Discussions: Muting Class Members or Individual Posts
From time to time, an inappropriate comment may make its way into a discussion. Or, a student will become disruptive to the point that faculty may wish to filter the discussion, but not so serious as to warrant removal from the class.
In such cases, it would be nice to be able to "mute" a student or their posts; the posts can be seen and graded by the instructor but are not seen by classmates. As instructor, it would be good to be able to accomplish this at both the comment and author level.
I am not talking about on-topic free speech issues but rather, off-topic rants about the University, College, course, classmates/instructors or other individuals... or life generally.
Presently, I know that I can always delete posts (never done it), but then I also lose the comment for grading purposes. However, I am unaware of how to mute posts or class members in such a way that I can see/grade their contributions, but other class members cannot view them, so as to minimize disruptive behavior.
Obviously, if the behavior becomes serious enough, one can always go down the path of removing the student from the class...but that is a drastic "last resort" type of action.
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