Course instructors can choose to create an online space where students and faculty pose and answer questions. There are several ways to do this.
- Forum – someone posts a message and others are invited to reply whenever they like(also called a message board or bulletin board). The original message and its replies are called a thread. The communication is asynchronous; participants don’t have to be online at the same time.
- Blog – someone publishes a post and others can make comments that evolve into a discussion.
- Email – a class email list can be set up so that students are able to send messages and reply. The default setting is a one-way “announcement list” where faculty email messages to students.
- Chat – synchronous communication in a “room” where all participants are online at the same time. Conversation is free-form and the contents are usually not saved.
At Notre Dame
- Sakai – Forums | Chat | Email
- Piazza – a question-answer tool that can be added to Sakai
- Piazza help (OIT Knowledge Base)
- Google Groups
- Sites.nd.edu – the ND blogging service based on WordPress
- Consultation regarding tools and strategies to promote effective learning
- Comparison chart: Blog vs. forum
- Effective online discussion
- Discussion board etiquette
- Sakai Forums help
- Piazza help — intro video
- Google Groups help
- WordPress comments help
[updated August 2018]