Online discussion options

Course instructors can choose to create an online space where students and faculty pose and answer questions. There are several ways to do this.

  1. 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.
  2. Blog – someone publishes a post and others can make comments that evolve into a discussion.
  3.  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.
  4. 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.

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[updated August 2018]