The Discussion Forum is a communication tool for posting and responding to messages from other students and your professor. Users do not have to be present at the same time to converse online. The Discussion Forum can be a general place to post the expression of ideas and thoughts, to answer questions posted by your Professor, or receive help from classmates with assignments. If permitted by the Professor, Students can add Topics to these Forums.
Students will see an introduction text in a separate space above the list of discussions. Students see a button to start a new discussion, "Add a New Discussion Topic", and are able to read and respond to other discussion threads by clicking "Reply" to the topic they want to respond to.
Single Discussion Forums
The teacher will post a question and students are only able to reply. Students cannot start a new topic of discussion in this type of Forum. This is useful to keep a discussion focused on a single topic.
This type of forum is best used when there is a particular question or multiple questions that needs to be discussed. The teacher posts a question and students respond. By default a Q and A forum requires students to post once before viewing other students' postings. Until you actually post a question in the forum, the students can't do anything.
How to add a topic:
Click the Add a new discussion topic button if the Forum type allows it.
Then you can enter the subject you are discussing and your message.
Reply, delete, or edit a forum post:
Click on the discussion, then select either "reply" or "delete" at the bottom right corner of the post. The "edit" button allows a student to edit their post. Note that the edit function may only be available for 30 minutes after posting.
Student Help Desk Support (SHeD)
The student help desk is located on main campus in the Library (center building).