step 3: Select the topic you were instructed to go to.
When you enter a topic, the topic details are listed:
- Topic Type: Threaded, Blog, or Journal
- Graded: Yes or No
- Peer Review: Yes or No
- Posting Restrictions: Allow post and reply, Allow reply only, or Allow post only
- Access: Public or Private. Note: Only journal topics can be private. If private, only the Section Instructor can view your journal entries
- User Identification: User Name or Anonymous
With the Discussions tool, you can:
- read messages posted by your Section Instructors, Teaching Assistants and other Students.
- post messages to threaded or class blog topics, or add entries to your journal.
- receive replies or peer review from other Students.
- if working collaboratively on a project, discuss ideas with other members in your group.
- create a printable view of messages that you can print or download.
- receive a grade based on your participation in a discussion topic.
If you have any further questions, please contact us for support. Thank you.
- WebCampus Support