Open edX: Discussion Forums

Open edX: Discussion Forums


Let’s take a look additional course components
Open edX offers. As you can see here, we have four types of components: Discussion, HTML,
Problem, and Video. While videos and problems are probably the most commonly used teaching
components, Open edX offers other ways to help you design your course to be as flexible
as possible. First, let’s look briefly at the Discussion component. As you can see,
I’ve already created one discussion forum here for feedback on the course. Creating
a Discussion is really just as easy as clicking a button. I’ll do it now. If I click “Edit,”
you can see things are kept pretty simple. All we have to worry about is the categorization
of the discussion and the Display Name. I’m going to go ahead and delete this one because
we really don’t need it. To show you what the discussion looks like to students, I’m
going to click “View Live Version.” We can see the discussion module right here. I’m
going to click this little + next to “Show Discussion.” And now, we can see the post
I made earlier here asking for feedback on the course. From here, students can expand
the section, post responses, vote on my post, or make a new post of their own. All discussions
are also visible from the Discussion tab at the top of the page. From this page we will
be able to see all the discussions listed on the side-bar where we can easily navigate
between them. Discussions can also be searched, sorted based on specific criteria, and students
can even select to receive email updates on new activity from specific forums. And that’s
all there is to it.

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