Using Discussions

Webcourses@UCF provides an integrated system for focused and threaded discussions so that both instructors and students alike can start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions are date stamped when created, or replied to, and can be enhanced with any rich media like video, images, wikis, files attachments, and can be created as an assignment for grading purposes (which is then seamlessly integrated with the Canvas grade book), or simply as a forum for topical and current events.

Private discussions can also be initiated within student groups, which are not viewable by others within the course. Instructors can delay the posting of the Discussion topic until a defined date, make the Discussion an Announcement, add a rubric so the student will know how their participation will be evaluated, or require students to post before reading another students reply.

If the Discussion is graded, the SpeedGrader isolates each student’s comments from the thread, and combines them into one easily readable view for grading.

When would I use Discussions?

  • Use Discussions to help students start thinking about an upcoming Assignment or class discussion.
  • Use Discussions to follow-up on a conversation or questions that began in a face-to-face classroom.
  • Use Discussions to test student comprehension of important points made in class.
  • Use Discussions to debate contradictory ideas.
  • Use Discussions to brainstorm different approaches to a class problem.

Discussions – Student Overview

Discussions – Instructor Overview