In discussions, participants can talk about the course material that’s organized into various topics by the instructor. They can ask questions, respond to each other’s comments, and share resources.
A NovoEd Admin can:
- Start discussion topics in a discussion page or embedded within a content page or video.
- Start discussion posts within a discussion thread
- Lock discussion threads so learners can "view-only" and not comment or respond
- Highlight discussion posts so they remain "sticky" at the top of the page
- Respond to participant posts and comments
- @ mention participants so they receive a notification of your comments
- Share to social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Participants will be able to:
- Start new posts in a discussions page
- Respond to discussion posts started by admins or peers
- @ mention participants so they receive notification of comments
Participants can navigate directly to the Discussions page where they can find all the course's discussions:
There are two ways that you can add discussions: directly into videos and content pages.
These articles will help you set up and add discussions:
Encouraging discussion from the beginning of the course onward will most definitely spur engagement. For engagement best practices, please refer to the Tips & Resources for Engagement.
There are many types of successful discussion topics. Here are some possibilities based on what is most relevant for your course:
- Introductions* - learners to introduce themselves to the course as a whole.
- Help* - learners ask each other and the teaching team for help, both with the course and about technical problems.
- Content* - discuss the course content arranged by topic or by assignment (or both).
- Instructor Questions - students can directly ask the instructor their questions
- Applying the Course - learners apply what they are learning in the course to situations outside the course. Encourages the discussion of current events or sharing of media.
*Note: We highly recommend including the first three - introductions, help, and content.
Things To Check:
- Where will people go to ask questions?
- Did you include guidelines for participation in discussions? Will they need to provide evidence to support their claims?
- Is the question framed to spark deep thought, lively discussion, or draw meaningful connections to prior learning or experiences? For example:
- Ask questions that do not have one answer (e.g. essential, open-ended questions)
- Avoid yes or no questions (i.e. close-ended questions)
- Does your question spark more questions and create further inquiry?