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Interacting with Discussions

In the content view for each week, you will see that week’s discussions. You can also view all discussions at once by accessing “Discussions” from the top navigation menu.

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Managing Discussions

Overview and Student View

The discussion tool is set up with Forums, Topics, and Threads.

Discussion Forum – This is a heading or category that discussion topics will live inside. Students can’t do anything in an empty forum. It must have topics inside of it for discussion to take place.

Discussion Topic – The topic is where you state what is to be discussed. Students will then reply by starting a thread. You must designate what forum your topic is to reside in.

Discussion Thread – When a student posts their response to a topic, it will start a thread. This allows the instructor and other students to react to what they have said.

Here is an example of how Forums and Topics are displayed in Brightspace.