Creating a Discussion Module

Discussion Modules allow the Instructor to interact with Students by posting a discussion topic, and Students can reply to the Instructor and other Students with comments. Its goal is more of a targeted group discussion than a long thread style forum.  

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Discussion Modules must be added to a Course, and can only be used by Students enrolled in that Course. They cannot be operated as standalone forums. 

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Add a Brief Description

The Brief Description area is where the Course Instructor poses a discussion topic for the Students to review. A Student cannot post their own discussion topic.

The text editor does allow for content formatting, as well as custom HTML to make it look and feel however you'd like. You can even embed images, videos, or social media posts to enhance your discussion.

Set Discussion Grading

Once your discussion topic is in place, you can set your grading options for the Module. You can set the maximum points value for the topic, which you can use to evaluate your Student's response.

There is also an option to include the discussion in the overall grading of the Course. Selecting yes will add this discussion to the other Quiz, Assignment, and SCORM Modules that will be averaged together to give a Student their final grade for the Course.

If you choose to include the Module in your grading, you will have the option to set a minimum number of comments made by the Student before the Module can be marked as completed.

Evaluating Student Comments

When a Student submits their response, you will be notified on your Admin homepage. The submission will appear in the Your Pending Submissions area. 

Open your Course Submissions page and you will see a list of all pending submissions. You can select Evaluate on each one.

On the Evaluate Discussion page, you will see the name of your Module, the original discussion topic, and your Student's comments. 

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In the grading area you can respond to the Student's submission, which will be sent back to them. 
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You can then assign a score to the submission.

Add a Quiz Module to Your Course

When you have finished creating your Quiz Module, you will need to add your Module to your Course. This can be done on the Curriculum page of your Course.

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First, find your Course in the All Courses section of your dashboard.

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Then select Edit your Course from the Actions menu. If you don't already have a Course, you can select Create Course at the top of the page.

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In Step 2, Curriculum, you can add your created Quiz Module by searching for it by name in the existing module field.

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Once added to your Course, you can set the availability of the Module and the minimum time spent inside. 

A Fixed Date availability will restrict your Students from accessing the Module until a set day. 

You can also set the minimum time spent in the Module to match the amount of time it should take a Student to complete your quiz. 

Set Course Grading

Discussions can be used to calculate the overall grade a Student receives for the Course.

While editing your Course, in the Grading & Certificates section, you have the option to set the grading criteria to an average of all graded Modules of your Course, or an average of specific Modules that you choose. 

You can also set a minimum passing percentage for the entire Course. A Student's average will need to meet or exceed this percentage in order to complete the Course. 

Add a Discussion Module to Your Course

When you have finished creating your Discussion Module, you will need to add your Module to your Course. This can be done on the Curriculum page of your Course.

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First, find your Course in the All Courses section of your dashboard.

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Then select Edit your Course from the Actions menu. If you don't already have a Course, you can select Create Course at the top of the page.

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In Step 2, Curriculum, you can add your created Discussion Module by searching for it by name in the existing module field.

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Once added to your Course, you can set the availability of the Module and the minimum time spent inside. 

A Fixed Date availability will restrict your Students from accessing the Module until a set day. 

You can also set the minimum time spent in the Module to match the amount of time it should take a Student to complete your quiz. 

Student Experience of Discussion Module

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Inside the Module, the Student will see your discussion topic. 

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Below that will be a text area for them to compose a comment and submit it.

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At the bottom of the Module is the Comments area, where all of the comments made by your Students will be shared publicly. Students will have the option to both comment on the Instructor's topic as well as reply to each other, as all comments are visible to everyone in the Course.