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Anonymous Discussions with Identity Settings

Anonymous Discussions with Identity Settings

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Is there a way for me, as the instructor, to see the student names, while keeping the discussion anonymous for the class?

I want to see who engaged but also provide anonymity for those who may be shy about participating.

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KristinL
Community Team
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DeniseMarieCope
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Would love this feature -- currently I do not use discussions because of this and instead use other external websites such as parlay ideas but would much rather keep it in one place

oinge
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Thirded! I would love to see this integrated into Canvas so I don't have to keep sending my students to Verso when I want to both allow them freedom of expression AND make it for points/grade (or just to add insurance other students aren't cyberbullied)

Ania22
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I agree that this would be a very useful feature.

pfau
Community Member

It seems blatantly obvious to me that one would allow the option for students to post anonymously to other students, yet be visible to the instructor. Why in the world would this *not* be an option? 

LeslieDonovan
New Member

I would love this feature, too! Please make it happen sooner rather than later.

LeslieDonovan
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@oinge Thanks for alerting me to Verso. That may solve my problem with Canvas, though I really don't want to send my students to yet another site/app. Sigh...

ayer_j
New Member

I echo previous sentiments and am shocked that they redesigned this feature without this option.  As an instructor, there's not much value to initiating an anonymous discussion if I can't also hold each student accountable for at least participation let alone the quality of their contribution, etc.  PLEASE make this happen ASAP.

hsiaob
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I can't agree more with these opinions. It creates unnecessary extra steps for the students to account for their contributions to discussions in which they participate anonymously, and another level of anxiety for them to have to do so. This defeats the purpose of an anonymous option in discussions, which is to reduce student anxiety. Please do make this update soon!

LeslieDonovan
New Member

One workaround I've been using to use this feature is to assign my students pseudonyms. I still use the anonymous discussion settings, but my students now sign their posts with pseudonyms that I randomly assign them.

I used pseudonyms for online discussion boards earlier in my career. Generally, my students loved the protection the pseudonymity gave them, and it was more fun. I would randomly assign them pseudonyms related to our course topic. I teach college honors courses. So, for example, in my Monsters and Marvels through the Ages course, pseudonyms were mythological creatures or heroes from global world cultures-- mostly non-western cultures. Or when I teach Tolkien's works, pseudonyms would be lesser-known characters from JRRT's ancient history/mythology (not generally coveted well-known characters). Since our university just moved to Canvas this semester and I learned the problem with the anonymous posts, I've resurrected my pseudonym practice.

Hope it is useful to someone else!