The Discussions section of the site allows you to facilitate online course discussions. Discussions are primarly text based but also allow for file attachements, images, and videos. Instructors can also create group discussion boards for groups which are viewable only by people within a group.
Discussions are useful for:
Following up on a conversation or lecture in the classroom
Conversations and deabte about topics in the class
Introduction to an upcoming assignment or class discussion
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Accessing and Layout
To access the Disccusions Section of Canvas, click the Discussions Tab on the left navigation panel. Doing so will bring up a page similar to the one shown below.
Some of the important elements to this page are:
-- Used to Create a New Discussion Thread
-- Used to view General Discussion Settings, such as how to determine whether a post is read and the student permissions for Canvas Discussions (i.e. create their own threads, attach files, etc.)
-- Used to filter discussion threads to only those with Unread posts or to only those that are Graded Assignments
-- Used to mark a discussion thread as graded
-- Used to identify the number of responses that are Unread (blue) and the Total Number of Responses (grey) for the specific thread
-- Allows you to Lock (close from further coments), Pin (highlight at the top of the page), or Remove a specific thread.