Use Discussions to promote conversations, reflections, and collaborations among students. Help students practice their writing in a formal academic setting without the anxiety of a higher stakes writing assignment.
Modify the settings of a discussion to change the prompt or question or the availability dates for the conversation.
Award credit for participating in a discussion by activating the graded discussion option.
Facilitate and monitor the discussion, using the viewing and sorting options to manage numerous student posts.
Permit students to attach files to discussions.
Allow students to evaluate their peers responses to a discussion prompt or question. Attach a rubric to help peer reviewers provide structure and adequate feedback.
Students who post later within the permitted conversation window may have an advantage, seeing the replies of their classmates. For certain discussion questions and prompts, it may be advantageous to restrict when students can see existing replies.