Course discussions give you the opportunity to start conversations with other learners, ask questions that other learners or members of the course team can answer, and interact with other learners in the course.
Where do I find course discussions? #
In your course, click the Discussions tab.
On the left side of the Discussions page, the navigation pane displays all of the topics and posts in the course’s discussions. All topics, both course-wide and content-specific, can be read and posted to from the navigation pane.
In the main area of the Discussions page, when you have not selected any topics or posts, you see a “How to use edX discussions” graphic. The graphic shows the basic actions you can take with course discussions:
For more information about the various indicators used in the discussions navigation pane, and how to sort, filter, and search for posts, see Reading posts on the Discussions page.
What are discussion topics? #
Discussion topics are created by the course team and organize all posts in the course discussion. Discussion topics can be course-wide or content-specific.
- Course-wide topics cover matters that relate to the entire course, such as “Frequently Asked Questions” or “Troubleshooting”. In the discussion navigation pane, course-wide topics do not have other topics indented below them.
- Content-specific topics exist “inline” as part of a course unit, and relate to specific pieces of course content, such as videos, reading assignments, homework problems, or other course content. For example, after you watch a video, the course team might add a content-specific discussion so that you and other learners can discuss the video. In the discussion navigation pane, content-specific topics are indented under an identifying category name.
How do I join my course’s discussions? #
You can ask a question or start a conversation within a topic, or respond to someone else’s post or response. For more information, see Adding posts in a discussion.