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Teacher-created Discussion threads or sub-topics

Teacher-created Discussion threads or sub-topics


A discussion function for multiple threads or sub-topics to allow for a clear and logical subdivision of student responses to module sub-topics for a single grade.

A common use would be for generating discussions about several readings within a module. Instructors like to assign a handful of questions and ask students to select 1 or 2 questions to respond to.

If the instructor could create sub-topics ("threads" in Blackboard) under the discussion topic to organize responses, it could reduce endless scrolling, allow for deeper intellectual exchange among students which chose to respond to the same question, and immediately make it clear which questions attracted most attention and which need to be further analyzed in class. 


These are the most closely-related ideas -- changing subject lines could help, but it wouldn't fix the organization and endless scrolling problem:

Community Member

Major benefit of Bb. Almost a deal breaker for transition recommendation.

Community Member

We agree!  We have just transitioned to Canvas and as and Instructional Designer, this is the main question/concern that I get from faculty, and don't have a good work around.  This is especially problematic in large classes, where creating multiple discussions means grading hundreds of extra assignment each week!  We would love to see this developed!

Community Member

I concur with the others promoting this suggestion.

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