Group Discussions (Faculty)

  • If a course uses groups to encourage students to collaborate on course work, include links to group tools to help them communicate. For example, a special group discussion board can be created, available only to the members of a course group.

  • Group discussion boards are separate from the regular course discussion board. Members of a group can create and manage their own forums.

Example: Students are assigned to groups, and each group is provided with a problem or situation to explore and develop into a class presentation. The groups can use the chat tool and their group discussion boards to brainstorm and discuss topic choices, post web links, and post replies on their value. Also, the group discussion board can be used to divide up tasks and refine the outline. Members post portions of the presentation, and all members post replies regarding usefulness, grammar, flow, and for agreement on the final product.

Enable Group Discussions

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When a course group is created, enable the discussion board tool to help groups collaborate and communicate.

  1. On the Create Group page, select the check box for Discussion Board in the Tool Availability section.

  2. Select Submit.

The Group Discussion Board tool appears in the My Groups section and on the group homepage.

Disable Group Discussions

Group discussion boards can't be deleted without deleting the group, but the tools can be made unavailable. Existing posts are not removed—just made unavailable to group members.

When a graded group discussion board is made unavailable, the grade column associated with that group discussion board remains in the Grade Center.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section and select Groups.

  2. Make sure Edit Mode is ON. On the Groups page, select Edit in the group's menu.

  3. On the Edit Group page, clear the check box for Discussion Board in the Tool Availability section.

  4. Select Submit.

When members access the group homepage or the My Groups section, the link to the group discussion board no longer appears. However, it can be made available again at any time.

Edit Settings for Group Discussions

By default, each new group discussion board uses the group's name as the title. The instructor and all assigned group members can edit the forum name and provide a description.

To grade participation in a group discussion board, edit a forum's settings and enable grading in the forum or threads. Unlike other graded group activities, when a group discussion board is set to be graded, each member is graded independently of other group members. Each group member must make the designated number of posts to earn his or her own grade. Group grades are not assigned for contributions to the group discussion board.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Discussion Board.

  2. On the Discussion Board page, the course discussion board and all group discussion boards appear.

  3. Select a group discussion board.

  4. On the next Discussion Board page, select Edit in the forum's menu.

  5. On the Edit Forum page, all settings can be edited, including the name and description, which appears in the Description column on the group discussion board page. Also editable are the forum availability and enabling grading for the forum or threads.

The instructor or any group member can create more forums in a group discussion board.


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Tue 12/19/17 10:24 AM
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