How-To: Discussions Feature

Our new Discussions and Assignments features have landed! To learn why we created these features and how they will further enhance social learning capabilities, click here. For step-by-step instructions on how to access and leverage the Discussions feature to its full capabilities, read on.

Part A: Admin View – How to Set Up the Discussions Feature

Once you have logged into EdApp, find the Discussions feature right beside where you would normally create a lesson. 

Step 1: Click the dropdown next to create a lesson and select “Create a discussion”.

Step 2: Enter a descriptive title – which will be automatically saved.

Step 3: Click the “Discussion” tab and enter the prompt in the blank box. This will be shown to the learner and guide the direction of the discussion.

Step 4a – If you would like it to be mandatory,  simply select the completion requirement in the second part of the discussion tab. This customisation feature allows for more clear expectations for your learners.

  • Users must submit at least one post and one comment; or
  • Users must submit at least one post.

The course will be completed only if the learner has completed the discussion by achieving the completion requirement.

Step 4b – If you would like the discussion to be optional: You can easily set it up using the link in the note, “This setting is disabled if the discussion is set as non-mandatory.”

  1. To configure the mandatory status, click here (the link to course configuration) to be directed to the course completion tab.
  2. Under the completion requirement, you can then select  “specific lessons are required”
  3. Now, you are able to see all the lessons under the “All lessons” table on the left-hand side. To make a particular lesson or discussion mandatory, simply click that lesson or discussion which will then be moved to the mandatory lesson table on the right-hand side.
  4. Everything on the left-hand side “All lessons” table will be optional. So if a discussion appears in that table, it will be optional.

Step 5: To set up user group visibility, head to the last section of the discussion tab.

  • Posts from all users assigned to this discussion
  • Only posts from users in their user groups

Step 6: Access rule tab: From here, you can set up the access date and pre-requisite the same way as lesson configuration.

Step 7: More tab: An external ID can be set up in this tab.

Step 8: The discussion forum will be seen by learners after all settings are configured and “Published”

Part B: Admin View – Instructor Page for the Discussion Feature

Step 1: Easily access this page from the “Peer Learning” dropdown at the top and click “Discussion”.

Step 2: You will then see a high-level summary page with the below:

  • Course name
  • Discussion title under that course
  • Contribution – the total number of posts and replies
  • A column with visual indication to indicate when there is new activity (new post or new comment)
  • “View discussion” button

Step 3: Click “View Discussion”. This will lead you to see all posts and comments under that discussion.

Step 4: Easily enter a reply by using the conversation box under the post. If the thread is long, you are able to click “Reply” which will bring you down to the reply conversation box at the bottom. After entering the reply, click “Publish”.

Step 5: Have the ability to delete the post and comments under that post whenever you like.

Step 6: After scrolling down to see the next post thread, locate the sidebar on the left-hand side with two parts:

  • The discussion prompt and a link to the configuration page that allows you to change the prompt
  • The details and link to other discussion forum is in the same course
    • If you would like to view all discussion forums from different courses, click “View all courses” and this will bring you to page in Step 2.

And that’s it! We hope that you have fun with our Discussions feature, facilitating valuable coaching and enhance your learning initiatives. As always, we love hearing your feedback and can be reached at hello@edapp.com

Leave a Reply