The Discussion tool can be used to encourage users to share thoughts on course material with both instructors and their peers. Creating forums and topics in Brightspace is an effective way for users to ask questions, discuss course content and assignments, and work together in assigned groups and sections.
Some uses of the Discussion tool include but are not limited to:
A Discussion Forum provides students with an opportunity to participate in virtual conversations at any time and any location. The Discussion Forum is a heading or category that a Discussion Topic will be under. Students cannot write directly in the forum, they must create a topic thread in order to have a discussion post.
Your course can have multiple forums and topics, but you must create a forum before you create a topic, as topics belong for forums.
The Discussion Topic is where you state what is to be discussed. Once the topic is created, your students will then reply by starting a thread (see below). Topics cannot be created as without a forum. You must designate what forum your topic is to reside in.
Note: A Discussion Forum needs to be setup prior to posting a topic.
A Discussion Thread is a response to a topic. 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.
Editing a discussion forum gives you the ability to change the forum name, availability and locking options, release conditions, and group and section restrictions. Editing a discussion topic gives you the ability to reassign the topic to a different forum, rename the topic, and change the availability and locking options, restrictions, assessment options, and associated learning objectives.
The Restrictions tab allows you to create conditions for the availability and/or visibility of discussion forums in the following ways: