The Discussions tool is a collaboration area where you can post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or where students can work with peers on assignments and homework.
Use the Discussions tool in your course to:
Desire2Learn Discussion forums can be viewed in either the Reading View (full post text displayed) or the Grid View (post title displayed). To switch between these views:
This selection will change the look of a forum to one of the following, depending on your choice:
OIT provides documentation and instruction for using the Discussion tool from within Desire2Learn. Instructors can find help on subjects such as creating a discussion forum, grading a discussion, and more. To see a full list of these go to the Instructor Tutorials page.
To aid your students on how to use the Discussion tool point them in the direction of Student Support in the OIT Desire2Learn help section. Their students can find many tutorials among which are, documentation on how to post/reply to a discussion forum, as well as a video tutorial showing how to use the Discussion tool.