Brief Description and Possible Uses
Discussions are online forums where students can ask new questions by starting a new topic. Teachers can use discussions as a teaching tool by creating a question or prompt and having students discuss it. This can be used as a stand alone discussion tool or it can be used to extend a discussion started in the face to face classroom.
When using the discussion tool, the user has the ability to use whatever format they are most comfortable with to communicate. The can simply type text, or they can use the multimedia feature to record and upload video or audio.
Discussions can be integrated into the curriculum of the course by having the discussion be gradable. A graded discussion shows up to the student as an assignment, and the speed grader feature allows the instructor to easily grade and give points for online discussions.