Instructors are currently manually checking the word count for discussion posts when grading if they have a minimum word count for students to meet. I've seen the "[Discussions] Meet required word count before posting to discussion" idea but this does not indicate whether instructors will be able to still see the word count. If they opt not to use that feature once implemented, seeing the word count will still be helpful for them when viewing discussion posts and grading.
Include a word count view on discussion posts for instructors so they can see them within the discussion board and in SpeedGrader. Seeing the word count on the actual posts/replies versus only in SpeedGrader may also help instructors scan the discussions to see if students are meeting the word requirements before grading.
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Improve the user experience with discussions to provide for more meaningful discourse among course participants Theme Status: In Development