The information in this guide is intended for Instructors, Teaching Convenors and Tutors
How-To Guide: Using Discussions
You can set up online discussions in your VU Collaborate space to encourage online socialisation, provide a central repository for questions and collate FAQs.
Setting Up Discussion Forums and Topics
Step One: Getting to Discussions
To get to Discussions select the Communication tab then select Discussions.
Step Two: Setting up a Forum and Topic
You can create a New Forum or New Topic. You use forums to organise your discussion topics into categories. You must create a forum before you can create a topic as all topics belong to forums. The example illustrates a forum called Week One and within the Week One Forum there are discussion topics relevant to that week.
Step Three: Setting up a Forum
From the Discussion area click on new forum, give the discussion forum an appropriate title and basic description. Please see the How-To Guide on restrictions for information on how to utilise this feature. When finished click save and close.
Step Four: Setting up a Topic
From the Discussion area click on new topic, give the discussion topic an appropriate title and basic description. Please see the How-To Guide on restrictions for information on how to utilise this feature. Select which forum you would like to attach the topic to.
Step Five: How to set Availability options
You can select different Visibility and Locking Options in the Availability section.
Visibility settings control when the forum or topic can be viewed by the users.
Locking Options control when users can contribute to the forum or topic.
You can change the visibility and locking options manually or you can use the specific date range options to make changes automatically.
How to Moderate Comments
Step One: Responding to students' discussion board comments
Select the discussion topic you wish to view. Click on Start New Thread to respond to the students’ discussion board message.
Adding Discussions to Your Content Area
Step One: Adding Discussion Activities
You can add your discussion forums and topics to you content area of your VU Collaborate Space. This helps students find the relevant discussion board and also helps you plan where within the content you want it to be displayed.
First, select where in the content you wish the discussion forum or topic to be linked. Click on Add Activities and select the Discussions option.
Step Two: Selecting the Discussion Forum or topic
From the discussions menu, click on the discussion Forum and Topic you wish embedded into your content area, it will appear at the bottom of the content module.
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